As the first female Pakistani career diplomat after women were permitted to join the ranks in 1973, Fauzia Nasreen was posted to embassies around the world, including in Iran, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Italy. As a pioneer, she was acutely conscious that how she handled challenges—such as traveling alone over dangerous roads as a young woman during the Iran-Iraq war—would affect the future for all those women who followed in her footsteps. She rose to become Ambassador to Nepal, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and High Commissioner to Australia and to Fiji.
Having held high-level positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Nasreen was the first female diplomat to reach the highest grade. She also served as Director General of the Foreign Service Academy—an institution that trains young diplomats from Pakistan and abroad.
Ambassador Nasreen’s academic grounding is in defense and strategic studies. Since her retirement from the diplomatic service, she has taught as visiting faculty at various universities including Pakistan’s National Defence University, the National University of Modern Languages, and Fatima Jinnah Women University. She was a visiting fellow at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University. In collaboration with the US Agency for International Development, she was an expert resource for gender-related workshops organized by Lahore University of Management Sciences. She is also associated with PAIMAN, a Pakistani trust dealing with peace and security issues. Ambassador Nasreen serves as advisor in two departments of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Islamabad (one of Pakistan’s top universities).
Among her decorations is the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, which she was awarded by the government of Poland.