In 1997, on the occasion of Pakistan’s 50th anniversary of independence, a group of Pakistani American visionaries came together to work for human development in Pakistan and launched The Human Development Foundation. As transformational leaders with deep roots in Pakistan, we are passionate about human development and poverty eradication.


Nearly twenty years later, our quest for positive social change remains at the forefront, and we, at the foundation, work tirelessly to help people have prosperous lives. Over the last 2 decades, HDF has grown to a staff of over 600, working across 4 provinces of Pakistan. Thanks to our donors and supporters, today the foundation reaches over 2 million people through its holistic programming that inspires deep and lasting change.


To Become a Center of Excellence Known for Progressive and Transformational Human Development Programs.


To Facilitate a Non-Political Movement for Positive Social Change and Community Empowerment through Mass Literacy, Enhanced Quality of Education, Universal Primary Health Care and Grassroots Economic Development.


Transparency In Everything We Do.
Honesty & Integrity In Every Aspect Of Our Work.
Partnerships Built On Strong Relationships.
Shared Vision & Responsibility.
Creating Value For Our Communities & Donors.

Dr. Muhammad Khalid Riaz

Chairman, Board of Director

HDF has successfully implemented a holistic model of community-driven development to achieve millennium development goals for over 2 million underprivileged people at the very extreme margins of survival in Pakistan.

About Chairman

Human Development Foundation



Dr. M Khalid Riaz is co-founder of The Human Development Foundation, and serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the Chairperson of the Human Development Foundation of Pakistan. He also served as Co-Chair of the Human Development Foundation of North America from 1997 – 2007.

He has spoken around the world about the Human Development Model, including being a keynote speaker at the World Congress of Philanthropists in Istanbul. He was recently recognized in a Georgetown University Publication as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World for his work in developing and nurturing this movement.

Dr. Riaz is a practising interventional cardiologist by profession, residing in Suburban Chicago area. He has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Cardiovascular Division at Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Illinois.

He was recognized as one of the top cardiovascular physicians for women in a Castle Connolly survey of doctors and hospital medical leaders regarding ‘highly skilled exceptional doctors’. This achievement was highlighted in the 2011 ‘Top Doctors” issue of Chicago Magazine. In 1974 he helped organize the physicians in training at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago and served as the first Vice President of the then newly formed House Staff Association of Cook County Hospital. This organization played a pioneering in the struggle for quality health care for the indigent population of Cook County, Illinois. He has also served as the President of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA). He is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of his services to the community and his profession.

All our programs our aligned with the SDG’s and are benchmarked against global best practices.

Our communities are just not institutions, but rather movements that have taken a life of their own.

HDF is a grassroots organization, focused on systemic change, by inclusive and holistic community development.

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