Usama Khilji is a writer, researcher, and activist with an interest in democracy, youth, refugee rights, civic education, FATA, and regional peace. He has appeared in Pakistani and international media such as the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Dawn News, etc. as an activist and commentator. He is currently a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom pursuing a Masters in Comparative Politics.
He has represented Pakistan for a year in the US; in Afghanistan as part of a regional peace initiative Pul-e-Jawan; at the Model United Nations Turkey (MUNTR); was selected to be President of the Security Council at the Munster University Model United Nations (MUIMUN) in Munster, Germany; at the International Youth Forum in Seliger, Russia; Silkway Model UN in Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Model SAARC in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Khilji has been on the executive committee of Future Leaders of Pakistan (FLP), promoting community service. He has also led the FLP flood relief effort, and worked on Picking up the Pieces, a documentary highlighting the state of education in post-flood Pakistan, filmed in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in 2011. In 2014, he worked as consultant with the United Nations Information Center Islamabad on a communication system to encourage care and maintenance of school campuses in Swat valley post-flood reconstruction. He is also associated with Bolo Bhi where he led the right to information campaign that uncovered details of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Evaluation of Website (IMCEW) that was later disbanded for being unconstitutional, and campaigned for reform of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 before its passage.
With an interest in research, Khilji has worked on research assignments at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on the wheat crisis, at Strategic Technology Resources (STR) on nuclear and disarmament policy, at CAMP on refugee law in Pakistan, and at Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) as Lead Investigator researching civilian casualties in drone attacks in Pakistan. He has also worked as Sub-editor of The Nation’s World Focus page.
Moreover, he has taught debating and public speaking at several schools in Islamabad, Pakistan, for five years, and World History for two years.
To complement his work, Usama writes freelance for various newspapers, magazines, and blogs, all of which are archived at http://www.usamakhilji.com, shared on Twitter at @UsamaKhilji, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UsamaKhilji.