Ms. Rahat Kaunain Hassan was appointed Chairperson of the Competition Commission of Pakistan (the ‘Commission’ or ‘CCP’) on July 26th 2010, and has served as Member (Legal and Office of Fair Trading) of the Commission since its founding in November, 2007. She received a Master’s degree in law (L.L.M.), from King’s College, London, having concentrated her academic work on the law of international finance and international business transactions. She has been associated with and has been a partner at some of Pakistan’s finest civil and commercial law firms.
In 2001, Ms. Hassan was appointed General Counsel/Executive Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Soon after the conclusion of her tenure at SECP, Ms. Hassan established her own law firm which engaged in civil, commercial and regulatory law practice. However, her interest in and commitment to public service resulted in her accepting the nomination as Member of CCP in November, 2007. As Member, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Office of Fair Trading within CCP and has authored numerous position papers, guidelines, policy notes regarding important issues of competition law and policy. Moreover, she has co-authored most of the seminal Orders passed by CCP including those that resulted in breaking the most pernicious cartels.
A working mother of four children, Ms. Hassan has been a high achiever in her field, and in recognition of her commitment to public service received the Women of Achievement Award, 2010. She has also been nominated for the Sitara-e-Imtiaz.