Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, an IAS officer of J&K cadre 2009 batch, is headed for New York on one-year assignment with the United Nations (UN).Dr Shahid would be moving to the UN headquarters in New York in April 2017 to work as a Consultant with the world body on the “Electoral Systems in Emerging Democracies”. He will be extensively travelling across the globe during his tenure with the UN and his field assignments include East Timor and African nations.Presently posted as Additional Secretary in the Chief Minister’s office, Dr Shahid is holding the additional charge of Director Information and Managing Director, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC). Pertinently, Dr Shahid has been earlier also deputed on various assignments outside the country especially pertaining to promotion of good electoral practices. He was deputed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the Kingdom of Lesotho for election assignment. He has also visited South Africa for exchange of electoral practices and was again deputed by ECI to Georgia recently for training the staff of election commission and precinct commissions in Georgia on electoral awareness.Dr Shahid has been also conferred with the national award for record conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State.He is known for promoting innovative practices and having a people-friendly and employee-friendly approach.