Senior advisor

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In some countries, a senior advisor is an appointed position by the Head of State to advise on the highest levels of national and government policy. Sometimes a junior position to this is called a National Policy Advisor. In some instances, these advisors form a Council of State or a State Council. Senior Advisor also is a title for senior civil servants in several countries, and is also used in nonprofit organisations.

Islamic Republic of Pakistan[edit]

Advisor to President of Pakistan is title mostly used for the member of advisory committee to President of Pakistan. Constitution of Pakistan allows President to keep advisors; the president is the ceremonial head of the state, is the civilian commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Armed Forces with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee as its principal military adviser. Abdul Qadir Patel was appointed as political advisor to president Asif Zardari after resignation of former adviser Faisal Raza Abidi.[1][2][3]


The President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) can appoint Senior Advisors to the Office of the President of the Republic of China (中華民國總統府資政) and National Policy Advisors to the Office of the President of the Republic of China (中華民國總統府國策顧問), but they do not form a council.[4]

United States[edit]

Senior advisor is a title used within the Executive Branch of the United States Government for various positions. The senior advisors to President Barack Obama were David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and Daniel Pfeiffer; the incumbent senior advisors to President Donald Trump are Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller.

Nonprofit organizations[edit]

In nonprofit organizations, Senior Advisors deploy specialized expertise in support of an organization's mission, they may provide counsel and advice with respect to various aspects of its work. Senior Advisors often serve to fill lacuna in the skill sets of Directors or Executives.[5]


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