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Designation:Team Leader

Organization:UN FAO Somalia

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Mr. Saleem Ullah, Team Leader National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, FAO SomaliaProgramme Officer, United Nations Development Programme, Pakistan is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Saleem is working with FAO and leading the development of Somalia’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Prior to this assignment, he assisted FAO Pakistan in developing its GEF portfolio focused on three projects related to Climate Change; Biodiveristy, Conservation and Land degradation.

Before joining FAO in July 2014, Mr. Saleem Ullah worked with UNDP and managed various environment related programmes/projects since 2001. Overall he has over 20 years of experience in coordinating development projects and programmes with the UN agencies, Federal &Provincial Governments, NGOs and Corporate sector. Out of his experience, six years were focused on South and South East Asia. He Managed the UN Joint Programme on Environment for Pakistan and led the implementation as National Programme Coordinator, where he coordinated the efforts of 11 UN agencies, National Ministries of Planning &Climate Change, Provincial Governments, Civil Society Organizations and Private Sector.He has facilitated the Rio + 20 process in Pakistan and finalized the National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS), Nationally endorsed and presented in Rio + 20 conference in Brazil in June 2012. He has in-depth understanding of the Grass-root Initiatives and has coordinated over 70 community based projects on natural resource management in Pakistan. On behalf of UNDP, he is the focal person for the ‘Every Drop Matters’ programme in Pakistan, which has awarded three projects in the country.

On the broader side he has facilitated the formulation and approval of the Climate Change Policy for Pakistan (under the UN Joint Programme on Environment), he is also the focal person for negotiating trans-boundary initiatives on natural resource management with the other countries of the region.

Saleem has a Masters’ degree from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands. His education has focused on integrating indigenous practices in prevailing Natural Resource Management.

                                                                                               (Updated On November 2014)