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Email:irfan29_73@yahoo.com

Cohort:11
Designation:Technical Advisor 9Governance)

Organization:German International Cooperation (GIZ-Pakistan)

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Mr. Khan was born in a small town called Serai Naurang, 40 km west of District Lakki Marwat, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He matriculated from his native district school. He received his BSc and then MSc degrees in Forestry from Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar during 1993 and 1997. He was awarded 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals during his MSc Forestry course.

Immediately after completing his education, he joined the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in 1997 and there he implemented the project "study of people and resource dynamic in the Hindu Kush - Himalayan region of Pakistan, India, Nepal and China" more commonly known as PARDYP.

In 2002, he joined the Farm Forestry Support Project (FFP) of the SDC and Inter-Cooperation (IC) aiming at introducing improved farm forestry practices in the rain fed areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.  In January 2009 he became Provincial Project Coordinator for the UNDP assisted Sustainable Land Management Project to Combat Land Degradation and Desertification in arid regions of Pakistan. He is currently part of the GIZ team in Pakistan as a Technical Advisor for Governance. 

Mr. Khan has completed work assignments outside Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and AJK. In 2012-13 he worked for UNCCD as member of the Adhoc Advisory Group for provision of Scientific Advise (AGSA) on Land Degradation and Desertification. He served UNCCD 2013-14 as member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for the 3rd International Scientific Conference. In addition, Mr. Khan is on the Board of Governors for Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) since 2012, General Secretary of the International Organization on Biotechnology & Bioengineering (IOBB), and a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM).

                                                                                               (Updated On November 2014)