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Ashfaq Mahmood

Mr. Ashfaq Mahmood is an expert on Energy and Water issues. He had been Federal Secretary for Ministries of Water and Power, IT&Telecom, Planning and Development, Kashmir Affairs, Northern Areas, States and Frontier Region, Youth Affairs, Sports and Science and Technology. He had also been Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance , founding Managing Director of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority in Pakistan and head of the Energy Wing of Planning Commission. He retired as Federal Secretary in December 2008.

Mr. Mahmood had been intimately involved in the recent water issues with India on Baglihar Dam, Kishanganga and Wular Barrage projects. He led Secretary Level Talks with India on water issues and Pakistan's team in the case before the Neutral Expert on Baglihar Dam project. He also participated in the discussions on South Asia Water Cooperation (Abu Dhabi Group) , UN conference on Cross Border Governance Issues including water and Track II discussions on water issues between India and Pakistan (Neemrana and Institute of Conflict and Peace Studies). Besides, he had also been following up on water related matters with Afghanistan.

He has led preparation of several national plans and policies including draft National Water Policy , Independent Private Power Policies, Renewable Energy Policy , IT & Telecom Policy, National Youth Policy, Power Tariff Policy and several Socio-Economic Policies. He is well versed with various projects and issues in water and power sector in Pakistan , including but not limited to, water distribution amongst provinces, large canals and dams, telemetry, irrigation system, water conservation, power/energy supply and demand, energy conservation etc.

Mr. Mahmood is an Electrical Engineer with MS degree from USA. He had been a visiting scholar for UPENN's Energy Policy program and Resource Person for training programs at Ukraine, Bangladesh, Nigeria and USA. He had been a member of Board of Directors of several companies/organizations and Chairman of two large engineering organizations in Pakistan.

Mr. Ashfaq Mahmood holds National Talent's Medal from Pakistan and Eta KAPPA Nu honour from USA.

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Designation: Senior Advisor Water Programme
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