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Ali Tauqeer Sheikh

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh is the CEO of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan.  Mr. Sheikh manages the oldest, largest – and perhaps the most dynamic - network of professionals on sustainable development in the country, drawn from academia, business and industry, media, civil society organizations, and the government. He also heads Climate Leaders Action Network which consists of over 2,000 eminent experts from across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mr. Sheikh is deeply involved in various facets of sustainable development, particularly in poverty-environment nexus, climate vulnerabilities and equitable development. He has served as advisor/consultant to a number of national/international organizations such as Asian Development Bank, European Commission, IDRC, IFAD, JICA, Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The Asia Foundation, UNDP, UNESCO and the USAID. His areas of interest in particular are water governance, transboundary waters and groundwater management. He has written on many issues such as non-traditional threats to security, linking climate change and Sustainable Development Goals with planning and resource allocations for climate compatible development at national and subnational levels.

Mr. Sheikh was also the Asia Director for Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) that was managed by an alliance of organisations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, LEAD Pakistan, the Overseas Development Institute, and SouthSouthNorth. In this capacity, he led efforts to assist the governments of developing countries in the Asia region to mainstream climate compatible development in their policies and plans, strengthen their capacity to cope with climate induced disasters and extreme events, enhance their readiness to access international climate finance and to meaningfully engaged in international climate negotiations.

Mr. Sheikh has vast experience in training and facilitating multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary expert groups on policy planning, leadership development and consensus building. His work involves engagement with multiple stakeholders; from the government and private sector, to academia, media, think tanks and civil society from several regions. He has served on several boards and is a member of commissions and committees including the apex environmental body in the country, Pakistan Environment Protection Council (PEPC) chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Taskforce on Climate Change set up by the Planning Commission of Pakistan, the Core Group constituted by the Ministry of Climate Change charged to advise the Government of Pakistan on climate negotiations, and the Climate Change Commission constituted by the Lahore High Court.

Mr. Sheikh has represented Pakistan in several negotiating rounds since the 2001 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Presently, he is involved in helping design and plan the Climate Change Roadmap for the Government of Pakistan, and the Work Programme on Climate Change Migration as well as the Loss and Damage Programme for the Government of Bangladesh. He is also currently serving as a Co-chair of the Asia Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership that works in concert with the Global LEDS Partnership.  Apart from being a civil society representative on the Board of the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR), he also serves on the Advisory Board of Learning & Monitoring Group of the Climate Investment Fund (CIF), managed by the World Bank.

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Designation: CEO LEAD Pakistan
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