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Hina Lotia

Nobody excelled in LEAD as quickly as did Hina – from an intern in 1999 to the Director Programmes, Program Development Department in 2012. LEAD and Hina, both, have grown together. And now, she is literally the institution’s memory and a pillar – but yet modest in her working, ready to help her colleagues and new comers.

Hina has more than 14 years of experience in the development sector. She has hands-on 10 year experience in developing programmes, strategies and policy incentives as part of various interventions at LEAD. Other than being instrumental in developing LEAD’s overall framework document and the public policy program, she spearheaded the team of experts and staff to develop LEAD’s program on Climate Change - Climate Action Program (L-CAP), a five year initiative to promote climate compatible development in the country. To further the climate change programme, she developed and operationalized various online (web-based and email based) and community based networks including National Alliance on Climate Action (NACA), Knowledge Network on Climate Change (KNCC) and Climate Leaders Action Network (CLAN). Various projects were also designed to facilitate and nurture the network and its activities. Currently she is engaged in developing further programmatic areas for LEAD including Health and Water. She is also engaged in implementing the existing Climate Change programme by delivering multiple projects for various donors and designing new ones. As the regional coordinator for Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), she initiated the project in Asia, recruited and trained the team, developed business plans, systems/procedures for project scoping, implementation and monitoring. She also was instrumental in designing multitude of technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects with the respective country governments across Asia. In this role she was not only involved in strategic planning and scoping exercises for CDKN globally, but has also shaped the strategy for CDKN in Asia, sub-regionally and at a country level.

Currently she is developing the Water Programme and its implementation strategy for LEAD. It is a 5-year programme focusing on providing technical assistance, research, capacity building and public policy engagement in areas of disasters, droughts, trans-boundary, groundwater and water quality from an access, equity and hazard perspective.

She has been adept at managing multi-donor baskets funds, designing and managing projects (including financial management) focusing on Environment, Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Education, livelihood and Health. She has demonstrable experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, from project beneficiaries to governments to donors, on development policy and programming issues. Sound credentials in research ranging from specific case study development to conceptualization research, assessments and surveys on different service delivery elements. She has also been instrumental in designing and delivering modules and training programmes for multi sectors on a range of issues dealing with environmental and social issues.  Plays a strategic role in organization’s policies and has engaged in carrying out two strategic planning exercises at LEAD that gave the organization a new road-map. She has been representing the institution at national/international forums and also serving as a trainer at various events in LEAD programs.

Demonstrable experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, from project beneficiaries to governments to donors, on development policy and programming issues. Sound credentials in research ranging from specific case study development to conceptualization research, assessments and surveys on different service delivery elements. Has a few worthwhile publications to her credit: Lund-Thomsen, P. Mansur, A. & H. Lotia, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability of Donor-financed Interventions in the South: The Case of Pakistan, in Rahbek-Pedersen, E. & H. Muniche, Corporate Citizenship in Developing Countries, Copenhagen Business School Press, Copenhagen, 2006. She also prepared a Case Study on Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center which was published as part of the report: Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fundraising in Pakistan published with support from Asian Development Bank, The Asia Foundation, Nippon Foundation and USAID. She also contributed a chapter on Climate Change and Health in Asia Pacific Network (APN’s) recent book, Climate in Asia and the Pacific: Security, Society and Sustainability, published by Springer as a latest volume of the series Advances in Global Change Research.

She has strong analytical and written communications skills, evidenced by publications in national and international fora and extensive social and political economy analyses for new programs, as well as policy briefs for officials in the government. Has a Master of Science degree in Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Hina has also undergone a year long training on Sustainable Development as part of global Leadership Development Program (LDP) at LEAD. 

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