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Dr. Adil Najam

(LEAD Pakistan’s board member from 2011-2017)

Dr. Adil Najam is a globally renowned Pakistani academic and intellectual and a leading expert on issues related to developing country environmental policy, especially climate change. He is currently the Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies and Professor of International Relations and of Earth & Environment, both at Boston University. Before this he was serving as Vice Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Dr Najam has served as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), work for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore. In 2008 he was nominated by the United Nations Secretary General to serve on the United Nations Committee on Development Policy (UN CDP). In 2009 he was awarded one of Pakistan’s highest civil awards, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) medal by the President of Pakistan.

Dr Najam has also taught at MIT, University of Massachusetts and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human well-being.

Dr Najam has written nearly 100 scholarly papers and book chapters, and his recent books include: Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Trade and Environment Negotiations: A Resource Book (2006); Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002).

Dr Najam is a past winner of MIT’s Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching, the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award, and the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award, and the Pakistan Television Medal for Outstanding Achievement. He also serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly publications, including Global Governance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, The Journal of Ecological Economics, Annual Editions: Environment, and The Encyclopedia of Earth. He is frequently interviewed by and writes for the popular media and is the founding editor of the blog Pakistaniat.com.

Dr Najam is an expert in international diplomacy and development. His research interests include sustainable development, Muslim and South Asian politics, environmental politics in developing countries, and philanthropy among immigrant communities in the United States. Much of his work has focused on longer-term global policy problems, especially those related to human well-being and sustainable development. He contributed to Pakistan’s first environmental policy document, as well as to that country’s report to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, has worked closely with governments and civil society in both industrialized and developing countries, and regularly collaborates with the United Nations. He is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), and serves on the Boards of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR) and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada.

Dr Najam attended University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, (UET). He did his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. After Graduating from UET, Adil Najam went to United States for higher studies where he attended MIT. He holds two Masters Degrees and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

(LEAD Pakistan’s board member from June 2002-June 2005)

Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi is Pakistan’s former Law Minister and is an LLM from the University of Cambridge UK. He is the Senior Partner of a well-reputed law firm ABS & Co having its office in Lahore and Islamabad.

Mr. Soofi acted as an expert from Pakistan to provide country report that became part of the ICRC Customary Study on international humanitarian law.  He has done extensive work for improving legislation in Pakistan relating to human rights and international humanitarian law.  In this regard, Mr. Soofi and his team carried out a one volume comprehensive comparison of Pakistan’s entire legislation with the Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocols and the Rome Statute.  He also supervised preparation of a ratification memo for the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) containing comparison of Pakistan’s domestic legislation with the provisions of the ICCPR that formed the basis to ratify the ICCPR by the Government.

Akmal Hussain

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from July 1995 to June 1997)

Dr. Akmal Hussain is an Economist who specializes in action research on Development. He is Distinguished Professor of Economics, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University); Distinguished Professor, Beaconhouse National University; Member, Governing Board, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS); and Senior Fellow, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.

Besides having taught in a wide range of academic and professional institutions at home and abroad, Dr. Hussain has undertaken research on Economic Policy, Poverty Alleviation and Regional Cooperation in South Asia. He has also helped to establish civil society institutions for poverty alleviation, engaged in advocacy for Regional Cooperation in South Asia at the national and international levels, and contributed to national economic policy as an independent economist.  Dr. Hussain is listed in several world biographical reference books, including the Marquis WHO'S WHO, and has been interviewed by PTV, BBC, Doordarshan, ABC and Voice of Germany.

He enjoys photography, listening to classical music, reading, and trekking. He has three sons and lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

His areas of expertise include High Courts and Supreme Court litigation and also transactional work. Mr. Soofi has appeared in several cases before the Supreme Court of Pakistan having national importance. He has also advised Government of Pakistan on several important legal issues.

Altaf Muhammad Saleem

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 1999 to June 2004)

Altaf Muhammad Saleem graduated from University of Karachi and attended Advanced Management Programs at leading international universities and management schools including Harvard Business School and IMD Switzerland. He served on the Board of companies both in private and public sectors. He chaired the Board of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, the main gas distribution utility of Pakistan and Pakistan Industrial Credit & Investment Corporation (PICIC).

He was appointed Chairman of Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) after the October 2005 earthquake with status of Federal Minster. He also served as founder Chairman of National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) a commission setup to promote vocational training and technical education in the country.

Altaf M. Saleem has keen interest in Nature Conservation. He has been the President of World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan and served on the Board of Trustees of WWF International, Switzerland. He also served as Chairman of LEAD Pakistan. He was decorated with Sitara-e-Essar by the President of Pakistan for his service for the earthquake affected people.

Ameena Saiyid

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2006- June 2012)

Ameena Saiyid, OBE, is Managing Director,Oxford University Press, Pakistan. She is the first woman in Pakistan to become head of a multinational company. In 2009, she was elected Vice President of OICCI and will automatically become President of OICCI in 2010. She is the first woman in the 150 years’ history of OICCI to become Vice President and President. In 2005 Ameena was honoured by the British Queen by the award of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services for the  promotion of Anglo Pakistan relations, democracy, women’s rights, education, and intellectual property rights.

She taught at the Lahore American School before joining Oxford University Press, Pakistan, in 1979, where she worked in various capacities in sales, marketing and editorial functions based in Lahore with responsibility for the Punjab and NWFP regions and then later in Karachi. She left OUP Pakistan in 1986 to set up her own publishing house under the name of Saiyid Books which grew into a successful business.

She has been working for the promotion and rights of Pakistan authors by publishing and promoting their books in Pakistan and abroad and by ensuring their intellectual property rights are asserted and protected and their books are not pirated so that they get a fair benefit from the sales of their books. She wants to make writing and authorship by Pakistani authors worth their while so that they can contribute and grow the literary treasure and heritage of Pakistan.

Arjumand Nizami

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 1999 to June 2004)

Ms. Nizami did her Bachelors and Masters in Forestry from Pakistan Forest Institute in Peshawar. Her specialization was in Farm and Energy Forestry Management / Agro-forestry. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Natural Resource Governance form Wageningen University, Rural Development Sociology Group, the Netherlands. She currently holds the position of Programme Coordinator Pakistan in Intercooperation Pakistan in a joint capacity with her Swiss counterpart. Intercooperation (IC) is a Swiss NGO with its Headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. IC operates in 23 countries around the world, including Pakistan.

Her responsibilities in IC Pakistan include overall programme management, backstopping projects and providing thematic and technical support and networking. Her fields of experience include management of natural resources, particularly collaborative forest management, farm forestry, non timber forest produce, conflict management in natural resource management, dryland management and policy. Other areas include project /programme cycle management, monitoring and evaluation, institutional development of NGOs (local/national), workshops facilitation and documentation. She has been extensively engaged in institutional reforms in NWFP Forest Department and in other policy dialogues related to NRM at national level.

She is a member of Cohort 4 and participated in trainings in Costa Rica, Japan and Zimbabwe. She also represented LEAD International Delegation in World Science Conference UNESCO/ICSU) in Budapest, Hungary. Born in 1971, married in 1998 and has two children.

Ayesha Haroon

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 1999 to June 2003)

Ms. Ayesha Haroon is currently Editor of the Op-Ed Section of The Nation. She received her Bachelor's in Economics and English Literature from Kinnaird College, Lahore. Ms. Haroon received her first Master's in English Literature from Kinnaird College, followed by another in International Journalism from the City University, London. Previously, Ms. Haroon worked as a Special Correspondent for The Nation where her writing focused on the economic policies of the government, agriculture and irrigation, tax structure, and perspective pieces on politics and development issues. She also worked as Features Editor for The Frontier Post. In addition, she covered economic and political stories for Reuters during 1993-1994. In 1991, Ms. Haroon undertook a three-week placement with the BBC's Eastern Topical Unit and gave three talks. The major talk was a piece dealing with the economic effects of the Gulf War on South Asia with special reference to Pakistan. Ms. Haroon has been a freelance journalist for the BBC Urdu Service, Newsline, Panos, Index on Censorship, UNICEF Sources, and ICRC Quarterly.

Ayub Qutub

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from August 1997 to August 2003)

Mr. Ayub Qutub has twenty-six years of experience in the areas of environment conservation, sustainable development, and urban regional planning. He specializes in strategy and program formulation, policy advice, leadership of multi-disciplinary teams, and in the facilitation of public meetings and expert workshops. As founder member and currently President of PIEDAR, a non-profit institution, he is involved in environmental action research with grassroots organizations in 32 villages and eight low-income communities in the Punjab, NWFP, and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan. From 1988-1991, he was the coordinator and principal writer of the National Conservation Strategy (NCS). Earlier, Mr. Qutub led research teams on the various aspects of urban policy and planning. Mr. Qutub has also worked as a senior consultant in two Mid-East countries and undertaken consultancy assignments for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), CIDA, the Dutch Government, the United Nations Commission for Human Settlement (UNCHS), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank. He has participated in prestigious international working groups, including UNEP, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Taskforce on Biodiversity. Mr. Qutub is also a member of several leading associations including the IUCN Commission on Environment Strategy and Planning, and the Independent Group for South Asian Cooperation (IGSAC). He has published several papers in reputed international journals on the environment, population, and urbanization. He also represented Pakistan at the 11th Plenary of the Inter-Government Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Rome in 1995. He is mentioned in the Who's Who in the World's Environment and Conservation (Earthscan/IUCN 1997).

Bushra Gohar

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from July 1995 to June 2002)

Ms. Bushra Gohar is the Central Vice President of the Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan and was elected as a Member of Parliament on reserved seats for women in the Pakistan’s 2008 National elections. She was elected as the chair of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Women’s Development in 2009 and is a member of the Working Council of the Women Parliamentary Caucus. She is also a member of the National Assembly’s Standing Committees on Finance and Revenue, Interior and Kashmir Affairs.

Ms. Gohar has a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from USA, with over 19 years experience in policy design and influence, development design and plans, projects evaluation and in implementing human rights and development programmes in Pakistan and the region. She has been a member of the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), National Council on Social Welfare, Chair of the South Asia Partnership-International (SAP-I), Regional and Global Vice President of the International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) and a member of a number of Provincial and Federal Government’s advisory committees on women and children’s rights. She has represented the civil society and the Government of Pakistan in the United Nations and other International forums on several occasions. During the course of her professional career, Ms. Gohar has had the opportunity to work with a number of local and International NGOs and donor agencies on a number of large multi sector projects.

Farooq Rahmatullah

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2003 to June 2006)

Mr. Rahmatullah is a law graduate from University of Peshawar. He joined Burmah Shell Oil and Distribution Company in 1968 and worked in different capacities i.e. chemicals, human resources, marketing, supply, distribution, retail, etc. Transferred to Shell International London in 1994, he was appointed as a Manager in the Business Strategy Division and was involved in various portfolios covering over 140 countries. On his return in 1998, he was appointed as Head of Operations of Shell Pakistan and was looking after Middle East and South Asia (MESA). In 2001 he was appointed as Chairman of Shell Companies in Pakistan and Managing Director of Shell Pakistan Limited. He has been a founding member of PAPCO (Pak Arab Pipeline Company Limited). He retired from Shell on June 30, 2006. He has also served as Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan, Chairman of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited and Chairman of LEADS Pakistan. He has been Chairman of Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) since June, 2005. He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Faysal Bank Limited. He also serves as Director on Hascol Petroleum Limited, founding member of Pakistan Human Development Fund, Director on the Board of Society for Sustainable Development, member of Resource Development Committee of Aga Khan University Hospital and member of Pakistan Stone Development Company.

Dr Ishrat Husain

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 1999 to June 2004)

Dr. Ishrat Husain is currently serving as Dean & Director of Institute of Business Administration, Karachi – the oldest graduate business school in Pakistan established in 1955. Since 2008, after assuming the office of Dean & Director, he has been engaged in the transformation of the Institute to become one of the ranking Global Business schools. He served as the Chairman, National Commission for Government Reforms for two years from 2006 to 2008 with the status of Federal Minister reporting directly to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Commission produced a two volume report on governance reforms in Pakistan. He was appointed the Governor of Pakistan’s Central Bank in December 1999. During the next six years, he implemented a major program of restructuring of the Central Bank and steered the reforms of the banking sector. As a member of the economic management team of the Government, he played a key role in the impressive economic turnaround of Pakistan. In recognition of his meritorious services he was conferred the prestigious award of “Hilal-e-Imtiaz” by the President of Pakistan in 2003. The Banker Magazine of London declared him as the Central Bank Governor of the year for Asia in 2005. He received the Asian Banker Lifetime achievement award in 2006.

Dr. Husain had a distinguished career at the World Bank for over two decades 1979-1999. Among the key positions he held at the Bank were Resident Representative to Nigeria, head of the Bank’s Debt and International Finance Division, Chief Economist for Africa between 1991-94 and later as Chief Economist for East Asia and Pacific Region. He became the Bank’s Director Poverty and Social Department and in 1997 he was named the Country Director for Central Asian Republics.

Since his retirement as the Governor he has been actively involved in many national and international assignments. During 2005-06 he was appointed by the Board of IMF as a member of a three person panel to evaluate the IEO. He was a member of the Mahathir Commission 2020 vision for the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). He also advised the IDB for creating its poverty reduction fund. He was appointed by the Board of Asian Development Bank to a two member independent panel to restructure the Accountability Mechanism. He is currently a member of Middle East Advisory Group of the IMF, the Regional Advisory Group of the UNDP, and was Chairman World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Pakistan until June 2014.

During 2009-10 he was appointed by the Government of Pakistan to chair the Pay and Pension Commission. Between 2011-14 he served as an independent Director on the Board of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)-- the largest Social safety net and conditional cash transfer program targeted at the poor households of Pakistan. He is currently Convener, Economic Advisory Council, Ministry of Finance and Member, Advisory Council to the Minister of Planning, Development and Reforms.

Mr. Husain has maintained an active scholarly interest in development issues. He has authored 18 books and monographs and contributed more than three dozen articles in refereed journals and 27 chapters in books. His book “Pakistan: The Economy of the Elitist State” published by Oxford University Press is widely read in Pakistan and outside. He is regularly invited as a speaker to international conferences and seminars and has attended more than 100 such events all over the world since 2006. He is the Distinguished National Professor of Economics and Public Policy and serves on the Boards of several research institutes, philanthropic and cultural organizations.

Ishrat Husain obtained Master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College and Doctorate in Economics from Boston University in 1978. He is a graduate of Executive Development program jointly sponsored by Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD.

Javed Akbar

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 1999 to June 2004)

Javed Akbar joined the Pakistan Petroleum Limited Board in September, 2010. He is Chairman of the Board Audit Committee and member of Operations and Finance, Procurement and Risk Management committees. Akbar holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the United Kingdom and has 36 years of experience in fertilizer and chemical business with Exxon, Engro and Vopak.

Between 1973 and 2000, he managed the Exxon and Engro fertilizer plants and their expansion in Pakistan, worked in Exxon’s Chemical Technology divisions in USA and Canada besides serving as human resources manager in Exxon, Pakistan. In 2000, Akbar was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Engro Vopak Terminal Limited, a joint venture between Engro and Royal Vopak of Holland. He was also part of the buyout team in 1991 when Exxon divested its stake in Engro.

After his retirement, he established a consulting company in 2006, specializing in strategic analyses and forecasting of petroleum, petrochemical and energy industry trends. Akbar serves on the Board of Directors of Engro Fertilizer, Engro Powergen, Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited, Engro Vopak Terminal, Dawood Hercules Dawood Hercules Fertilizers and Javed Akbar Associates and is on the panel of environmental experts of Sindh Environmental Protection Agency.

Kauser Abdulla Malik

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2010)

Dr Kauser Abdulla Malik is an educationist/academician of repute - currently Professor of Biotechnology at Forman Christian [FC] College Lahore. He is member of some outstanding intellectual bodies - Planning Commission of Pakistan, National Commission on Biotechnology, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, National Institute for Biotechnology [also its Founding Director] and Genetic Engineering and Nuclear Institute for Agriculture & Biology.

Besides other national and international distinctions, Government of Pakistan has bestowed him with Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for his meritorious contribution in research and education.

Dr Malik has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Aston, UK. He joined the LEAD Board in June 2010.

Khawar Mumtaz

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from 2013)

Mrs. Khawar Mumtaz is an esteemed social development activist with a long standing experience in the field of women’s rights advocacy. Mrs. Mumtaz has been associated with Shirkat Gah as one of its three Coordinators since 1988. Her expertise is in the area of women’s political empowerment, gender and development, women and environment, reproductive health and rights and, more recently, poverty. Her work spans from capacity building of grassroots organizations to advocacy with policy makers. She combines her interest in research with the insights of grassroots women to make inputs in policy formulation.

Her immense contribution to the empowerment of women has come in the form of her publications, position papers and involvement in several networks and local and international NGOs promoting the rights of women/ seeking to end gender discrimination.

She is currently serving as a Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women. Among her accolades are the Prime Minister's Award in 1989 for her publication “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”, and the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in recognition of her efforts to promote women’s social, legal and development rights.

Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary 

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 1999 to June 2004)

Prof. Choudhary was born in 1959 in Karachi, Pakistan. He is a professor at the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan.

Prof. Choudhary obtained his PhD from the HEJ Institute - in Organic Chemistry in 1987; and his MSc degree in 1983 from the University of Karachi, Pakistan, also in Organic Chemistry. He also did his BSc degree at the University of Karachi in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Botany.

Dr Choudhary is involved in nationally important projects of academic nature including; the survey of medicinal plants in Pakistan, environmental monitoring, capacity building in Science and Technology in Pakistan, etc. He is also involved in industrial projects and currently heading the largest Industrial Analytical Centre of Pakistan. He is also currently the project director of the newly established Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicines and Drug Development.

Prof. Choudhary is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London; American Chemical Society; International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC); American Society of Pharmacology; New York Academy of Sciences; Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS); and a member of executive board of the Asian Network of Research on Anti Diabetic Plants (ANRAP).

Prof. Choudhary was awarded the Tamgha-E-Imtiaz, in 1998; the Sitara-E-Imtiaz in 2001, both by the President of Pakistan. He was also awarded the Abdussalam Prize in Chemistry in 1990; and the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) young chemist award in 1994.

M. Jahanzeb Khan

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2002-June 2005)

Dr M. Jahanzeb Khan has been teaching different courses to M.Sc./M.Phil./Ph.D. students since 1990 at the Department of Psychology, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He has also been teaching in the Institute of Management Sciences, Institute of Management Studies, and College of Home Economics. He completed his M.Phil. (in the area of assessment of depression) and then Ph.D. on ethnic self-discrepancy in Afghan refugees and native Pukhtoons in Khyber Pakhtun Khwa.

He has been publishing in quality journals and also organized international conferences, seminars, and workshops. He has been editing an international and a national journal in the area of social sciences. He is supervising M.Phil. and Ph.D. scholars in University of Peshawar as an HEC recognized supervisor. In 2007 he was able to secure a Fulbright fellowship and has successfully completed his postdoc at University of California at Berkeley in 2008. During his stay in the U.S., he was attached to the Graduate School of Education, Department of Psychology, and Psychology Clinic. He also delivered seminars at UC Berkeley and American University in Washington, DC. He has been a member of several academic and administrative bodies in his university and other institutions (e.g., the Senate, Academic Council, and different committees of University of Peshawar, Peshawar University Teachers’ Association, Malakand University, and Institute of Management Sciences).

He has developed and adapted various cognitive and personality tests (e.g., Islamic Identity Scale, Pukhto Adjectives Checklist, Teachers Evaluation Scales, Islamic Identity Scale). He is a leading researcher in the area of Pukhtoon studies in social sciences in his part of the world. His other areas of interest are self and identity, social psychology, clinical psychology, and psychometrics.

Muhammad Shakil Durrani

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2006 to June 2012)

Mr Durrani played a pivotal role in accelerating the pace of construction of Neelum-Jehlum Hydropower Project and to this effect he managed to import the high-tech two Tunnel Boring Machines of worth $93 million to complete the project by 2016.

He took this decision to complete the said project before the completion of Kishenganga project which India is constructing on the river Neelum in held Kashmir. In case India builds its project first, it will have the water priority rights of the river Neelum on which Pakistan is building Neelum-Jehlum Hydropower Project with the capacity to generate 969 MW electricity.

Musharaf Hai,

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 2003 to January 2009)

She joined LEAD Pakistan's Board in January 2003. She studied in the London School of Economics and Boston University, U.S.A. She joined Unilever Pakistan in 1983 in the Marketing Department and her major assignments thereafter were in the Company's Personal Care and Detergents businesses.

From 1993 to 1996 she was assigned to Unilever Headquarters in London, working for Unilever's East Asia-Pacific and Africa/Middle East operations. On her return to Pakistan, Musharaf Hai was made responsible for Unilever Pakistan's Ice Cream Division and was then appointed Director for Home & Personal Care Division. Thereafter she moved to the position of Sales Director of the Company and was working in that position when, on the 1st July 2001, she was appointed Chairman and CEO

Dr. Nabeela Ali

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 2011 to January 2014)

Dr. Ali is a distinguished public health expert, strategic planner and implementer. She is a medical doctor with a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University, USA. She has been working for the health and wellbeing of the people of Pakistan for the last 25 years in both public and private sectors. Equipped with rich experience of serving rural and marginalized communities, Dr Ali has been involved in conceptualization and implementation of a number of national policies, plans and strategies. She led Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN) - one of the biggest donor funded health and family planning projects in Pakistan that was being implemented at federal, provincial, and district levels as well as in Azad Kashmir and FATA. The project served as a model of integrated health management and implementation and has successfully tested the functional integration of health and family planning services in Pakistan.

Dr. Nabeela Ali - one of the most distinguished public health expert, strategic planner and implementer - is a medical doctor with Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, USA. She has been working for the health and wellbeing of the people of Pakistan for the last 25 years in both public and private sectors. Equipped with rich experience of serving rural and marginalized communities, Dr. Nabeela has been involved in conceptualization and implementation of a number of national policies, plans and strategies. She is currently leading Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns (PAIMAN) - one of the biggest donor funded health and family planning projects in the history of Pakistan that is being implemented at federal, provincial, and district levels as well as in Azad Kashmir and FATA. The project is a model of integrated health management and implementation and has successfully tested the functional integration of health and family planning services in Pakistan.

Nauman Wazir

(Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2009 to June 2014)

Engineer Squadron Leader (retired) Mr. Nauman Wazir is a leading industrialist who specializes in engineering and is currently the CEO of two commercial enterprises – Frontier Foundry and Master Marble.

Mr. Wazir holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the College of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Karachi. From 1973 to 1986, Mr. Wazir was enlisted in the Pakistan Air Force. He represented Pakistan at the United Nations 13th Session of Metal Trades Committee in Geneva and participated in the Seminar on Improvement of Foundry Castings in Jakarta. He is a member of several organizations and in differing capacities such as: the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry Peshawar, the Jamrud Industrialists Association in Peshawar, the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, the Governing Body of Workers Welfare Fund, the Board of Directors of Technical Education for the North West Frontier Province, and the Income Tax/Environment Committee of the Jamrud Industrialists Association.

Mr. Wazir is the Chairman of three entities – Industrial & Trade Advisory Cell; SME Task Force: Working Committee [GoP]; and Investment Committee, WWF [GoP]. He has written research papers on a range of issues related to business, industry and economy.

Pervaz Hassan

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from July 1995 to June 2001)

Mr. Hassan, one of the founding members, Chairman/President, of LEAD Pakistan, has been on the Board from July 1995 to June 2001.

Education: Doctor of Laws, 1969, Harvard University; Master of Laws, 1963, Yale University; Bachelor of Laws, 1961, Punjab University and Bachelor of Arts, 1959, Punjab University.

Mr. Hassan is a recipient of the following awards: Global 500 Roll of Honor by the United Nations Environment Program for Outstanding Environmental Achievements (1991); Elizabeth Haub Prize (2000) for work in the field of environment (this has been announced but the Prize will be formally awarded in a ceremony in Brussels on 16 November 2000)

Mr. Hassan pioneered and led over two decades Pakistan's quest for environmental protection. He has been affiliated with IUCN for many years and has served as Chair, Commission on Environmental Law, 1990 - 1996. In that position, Mr. Hassan led several initiatives for the development of international environmental law. Following several international meetings, CEL, under his leadership, finalized the IUCN Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development and launched it by presenting it to the U.N. General Assembly in 1995. Dr. Hassan also led the establishment of regional capacity building centers for environmental law and was co-founder of the Asia - Pacific Centre of Environmental Law in Singapore. Mr. Hassan was also Chair of the Statutes Review Committee, 1994 - 1996. As Chair, Dr. Hassan led, through negotiations and consensus building over a two year period involving extensive visits to the national and regional fora of IUCN, to the successful adoption of the Revised Statutes by the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Montreal in 1996. Democratizing the governance of the Union and its components such as the Commissions will enable the Union to better meet the challenges of the coming millennium.

Mr. Hassan has published widely. Some of his works include: Agenda 21: And The UNCED Proceedings (6 Volumes) (co-edited with Nicholas A. Robinson and Francoise Burhenne-Guilmin) (Oceana Publications, 1994); Perspectives on Pakistan (Pakistan, 1992) [This book includes several articles on Politics, Constitution, Martial Law, and National Economy]; and numerous articles on environment, law and national affairs in law journals and other publications in the U.S., Europe and Pakistan.

Qazi Asmat Isa

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from July1995 to August 1997)

Qazi Azmat Isa has a passionate commitment to improve the lives of poor and marginalized people: This commitment is tempered by a healthy pragmatism which emanates from a diverse and cross-sectoral work experience and having had close contacts with government (federal and provincial) NGOs, donors, (multilateral and bilateral) and communities. This background has provided Qazi Azmat Isa with a deep insight of the issues in development and has enabled him wherever he has worked to forge genuine partnerships between all the key players in the development process.

Mr. Isa previously served as the Senior Community Development Specialist at the World Bank in Islamabad. Prior to this, within the same subsidiary, he activated as National Country Officer with UNDP/World Bank Water and Sanitation Program, and afterwards as Project Advisor. He also acted as the CE of Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP). His area of interests have also covered service in voluntary capacity, since Qazi Azmat Isa was also Chairman of the Society for the Protection of Child Rights (SPARC) and Board Member with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Aurat Foundation and LEAD. Currently, Qazi Azmat is the CEO, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Islamabad.

Quratulain Bakhtear

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from July 1995 to January 1999)

Quratulain Bakhtear, founding member of LEAD Pakistan, has been on the Board from July 1995 to January 1999.

The Founding Director of the Institute for Development Studies and Practices, Quratulain Bakhteari has dedicated her career to raising the next generation of social and political activists in Pakistan. Despite a tumultuous adolescence and young adult life that included living in a refugee camp near Karachi and the responsibility of three children by the age of 22, Bakhteari managed to earn her Master's Degree from Karachi University and later, her Doctorate from the University of Technology in Loubrough, England. Passionately involved in bettering the community, and encouraging others to do the same, Bakhteari has worked with UNICEF and the Government of Balochistan, and founded the Institute for Development Studies and Practices. Her work has focused on health care, education, and social activism - all three of which she seeks to inspire her students to become involved in. Her organization, the IDSP, focuses on training students in learning centers and offering them the opportunity to be engaged in their local communities where they can think in innovative and creative ways to implement positive change. For changing the lives of over a million Pakistanis, and inspiring change the will have an impact on generations to come, Bakhteari has been recognized as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur.

Rahila Durrani

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 2011 to January 2014)

Ms Durrani is a journalist/lawyer turned politician. She is a recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz that was conferred on her by the President of Pakistan in 2007 for her work on child labor, women discrimination, human rights and social work. She is currently Minister for Department of Prosecution, Balochistan Government. She has been member of Balochistan Assembly twice. She is the Chairperson of Balochistan Women Parliamentary Caucus and has also served as Advisor to Balochistan Chief Minister on health, education, law, tourism and environment. She is serving on the boards of several organizations and committees - Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Public Safety Commission Balochistan, and UNICEF committee on education are names a few. During her career as journalist, she worked with Daily Jang Quetta, The Balochistan Times, Zamana, Bakhabar and Jehan Numa. For ten years, she practices law. She is also a certified homeopath doctor.

Ms Durrani has a master’s in law from University of Karachi. She is also a LEAD Fellow.

Sadiqa Salahuddin

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2002 to June 2005)

Sadiqa Salahuddin is the founder and Executive Director of the Indus Resource Centre (IRC), a support organization in Sindh province, Pakistan that is dedicated to the empowerment and mainstreaming of marginalized rural communities.

Previously, Ms. Salahuddin served as the director of the Non-Governmental Organization Resource Centre (NGORC), a project of the Aga Khan Foundation. NGORC focuses on capacity building (training, networking, information dissemination and research) and the creation of an enabling policy environment for civil society. NGORC, with its research studies and advocacy, was instrumental in bringing about important changes in fiscal and other policies and procedures benefiting NGOs.

Ms. Salahuddin is recognized as one of the leading development professionals in Pakistan and a prominent contributor to the enhancement of Pakistan’s civil society. Her early experience as a management trainer for senior government officials became the foundation for capacity-building initiatives across the civil society spectrum. Her insight of government systems, combined with hands-on experience of capacity-building at the grassroots level, increased the effectiveness of NGO-government collaboration.

Ms. Salahuddin has two Master’s degrees in economics, one from Karachi University in Pakistan, the other from Syracuse University in the United States. She also holds a Master of Science degree in management from the Management Education Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Prof. Saleem H Alii

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from 2014- 2017)

Professor Saleem H. Ali holds the Chair in Sustainable Resources Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute in Brisbane Australia. Established in 2015 - the year the United Nations has committed to launching the Sustainable Development Goals - the University of Queensland will use the Chair's mandate to focus research and training efforts towards reaching these goals in the most ecologically and economically efficient way. In addition he holds an Adjunct Professorship of Environmental Planning at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Natural Resources (USA). His research focuses on environmental conflicts in the extractive industries and how ecological cooperation can promote peace in international relations.

He is the author of 3 sole authored books including “Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future,” (published by Yale University Press), and Environmental Diplomacy (with Lawrence Susskind, Oxford Univ. Press) and over a hundred other peer-reviewed publications.

His prior appointments include a Technical Leadership Program position at General Electric (GE), and research associate position at the Boston-based consulting firm Industrial Economics Inc. Professor Ali was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and received an Emerging Explorer award from the National Geographic Society in 2010, and has since then also been a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. Professor Ali’s research has been funded by numerous public and private sector organizations including the Ford Foundation, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, as well as the Australian, British and German government’s various research agencies. He serves on the board of governors of the non-profit environmental organization LEAD-Pakistan.

Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from MIT, a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University and Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tufts University.

Professor Ali can be followed on Twitter @saleem_ali

Salima Hashmi

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 2007 - January 2010 & January 2010 - January 2013)

Professor Salima Hashmi is a painter, art educationist, writer and curator. She was educated at the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore, the Bath Academy of Art, U.K., and the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. She taught for 30 years at NCA, Pakistan's premier art institution, and retired as its Principal. She has exhibited her own work, travelled and lectured extensively all over the world, and has curated about a dozen international art shows in the U.K., Europe, the USA, Australia, Japan and India. She is a recipient of The President's Award for Pride of Performance, Pakistan.

Shafqat Kakakhel

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 2004 to January 2007)

Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel (Chairperson of the Board, Former Assistant Secretary General of UN, Former Deputy Executive Director, UNEP.) Shafqat Kakakhel has been a member of the SDPI Board of Governors since 2009. He is a former member of Pakistan's Diplomatic Service and also served as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme for nearly a decade.

Shafqat akakhel represented Pakistan at the Rio+5 Conference and the Kyoto Climate Change meeting in 1997. In August 1998, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him as Deputy Executive Director of UNEP with the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General, a position he held until his voluntary retirement in December 2007. 

Shafqat Kakakhel has tried to contribute to efforts by the Government and other stakeholders for the protection of the country's fragile environment. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the M/O Environment, the Task Force on Climate Change and Board of Governors of the SDPI. He designed and taught a course on Global Environmental Issues and Governance for M.Phil programme at the Environmental Economics Center of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, in 2009. Shafqat Kakakhel was elected member of the Executive Board of the UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanisms for 2009-10 and again for the years 2011-12, representing the Non Annex parties of Asia Pacific. Shafqat Kakakhel likes to read books, take long walks, listen to music and play with his three grandsons as often as possible.

Sheraz Manzoor Haider

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from June 2004 to June 2010)

Mr. Haider belongs to the Audit & Accounts cadre of Superior Civil Services of Pakistan. He has worked as Deputy Accountant General in the office of the Account General, and Assistant Auditor General in the Department of the Auditor General of Pakistan. He has been on the editorial board of the Annual Report of the Auditor General of Pakistan in 2000.Since 2004; he has been working as Advisory Technical Assistance consultant, in the Governance Unit at Pakistan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank, where he advises the lenders on contract management, disbursement and fiduciary arrangements.

Mr. Haider has deep interest in issues related to environment, sustainability and development. He has been involved in a number of initiatives undertaken for analysing governance and sustainability issues in civil society organizations. Mr. Haider has been the founder member and first Vice President of Pakistan's leading forum for environmental journalists- 'Green Press'. He has been the Mentor for Pakistani delegation to Global Environmental Youth Convention in Lund, Sweden, 2000.In 2001, he represented LEAD at the 9th session of Commission on Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters. As a LEAD Associate, He undertook pioneering work on design and implementation of environmental audit within the framework of government auditing in Pakistan.

Mr. Haider has been twice elected as the member of the Board of Governors of LEAD Pakistan.

Shoaib Sultan Khan

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from July 1995 to January 1999)

As senior advisor, South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Shoaib Sultan Khan has undertaken since August 1994, setting up of demonstration pilots in the six countries of the SAARC region, on the pattern of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), a highly successful rural development programme, whose evolution has been overseen by Mr. Khan since its inception in December1982, which has been internationally recognized for its innovative and effective approach.

Mr. Khan obtained his Master of Arts degree in English from Lucknow University. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1955, and subsequently completed a Public Administration Course at the University of Cambridge. Mr. Khan has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Peshawar University, in addition to which he has also done academic work at Birmingham University and at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. .During the tenure with the Government, Mr. Khan served as Deputy Director of Civil Service Academy. Deputy Commissioner Kohat and Peshawar, Commissioner of Karachi Division: Secretary of Health, education and Social Welfare, Government of North West Frontier Province and Director of the Pakistan Academy of Rural Development.

Mr. Khan's career in rural development dates back to 1959 when he came in contact with Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. On the pattern of Comilla Project, he established the Daudzai Pilot Project of the integrated Rural Development Programme in Pakistan in 1972. In 1978, he went to Nagoya, Japan, as a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Regional Development. Between 1979 and 1982, he worked in Sri Lanka as the UNICEF consultant on the Mahaweli Ganga Development Project.

Vaqar Zakaria

(LEAD Pakistan’s Board Member from January 2006 to January 2012)

Vaqar Zakaria has over 35 years’ experience in energy and environmental management in Pakistan and in the region. His professional focus has been on business policy and strategy evaluation, planning of energy production and distribution systems, energy pricing, demand forecasting, and environmental assessment of energy projects. With private sector firms, he has been extensively involved in power, and oil and gas infrastructure projects, including conceptual planning, engineering and project management.

He has assisted the Planning Commission, energy ministries, state owned utilities, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the private sector in the development of energy infrastructure, policies to promote investment in the energy sector, and in formulating short- and long-term energy plans. Mr Zakaria played a key role in setting up Hagler Bailly Pakistan in 1990, where he continues to oversee all organizational matters. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Himalayan Wildlife Project, an NGO active in setting up national parks and assisting the communities and government in management of the protected areas. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.


Last updated on September 2018