Professor Shahbaz Khan is the Director of the UNESCO Office in Beijing and UNESCO Representative to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea.
Prof Khan joined UNESCO in 2008 at its Headquarters as Chief of the Water and Sustainable Development Section. He has worked in Australia, France, Indonesia and Pakistan in various research, consultancy and policy positions around hydrology and sustainable development. His work has been widely recognized e.g. 2019 China Friendship Award and Great Wall Friendship Award China 2017. Prof Khan holds a Hon Doctorate Environment and Development from the National University of Malaysia and Hon DSc from the University of Birmingham.
Dean Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University
Adil Najam is the inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University which was founded in 2014 with a generous gift from BU alum Frederick S. Pardee. He is also a Professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment. Earlier, Prof. Adil Najam served as Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan and as the Director of the Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.
In addition to Boston University, Prof. Najam has taught at MIT and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Professor Najam was a co-author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); work for which the scientific panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the public understanding of climate change science.
Engineer and Alumni Sindh Agriculture University,Tandojam
Muhammad Umer Karim is an Engineer and Alumni of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam. He has been working in the field of Natural Resources Conservation, Agriculture Productivity, Irrigation Rehabilitation – Modernization, Master Planning, Policy and Strategy Formulation in Water and Agriculture Sectors of Sindh since the last eighteen (18) years. Mr. Karim has served as project coordination and monitoring Team Member for World Bank Financed Sindh Water Sector Improvement project (WSIP) completed in 2020. Nowadays, he is looking after Project Management and Technical Assistance aspects of the Sindh Barrage Improvement Project, under the banner of Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nations (UN-FAO).
Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environmental lawyer and partner at Saleem, Alam & Co. a law firm specialising in the energy, water, natural resources and urban infrastructure sectors. Mr. Alam has vast experience in environment law and regulation and regularly advises clients on environment, water, sustainability, climate change, energy efficiency and air quality issues. Mr. Alam has served as Chairman of the Lahore Electric Supply Company and Lahore Waste Management Company and as Vice Chairman of the Urban Unit. He is a Yale World Fellow and has served as a Member of the Pakistan Climate Change Council and Punjab Environment
Protection Council and currently as Senior Advisor to Air Quality Asia and as a Member of the Hisaar Foundation Think Tank on the Rational Use of Water.
Senior Adviser, Climate Change Negotiation team, Italian Government
Roberta Ianna, currently serving as senior adviser within the Climate Change Negotiation team of the Italian Government. National Focal Point for Art. 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (Education, Training and Public Awareness), co-chair of the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB), established at COP 21 in 2015 to address current and emerging gaps and needs in implementing and further enhancing capacity-building in developing countries and in charge of Capacity Building, Environmental Education and Global Climate Action Agenda issues.
Lead Water Economist for Eastern and Southern Africa
Diego J. Rodríguez is currently a Lead Water Economist for Eastern and Southern Africa based in the Bank’s office in Pretoria where he is responsible for analytical work on climate change, resilience, and urban water security. Prior to this, he spent five years as a Senior Water Resources Management Specialist based in the Bank’s office in Mexico City where he was responsible for the formulation and implementation of lending operations, and the design and implementation of sectoral, policy, and analytical studies. At the global level, he leads an initiative on water in the circular economy and resilience (WICER) and also leads the team responsible for implementing the decision tree framework for incorporating resilience and climate and non-climatic uncertainty into water resource planning and investment project design. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank and the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI). He holds a PhD in Economics (Water), an MA in Applied Economics and a BS in Economics. He has more than 25 years of experience in economic analysis of projects, non-market economic valuation, hydro economic analysis, and in incorporating water in macroeconomic frameworks.
Arvea is a Hamburg-based Italian entrepreneur, strategy adviser and innovation manager specialising in EU China environmental cooperation. She is Head of the Energy Transition Programme at the newly established Strasbourg Policy Centre, a member of the board and partner at Brainscapital Benefit Company, and a Sustainability Columnist for Brussels Morning, an EU, and International Affairs journal. In addition to this, she is a regular contributor to various Italian and international media outlets.
Arvea has extensive industry experience in R&D and innovation projects, PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships), start-ups and market development, circular economy models and climate change projects. She is an EIC expert, and evaluator for Horizon, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, as well as for other national innovation agencies such as the Italian Finpiemonte, and the Latvian LIAA. Since early 2020, she provides strategic guidance and advice to the Resilience Frontiers (RF) initiative, is a United Nations-led interagency project, set up and managed by Dr Youssef Nassef, Director Adaptation Division, UNFCCC. She is advisor to the boards of Arbio, a Peruvian NGO working to protect the Amazon rainforest, the Chinese-led WGDO (World Green Design Organization).
PhD, Research Group Leader ,Circular Economy and Water,
IWMI, West Africa
She is an expert in the field of environmental science. She is a Process Engineer, and she holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering applied to environmental protection from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. Currently working at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), she leads the research group that focusses on ‘circular economy and water pollution’ issues, and addresses the global mission of “Promoting sustainable and inclusive growth under changing natural resource flows and capital, driven by increasing urbanization, agricultural intensification, and climate change”. Building on a good understanding of the investment climate, she works to encourage the adoption of waste management solutions that can durably support agriculture, help mitigate impacts of climate change, and promote sustainable development. Josiane has lectured in several universities (Burkina Faso, Canada and France) on issues related to solid, liquid and gaseous waste management and has over forty peer reviewed scientific publications to her name.
He did his B.S.(Marketing), and M.S (Engineering Management) from George Washington University. Mahmood represents growers as Vice President of Sindh Abadgar Board and has remained on the Board of Privatisation Commission, Zarai Taraqiati Bank of Pakistan, Sindh Enterprise Development Fund, and is currently on the board of Pakistan horticulture development export company and trade development authority of Pakistan, representing farmers. He has 24 Years experience in different aspects of agriculture, including policy, finance, marketing, etc and intermittent experience in diversified tasks in finance,/economics, project management, & water.
Doctoral Researcher and Tutor, International Development, University of Sussex,UK
Fazilda Nabeel is a Doctoral Researcher and Tutor in International Development at the University of Sussex (UK). Fazilda is also the Co-Lead for Water and Sanitation at the UK-Pakistan Science and Innovation Global Network (UPSIGN). She has also served on the Committee for Water Resource Management, Law and Justice Commission of Supreme Court of Pakistan. Fazilda has consulted widely for the Punjab Government as well as international agencies and NGOs on a breadth of policy issues in the water environment-development nexus.
Regional Vice Chair Asia Commission, Environmental, Economic, & Social Policy (CEESP), IUCN
Webinar 4- Moderator
She is a specialist on conservation and environmental management, with a particular expertise on gender. With over 35 years of experience, she brings a unique multi stakeholder perspective to all her work. She serves as Regional Vice Chair for Asia, and Chair of the Specialist Group on Gender, for the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP).
Meher has a Masters in Sociology from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and has advanced women’s issues, gender, development, environment, and climate change, in Pakistan, the region and globally. She is also the Technical Advisor to the Trust for Conservation of Coastal Resources (TCCR), a member of IUCN, managing and implementing projects on gender, environment and climate change in the coastal areas of the fishing communities along the Sindh coast in Pakistan.Meher currently serves as a Board Member and Chair on numerous committees, institutions and programs, including the Gender Task Force of the IUCN Council’s Governance and Constituency Committee; Board Member of Hisaar Foundation ( Foundation for Water, Food and Livelihood Security); Treasurer and Board Member of The Karachi Conference Foundation.
Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Ahmed is a leading Public Health Professional and Social Worker, leading a Non Profit Organization from the last 25 years named Health And Nutrition Development Society (HANDS). He is a Medical Doctor and Dow Graduate. He did his Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Karachi and Fellowship from Public Health Institute Santa Cruze USA. His experience of Working in a donor agency USAID and Health Department Government of Sindh and then with HANDS gave him extensive knowledge to translate policies in to practice.
More than 30 papers are on his credentials, presented in international conferences, held in different countries. He is also the writer of 53 publications on Development & Public health issues. His most popular books are 9 Mindsets of Leadership (English), Meer-e-Karwan (Urdu) and Sarwan (Sindhi)
Director ORIC, Sustainability Office, Ziauddin University
Webinar 1 – Moderator
Dr Zulfiqar Ali Umrani is the Director of Research, Innovation & Commercialization and heads the Sustainability Office at Ziauddin University Karachi. He has a PhD in Renewable Energy from France and he established an award-winning innovation centre (UBI-Global 2019-20) in Jamshoro. His areas of interest are Climate Change, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.”
Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC)
Aisha Khan has over 20 years experience in development work. As Founder & Head of the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change & Mountain and Glacier Protection Organization, she works at the community and policy level to strengthen climate action by supporting inclusive and participatory practices that promote social ecological and democratic equity. She is a member on the Board of Directors of several organizations and provides expert advice on climate change related adaptation and mitigation challenges. She is currently serving as the convener of the Working Group on Climate Security at the Strategic Policy Planning Cell, National Security Division. She is also part of the External Advisory Council of the World Bank on developing the South Asia Region Climate Change Action Plan (2020-2025). She contributes articles to newspapers and magazines and takes part in national and international discourse on climate change. In 2019 she was awarded the Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability at Stanford University
Ms. Baqir has managed programs in several countries, including an Integrated Water Management Project in Morocco, an international workshop program on innovative water and wastewater financing in the Philippines for USAID mission staff, government counterparts, and for private sector representatives in the Asia and Near East region.
As part of the Local Initiatives for Affordable Wastewater Treatment Project in the Philippines, she helped organize a training workshop on social marketing for local governments. Educated at the London School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), Zarreen has supported numerous USAID projects in Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Haiti, Morocco, Jordan, Iraq, as well as Eastern Europe, Central Asia, East Africa and Southern Africa. Zarreen has a keen interest in women’s empowerment and gender issues in the agriculture and natural resource management sector and has coordinated the Gender Working Group at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), based in Washington DC.
Crossing disciplinary and academic boundaries from 12 years previous experience as a university teacher in languages and cultural studies to development studies, primarily water resources management, she is a multidisciplinary skilled development professional, recognized for her work in rural development, IWRM, gender and water .She is the recipient of the International Water Association’s International Women in Water Award and the Zonta Woman of Achievement for Environment.
She has held a series of responsible positions in national, regional and international boards and spent a large part of the past decade in establishing and growing an array of national and international organizations related to water management such as the Global Water Partnership, Saci WATERS, Women for Water Partnership and NetWwater. She was Co Chair of UNESCO Gender expert group for the World Water Assessment Program.
She is recognized for work with the Sri Lankan and global water sector , supporting community engagement bringing together agencies and communities . As Trustee of the National Community Water Trust, Sri Lanka, she has worked on promoting climate related advocacy for the community based organizations which manage 40% of drinking water supply in Sri Lanka .
Professor, Department of Geography, King’s College London
Webinar 3 – Moderator
Dr Daanish Mustafa obtained his BA in Geography from Middlebury College, USA, his MA from University of Hawai’i Manoa, and his PhD in Geography from University of Colorado. He has taught at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and then at the University of South Florida, St Petersburg, before finding his intellectual home in the Department of Geography. While at King’s, he received the School of Social Science and Public Policy excellence in teaching award.
His research has been funded by the Belmont Forum, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Department for International Development (DfID), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), National Geographic Society, Royal Geographical Society, and the British Academy.
Daanish was the co-author of the first climate change response strategies for Pakistan, in addition to being the lead author for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan five-year flood response strategy. In addition, he has also undertaken policy-related work with the DfID, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Stimson Centre, and United States Institute for Peace (USIP).
Dr. Pay Drechsel holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences. He works as Research Quality Advisor at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, leads the Rural-Urban Linkages flagship of the CGIAR research program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, and is editor of IWMI’s Resource Recovery & Reuse publication series. Pay has 30 years of working experience, coordinating projects on the safe recovery of resources from domestic waste streams for urban and peri-urban agriculture, in particular waste water irrigation, and has worked extensively in West Africa and South Asia. In 2015, Pay received the IWA Water and Development Award for Research.
Mr. Naqvi is an engineer by profession having an experience of more than 14 years in the Environment and water sector. He is leading the Freshwater programme in WWF-Pakistan and has been working with different donors (EU, ILO, ADB, Pvt sector donors) in the textile and leather sector as well as in the Water stewardship domain. He is looking after the Environmental component of one of EU funded projects ILES(2016-22) and has presented at several forums on the environmental compliance, sustainability, water stewardship, footprinting and Basin level approach for the private sector. One of his EU funded projects got an energy globe award (2015) in SMEs sector. Mr. Naqvi has done MS in Env. engineering and another MS in textile spinning.
Regional Representative Central Asia, IWMI,Pakistan
Webinar 2 -Moderator
Dr Mohsin Hafeez is working as a Principal Researcher (Water Resources Management), Country Representative of Pakistan and Regional Representative of IWMI Central Asia. He has an outstanding professional, scientific, industry, research and management background experience of more than 25 years in climate and water governance, sustainable land and water management, integrated water resources modelling and management, agricultural water management, water accounting and productivity, surface and groundwater hydrology, climate change, remote sensing and GIS, and natural resources management in different agro-ecological zones in data sparse and rich environments in irrigated as well as in dryland catchments across the globe. In particular, he has a rich working experience in the river basins including Murray Darling (Australia), Severn (UK), Volta (Ghana and Burkina Faso), Indus (Pakistan), Amu Darya (Uzbekistan), Rhein (Germany), Yellow and Yangtze (China), Mekong (Lao PDR) and Pampanga (Philippines) which provided him a good understanding about the real issues and practical challenges.
Mohsin’s significant achievements and innovations in describing the hydrology of data-sparse irrigation systems were recognized by the CRC-IF Leadership Award in System Harmonization in 2010, the Best Irrigation and Drainage Paper Award from the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage in 2008, the CSIRO Chairman’s Gold Medal for Research Achievements in Irrigation Water Management in 2007, the team Land and Water Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation in 2007 and the CRC IF Award for Research Innovation in Irrigation Water Management in 2007. He has an excellent scientific publication record of more than 200 publications and he has also supervised or co-supervised two Honours, two Masters and 11 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Nida Hussain is the Pro-Chancellor of Ziauddin University and a well-known Internal Medicine Specialist (Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine Mount Sinai, New York). She has transformed Ziauddin University from Health Sciences specific university to a more general university with 7 diverse faculties.
With over 12 years of experience both in Pakistan and the USA, Dr. Nida Hussain can treat a wide range of illnesses from diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia to hypertension, influenza and many others.
She is also a member of the Pakistan Medical Commission (formerly known as PMDC) and remains proactive in creating awareness of important medical issues. Considered an expert in her field, she also teaches as Professor Faculty of Medicine at the Ziauddin University,
As the Pro-Chancellor (Ziauddin University) and CEO (Ziauddin Education System), she aims to raise Pakistan’s educational standards and to create an education system that is respected and recognised the world over.
Educated at the University of Cambridge, Simi Kamal has 40 years of experience as a geographer, a water professional, a poverty alleviation specialist and a women’s rights activist. She also has extensive experience in climate change, environment and green energy sectors. She has traveled to 50 countries and has global recognition in policy, strategy, programming and delivery.
She is the Founder and Chairperson of Hisaar Foundation, is on the Board of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and served for nine years on the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP). She has recently established the Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute (PHWI) at the NED University in Pakistan, and serves on several international and national boards, committees and task forces.
Political economist & Professor, University of the Western Cape School of Government,
Cape Town, South Africa
Patrick Bond, a political economist, was born in Ireland in 1961, studied economics at Swarthmore College, finance at the Wharton School and geography at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He also worked at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and learned politics in the U.S. anti-apartheid, labor, student and community movements. After PhD research in Zimbabwe, during the early 1990s he lived mainly in Johannesburg and worked as a researcher within urban social movements. In 1994 and 1996, Patrick was a policy drafter in the Reconstruction and Development Ministry in President Nelson Mandela’s office, responsible for the democratic government’s first White Paper and other policies. His best-known work is Elite Transition: From apartheid to neoliberalism in South Africa, and he also authored or edited four books on climate change – including Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis above, movement below – and hosted South Africa’s civil society meetings during the 2011 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in Durban. He has worked at the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Witwatersrand, Western Cape and Johannesburg where he is presently a Professor of Sociology.
Prof. Dr. Noman Ahmed is an architect and planner by profession, he is currently Dean of Architecture and Management Science at NED University and Acting Director of Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute (PHWI) . He is a well-known researcher and writer on urban water, has about 30 years of experience in teaching and training, published several research papers in national and international journals and writing articles for newspapers.
He obtained his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Dawood College/NED University, Karachi and a Masters degree in city planning from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He also obtained postgraduate training in Urban and Regional Planning from the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Nagoya, Japan and Centre for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Dr. Noman obtained his Ph.D. from Loughborough University, UK.
President of Baanhn Beli & Chair Board of Trustees Indus Earth Trust
Afia Salam is a powerful voice in the water sector of Pakistan. She has been writing on water for two decades and highlighting challenges in water and environment sectors. She has championed the cause of women in water. She had a Masters in Geography and is a career journalist with four decades of experience of print, electronic and web journalism. She is a LEAD Fellow, FNF’s International Academy of Leadership Fellow & Australia Awards Fellow. She is also a member of IUCN Commission on Education & Communications and Commission on Economic & Social Policy.
She is a well-known moderator of panels and round tables. She is a development practitioner, President of Baanhn Beli and Chair Board of Trustees Indus Earth Trust. She is associated with the ‘Water for Women’ project of Indus Earth in Thatta district.