The dev~consult is blessed to have some of the best professionals in their respective areas of expertise, affiliated and motivated to work under its banner.

Dr. Shahid Ahmad

With a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the CSU and an illustrious 45 years’ career with ADB, CSU, IUCN and PARC, Dr. Ahmad is one of the leading water and natural resource management, and climate change assessment and adaptations experts in Pakistan. He has worked on more than 60 short-term to long-term assignments with number of donor organisations. His areas of expertise include water management and development, drought and floods mitigation and management, integrated natural resource management, climate change impacts assessment and adaptations, disaster risk reduction and disaster risk management, policy analysis and development, strategy formulation and action planning, proposal writing and review, project identification, formulation, appraisal, implementation, reporting, supervision and evaluation, knowledge management, food security and livelihood development, community driven local development, project evaluation and completion reports.

He has more than 300 publications in integrated land and water management, irrigation and drainage, salinity management, erosion control, agro-meteorology, resource use planning, participatory development, water informatics, climate change assessment, water policy and institutional reforms. He has worked in Pakistan, Libya, Thailand and USA, and has represented Pakistan at various international forums.

Dr. Saifur Rahman Sherani

A renowned social scientist with 47 years of experience in teaching, research and writing. He is PhD in Sociology from University of Kent at Canterbury. He taught at the University of Balochistan and worked as consultant on numerous development projects in Pakistan. He possesses vast experience in social surveys, research studies, participatory rapid appraisal and situation analysis; project planning and project preparatory technical assistance; transitional and long‐term social investment planning; project impact assessments and evaluations; social protection studies and poverty and social assessment; social safeguards in EIAs for mining, oil and gas exploration, transportation and power transmission lines; land acquisition and resettlement planning; rural development and community participation approach; and organisational development, project development, capacity assessment and development.

He has worked with EU, ADB, WB, USAID, UNDP, CIDA, GTZ, SDC, IUCN, ICIMOD, oil & gas exploration and mining companies, and INGOs. He has worked in Nepal and UK while have visited South Korea, Thailand and Philippines.

Dr. Nasim Javed Khan 

An eminent forester, environmentalist and expert in the field of range and watershed hydrology, sustainable forest management and biodiversity research and conservation. His other areas of interest are integrated water resources management with focus on glacial hydrology, climate change & REDD+, highways and urban forestry & landscaping, project formulation, implementation, monitoring & evaluation, good governance, building high performance teams and professional report writing. He holds a PhD degree in range watershed management from USA and a master degree in environmental sciences from the University of Peshawar (PFI) and certification in forest dynamics from UK.

Dr. Nasim has worked with the KP Forest Department for more than three decades. He is highly reputed as a mentor, technical expert and an exemplary administrator. He is target oriented person and always believes in quality. He has worked with USAID, UNDP, FAO, SDC/IC, DHV and WB. He has been a guest speaker at various universities and civil services academies. He has a number of publications and reports to his credit and he has represented Pakistan at forums like Society of American Foresters, RECOFTC, IPCC and NRI Greenwich, UK.

Mohsin Muslim

He represents ESOMAR in Pakistan and is a member of Marketing Research Society UK. He is a trainer, consultant and survey research specialist with more than 28 years of experience. Previously, he worked for Gallup in Pakistan and is the Chief Executive Officer of International Field & Tab since 2006.

As a survey research consultant he has served many clients including World Bank, Cambridge Education, SMEDA, WHO, UNICEF, Large International, Multinational, National organisations and research centres in the region. He can provide cost and time effective solution in quantitative research. He is an experienced moderator and help clients in conducting IDIs and FGDs in Pakistan.

He has conducted training sessions on survey research methods and data collection in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh and Pakistan. He has taught courses on Marketing Research, Research Methods, Media Research and Marketing Research Practicum at graduation and post graduation level in leading universities including Fast–NUCES, Punjab University, PIMSATS, University of Management and Technology and CUP in Pakistan.

He also provides consultancy based upon surveys in specialised segments and B2B.

Saima A Khawaja

Graduated from King’s College London, she is licensed to appear in High Courts since 1998 and have been engaged in both contentious and non‐contentious legal practice in Constitution, corporate laws, corporate governance, civil and commercial laws, regulatory laws, taxation laws, environmental laws, not for profit laws and public interest litigation. She is Partner in the Progressive Advocates & Legal Consultants.

She has also been involved in development of SMEs, improvement in the lower judiciary, development in legal and regulatory framework for not for profit, bringing in policy change in regulatory frame work of taxation regime, improving urban development, governance and corruption issues in water and sanitation, and acquisition laws. She has been teaching at the Institute of Legal Studies, LUMS, CSA and Punjab Judicial Academy. She has assisted number of legal commissions and has been appointed amicus curiae by the High Courts many times. She has worked extensively as a consultant with ADB, WB, UNEP, SME Business Support Fund, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and IUCN.

Hasan A. Rizvi 

An accomplished professional who brings leadership, vision and innovation into whatever work he undertakes. With nearly 37 years of experience spanning academia, development sector and technology entrepreneurship, Hasan has been a pioneer in more than one area. The first 10 years of his career were devoted to academic research culminating in his work at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, for four years. Moving to the use of ICT for development, he played an instrumental role in bringing email and Internet to Pakistan—under the aegis of a UNDP project—and set up the first knowledge portals and networks of practitioners highlighting the issues of development, including environment, energy and water resource management for the country. As the Programme Director of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Pakistan, he led its Education, Communications and Knowledge Management programmes.

Later, he helped set up and managed (as its CEO) FiveRivers Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd., one of the most innovative technology companies in Pakistan—known for its cutting-edge work in distributed computing and information management; all this while also teaching applied science, knowledge management and technology entrepreneurship courses at a private university. Till October 2017, he had been working in LEAD Pakistan for more than five years as its Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO), spearheading its work in research, training and knowledge management, as well as in collaborative research projects with institutions of higher learning. Since then he has been working as an independent consultant having undertaken projects in the areas of climate change, SDGs and water resources management. With his vast multi-sectorial experience of institutions and people, he brings political savvy, cultural sensitivity and deep understanding of human nature in all his professional interactions.

Mahe Nau Haider

Having extensive work experience of ≈18 years in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, institutional/project assessments, community participation, operational research and human resource management, Mahe Nau has professional interest is in the areas of gender, local governance and human rights issues, community participation and environmental issues including community based disaster risk management and resilience. Ms Haider has worked in all major cities of Pakistan, and in several rural districts. She has experience in conducting project/programme and institutional reviews, assessments, social research and surveys as well as proposal and report writing and handling media and public affairs. Her consulting experience includes working with national and multinational businesses in Pakistan and several NGOs and donor-assisted projects. She has worked with ActionAid, ADB, CIDA, IFAD, ILO-IPEC, IOM, LEAD Pakistan, Oxfam, Save the Children (UK), SDC, UNDP, UNIFEM, UNICEF, WB and WOMANKIND Worldwide. She has to her credit numerous publications. She has designed human resource policies for private sector clients, undertaken recruitment for senior level positions, developed and implemented marketing strategies for international companies and conducted focus groups and surveys for the private sector as well as development agencies. Before joining EDC, she worked with a number of private sector organisations, in marketing research, consulting and business development services.

Ashraf John

With a master’s degree in Economics and having more than 27 years of experience in the development sector and with the international and national consultants at management positions, Ashraf’s main areas of expertise are urban development, irrigation, dams roads and water supply. He has worked on various projects funded by the World Bank, ADB, IUCN, UN agencies, and the government line departments. His focus has been on preparing feasibility studies, compiling and analysing socio-economic data, report writing, financial and economic analysis, crop budget, cropping patterns, cost-benefit analysis, and calculating economic and financial internal rate of return. He has vast experience of working across Pakistan, especially in Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

Iftikhar A. Khalid 

With an MSc in Anthropology, Iftikhar Khalid has an impressive career of more than 25 years. He has served nationally as well as internationally as Country Director/Lead for many disaster and humanitarian assistance related organisations, such as Oxfam Novib and Oxfam International, Agency, and ActionAid International. He has also served in programme development and implementation capacities for the Islamic Relief, IUCN, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Trócaire, Economic and Social Council for Overseas Research (ESCOR, UK), Bird Life International, and World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Disaster preparedness and response have been the core areas of his work throughout his career.

He has recently reverted back to the consulting career and provides technical assistance to Oxfam on retainer-ship basis.

Zaigham Khan

He is currently the Executive Director of the Civic Action Resources and a communication and development expert providing services to IFIs and leading national and international development organisations through both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including survey, case study, participant observation, interviews, focus group discussion, stakeholder analysis, and problem and situation analysis. He has carried out a number social surveys, evaluations and assessments.

He combines strong academic training in both Pakistan and abroad with rich and varied experience in development communication. He has held responsible positions and undertaken highly challenging communication assignments with leading development agencies. His communication‐related professional commitments have taken him to several countries and involved collaboration with reputable foreign organisations. In the course of his career in the field, he has also been bestowed with prestigious awards in recognition of the contribution rendered.

He has worked extensively with USAID and his organisation has wide experience of designing and managing campaigns.

Ahsan Maqbool Malik

With MS in Electrical Engineering  (Power) from the Arizona State University, US, he brings along 28 years of unique and diversified experience of working in the energy sector through project development/management, project appraisal (sponsors’ appraisal, technical feasibility, market justification, financial and economic appraisal), supervision, monitoring and control, termination or completion, and evaluation and follow up analysis, contract execution and consultancy assignments. He has worked for bilateral and multilateral donors (USAID, World Bank, Islamic Development Bank), national and international consultants (International Resources Group USA, NUST Consulting Pakistan), public sector (Energy Wing, Ministry of Planning and Development & Private Power and Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Water and Power and Gilgit-Baltistan Power Development Board), the private sector (Al Aqili Group, Dubai), and energy regulators (NEPRA and OGRA).

He also carries sound working experience in the renewable/alternate energy (solar, biogas, hydro, waste to energy, energy conservation/energy efficiency, power (generation, transmission and distribution), rural electrification, oil and gas sectors. He has also conducted end-of-project reviews of various tasks undertaken by the energy efficiency /renewable energy projects, and designed an m&e system and supported performance monitoring plans (indicating key performance indicators) for the energy efficiency/ renewable energy projects.

He played a pivotal role in preparing the first ever policy for installation of captive power generation projects in Gilgit-Baltistan (2015), and Pakistan’s Policy for Power Generation (2002).

He is often invited for guest lectures by the public/private sector universities.

Ghazanfar Ali Khan 

He has vast experience of managing companies and developing Independent Power Projects (IPPs). Currently, he is developing 300-400 MW power plus seawater reverse osmosis project in Oman. Previously, he worked for Wartsila for 7 years till August 2013. His last assignment was as CEO and Member of the Board for Wartsila Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd., prior to which he served as the Managing Director and Member of the Board for Wartsila Saudi Arabia. He also represented Wartsila in the board of four IPPs.

Earlier he worked with Wartsila Development and Financial Services (WDFS) providing development and financing support to IPPs including but not limited to tariff negotiation and project contracts (IA, PPA, EPC, EIA); negotiated with banks for debt and on the Shareholders Agreement. He has completed four IPPs of 760 MW with an approximate cost of US$ 900 million.

Earlier, he worked for a local group with revenues of US$ 675 million as the Chief Financial Officer for 2 years; and as Project Director with AES Corporation (with US$ 35 billion in assets) for 9 years developing IPPs in Pakistan, Turkey, Oman, Egypt, Tanzania, Nigeria and several other countries. Ghazanfar has an MBA and BSE in Business Administration from USA.

Sophia Ahmed

With a master’s degree in Social Work, and having over 12 years of experience, Sophia has worked in adult learning education, public health, disaster response and risk reduction programmes in a several contexts involving internally displace persons, camps management, outbreak response, refugees (migrants) response, recovery program, vulnerable communities as well as capacity building and coaching.

She has strong skills in project and team management, training facilitation, developing guidelines and modules, and volunteer mobilisation. She incorporates the local context in a community-based approach to health education and promotion, DRR, disaster preparedness and response, as well as behaviour change communication. She has successfully led/participated in and managed various humanitarian programmes/projects at policy, strategic, implementation and evaluations levels in Pakistan and abroad.

She has worked in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, and can fluently speak Urdu, English and Arabic.

Inam Ullah Khan

With a master’s degree in Forestry, he has more than 35 years of experience in forestry, biodiversity, carbon finance and protected areas management. He is a seasoned professional with strong analytical and conceptual skills, rigour and discipline for working under tight guidelines and timelines with demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues in a multilingual and multicultural environment. He is an experienced and self-motivated specialist having high quality interpersonal and presentation skills, who can effectively liaise with civil society partners and government officials at various tiers of administration. He has a solid track record showing initiative and sound judgment, who delivered results independently and under demanding and challenging environments. He possesses strong communication and negotiation skills to interact and dialogue at all levels of the government, NGOs and civil society organisations towards timely and effective programme execution, and us fully committed to continuous growth and learning with depth and variety of experience and knowledge.

He possesses team leadership and team member skills demonstrated throughout his career with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as IUCN. He has numbers of projects—from designing to implementation and evaluation—to his credit.

Dr. Amer Umer Nagi 

An energetic, highly motivated, innovative, achievement oriented Business Executive with excellent research, strategic and marketing skills in the field of Pharmaceutical and health care with extensive experience of almost 15 years in successful consultation, development, implementation and management of diverse project related to pharmaceuticals and health sector. Highly successful in creating vision, identifying opportunities and building successful companies and organisations, he is a dynamic and creative leader with extensive managerial, motivational, and problem solving skills to overcome challenges and capitalise on diverse business opportunities. He has outstanding verbal and written communication skills. 

His areas of expertise include strategic visioning, planning, policy making, operational systems optimisation and strategic plan implementation; optimisation of HR and material resources; need & gap analysis, & customisation of healthcare services; systems integration for seamless operations and achievement of set goals; development of mechanisms for performance evaluation; cost analysis and evaluation of healthcare delivery; and research on healthcare systems.

Dr. Zaeem Ul Haq

Having more than 13 years of experience in development, implementation and evaluation of public health programs in and outside Pakistan, he is an acclaimed advocate of empowering individuals and communities through strategic communication and advocacy on issues like reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), mental health and development, and communicable diseases.

He completed his PhD at USC‐Columbia. Dr. Haq is a cutting edge researcher in the field of health communication and has tested several innovations like incorporation of cognitive behavioural techniques into health communication, combining maternal mental health and early child education into child health and nutrition programs, and use of information technology to improve health behaviours and enhance health linkages. He is a strong proponent of translating research into policy and practice.

He has held senior leadership positions in public and private health sectors in Pakistan and served on national and provincial committees. Dr. Haq is a prolific writer and has widely published on health and development issues.

Dr. Munjurul Hannan Khan

Dr. Khan has more than 25 years of management, technical, research and advisory experience in environmental management, climate change, sustainable energy development, natural resources management, waste management, biodiversity conservation, agriculture, food security and community‐based natural resource management in Bangladesh. It also includes teaching experience at the undergraduate and post‐ graduate levels. Also, has accumulated national and international consultancy experience with various national and international agencies. He is PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Being a civil servant in Bangladesh, currently he is adjunct faculty at the University of Manitoba.

His key experiences include senior level public sector experience in Bangladesh; climate change negotiation, adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology and capacity building; donors liaison, stakeholder engagement and consensus building; national, regional and international research program; participatory project design, planning, management, M&E and project implementation.

Ram Chandra Khanal 

Based in Nepal, he gained progressive experience in environment and development programme management in South Asia for last 15 years. Currently, he is Country Coordinator for Climate and Development Knowledge Network in Nepal.

He is an experienced evaluator and project manager in natural resources management, biodiversity management and adaptation to climate change. He specialises in evaluation cycle management (design, planning, implementation, supervision and use), M&E framework, baseline, M&E plans, logframe, theory of change/result based management, impact and performance evaluation and sampling, and is an expert in use of qualitative and quantitative research techniques (use of logistic regression and descriptive statistics), and capacity building of individual and organisations. He specialises in climate change risk management and identification of adaptation strategies/options, sustainable agriculture, participatory biodiversity conservation, landscape management, and environmental and climate change impact assessment. He has authored more than a dozen articles. He has the capability to work in challenging environments.

Dr. Muhammad Hayat

Dr Hayat is a senior technocrat, career strategist, manager and development planner with over 40 years of experience in implementation of agro-based rural development project/programmes, conservation, management and development of natural resources, fisheries, aquaculture, environmental management and rural development. He is Ph.D from US, and has served as Pakistan’s Fisheries Development Commissioner and CEO of Fisheries Development Board.

His areas of expertise include aquaculture, livestock, NRM, environment, rural development, resource mobilisation, quality control, capacity building of communities and infrastructure improvement. He has worked with FAO, IFAD, JICA, NACA, UNDP and USAID.

Ahmed Saeed Shaikh

In the last 20 years, he has worked with national and international organisations on assignments related to monitoring and evaluation, TA and grants management, civil society strengthening, gender/development and strategic planning processes, education sector reforms, and climate change.

He has served at senior positions at the Management Systems International, USAID funded Trust for Voluntary Organisation, CIDA supported Aga Khan Development Network, DFID supported Technical Assistance Management Agency, USAID funded Educational Sector Reform Assistance, and DFID for its ‘Support to the Earthquake Programme’. He has also conducted a training programme through the University of Reading – UK, on Statistical Analysis, Social Surveys, Data Management, and Technical Report Writing. He has exposure to and worked in Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Japan, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe Canada.

He holds a master’s degrees in Social Development, Environment and Planning from AIT, School of Environment, Resources & Development (Thailand) and Carleton University (Canada). He is also a LEAD Fellow.

Maqsood Aslam Lilla

With a master’s in Sociology, he has great marketing skills demonstrated for Reckitt Benckiser and Proctor and Gamble. He has experience in organisational development, marketing and business promotion in Pakistan. He has also set up and managing a chain of five elementary schools in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Muridke and Talagang. 

He is innovative and perceptive with good organisation and time management skills.

Sher Akbar 

Having a degree in Engineering and Diploma in Educational Planning & Management, Sher Akbar has more than 35 years of experience in handling vocational training issues in both public and private sectors and has been engaged in providing consultancy services to leading national and international organizations.

He has been working at apex organizations like National Training Board and has also supervised a multi-donor (IDA, FRG, EU, CIDA & UNDP) National Vocational Training Project aiming at HRD through expansion of existing Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system (formal, informal-male, female), up-gradation of skills of existing workers in industry, reformation of apprenticeship training programmes, skills standardisation, development of curricula (DACUM), financing of TVET and establishment of LMI system in the provinces.

He has a thorough knowledge of international TVET systems and comprehensive experience of TVET issues in Pakistan. He has hands on experience of policy, system, programmes, legislative and operational aspects of TVET in all the provinces. He also carries thorough experience and understanding of the TVET Reform Program in Pakistan. He has been actively involved in preparing federal and provincial/regional Skill Development Plans (SDPs) in-line with the National Skills Strategy (NSS) of Pakistan; with particular focus on conforming the NSS in to activities/actions, prioritisation, resourcing and monitoring and evaluation. The strategy is coordinated by National Vocational Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) and implemented through Technical Education and Training Authorities (TEVTAs) in the provinces/regions.

Sher Akbar has been providing technical assistance and support to the national task force on the formulation of National Skills Development Policy and the provincial working groups to frame short, medium and long term TVET policies/reforms. He has supervised and conducted various studies with regard to access, equity and employability as also job market assessment for workforce development, as well as Training Needs Assessment and provided support in development of skilled workforce strategy for agricultural and non agro based industry and strategy for implementing Livelihood Development Programme aiming at sustainable development.

He is well versed with the TVET and employment issues in Asia & Pacific regions and is adequately trained in TVET, HR and Institutional Development aspects. He has worked with national (consulting firms) and international organizations like ADB, GIZ, ILO, USAID and IRC.