Speakers


  Mr. Ahmad Rafay Alam
Senior Associate
Hassan & Hassan, Advocates, Lahore

Ahmad Rafay Alam is handling litigation, mergers, acquisitions, competition and environment portfolios. Mr. Rafay Alam has prepared draft Gas Utility Companies Act, 2010 for Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited and presented it to the Federal Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources. Amicus curiae in environment and urban development cases before the Lahore High Court. Consultant to the World Bank for Situational Analysis of Urban Local Government in Punjab.
     
  Ms. Adeela Rehman
Lecturer (Gender Studies Department)
Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan

     
  Mr. Ahmad Hussain
Deputy Project Manager
National MEAs Secretariat, Ministry of Environment, Pakistan

20 years service in Planning, Designing, Management and execution of Watershed Management, Natural Resource Management and Integrated Rural Development projects. Presently He is working as Deputy Project Manager in the PSDP Project titled “Establishing National Environmental Agreements (MEAs) Secretariat” in Ministry of Environment, Islamabad since 04-12-2006. My main duty is to provide technical support and assistance to Project Manager in all aspects of development, management, coordination and monitoring of project
     
  Mr. Asif Kabani
Director
Governance, Public Policy and ICT, Pakistan

Mr. Kabani is a renowned international Speaker and Technical Expert in Asia and Middle East, leading professional and prominent contributor on subject of public Administration, Business, Banking and Finance, Civil Service Reforms, Decentralization and Socio Economic Development Management. Strategic Technical Public-Private and Civil Society Sector (CSO) expert and former Director and Project Manager for strategic donors agencies and projects worldwide.
     
  Dr. Chea Visoth
Assistant General Director
Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA), Cambodia

Dr. Chea has been with Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority since 1994, before the autonomy of the Authority in December 1996, and holds the position of Assistant General Director since 1997. In addition, he is the adviser to the General Director of the Siem Reap Water Supply Authority in Siem Reap Province since 2006 under a Agreement approved by the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Energy. He has actively been involved in the designing and supervising the constructions of water supply and sanitation facilities and service in Cambodia.
     
  Mr. Chris Heymans
Urban Expert
United Kingdom

Chris Heymans is a London based Urban Expert with extensive experience as a governance expert and practitioner in Asia, Africa and the United Kingdom. He has worked as staff or consultant with several international agencies - the World Bank, DFID, USAID, GTZ, as well as the regional Development Bank of Southern Africa. He spent 4 years in South Asia, including as the Regional Team of the World Bank Water & Sanitation Program in 2008-2010, with responsibilities especially in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. He is a former board member of Transparency International in South Africa (1998-99).
     
  Mr. Christopher Juain Costain
Regional Team Leader
Water and Sanitation Programme

Christopher Juan Costain is currently working as Regional Team Leader for the Water and Sanitaion Programme (WSP), a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. He has a strong focus on seeking innovative solutions to challenges in urban governance and service delivery.
     
  Mr. Faisal Shaheen
Business Management Analyst
City of Toronto, Canada

Faisal Shaheen has 12 years of experience includes marketing management and business development within the manufacturing and environmental technology sectors. Faisal also serves as a Visiting Research Associate with Islamabad’s Sustainable Development Policy Institute where he focuses on political economy and development issues including regional trade, sustainable development and resource management.
     
  Dr. Faraj El Awar
Programme Manager
UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Faraj El-Awar is a water expert with over 20 years of experience. He In 1993, Dr. El-Awar joined the Department of Soil and Water Resources at the American University of Beirut where he taught, conducted research, and managed numerous projects in dryland hydrology, integrated water resources management, watershed management, water harvesting, water demand management, natural resources conservation, and sustainable development in remote and marginal areas of Lebanon.
     
  Ms. Fauzia Qureshi
Principal
National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

Fauzia Qureshi  has been engaged in planning, conservation/restoration of the built heritage and architectural design of educational, institutional, commercial and residential buildings and interior design for over 30 years.  She has been involved in preparing the Conservation and Management plans for three of the World Heritage sites located in Pakistan –the Lahore Fort (2003), Shalimar Gardens(2006), Rohtas Fort (2006) and 53 monuments of Multan city.
     
  Mr. GU Chaolin
Professor
Tsinghua University, China

GU Chaolin is the Vice President of the Chinese Geographical Association. He also serves on the editorial boards of some journals and book series, and on the councils of several scholarly associations in urban research, geography, and economics. Gu has been visiting scholar in Department of Geography/Planning, University of Toronto. He is mainly engaged in research work in urban and regional planning, regional economics, urban geography.
     
  Dr. Hamid Jalil
Chief Executive Officer
Lahore Meat Company, Pakistan
     
  Mr. Imran Sikander Baloch
Secretary
Planning & Development, Gilgit Baltistan

Imran Sikandar Baloch.hold an M.Sc. in E Learning from University of Oxford. He belongs to District Management Group (DMG). In the last 10 years, he has gained significant experience all over Pakistan and has worked on different positions in KPK, Punjab, NCHD and now Gilgit Baltistan. Currently he is serving as Secretary Planning and Development Department, Government of GB.
     
  Mr. Kamil Khan Mumtaz
Principal Architect/Partner
Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Pakistan

Kamil Khan Mumtaz is a Pakistani architect in private practice in Lahore. He was trained at the Architectural Association, London in the 1960's after which he returned to Pakistan to practice and teach. He was head of the of the National College of Arts, Lahore between 1966-1975. He has been a memebr of several architecture juries and has widely lectured in Europe and Asia. In 1985, he authored Architecture in Pakistan, a Concept Media Publication.
     
  Mr. Khatib Alam
Director for Pakistan Operations
GHK Consulting Ltd, Pakistan

Khatib Alam is an international consultant with a particular expertise in strategic management, institutional training and development and corporate social investment. He is also the Director of GHK Pakistan. Mr. Alam's project management experience is extensive and is spread over a number of countries. Since January 2001, he has been leading a large team in the implementation of components of Pakistan's Good Governance Programme.
     
  Dr. Mir Shabbar Ali
Chairman Department of Urban and Infrastructure Engineering
NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi

Dr. Mir Shabbar Ali has over 22 years teaching experience, fifteen refereed research publications a co-authored book and research grants totaling Rs. 15 millions to his credit. He serves as expert on a number of national committees including PGDM of The Urban Unit Punjab. His active areas of involvement and major research interests are Urban traffic Management, Road safety Engineering, Intelligent Transportation System and Road pavement performance modeling and aggregate characterisation.
     
  Mr. Muhammad Fazal Noor
Urban Specialist
UN-HABITAT, Pakistan

Muhammad Fazal Noor is an experienced Urban Specialist. He is also credited with establishing the Development Consortium (DC which is a growing of professional, non-profit organisations and government agencies working as associates and friends and facilitates design and development professionals to employ their services for the benefit of the low-income communities. Mr. Noor’s aim is to contribute towards human and institutional development, especially in aid of the poor and the disadvantaged.
     
  Dr. Muhammad Tufail
Director
National Institute of Urban Infrastructure Planning (NIUIP), UET Peshawar

Dr. Mohammad Tufail is the Director of the National Institute of Urban Infrastructure Planning (NIUIP), UET, Peshawar. Dr. Tufail is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, UET, Peshawar. Dr.Tufail has extensive consultancy experience and has worked in diverse regions across the world. He has completed successful consultancies in United Arab Emirates, USA, Canada and Pakistan. He has over 16 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering planning, design and construction projects.
     
  Mr. Murtaza Haider
Professor
Ryerson University, Canada

Murtaza Haider, Ph.D., is a professor of Supply Chain/Logistics Management and the Director of the Institute of Housing & Mobility in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University. Before coming to Ryerson, Professor Haider taught travel demand forecasting, infrastructure investment analysis, and land development at McGill University
     
  Mr. Musharraf Rasool Cyan
Research Associate
Georgia State University, United States

Mr. Musharraf R. Cyan, currently a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate in Economics at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, holds a fifteen-year professional record in the areas of fiscal decentralization, public sector expenditure management and development. He worked on public sector expenditure review, program evaluation and design and implementation of capacity building programs. He has designed, managed and implemented training programs for the public sector at various levels.
     
  Dr. Nadeem ul Haque
Deputy Chairman
Planning Commission, Pakistan

Dr. Nadeem ul Haque is a well known Pakistani economist who has worked extensively in the international policy and research environment. In a 27 year career at International Monetary Fund (IMF), he served as Advisor in the Research Department and the> IMF Institute and also as IMF Resident Representative in Sri Lanka and Egypt. He has also worked at the World Bank and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He is presently developing the new growth policy and economic plan for the country.
     
  Mr. Narendran Maniam
Senior Manager
Corporate Business Development Department, Ranhill Utilities, Malaysia

Narendran brings with him 12 years professional experience in Water and Wastewater Engineering. His various technical skills in the water and water industry include planning, design, project management, operations, restructuring and business development. His career started with him appointed as the Planning Engineer and subsequently promoted as Planning Manager at Indah Water Konsortium, Malaysia’s National Sewerage Company.
     
  Dr. Nizam ud Din
Vice Chancellor
University of Gujrat

Dr. Mohammad Nizam ud Din served as HEC foreign faculty professor in Punjab University's Department of Sociology. He has been teaching Ph.D. and Masters level courses. Apart from teaching, he served as a member of HEC Curriculum Committees for reviewing and revising syllabi of Rural Sociology and Geography. He served the United Nations for 24 years where he held several senior positions in Jordan, Egypt, and Ethiopia and as Director for the Asia and Pacific region and as Director for Technical Policy and Development at the UN Head quarters, New York.
     
  Dr. Noman Ahmad
Chairman
NED, Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Noman Ahmed is an architect and planner by profession. Dr. Noman has taught in leading architecture and planning institutions in Karachi and has also supervised post graduate research in the same disciplines. He worked as a Faculty Member and Coordinator, Urban Design Graduate Programme at the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, Karachi. His recent book titled 'Water Supply in Karachi: Issues and Prospects' has been published by Oxford University Press in July 2008.
     
  Mr. Orya Maqbool Jan
Director General
Walled City Project, Lahore, Pakistan

He is a renowned columnist, poet and CSS officer from Pakistan.He has received numerous national awards, including the best Urdu columnist in 2004. He has a Masters degree in social work from Punjab University, Lahore. He was the deputy commissioner and district magistrate of three districts for about five years and assistant commissioner and sub divisional magistrate of three sub divisions for about three years. He worked as a managing director of Baluchistan water & sanitation authority. He also served as Information Secretary to the Punjab Government.
     
  Mr. Pervaiz Latif Qureshi
Chief Executive
UNICON Consulting, Pakistan

Mr. Parvez Latif Qureshi is the Chief Executive & co-founder, since 1975 of UNICON an architectural and engineering (A&E) consultancy company. He was awarded the Architectural Regional Council for Asia Architecture Award, ARCASIA Award in Architecture in the category of “Conservation” for the years 1999-2000 for the Project Services Club, Multan. He specializes in issues relating to human settlements (urban & rural) in developing countries with a focus on low income housing, community development, urban renewal, transportation, slum & squatter upgrading, integrated rural development, conservation & preservation of the built heritage and environmental improvement programmes.
     
  Mr. Raja Rehan Arshad
Lead Operations Officer
World Bank, Pakistan

Mr. Arshad is the Lead Operations Officer with World Bank in Pakistan. He has an extensive experience in project management and has been attached with the WOrld Bank in different strategic advisory roles.
     
  Mr. Ravindar Kumar
Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture & Planning, NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi, Pakistan

He writes on urban planning through his blog www.townplanninglectures.blogspot.com He has 16 years of experience in Research, Teaching, Architecture, Interior Design and Urban Design projects in Pakistan and abroad.
     
  Dr. Rizwan Nasser
Director General
Emergency Service and the Emergency Service Academy (Rescue 1122)

Dr. Rizwan Nasser is an orthopedic and trauma surgeon. He has a vast experience in the field of emergency management in Pakistan, including working as the National Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness for WHO and the Health Ministry of Pakistan, and as a representative of the National Task Force on Revamping of Civil Defense and Emergency Services for Interior Ministry of Pakistan. Dr. Rizwan is the founder of the first trained Emergency Service in Pakistan (Rescue 1122).
     
  Ms. Rosemary Rope
Water and Sanitation Specialist
World Bank, Nairobi Kenya

Rosemary Rop currently leads the regional work on promoting accountability, civic engagement and mainstreaming gender in the Africa region of the Water and Sanitation Program. A social anthropologist by training, Rosemary has over 17 years of experience in the delivery of water and sanitation services to the rural and urban poor, utility reform and the advancement of good governance.
     
  Ms. Sania Nishtar
President
Heartfile, Pakistan

Sania Nishtar is the founder of the NGO think tank, Heartfile, which today is the most powerful health policy voice in Pakistan and is recognized as a model for replication in other developing countries. She is also the founder of Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum. She is a member of many Expert Working Groups and Task Forces of the World Health Organization and is currently a member of the board of the International Union for Health Promotion and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research.
     
  Mr. Shahnawaz Mahmood
Head Projects
Infrastructure Project Development Facility, Pakistan

Shahnawaz Mahmood is an economist with a wide-ranging experience. He is currently working on Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative of the Government of Pakistan for infrastructure development. In his current role as Head of Projects at Infrastructure Project Development Facility (IPDF), Ministry of Finance, he is responsible for developing and facilitating national and sectoral PPP policies and developing projects with other departments and ministries of the government for private sector investment. Shahnawaz Mahmood has done extensive research work on Corporate Governance in Pakistan and played an important part in implementing UNDP funded Project on Corporate governance with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan..
     
  Mr. Tasneem Ahmed Siddiqui
Chairman
Saibaan, Pakistan

Tasneem Siddiqi has a MA in Political Science and served in the civil services of Pakistan. He held many prominent positions as Director General and Chairman of Sindh Katchi Abadis Authority (SKAA). He is also involved with Saibaan, a non-profit organization, working on housing issues and micro credit for poverty alleviation.
     
  Ms. Vandana Mehra
Communications Specialist
Water and Sanitation Program

Vandana Mehra works with reforming governments/ utilities to help them devise a roadmap for strategic communications and consultations with stakeholders. This includes assistance in enhancing the government’s capacity to share and disseminate information and to communicate with its stakeholders; and contribute to capacity-building efforts in water and sanitation for partnering wit regional media. She also manages production of a host of products from WSP in South Asia including publications, movies and WSPs trademark cartoon calendar. Vandana also leads the WSPs community of practice team on communications called the Global Practice Team in close coordination with colleagues across the world.
     
  Mr. Vincent Pooroe
Internship Fellow
Amrta Institute for Water Literacy, Jakarta Indonesia

Vincent has served as an urban water and sanitation officer with Healthy Places Prosperous People in Jakarta and is currently assisting in research on the socio-economic aspects of water provsioning in urban slum area. He has contributed many articles to promote resposible management of water in Indonesia.
     
  Mr. Wajahat Ali
Senior Architect
Aga Khan Cultural Services Pakistant

Wajahat Ali is currently working with Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) as a senior architect. During his association with AKCSP for the last nine years, he was activity engaged in planning, conservation/restoration of the built heritage and architectural design of community based design projects, educational, institutional and residential buildings. Some of the prominent projects he has done so far are conservation of Shigar fort, Khaplu Palace conservation, Altit fort conservation and Cluster housing project in Hunza.