Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, born on 3rd November 1930, is a former Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). He is currently Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan with the status of Federal Minister.
Dr. Ahmad was awarded his Msc. (Physics) from the University of Punjab, Lahore in 1951. In 1958, he was awarded a DSc (Physics), from the Universite’ de Montreal, Qubec, Canada. He was a post-doctoral Fellow at both the Sorbonne, Paris (France), in 1969; and at the Niels Bohr Institute of Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen (1961-62). Prior to that (1963-1964), Dr. Ahmad was a post doctoral Fellow at both the Universite’ de Montreal, and at the University of Ottawa Canada.
He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctorate by the Punjab University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (2000). In the same year, he was elected a Fellow of International Nuclear Energy Academy. He is the recipient of three highest official awards in Pakistan, namely, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz and the Nishan-i-Imtiaz, the last of which was awarded to him in 1998 for contributions to developing nuclear technology for the defence of the country and for socio-economic progress particularly nuclear power.
Since 2003, Dr. Ahmad has developed keen scientific interest in Climate Change. Currently he is the President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and also Chairman of the Board of Governors of Nuclear Center for Physics (NCP) – a Center established on the pattern of Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ASICTP) at Trieste, Italy.
Malik Amin Aslam Khan
Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan, born in Karachi on November 27, 1966, is the former Minister of State for Environment. His educational qualifications include a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering degree from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore in 1990 and an M.B.A in Finance from McGill University, Canada in 1993, followed by an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from Oxford University, U.K in 1996. Mr. Aslam Khan was awarded the Col. Abid Gold Medal by Aitchison College in 1990 and is also a member of the International Editorial Board of Climate Policy Journal.
An Agriculturist/Environment Consultant by profession, he has served as a member of the Government of Pakistan Environmental Advisory Board since 1999 and Editorial Board of the Climate Policy Journal since 1998. He has also served as a member of the UN Working Group on Climate Change since 1997. Mr. Aslam Khan has also worked as Executive Director of ENVORK, Islamabad, conducting research in the climate change sector, particularly focusing on the design of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Mr. Aslam Khan is a member of the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of Pakistan.
Dr. Adil Najam
Dr. Adil Najam holds the Frederick S. Pardee Endowed Chair for Global Public Policy at Boston Univeristy, where he is also a Professor of International Relations, a Professor of Geography and the Environment, and the Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He is also a Visiting Professor of Negotiation and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts Univeristy.
Prof. Najam was part of the team of IPCC scientists awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in advancing the public understanding of climate change science. He served as a Lead Author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), focusing on the relationship between climate and development. His research and teaching spans a variety of topics all related to sustainable development policy for developing countries, especially focusing on issues of climate change, international trade, global governance, and human security.
Prof. Najam has published widely, written over 100 scholarly papers and book chapters, and his recent books include: Trade and Environment: Visions from the South (2007); Trade and Environment Negotiations: A Resource book (2007); Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Global Environmental Governance (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002). He has frequently served as a consultant and advisor to various international organizations and nongovernmental organizations, and to governments.
Prof. Najam holds two Masters and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Specialization in Negotiation from the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, and an engineering degree from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Pakistan. He 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 serves on the Boards of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR), the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and the Institute for Global Leadership, and the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan, and an Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD), Canada.
Prof. Najam also serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly publications including, Global Governance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, The Journal of Ecological Economics, Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development, Annual Editions: Environment and topic editor on sustainable development for The Encyclopedia of Earth. He was an original member of the President of Pakistan’s Special Task Force on Human Development (2001) and served with the President of Pakistan’s Commission on Higher Education (2002). He is highly sought by the international media on issues related to global development, South Asia affairs, and the politics of the Muslim world.
Mr. Ayub Qutub
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).