Staff - Profile
SHEIKH, Ali Tauqeer
CEO & National Program
Director, LEAD Pakistan
& Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
Ali Tauqeer Sheikh is the
founding CEO & National Program
Director of Leadership for
Environment and Development
(LEAD) Pakistan (www.lead.org.pk)
. LEAD is a non-for-profit,
non-partisan organization that
specializes in sustainable
development. It is a premier
national institution and think
tank that is deeply engaged in
generating public policy options
capacity-building and public
policy debates and dialogues. He
manages the largest network of
professionals on sustainable
development in the country that
prides itself on several hundred
people and institutions as
members. These members are drawn
from academia, business and
industry, media, think tanks and
civil society organizations, and
the government. They undertake
individual or collaborative
practical initiatives to promote
environmentally responsible and
socially equitable change. He
also heads Climate Leaders
Action Network [CLAN] which
gives him access to over 2,000
experts in the field.
Mr. Sheikh is also the Asia Director for Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). Led by Pricewaterhouse, CDKN (www.cdkn.org) is a global alliance of five organizations ODI, Intrack, Futurolatinamerico, South South North, and LEAD. In this capacity he leads efforts to assist developing country governments in the Asian region to mainstream climate compatible development in their policies and plans, strengthen their capacity to cope with climate induced disasters and extreme events, enhance their readiness to access international climate finance and to meaningfully engage in international climate negotiations for an equitable and ambitious global agreement.
Mr. Sheikh has vast experience in training and facilitating multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary expert groups on policy planning, leadership development and consensus building. In the context of Climate Change, he is involved in several regional and international dialogues and consultations to bring concerns relevant to Asia at the forefront. His work involves engagement with multiple stakeholders, from government and private sector, to academia, media, think tanks and civil society from several Asian, African and North American countries. He has served on several boards and is a member of national commissions and committees including the apex environmental body in the country, Pakistan Environment Protection Council (PEPC) chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Taskforce on Climate Change set up by the Planning Commission of Pakistan, and the Core Group constituted by the Ministry of Climate Change charged to advise the Government of Pakistan on climate negotiations. Mr. Sheikh has represented Pakistan in several negotiating rounds since the 2001 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Presently, he is involved in helping design and plan the Climate Change Roadmap for the Government of Pakistan, and the Work Programme on Climate Change Migration as well as the Loss and Damage Program for the Government of Bangladesh. He is also currently serving on the Steering Committee of the Asia Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership that works in concert with the Global LEDS Partnership.
Mr Sheikh has studied at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Australian National University, Canberra, and University of Miami, Florida, from where he obtained Master's degrees in International Relations and Strategic Studies. Mr Sheikh has been a Fellow at the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies (ISEES) Miami; the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, and the Rockefeller Foundation in New York. He has delivered lectures at a number of universities and institutions including Oxford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), the Carnegie Endowment, the Kennan Institute of Advanced Russian Studies and the University of Michigan.
Mr. Sheikh is deeply involved in various facets of sustainable development, particularly in poverty-environment nexus, climate vulnerabilities and equitable development. He has served as advisor/consultant to a number of national/international organizations such as Asian Development Bank, European Commission, IDRC, IFAD, JICA, Packard Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, The Asia Foundation, UNDP, UNESCO and the USAID.
(Last updated: April 29, 2013)
Director Programmes, Program Development Department (PDD)
Nobody excelled in LEAD as quickly as did Hina – from an intern in 1999 to the Director Programmes, Program Development Department in 2012. LEAD and Hina, both, have grown together. And now, she is literally the institution’s memory and a pillar – but yet modest in her working, ready to help her colleagues and new comers.
Hina has more than 14 years of experience in the development sector. She has hands on 10 year experience in developing programmes, strategies and policy incentives as part of various intervention at LEAD. Other than being instrumental in developing LEAD’s overall framework document and the public policy program, she spearheaded the team of experts and staff to develop LEAD’s program on Climate Change - Climate Action Program (L-CAP), a five year initiative to promote climate compatible development in the country. To further the climate change programme, she developed and operationalized various online (web-based and email based) and community based networks including National Alliance on Climate Action (NACA), Knowledge Network on Climate Change (KNCC) and Climate Leaders Action Network (CLAN). Various projects were also designed to facilitate and nurture the network and its activities. Currently she is engaged in developing further programmatic areas for LEAD including Health and Water. She is also engaged in implementing the existing Climate Change programme through delivering multiple projects for various donors and designing new ones.
As the regional coordinator for Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), she is managing a team based at LEAD Pakistan and delivering a multitude of technical assistance, research and knowledge management projects across Asia. In this role she has not only been involved in strategic planning and scoping exercises for CDKN globally but has also shaped the strategy for CDKN in Asia, sub-regional and at a country level.
She has been adept at managing multi-donor baskets funds, designing and managing projects (including financial management) focusing on Environment, Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Education, livelihood and Health. She has demonstrable experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, from project beneficiaries to governments to donors, on development policy and programming issues. Sound credentials in research ranging from specific case study development to conceptualization research, assessments and surveys on different service delivery elements. She has also been instrumental in designing and delivering modules and training programmes for multi sectors on a range of issues dealing with environmental and social issues. Plays a strategic role in organization’s policies and has engaged in carrying out two strategic planning exercises at LEAD that gave the organization a new road-map. She has been representing the institution at national/international forums and also serving as a trainer at various events in LEAD programs.
Demonstrable experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, from project beneficiaries to governments to donors, on development policy and programming issues. Sound credentials in research ranging from specific case study development to conceptualization research, assessments and surveys on different service delivery elements. Has a few worthwhile publications to her credit: Lund-Thomsen, P. Mansur, A. & H. Lotia, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability of Donor-financed Interventions in the South: The Case of Pakistan, in Rahbek-Pedersen, E. & H. Muniche, Corporate Citizenship in Developing Countries, Copenhagen Business School Press, Copenhagen, 2006. She also prepared a Case Study on Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center which was published as part of the report: Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fundraising in Pakistan published with support from Asian Development Bank, The Asia Foundation, Nippon Foundation and USAID. Contributed a chapter on Climate Change and Health for a publication by the Asia Pacific Network (to be published by Springer).
She has strong analytical and written communications skills, evidenced by publications in national and international fora and extensive social and political economy analyses for new programs, as well as policy briefs for officials in the government. Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Project and financial management softwares. Has a Master of Science degree in Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Hina has also undergone a year long training on Sustainable Development as part of global Leadership Development Program (LDP) at LEAD.
(Last updated: April 12, 2013)
Chief Operating Officer
Hasan A. Rizvi has more than 30 years of rich and diverse professional experience spanning the academic, development and the corporate worlds. He started his career as a research physicist in high energy physics and cosmology which culminated in a 4-years stint at the European Centre for Nuclear Physics (CERN). At CERN, he and his colleagues couldn’t discover the ‘truth’ they were looking for (the last of the undiscovered quarks, the top quark is also called truth) but he literally saw the birth of the World Wide Web in front of his own eyes. His fascination with the Internet and the weird and wonderful applications it has spawned made him a pioneer of sorts when he advocated for and helped set up the first academic email node in the country. Later, while working for UNDP's Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP), he launched the first email and offline Internet service in Pakistan.
Breaking new grounds in the use of Internetworking technologies for development, SDNP Pakistan was acclaimed as one of the most successful and innovative national chapters of SDNP. Traversing this career path he became the head of Education, Communication and Knowledge Management Group of IUCN Pakistan, before helping set up a technology company - Five Rivers Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd - which has also come to be known for its highly innovative work, especially in the field of mobile applications.
While still serving as its CEO, he has also been teaching engineering physics and technology entrepreneurship at a private university, and more recently has resumed his career in the development sector by joining LEAD Pakistan as its COO.
(Last updated: September 17, 2012)
Deputy Regional Director Asia, Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) & Senior Advisor LEAD Pakistan on Climate Change Program
Dr. Chaudhry is a scientist by training and since 2003 associated with the World Meteorological Organisation, first as a Member of Executive Council and then Vice President of the Asia Region. He has been involved in some of the most important international scientific reports and initiatives, including most recently as an expert reviewer of IPCC’s SREX and AR5 reports, the World Bank’s ‘turn down the heat’ report and Secretary, UN-ESCAP/WMO Intergovernmental Panel on Tropical Cyclones 2003-2012. He has contributed to more than 60 research papers in national and international journals, and presented at major international conferences and forums.
In Pakistan, Dr. Chaudhry has played a highly influential role in the development of climate compatible development plans and program. He was lead author of Pakistan’s first National Climate Change Policy, approved in 2012 as well as the Climate Change Action Plan, 2013-2020. Between 1996-2010 he was Director General of Pakistan’s Meteorological Department, and member of Pakistan’s National Steering Committee on REDD, 2012-2014.
He is also the recipient of National Civil Awards of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2011) and Pride of Performance (1999) and also received the SAARC Best Young Climate Scientist Research Award (1993).
As Deputy Regional Director (DRD) for CDKN, Dr. Chaudhry will be joining an international team of experts in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America managing a global program supporting Governments to design and deliver climate and compatible development plans and policies. LEAD Pakistan manages the Asia program for CDKN and he will be overseeing the strategy and delivery of country and regional efforts in the region.
(Last updated: July 19 2013)
General Manager, Project
Tahir Rasheed has joined LEAD
Pakistan as General Manager,
Project Management Department.
Prior to this, he worked with
different international and
national organizations in
different capacities. He also
served as CEO of IUCN’s
Sustainable Use Specialist
Group-Central Asia (SUSG-CAsia).
He has been working since 1990 in the field of community based natural resource management in different capacities. During his career, he acquired the necessary skills of community based planning, monitoring & evaluation, developing linkages & coordination, and implementing integrated conservation and developmental projects especially with the communities of the country. Based on his qualification and practical understanding of environmental and social issues, he have been involved in conducting number of socio-ecological studies, developing policy documents (management plans, Development and Conservation Plans, manuals etc) and also provided professional input to WWF-Indo-China, Vietnam Kalpavriksh India in formulating Environmental Education Strategy and national report on Community Conserved Areas of Pakistan. Simultaneously he has also been serving as master trainer in the field of environment and development for the Governmental and non-governmental institutions.
His interests include protecting bio-diversity, empowering grassroots organizations, and sustainable management of natural resources. He is concerned with the linkages between the environment and development and the way international negotiations affect the indigenous communities.
Mr. Rasheed holds master degrees in forestry and rural development with a specialization in watershed management.
(Last updated: March 06, 2013)
HUSSAIN, Agha Alamdar
Mr Agha Alamdar Hussain specializes in financial management, information systems, management consulting, business applications and business law bringing an 18-year experience in these fields and is now an established entrepreneur associated with prestigious organizations like The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PA Consulting, Hagler Bailly, and Grant Thorton.
Mr Hussain is the founding CEO of AGHAZ Consulting Islamabad and is a notable component of several professional bodies – Pakistan Software Export Board, Computer Society of Pakistan, and Pakistan Association of Software Houses.
Mr Hussain has advised LEAD in its financial matters since 2005. He is a CA Finalist from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Pakistan (ICAP).
(Last updated: September 30, 2010)
HASAN, Syed Ahmad
Manager, Administration and Human Resource
Ahmad brings years of business
management experience in
manufacturing and distribution
of consumer products. He has
handled large budgets up to Rs
250 million. He is serving at
LEAD as Manager Administration &
Human Resources since 2008. He
is responsible for the ISO
certification, monitoring and
implementation besides other
Ahmad has served the Administration and HR departments of organizations such as New Allied Electronics, Lahore and Big Mak Foods, Lahore. He holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Quincy College, IL USA with short courses on marketing and management conducted by LUMS and PIMS.
(Last updated: September 30, 2010)
HAQ, Mohammad Rizwanul
Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
An environmental engineer by
profession, Rizwan brings his
strengths to LEAD in M&E,
knowledge management, survey
in issues pertaining to
community rehabilitation and
M&E systems are pivotal components in any non-profit organization for transparency and accountability. These systems at LEAD are run by the M&E Unit which is a Core Services Department. Rizwan is currently its Manager since July 2009. Along with his team of young professionals, he ensures that these systems are not only facilitating transparency in the operations and programs but also assisting implementation of mid-course corrections eliminating impeding factors.
Rizwan worked as Evaluator for Water, Sanitation and Transport Sector at the M&E Wing of Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Islamabad from July 2007-July 2009. He developed analyses tools for strategy evaluation, implementation, plans, associated management systems at the field level such as survey designs, data collection tools, data flows, sampling methods and information management schemes.
Rizwan was Graduate/Research Assistant (Civil Engineering Department) at the University Teknologi PETRONAS, Perak, Malaysia [January 2005-January 2007]. He was involved in various research activities related to environmental engineering and their industrial applications.
Rizwan has a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. He has been certified as engineer by several professional bodies in the country. He has attended several capacity building workshops and published papers related to his areas of expertise.
A Pisces, Rizwan is married with two children. He lives in Rawalpindi and loves to enjoy free moments with his family.
(Last updated: April 18, 2010)
Manager, Finance & Accounts
Sohaib joined LEAD as Manager
Finance & Accounts in June 2013.
With more than seven years of
experience in the field of
Accounting, Corporate Reporting,
Taxation, Auditing and all other
ancillary financial matters,
Sohaib is willing to contribute
his maximum efforts for his
department's smooth operations.
Before joining LEAD, he was
associated with Zaver Petroleum
Corporation Limited of Hashoo
Group as Assistant Controller
(Accounts & Joint Ventures) and
was responsible for reporting
for all Company’s Financial
Matters. Prior to joining Zaver,
he was working with KPMG Taseer
Hadi & Co as Audit Supervisor
and was assigned to various
National and International audit
engagements of companies engaged
in Energy and Natural Resources,
Manufacturing and Development
Sector like BHP Petroleum Pty
Limited, Oil and Gas Development
Company Limited, Hashwani Hotels
Limited, Tourism Promotion
Services Limited, ESBI
Contracting limited etc.
Sohaib is C.A Finalist (One Paper Remaining) from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP), which is the most prestigious professional qualification of Pakistan.
(Last updated: June 13, 2013)
Sub-Regional Coordinator – CDKN Asia
of the regional Climate
Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)
team based at LEAD Pakistan,
Dina is coordinating a portfolio
of technical assistance and
research projects across Asia.
She has years of experience in
designing and managing
development programs on issues
including education, livelihoods
and climate change. She
developed a pioneering Climate
Action Program for LEAD in 2008
offering for the first time a
programmatic and multi-tiered
approach on the issue in
Pakistan, and also spearheaded
the establishment of several
LEAD climate change forums
including the Knowledge Network
on Climate Change (KNCC),
Climate Leaders Action Network
(CLAN) and National Alliance for
Climate Action (NACA). Dina has
also been involved in climate
change scoping and strategy
planning exercises at
particularly in South, SouthEast,
and Central Asia.
Dina has worked on grass-roots issues with a leading community development organization in KPK and has also worked with the USAID funded Competitiveness Support Fund. She holds an MBA from Pakistan and a Master’s degree in HR Management from Durham University, UK. She has also undergone year long training on Sustainable Development and Climate Change as part of global Leadership Development Program (LDP) at LEAD.
(Last updated: August 01, 2011)
KAKAKHEL, Kashmala Shahab
Coordinator, Program Development Department
Kashmala joined the Research Department of LEAD in June 2009. She undertook multiple small scale projects initially - Mapping Professional Associations for The Asia Foundation to working on the IDP project for CARE International, to commissioning small researches for the LRH project. From there on, she was appointed Project Coordinator for re-strategizing and revamping the flagship Program of LEAD – the Leadership Development Program. This included setting the direction, priorities, identifying gaps, constraints and limitations, highlighting potential and chartering a way forward. Kashmala also initiated another project, CLAN (Climate Leaders Action Network) which is designed so as to mobilize the expertise and interests existing within the global LEAD Fellows network to initiate climate change research. Kashmala is currently engaged with CDKN (Climate Development Knowledge Network), an innovative global level project with the Asia segment housed in LEAD. It’s a new turf and arena for everyone involved, which is giving her ample space to groom professionally.
Prior to LEAD, Kashmala was with Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy; as a Research Officer, where she authored seven publications. She holds a BSC Economics from the prestigious London School of Economics, External Program. She enjoys writing, and plans to start a series of articles on Pushtun history, culture, misunderstandings and ego clashes.
(Last updated: May 19, 2011)
Coordinator – TA & Partnership,
Program Development Department
Elizabeth joined LEAD Pakistan
in March 2011 as the
Partnerships and TA Coordinator
for the Climate & Development
Knowledge Network – CDKN, which
LEAD is implementing in Asia.
She brings to LEAD a unique
having previously worked in Dar
es Salaam, Brussels and New
York. Her experience lies in
climate change and development
policy-making and research. As
CDKN works through partnerships,
Elizabeth’s role will be to
strengthen and expand these
relationships and is committed
to expanding CDKN’s work in
Asia. She is very happy to now
find herself in Pakistan and
looks forward to working on CDKN
She previously worked in the
Overseas Development Institute (ODI),
a think-tank in her home town,
London, where she was a Project
Coordinator. Prior to this, she
worked as a researcher on
climate change policy in the
European Parliament and also has
experience working in the US
Senate, United Nations
Secretariat and for NGOs in
Tanzania and South Africa.
Elizabeth holds a Masters in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE). She spends her free time trying to learn Urdu and discovering the attractions and rich culture of Pakistan.
(Last updated: March 22, 2011)
Advisor Water Programme
Daanish Mustafa obtained his BA in Geography from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA. He worked for two years in Pakistan for the non-profit sector on donor funded social development and environmental preservation projects. He subsequently obtained his MA in Geography from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1995 and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA in 2000. He was a visiting assistant professor of geography at George Mason University, and then an assistant professor of Geography, at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, before joining the Department of Geography at King’s College, London in 2006.
(Last updated: April 16, 2013)
KIANI, Haseeb Ahmad
Coordinator, Project Management Department (PMD)
Haseeb brings to LEAD rich and
diverse experience in areas of
sustainable development with
undertaking activities in areas
such as peace building/conflict
resolution; governance; election
monitoring; capacity building,
solid waste management and
Haseeb has been with LEAD as Coordinator PMD since September 2010. His role is to coordinate the planning and execution of various projects undertaken by LEAD. Major responsibilities are ensuring that project reporting/work plans are delivered as prescribed and supervising budget following policies set by the donors/clients besides conflict resolution and team building.
Haseeb spent 4 ½ years with PAIMAN Alumni Trust as Program Manager developing/executing several projects/programs. He has a master’s in Political Science, PMP course from BMC-PMI-USA and has attended various work-related diplomas and training courses at home and abroad.
He has completed the Legislative Fellowship with the State Department in the US enjoying three prominent statuses i.e. Legislative Fellow, State Department USA/World Learning, Certified Election Day official Cuyahoga County, Ohio-USA and State Alumni USA.He was selected among the sixteen Central and South Asian Legislative Fellows for the presentation of legislative program to the State Department and Congress in Washington DC.
Haseeb hosted as an anchor a series of four TV programs on Youth Civic Education and has participated in numerous TV/Radio programs as panelist on socio-political issues. He also led two delegations to India. He is certified mater trainer on peace-building and conflict resolution from Karauna Center USA.
(Last updated: September 30, 2010)
Climate Change Program
Arif Rahman is working as
Coordinator Climate Change
Program in Program Development
Department (PDD) since April
2013. Arif has done his M. Phil in
Environmental Economics from
Pakistan Institute of
Development Economics (PIDE) and
MBA in Common Wealth of Learning
from AIOU. He is interested in
assessments and climate change
Previously he has worked as Research Coordinator at NACCAD, Project Manager at CALYPSO IT Solutions, also providing Consultancy at different organizations. He has been a visiting faculty at Bahria and Iqra University teaching Climate Change and Development.
Arif is interested in Ottoman and Pashtun cultures and history and currently writing a book on the commonalities between Turkish and Pashtun tradition and languages.
(Last updated: May 16, 2013)
Finance and Accounts Officer, Operations Department
Kashif Rasheed is working as a Finance and Accounts Officer at LEADs Operations Department since June 2012. Kashif possesses the professional experience of about 18 years in the field of Accounts and Finance. Before joining LEAD, he worked as Manager Finance & Accounts at Pak Gulf Construction (The Centaurus) Islamabad from Nov 2011 till May 2012. He also worked as Manager Finance & Administration with SDC-IC (Swiss Development for Cooperation – InterCooperation) from Dec 2001 till Apr 2004. Kashif completed his five year Chartered Accountancy Article ship in August 1998. Kashif is Married & have 2 school going sons. He Love maintaining Cars, Driving, Hiking & Exploring Lakes & Hilly areas, Reading Sufi’s & Islamic Literature.
(Last updated: June 04 2012)
HUSSAIN, Muhammad Yousaf
Associate Coordinator, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Section
Yousaf excelled in LEAD from an
intern in ICT (April 2006) to
Associate Coordinator in March
2009. He handles LEAD ICT
systems – LAN/WAN,
configuration, emails, web and
data-servers and provides IT
services/training to LEAD staff.
Before joining LEAD, Yousaf was IT Coordinator with ActionAid Pakistan [Nov 2005-April 2006]? He has a master’s in computer sciences from Mohi-Ud-Din Islamic University, Nerian Sharif, AJK.
LEAD is grooming Yousaf - he was supported for trainings like Microsoft Certified System Engineer MCSE-2003 from COMSATS; Understanding Camera and Lens: Exploring Effective Avenues of Nature Photography” from The Pakistan Wetlands Program; ISO 9001:2008 Introduction and Internal Auditing; and ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System, Internal Auditing [United Registrar of Systems - a subsidiary of Standards Holding Group – United Kingdom and System & Services Certification Islamabad. LEAD has also motivated him to pursue The Certified Information Security Manager – ISO 27001 ISMS.
(Last updated: September 30, 2010)
Associate Coordinator, Communication Unit
Abbas is assisting the communication department at LEAD as Associate Coordinator since February 2011. Abbas has considerable experience in media and communication with an expertise in software designing. He believes that social media is the new way forward and is utilizing his skills in ensuring that LEAD Pakistan has an effective presence in print, broadcast and online media.
Prior to joining LEAD, Abbas worked as a reporter and communication officer for a private news agency. He has been involved with the journalism field for six years.
Abbas has a Masters degree in Political Science from AJK University. He also did a two months course in Online Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism, West Berlin, Germany in 2010. His first love is blogging and he is currently pursuing that through his own blog, Jazbablog.com.
(Last updated: May 22, 2012)
Associate Coordinator, Administration Unit
Nauman is working as an Associate Coordinator – Administrative in LEAD’s Administration unit since August 2011. He is responsible to provide support to the LEAD Pakistan staff as related to Logistics and procurement functions also helps in the managing the ambience and overall outlook of Lead premises and reporting according to the organization’s standards.
Nauman did his MBA in HR from IQRA University and Masters in Energy Management from Comsats University. Before joining LEAD, he was with SACH-Struggle for Change as HR/Admin officer. In leisure time he browse internet to look around the up-coming models of cars also loves to play Cricket.
(Last updated: September 16, 2011)
CHAUDHRY, Naseer Ahmad
Contracts officer, CEO Secretariat
Naseer is not new to LEAD.
During its nascent years, he
managed LEAD’s finance
department as Finance Manager,
1996-2001 and proceeded to join
The Panasain Group as Executive
Secretary till his retirement
from the Group in June 2010.
LEAD has attracted him back as
CEO’s assistant where he ensures
smooth office-management of CEO
Naseer also worked on several USAID projects as Program Manager. He has a master’s in economics from the Punjab University. He is married with three kids and lives in Rawalpindi.
(Last updated: March 26, 2012)
Front Desk In-charge, Administration Unit
Marianne, has been working as the Front Desk Officer in LEAD since August 2011. She facilitates and assists the staff members in communication support and correspondence.
Before joining LEAD Pakistan, she worked as Admin Officer at Excel Lab. She has done her BBA in HR from Fatima Jinnah Women University. In her spare time, she likes reading novels and surf internet.
August 17, 2011)
Associate Coordinator, Program Development Department (PDD)
Shizza is working as an Associate Coordinator at LEAD since 2009. She lends her support to PDD in the preparation of concept notes, proposals, budgets, presentations, situational analysis, and meetings. She had earlier worked as an Intern with Nokia Siemens Network and Carrier Telephone Industries (Pvt) Ltd.
Shizza holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from FAST University, Islamabad and aspires to grow with LEAD Pakistan.
(Last updated: April 30, 2012)
Associate Coordinator, Project Management Department (PMD)
Saad joined LEAD in November,
2012 as Associate Coordinator in
Project Management Department.
He is assisting PMD in their
on-going education sector
Prior to joining LEAD, He worked as Programme Manager at Value Resources Pvt. Ltd., for 3 years during which he led the project management teams looking after Research & M&E projects.
He has recently returned from United Kingdom after completing his Masters in Programme & Project Management from University of Warwick. He has also done Bachelors in Business Administration degree from FAST-NU, Islamabad.
Saad loves travelling and meeting people from different cultures. His dream is to go on an exploratory cross-country road trip across Pakistan.
(Last updated: November 23, 2012)
Associate Coordinator, Project Management Department (PMD)
Anam is assisting the Project Management Department at LEAD as an Associate Coordinator since November 2011. She is passionate about climate change, development and mitigating its effects, particularly in the rural areas of Pakistan. Anam has volunteered at various organizations during her student life, including the Pakistan Foundation fighting Blindness, De Laas Gul and the Kaghan Memorial Trust.
holds a Master of Science
Degree in the Sustainable
Management of Natural Resources
from the University of
Leicester, from its world
renowned Geography Department.
Her thesis, which was recently
accepted, was titled ‘A Paradigm
shift toward Integrated Water
Resource Management in the
Mardan District, Khyber
Pukhtunkhwa in Pakistan with a
particular focus on Irrigation
Water and groundwater’.
Anam is an animal lover and an avid reader. She enjoys being outdoor and intend to travel throughout rural Pakistan.
(Last updated: April 25, 2013)
Associate Coordinator, Water Programme - Program Development Department (PDD)
Usman Mirza has joined LEAD
Pakistan as an Associate
Corrdiantor Water Program in
May, 2013. He is a Master of
Science in Public Policy and
Management (Awarded Highest
Distinction) from Carnegie
Mellon University, USA and B.Sc
(Hons) Economics from LUMS.
Usman brings to LEAD specialties in research, policy analysis and evaluation. His most recent research project was on international climate change mitigation policies, done as part of a team of policy analysts for Hon. Mike Rann (former premier of South Australia). The projects findings were published in Heinz Journal, Volume 10, Issue 2. Usman has also undertaken projects with Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) and Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) in South Australia. Before joining LEAD, Usman worked as Assistant Manager (Organizational Development) at Interloop Pvt Ltd, Pakistan.
Usman is passionate about food and loves to try new cuisines and regional specialties.
(Last updated: May 15, 2013)
Assistant, Finance & Accounts
Adnan is working in LEAD Pakistan's Finance Department as Finance Assistant. He is helping in the preparation and processing of payments and checks according to company policies and procedures.
Before joining LEAD he was
working with Pak-Gulf
Construction Private Limited as
He has done his MBA in Finance from Comsats Institute of Information & Technology. Adnan is married and he plays cricket in his free time.
(Last updated: September 06, 2011)
Najeeb is working as an Accounts
Assistant since January 2012. He
is responsible to maintain all
documentation record of LEAD
Finance Department. Before
joining LEAD he was working as
computer operator at a
He holds a Bachelor degree in commerce from Hazara University.
(Last updated: October 31, 2012)
Program Assistant, Administration Unit
Hafiz as a Program Assistant at LEAD since June 2010 lends his support to Administration Unit in managing/compiling soft/hard data and files. He has a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology Karachi.
(Last updated: May 17, 2012)
GHOURI, Kapil Nadeem
HR Assistant, HR unit
Kapil joined LEAD Pakistan in April 2011. His responsibilities include making monthly reports, assisting with recruitment, staff management, dealing with insurance issues and other tasks related to the HR unit.
Previously, he worked as the Floor Supervisor at Maxtelecom, STP in Islamabad. His worked included training, recovery of sales, verification of sales & billing and also assisted in issues related to CSR. Kapil has a Masters degree in Mass Communication from the Virtual University, Rawalpindi Campus. His hobbies include listening to music, singing, writing, reading poetry, travelling and studying different religions. Kapil’s future plans include joining the media industry and utilizing his writing skills to convey his ideas and thoughts as he strongly believes that “People die, but a good idea lives forever.”
(Last updated: May 05, 2011)
Assistant, Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Section
Omair has joined LEAD Pakistan April 2011 as an Intern in the I.T Unit. His responsibilities include managing the LEAD database and providing solutions for I.T related problems. He wants to upgrade the database and remove any bottlenecks in the existing network system.
Previously, he was working as a Resident Networks Engineer with the Pakistan Army in the Special Communication Organization in Kotli, AJK. He worked on the Partial Mesh WAN network deployed by Arwen Technologies.
He has done his bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Bahria University, Islamabad. When he is not working, Omair focuses on his passion for car racing and hiking. His future plans include getting a Masters degree in Project Management along with obtaining certifications related to networks. He also wants to contribute towards improving the education sector in Pakistan with a focus on Secondary education system.
(Last updated: August 17, 2011)
Young Professional Officer, Research Unit
Onaiza Arshad is working as Young Professional Officer – Research Unit, since September 2012. She has done her BSc (Hons) Sociology/Anthropology from Lahore University of Management Sciences. Before assuming the responsibilities at LEAD, and while enrolled at university, she was working as a full-time teacher’s assistant at LUMS for courses such as Urban Violence and Cyber Anthropology. She also has the experience with qualitative research, analysis and compilation of mini ethnographies based on the Development Project underway in the walled city Lahore, and alternative dispute resolution systems in Southern Punjab. Onaiza believes that writing and Editing has always been one of her greatest strengths. She was also part of the LUMS Writing Centre and have worked with freelance consultants on proposals, reports etc.
(Last updated: April 25, 2013)
Young Professional Officer, Research and Training Unit
Shiraz is working as Young
Professional Officer, Research
and Training Unit since July
2013. He has the experience of
evidence based policy research
and knows the techniques and
tools used in research. He is
proficient in public policy
analysis, and field work. He is
also interested in water
management problems and has a
publication in DPRC LUMS;
‘Pricing Irrigation Water in
Pakistan’. Before assuming the
responsibilities at LEAD, he was
Research Associate at Technology
Up gradation and Skills
Development Company (TUSDEC),
which is a sister organization
of Ministry of Production. Major
responsibilities were the
identification of best
institutes, demand driven
trainings and eligible trainees
(beneficiaries) to whom the
trainings are imparted. Prior to
TUSDEC, he has worked as a
Research Associate in
Development Policy Research
Center (DPRC), LUMS.
Shiraz has done BSc (Hons) Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences. He is also planning to do master in Urban Planning after having 3-4 years of experience in development.
He is fond of travelling and watching documentaries.
(Last updated: August 01, 2013)
Program Assistant, Project Management Department (PMD)
Shamail Adnan Khan has joined
LEAD in September and currently
serve as Program Assistant in
Project Management Department (PMD).
He is a passionate and young
individuals who is ready to put
forth his best efforts for the
organization and believe that he
has the essential capabilities
as well as the much desired
commitment to work and serve
LEAD in a meaningful way.
Prior to LEAD, he was with Shell Pakistan as team-member (Lahore Region) on one of their CSR project, ‘Tameer’ and UNDP-SDPD as an intern in Foreign Affairs & Media Department.
He has his undergraduate studies in Economics & Politics from LUMS.
Shamail is an avid adventurer who likes to roam around whenever any such possibility can be availed. Moreover, he likes to watch movies, and documentaries in addition to sports.
He also intends to go on a round-the-world trip.
(Last updated: September 19, 2013)