Advisory Group

  • James Wescoat is an Aga Khan Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. His research concentrates on water systems in South Asia and the US, from the site to river basin scales. At the site scale, he led the Smithsonian Institution's project titled, "Garden, City, and Empire: The Historical Geography of Mughal Lahore," which resulted in a co-edited volumes with colleagues from the University of Engineering and Technology-Lahore. These and related books won awards from the Government of Pakistan and Allama Iqbal awards from Government of Punjab. At the larger scale, Professor Wescoat has conducted water policy research in the Indus, Colorado, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins. He authored a book on Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy with geographer Gilbert F. White (Cambridge University Press). He led a USEPA-funded study of potential climate impacts in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan with the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), and contributed to a World Bank and WAPDA study on The Indus Basin of Pakistan: The Impacts of Climate Risks on Water and Agriculture (2013). Currently, he has returned to the local scale in research on rural water and sanitation planning.
  • Sally M. Benson is the Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University. The Global Climate and Energy Project develops innovative low carbon energy supplies to meet global energy needs. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in Geology and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California in the Material Science and Mineral Engineering Department. Prior to joining Stanford, Benson worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), serving in a number of capacities, including Division Director for Earth Sciences, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences, and Deputy Director for Operations. Also a Professor (Research) in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Benson works on carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in deep underground geological formations. A ground water hydrologist and reservoir engineer, Benson has conducted research to address a range of issues related to energy and the environment. For the past ten years she has studied how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration. Benson was a coordinating lead author on the 2005 IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Renewal Energy Laboratory and Climate Central.
  • Mr. Khalid Mohtadullah (KM) is a civil engineer by training with vast experience in water resources policy, strategy, institutional development, planning, project preparation, research, implementation and management. He possesses an advanced degree and diploma in engineering and management from MIT, USA and the Harvard Business School, USA respectively. He retired as Managing Director and Member Water of Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority, WAPDA, and remained Director of Research at IWMI and later its deputy Director General, and has served as the Executive Secretary of GWP in Stockholm in Sweden. As such he uniquely combines technical management and research strengths. He has worked mostly in multidisciplinary environments to incorporate economic, social and environmental considerations in water resources management and combines experience of working in government, semi-government and international organizations including the UN system in Pakistan and abroad.Until recently he served as the Country Director IWMI Pakistan and chaired the Board of one of the largest Power Company in the Public Sector in Pakistan. He is a Senior Advisor to GWP and ICIMOD and a Special Advisor to IWMI.
  • Mr. Arif Nadeem has over 35 years’ experience in the public sector and has an expertise in public policy and administration. He is currently heading Pakistan Agricultural Coalition (PAC), a non-profit organization established by 20 of Pakistan’s leading business groups for the development of Pakistan’s agriculture sector. Prior to joining PAC he served as Secretary to the Government of Punjab in the departments of Agriculture, Irrigation and Health. He has acquired a good knowledge on the procedural functioning of federal, provincial and local governments and holds extensive knowledge of Pakistani laws, rules and regulations.   He has worked closely with various UN Agencies and international aid organisations (the World Bank, ADB, DFID, USAID, and CIDA) and managed several large projects (both local and foreign-funded).Mr Arif holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Punjab. He also has to his credit various courses and trainings at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, National School of Public Policy National Institute of Public Administration and the Civil Services Academy. Â
  • Masood Ahmad joined the World Bank in 1983 and has worked as an Irrigation Engineer, an Environmental Specialist and a Water Resources Specialist. He has worked in operations in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Central Asia, Russia and Former Soviet Republics, East Asia Pacific and is currently based in South Asia. He leads projects in emergency preparedness, flood protection, water resources management, hydropower, etc. Prior to joining the Bank, Masood was a lecturer at the University of Faisalabad in Pakistan and an Assistant Professor at the Centre of Excellence in Water Resources.
  • Dr. Afreen Siddiqi is a Research Scientist in the Engineering Systems Division. She has an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering, S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems, all from MIT.Dr. Siddiqi is an author of over 50 publications, some of which have appeared in leading journals such as Energy Policy, Water International, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, and ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Her opinion editorials on water policy and the energy, water, food nexus have appeared in The Express Tribune, a major newspaper in Pakistan affiliated with The International New York Times. Dr. Siddiqi has received several awards and fellowships including the Amelia Earhart Fellowship (2000-01), Richard D. DuPont Fellowship (2003-04), and the inaugural Rene H. Miller Prize (awarded annually for outstanding research) in Systems Engineering (2006). She is also a member of Pi Tau Sigma, and Tau Beta Pi (the national Engineering Honor Society).Prior to her research career, she worked full-time as an engineer in the R&D division of National Instruments on the company’s flagship product, Lab VIEWTM, in Austin, Texas. She has also worked in Schlumberger (oil and gas services company) in Houston, Texas and has consulted with several corporations such as BP, Lockheed Martin, and Aurora Flight Systems.
  • Dr Lashari has more than 34 years of working experience as an educationist and Principal Scientist in the field of water resources planning, designing and management both nationally and globally. In this role, he also worked to teach postgraduate and graduate levels of engineers at various institutes around the globe. His professional career has focused on promoting economic welfare through sustainable development and management of water resources for agriculture. During his professional career, he got an opportunity to teach and research on policy planning, system design and management, training and institutional capacity building at various prestigious institutes around the globe.Dr. Lashari has extensive work experience as an advisor and consultant with national and multi-national companies/agencies on IWRM, Interdisciplinary water resources management, policies, gender education, social mobilization, rural sanitation, and community’s development. He has also led a comprehensive action research effort on institutional reforms and water management in Pakistan from 1995-2001 at International Water Management Institute (IWMI). He has conducted major research project in the field of natural resources management which have resulted in production of high quality scientific reports and research papers. He has also evaluated several community projects on education, small entrepreneur interventions, adoption of low cost interventions for energy saving and research projects related to environment and irrigation management. Dr Lashari has been an advisor to many NGOs in strategic thinking, planning and implementation process of natural resources (land and water) management.
  • In his capacity, he is key actor in transforming and redefining the water stewardship strategy and program at Nestlé, inspires and guides Nestles management at Corporate and Market level in its implementation. He elaborates the Corporate water stewardship strategy and ensure the adoption of best practices within all Nestle Operations (e.g.: ~ 500 manufacturing facilities and agriculture supply chain) aimed at minimizing the threats related to long term water availability, ensuring good relationships and collaboration with international and local stakeholders, and deploying local water initiatives aligned with the “Nestle in Society - Creating Shared Value" framework. Main competencies and skills are in both the technical and stakeholder engagement’s aspects of water resources exploration, management and conservation. ð Chair of the "Water & Agriculture"
  • Dr. Abubakr Muhammad is the founding director of CYPHYNETS Lab and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at LUMS, Pakistan. He is a Jr. Associate Fellow of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy and until recently the Secretary NMO in Pakistan for the Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA where his PhD thesis won the Sigma Xi Best PhD Dissertation Award. He also received master’s degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He was a postdoctoral researcher first at the University of Pennsylvania and then at McGill University. In 2008, he established the Laboratory for Cyber Physical Networks and Systems (CYPHYNETS) at LUMS. The Lab does fundamental and applied research in robotics, cyber physical systems and water systems engineering. During his research career, he has spent time as a visiting researcher at UIUC, Stanford, ETH Zurich, KAUST, TU Kaiserslautern, University of Melbourne and ICTP. He is currently leading WIT as director