September 1, 2014
LAHORE: Hammad Naqi Khan has been appointed the new director general of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan). He will assume office on Monday (today).
The WWF-Pakistan Board of Governors had earlier made the decision to appoint Khan as director general during a meeting.
“A senior environment, development and conservation expert, Hammad Naqi Khan will take over the duties from the former director general Ali Hassan Habib on September 1,” an official statement said.
Habib, the former director general, had led the organisation for 19 years.
Khan has 22 years’ experience in the environment, conservation, development and water-management sectors. He has been a part of WWF for 17 years, according to the statement.
At the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan, Hammad Naqi Khan has formerly served as the director of programmes, managing freshwater, sustainable agriculture, environmental assessment and climate change programmes of the organisation.
The statement said that under Khan’s leadership, the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan had been able to support cotton farmers in both Punjab and Sindh.
“Despite floods, the project was an international benchmark for other cotton growing countries including India, China and the African continent where the initiative is operational,” the statement said.
“Khan has represented World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan at various international forums, conventions and scientific and policy meetings,” according to the statement.
“He has been a core member of WWF International’s Market Transformation Initiative, Freshwater and Toxics Teams, and recently completed an intensive three-year term with WWF international’s Market Transformation Initiative as the Global Cotton Leader,” the statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan added.