Chief Executive Officer (CEO)Muhammad Badar Alam has been the executive director of Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI), a non-government organisation based in Islamabad, between September 2019 and February 2022 and has also worked with Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), an Islamabad-based think tank, between August 2019 and March 2020 as a director. Since April 2020, he has been simultaneously working as the chief editor of Loksujag.com, a news website focused on amplifying voice from the margins of power. Previously, he has worked as the editor of Pakistan’s premium English language monthly magazine, Herald, between 2010 and 2019. Mr Alam started his professional career as a journalist in 1992 and has worked with leading news organizations including Jang Group of Newspapers and Dawn Media Group. He has also been the deputy editor of South Asian Free Media Association’s news website, South Asia Media Net, in the early 2000s. He has written editorials for both daily Dawn and daily The News International and has also reported for The News on Sunday, Herald and some foreign publications.
Muhammad Badar Alam
Director and Project LeadWith an academic background in mass communication and anthropology, Azhar started his professional career in print journalism and later switched to the development sector. In the last more than two decades, he has worked with different national and international NGOs in different capacities. He has been part of many environmental campaigns on the issues related to land, water, and forest in Pakistan. He occasionally writes for national newspapers on the issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. His skills and expertise lie in designing and executing advocacy campaigns; producing communication material for campaigns and conducting research studies. Being an advocacy lead, he is currently working with Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED) on social, economic, and environmental issues in the energy sector.
Naila Saleh works primarily on decentralised renewable energy, green finance and socio-technical transition. Before joining PRIED , she was a Research Officer at Institute of Policy Studies. Naila is also working as a Project Manager at Agora Energiewende, a leading think tank in Berlin which develops evidence-based and politically viable strategies to advance the goal of climate neutrality. Naila has a MSc in Economics and Public Policy. Currently she is PhD scholar at Technical University Berlin in the faculty of Economics and Management.
EditorFahmida Jan is an experienced content strategist and communications professional with over six years of experience. She works as the Content Editor at PRIED, where she looks after the organization’s publications, website, and social media content being produced by the organization and its media-related work, including creating media packages for all their events. Before joining PRIED full-time, she was working with their team and management in the role of a Consultant Content Editor. She started her career in the print media while pursuing her Masters’s Degree. She has previously worked for two leading newspapers in Pakistan on their print and digital desks. She also has experience working in corporate communications and was associated with a leading educational institute in Pakistan as an Assistant Manager for Content in their Marketing and Communications Department. Fahmida holds a Bachelors and a Masters’s degree in Mass Communication.
Hussain Assad completed his BA Honors in Political Science and MPhil in Anthropology. He has been working in the development sector since 2018. He is leading PRIED’s initiative for establishing a cross-party parliamentary caucus on climate change and green energy. His expertise includes media engagement, networking, and building grassroots alliances. He has good linkages with journalists who are working on climate change and Pakistan’s energy sector. He is also good at networking and making grassroots alliances. He has been extensively engaged with communities who are facing socio-economic and environmental problems due to coal power generation in the Thar region of Sindh. He is responsible for organizing webinars/seminars and other events at PRIED. He also facilitates Content Editor regarding the publication of content on the website and social media platforms.
Program ManagerMehwish did her bachelors in telecommunications from the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, and MBA from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. She started her professional career in 2009 with Management and Development Foundation, a non-government organisation based in Hyderabad. She has also worked with the Civil Society Support Program, a non-profit civil society organisation working across Pakistan, on its Voice of New Generation project, and with with another non-government development organisation, Sindh Development Society. In 2015, she joined Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, a leading civil society organisation dedicated to improving the lot of fishing communities across Sindh. A member of the PRIED staff since November 2022, Mehwish has a long track record of running many successful social mobilisation campaigns particularly concerning the marginalised sections of the society. She possesses an in-depth knowledge and understanding of social, economic and political problems being faced by fishing and farming communities in Sindh and has represented them at numerous national and international forums.
ResearcherShaheera Tahir has worked with Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) for a brief period. She has obtained Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on Energy and Environment Policy from Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar (2018‑2020), and has done bachelors in Accounting and Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Since the beginning of her career, she has been focused on renewable energy development in the country. Initially she has been engaged with 8.2 Renewable Energy Experts — a German based renewable energy consultancy firm, conducting financial feasibilities of solar power projects and their financial modelling. Later on, she has worked with an Independent Power Producer (IPP) primarily for development of a 50MW solar power project in Gharo, Sindh from inception till successful achievement of financial close. On her current research focused engagement with PRIED, she is working on research topics of economic feasibility of renewable energy, environmental and socioeconomic impacts of coal and thermal power generation, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She is also involved in advocacy activities of PRIED aiming for phasing-out of thermal generation and promotion of renewable energy in the country.
Assistant Project ManagerMah Noor coordinates the meetings for parliamentary caucus that PRIED is trying to setup. She also prepares its weekly media monitors. Before joining PRIED, she was working at the Senate of Pakistan as a coordinator and was attached with a Senate standing committee. In that role, she did research, arranged meetings and issued invitations for the committee sessions. She holds a masters degree in political science and an MPhil degree in public policy from Pakistan Institute of Development Economics(PIDE), Islamabad.
Regional CoordinatorIrshad Laghari is a journalist and social commentator with more 30 years of experience. He did his Masters in Sociology from University of Sindh, Jamshoro, and started his professional career in print journalism in 1992. Since then he has worked on senior editorial positions with leading Sindhi newspapers such as Daily Kawish, Daily Ibrat and Daily Sindh Express and with popular television channels such Sindh TV and Mehran TV.He has also been in charge of publications at the Center for Peace and Civil Society (CPCS), a Hyderabad-based independent think-tank. He frequently contributes posts to Sindh Raj TV’s social media platforms regarding Sindh’s cultural, social and environmental issues.
Manzoor Ahmed Alizai
Manzoor Ahmed Alizai joined Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED) in Nov 2021 as a research associate. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Peshawar and M.S. in Energy Systems Engineering with focus on energy and environment from National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) Islamabad. Previously, he worked as a research assistant on KPK funded project, to conduct a feasibility study on combine cycle power plant for industrial state of Swabi. He also worked as a research associate in Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB). His research work has also been published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE). He holds professional experience in resource potential assessment of emerging renewable energy generation systems, energy efficient technologies, techno-economic analysis of energy projects, tariff models, off-grid electrification, and net metering. His research interests include, renewable energy adoption, rural electrification, micro grid and smart grid technologies, energy storage systems, efficient use of thermal energy generation systems and climate change.
Field CoordinatorAkash Hamirani did his Masters in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. He has been working in the development sector since 2017, including as PRIED’s Tharparkar-based field researcher in 2021-22.Earlier, he worked for a year as a social mobiliser in Tharparkar’s district headquarter, Mithi, with the Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI), an Islamabad-based non-government organisation. He is also the co-founder of Thar Sujaag Sath, a grassroots-level public campaign aimed at discouraging the use of fossil fuels for energy generation.His areas of expertise include social mobilisation, facilitating youth-led activism, photography and videography. He also writes regularly in the digital and print media about social, cultural, economic and political issues concerning Thar, interfaith harmony being the most prominent among them.
Raheel UL Zaman
Manager Finance and Human ResourcesRaheel UL Zaman did his master’s from ZABIST University with a degree in finance and has over 10 years of work experience in the development sector. He is responsible for the smooth and efficient functioning of the company’s operational systems, ensures that company processes are efficient and effective, and guarantees proper management of overall finance and administration matters his duties also include the maintenance of financial records, supervision of audits, management of finance team and communication of financial status reports to PRIED management. He has a strong grasp of financial procedures as well as the laws and rules governing corporate finance.