Executive Director, Senior Research Fellow
Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri has been heading Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan’s premier policy research think-tank, since 2007. He is a member of different policy-making forums and advisory boards, including Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council; National Advisory Council of Planning commission of Pakistan; Pakistan Climate Change Council; convenor of Food Security Advisory Group at National Security Division Govt of Pakistan; member of Agricultural Universities Vice Chancellor’s Search Committee, Govt of Punjab; and member of Board of Directors of National Disaster Risk Management Fund. He is also serving on different international policy making forums, including advisory board of intergovernmental organization CAREC (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation) Think-Tanks Network; Member of permanent organizing committee of South Asia Economic Summit; Co-Chair of the Board of Climate Action Network South Asia; and lead expert for World Economic Forum’s “Transformation Mapping” initiative from Pakistan. He also served on three judicial commissions (formed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad High Court, and Lahore High Court) on environmental issues. In the energy sector, he served as a Member of the Board of Management (Board of Directors) of Pakistan State Oil (PSO), where he chaired the Board’s Audit and Accounts Committee. Dr Suleri represented Pakistan in various official delegations, including the UN Sustainable Development Summit; the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COPs); and WTO Ministerial Conferences. His current research interests include Sustainable Development Goals amid COVID19, inclusive and sustainable economy; food security; regional trade; and political economy of development, etc. He is a regular guest speaker and delivers lectures on different aspects of sustainable development to the career civil servants, officers of armed forces, and parliamentarians. He is an acclaimed writer and besides publishing in academic journals, he also contributes his policy analysis on sustainable development issues in print and electronic media. He is also editor-in-chief of SDPI peer reviewed journal, “Journal of Development Policy, Research and Practice”. Dr Suleri earned his PhD in food security from the University of Greenwich.