Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel (Chairperson of the Board)
Chairperson of the Board
Board of Governors
Ambassador Kakakhel has been a member of SDPI’s Board of Governors since 2009. He also worked as deputy executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme and as assistant secretary general of the United Nations. In May 1995, he was elected as president of the United Nations Environment Programme’s governing council and was also the chief negotiator for G-77 countries in preparatory meetings of the second World Summit on Human Settlements. He was elected as a chair of the main negotiations committee at the summit held in Istanbul in June 1996.
Born and raised in Peshawar, Kakakhel joined Pakistan’s foreign service in 1969 and went on to become deputy high commissioner and high commissioner in New Delhi and Nairobi respectively. He also represented his country as permanent representative to the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements-HABITAT.
He studied at the Edwardes College, Islamia College and the University of Peshawar and obtained a master’s degree in political science.