Syed Hamza Mahfooz joined ICIMOD as an intern with the Indus Basin Initiative, River Basins Programme in 2015 . He will be based in the Pakistan Country Office in Islamabad. Mr Mahfooz graduated from the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in 2010 in the field of Agriculture. He completed his MSc (Honours) in 2012 from the same university. After this degree he did a six-month internship on ‘Fruit and vegetable nurseries’ at the Department of Agriculture, Rawalakot, followed by a second six-month internship on the ‘Effect of potassium and phosphorus on the morphological and biochemical characteristics of garlic (Allium sativum L.) under agro-climatic conditions of Rawalakot’. After this he worked as an Assistant Research Officer in the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir for one year.