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Ajaz Ali

Programme Officer, River Basins and Cryosphere

My role at ICIMOD

As Programme Officer within the Indus Basin Initiative under the River Basins and Cryosphere Regional Programme, my role is to coordinate the initiative work together with the team including; programme cycle management, monitoring and evaluation, partnership coordination, networking and reporting. With the team, I work with partners and communities to pilot localized solutions to help communities address their challenges related to water and water induced hazards caused by climate change. We bring together researchers, policy makers and communities to promote shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities, and fostering coordination among stakeholders to deal with the effects of climate change on water resources and upstream/downstream linkages through collaborative research, capacity building and evidence based policy support.

Ajaz Ali

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

The HKH sits at the peak and the Indus basin is at the core of the HKH which serves as lifeline to millions of people. My work through ICIMOD within the Indus basin helps to protect the pulse of the planet from the peak to the core.

Q:

What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

A:

What I like about working at ICIMOD is that it provides me with opportunities to work with people from diverse cultures, countries and professions internally and externally also with different indigenous communities of the HKH region. I enjoy interacting and working with people from different cultures and disciplines and I appreciate working with partners which provides many learning and enriching opportunities.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

I’m passionate about working with grassroots level communities and particularly when it comes to working with mountain communities, I wish to do it for all my life. Since I was born and brought up in a mountain community, I always strive to work with these communities.

Q:

My qualifications

A:

I hold a Masters’ degree in project management from KTH (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan) Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and a Master’s degree in business administration from Agriculture University in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Articles by Ajaz Ali

2 Apr 2020 | CBFEWS
Sounding the bell: How the Community Based Flood Early Warning System is saving lives in Gilgit-Baltistan

The Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, particularly water-induced hazards. ICIMOD surveyed 250 villages in the ...

27 Dec 2019 | Indus Basin Initiative
When water flows up: How the hydro ram pump can potentially increase arable land size in Gilgit-Baltistan

Farmers in Gilgit-Baltistan have the odds stacked against them. The local economy lags behind other provinces in Pakistan because despite ...