Brief Profile: Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry
Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management Expert
Dr. Chaudhry is a climate scientist by profession and since 2003 associated with the UN-World Meteorological Organization, first as a Member of Executive Council and then Vice President from the Asia Region. He also served as Secretary, UN-ESCAP/WMO Intergovernmental Panel on Tropical Cyclones 2003-2012. He has been involved in some of the most important international scientific reports and initiatives, including most recently as an expert reviewer of IPCC’s SREX and AR5 reports, the World Bank’s ‘turn down the heat’ report. Recently UN-WMO Secretary General has appointed him his Special Advisor on DRR and Climate Services for Asia. He has contributed to more than 60 research papers in national and international journals, and presented at major international conferences and forums.
He is the lead author of Pakistan’s first National Climate Change Policy, approved in 2012, as well as the Framework for Implementation of Climate Change Policy (2014-2030). From 1996-2010 he was Director General of Pakistan’s Meteorological Department, and also served Government of Pakistan from 2010-2012 as Advisor on Climate Affairs. He is also a member of Pakistan’s National Steering Committee on REDD since 2012 and Governing Board member of Global Change Impact Study Centre (a premier Pakistan’s climate change research Institution) and an Expert member of National Implementation Committee for Climate Change policy.
He is also the recipient of Pakistan’s National Civil Awards of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2011) and Pride of Performance (1999) and also received the SAARC Best Young Climate Scientist Research Award (1993).
Dr. Chaudhry is currently associated with Asian Development Bank as an International Climate Change and DRM Specialist. Earlier he remained UNDP Climate Change Policy Expert March-2014-Feb 2015.