LAHORE - The Board of Governors of World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) has appointed Hammad Naqi Khan as the new Director General of Pakistan’s largest conservation organisation.

A senior environment, development and conservation expert, Hammad Naqi will take over the duties of the station from the former Director General Ali Hassan Habib from September 1, 2014. Habib led the organisation successfully in the same capacity for the last 19 years.

Hammad Naqi Khan has a dynamic portfolio of professional achievements in the environment, conservation, development and water management sectors spread over 22 years. He has been an active part of WWF for the last 17 years. Formerly, Khan served as the Director of Programmes at WWF-Pakistan, managing freshwater, sustainable agriculture, environmental assessment and climate change programmes of the organisation.

Under his leadership, since 2010, WWF-Pakistan was able to support cotton farmers in both Punjab and Sindh grow Better Cotton, an international standard crop that is both environmentally friendly and sustainable. Despite the floods in the country the same year, this pioneering achievement for Pakistan was an international benchmark for other cotton growing countries like India, China and the African continent where the Better Cotton Initiative is operational.

Khan has represented WWF-Pakistan, and Pakistan, at various international forums, conventions and scientific and policy meetings. He has been a core member of WWF International’s Market Transformation Initiative, Freshwater and Toxics Teams, and recently completed an intensive three year term with WWF international’s Market Transformation Initiative as the Global Cotton Leader.