National Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ehsanullah Kakar (BUET, Khuzdar, Pakistan)

Prof. Dr. Ehsanullah Kakar is engineering scientist and expert, especially in the field of Structural Engineering. Dr. Ehsanullah currently serving as the Vice Chancellor of Baluchistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Pakistan. Dr. Kakar has also served as Dean, Faculty of Engineering, BUET, Khuzdar. He did Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering from Kharkiv National University of civil engineering and architecture, Ukraine.


Prof. Dr. Bashir Alam (UET, Peshawar, Pakistan)

Engr. Prof. Dr. Bashir Alam has 27 years of experience in teaching, research and consultancy. He did Doctor of Science in Structural Engineering from George Washington University USA and has more than 60 research publications in national and international journals. He is member Governing Body Civil KP Pakistan Engineering Council and served as Professor, Consultant, Chairman Department of Civil Engineering, Director P&D, member Syndicate, member F&PC, convener/expert PEC Accreditation team and member HEC Expert team.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Tanoli (GIK Institute, Topi, KPK, Pakistan)

Professor/HoD Civil Engineering Department, GIK Institute, Topi, KPK, Pakistan. He got education as Ph.D. Civil/Environmental Engineering Tottori University (Japan) (Sept 2017), Master Civil/Environmental Engineering Tottori University (Japan) (Sept 2004), Bachelor Civil Engineering University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar (Pakistan) (July 2001). Experienced in research, academics, organization and project management, Experience in initiation and establishment of new academic programs and departments, Published numerous research papers in various journals of international repute, Earned different national and international awards Certified Professional Engineer by Pakistan Engineering Council Approved HEC supervisor for PhD and graduate studies in Civil Engineering Member core committee of PEC Program evaluators (PEV) for BS Civil Engineering Member of various national and international technical societies Great aptitude of communication with apprehensive knowledge of information technology Dynamic spirit, recognized for his creativity and his initiative.

Prof. Dr. Habib Ur Rehman, (UET, Lahore, Pakistan)

Professor/Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, UET, Lahore Pakistan. He has completed his Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, from University of Tokyo, Japan, Having research interest in physically based distributed Hydrological Modelling, Regional scale soil erosion and sediment transport modeling, Hydraulic modeling, Reservoir sedimentation and Distributed Flood inundation modeling. Worked in National and International projects i.e. An assessment of the Socio-Economic Impacts of Floods in Large Coastal Areas, International Project funded by Asian Pacific Network for Climate change (APN), AIT, Bangkok, 2004, Hydrological study of Bunji Reservoir, 2004, Hydrological study for the Kohat Cement Factory site, Sep. 2005 and Hydrological and sedimentation studies for small dam sites in Punjab and NWFP, ADB, TA., 2007.

Engr. Naseer Memon (GM, CSR, Engro Power Gen Ltd. Sindh, Pakistan)

Mr. Naseer Memon, is General Manager CSR, Public Affairs and Communications at Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC)/Thar Foundation. He looks after community development projects under Thar Foundation which has pioneered new initiatives under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that has resulted in an unprecedented local employment, women empowerment and local talent promotion. During past 15 years he has been working on senior management positions in reputed private and social sector organizations including Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC)/Thar Foundation, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, Premier Oil International, WWF Pakistan, UNDP and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Sindh, Pakistan. Before joining SECMC, Mr. Memon was Chief Executive of the renowned national NGO Strengthening Participatory Organisaiton (SPO) for more than seven years. Under his leadership SPO emerged as one of the leading development sector organization in all provinces of Pakistan. Mr. Naseer Memon also remained Chairperson of National Humanitarian Network, which is a leading network of national NGOs working on humanitarian matters/natural disasters in Pakistan. Mr. Memon writes on the subject of human development. These books are widely referred among humanitarian sector organizations and experts. He has authored more than a dozen books in English, Sindhi and Urdu languages. Apart from these publications Mr. Memon has authored ten books on issues pertaining to governance, human development and conflicts. IUCN Pakistan and Sindh Environmental Protection Agency awarded his writings on environment and conservation issues. Mr. Memon is also invited as resource person on regional and international forums. He has conducted trainings and delivered presentations in USA, UK, Thailand and Bangladesh on humanitarian issues. He has also been participating in international forums.

Dr. Kiran Farhan (Al – Jazari Academy, Punjab, Pakistan)

A civil Engineer by profession, Dr. Farhan holds a masters in Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering from University of Grenoble (France) and a Doctorate in Environment and Earth Sciences from the same institution. She has nearly two decades of experience in national and international markets, where she acquired and honed the skill set matching, and even exceeding in certain ways, the expectations for her role. She has had the opportunities to work in close association with development agencies, public and private sectors, as team lead or in key positions on broadly varied technical projects. Relevant education and continual participation in trainings have enabled her to stay at par with evolving technological advances in the field. A few of achievements in her present role as Sector Head Environment include master planning of integrated solid waste management at city level in numerous Pakistani cities, design and execution of consumer survey for water, sanitation and solid waste management services in several areas and development of environmental and social safeguard framework for large cities of Punjab.

Prof.Dr. Abdul Jabbar Sangi (NED University, Karachi, Pakistan)

Dr. Sangi is Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, NED University of Engineering
Technology, Karachi. He earned Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering (Structures) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Dr. Sangi has been involved in teaching and research activities in the field of Structural Engineering for over 19 years. His areas of research include non-linear finite element modelling of reinforced concrete, dynamic behaviour of structures,
sustainable structures and built environment, masonry construction, earthquake engineering, vulnerability assessment and disaster mitigation. He has also been involved in various research projects in collaboration with industry in Pakistan and United Kingdom. He is PI of HEC funded project and Co-PI in HEC, Pakistan Science Foundation and National Natural Science Foundation, China funded projects. Dr. Sangi is member of TC-14: Sustainable Infrastructure of Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC); Member-Local Council, Institution of Engineers Pakistan, Karachi Chapter; Member NCRC for Civil Engineering and Certified Program Evaluator (PEV) of Pakistan Engineering Council for OBE. He is recipient of NED Gold Medal and Dr.AT Khan Memorial Gold Medal.

Dr. Zainab Riaz (Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore, Pakistan)

Dr. Zainab Riaz obtained her PhD in Construction Management from Lough borough University, UK in 2008. Her PhD research focuses on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an enabler for process improvement in the construction industry. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Civil Engineering, Columbia University, USA in 2015 and her recent research inquiries into how huge contribution of data by systems, infrastructure, government and citizens can be processed for improved citizen well-being and effective city management. She received her MSc in Management and Information Systems from Nottingham Trent University, UK in 2004 and MSc in Electronics from University of Peshawar in 1999. Prior to joining LUMS, she was associated with National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) as Assistant Professor.

Dr. Salah Ud din (BUET, Khuzdar, Pakistan)

He joined Balochistan UET Khuzdar as Lecturer. He awarded fully funded scholarship through Higher education commission Faculty development program worth Rs. 10 Million. After completion of PhD in geotechnical engineering from university of Nottingham, he continued teaching. During his Ph.D he develop interest in research especially in experimental geotechnical engineering. He is serving for last 5 years as Associate professor and Head of civil engineering department. He has strong administrative experience in academic management. He is also advisor to Vice Chancellor on Civil works and Chairman Procurement Committee. He has been actively involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. His expertise are in Geo-technical Engineering as well as administration in academic management.