January 20, 2015 – Following a nomination and selection process, two new Co-Chairs and six new Steering Committee members for the Asia LEDS Partnership have been appointed for the two-year period of 2015-16.
The new Co-Chairs are Dr. Pham Hoang Mai, Director General of the Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment in the Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment, and Mr. Ali T. Sheikh, Regional Director for Asia of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, and Chief Executive Officer of LEAD Pakistan. Short bios of the new Co-Chairs are provided below.
They will take over from the Co-Chairs for 2013-2014: Doddy Sukadri from the Indonesia National Concil on Climate Change, and Mr. Orestes Anastasia from the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia. The first Co-Chairs led the Partnership during the critical period from establishment in late 2012 through the end of 2014. Under their leadership, and the original Steering Committee, the Asia LEDS Partnership has grown to over 100 organizational members and 140 individual members.
Joining the new Co-Chairs are six new organizations members of the Asia LEDS Partnership Steering Committee for the 2015-2016 period, representing the private sector, civil society, and government agencies:
- Asia Green Capital Partners
- Climate Change Division, Pakistan
- Energy research Center of the Netherlands (ECN)
- ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
- Lotus Impact
- World Resources Institute/EMBARQ
Approximately half of the organizations that served in the Steering Committee for 2013-2014 also will continue to provide leadership in next two years. The full list of Steering Committee members for 2015-2016 is available here.
The Steering Committee, led by the Co-Chairs, is responsible for guiding the Asia LEDS Partnership to identify, design, organize, and deliver support activities to members, and to coordinate closely with the LEDS Global Partnership. The Steering Committee plays a key role in determining activities and direction, and elections are held every two years to re-elect members that wish to continue on, and to allow new organizations the opportunity to join the voluntary committee. A Secretariat offers administrative, logistical, and coordination support to the Steering Committee and Co-Chairs, as well as serves as the point of contact for members.
Co-Chairs for 2015-2016
Dr. Pham Hoang Mai was the technical team leader of the Vietnam Delegation to the The Rio 20+ Earth Summit and in the formulation of the Vietnam National Green Growth Strategy. He is experienced in international cooperation for development strategies and strategic green activities. He received his PhD in Australia, which focused on the exploitation of external resources for Vietnam’s development. Currently he is dedicated to green finance as the team leader of Climate Finance Task Force established by MPI in 2012.
Mr. Ali Tauqeer Sheikh is the founding CEO of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, a non-for-profit, non-partisan organization that specializes in sustainable development. He manages the largest network of professionals on sustainable development in the country, who undertake individual or collaborative practical initiatives to promote economically sound, environmentally responsible and socially equitable change. He also heads Climate Leaders Action Network. Mr. Sheikh is also Regional Director for CDKN Asia, a global alliance of six organizations: Pricewaterhouse, ODI, Intrack, Futurolatinamerico, South South North, LEAD International and LEAD Pakistan. In this capacity he leads efforts to assist developing country governments in the Asian region to mainstream climate compatible development in their policies and plans, strengthen their capacity to cope with climate induced disasters and extreme events, enhance their readiness to access international climate finance, and to meaningfully engage in international climate negotiations for an equitable and ambitious global agreement.