Abdul Hakeem K.

Master's DegreeCentre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology



Mr. Abdul Hakeem Khan is a Water Resources Specialist with over 30 years of experience in research and development in Pakistan and the region. Has been working with the local and international agencies in the development and management of water resources, water management in collaboration with government agencies and communities. Had started his career with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Pakistan working on different projects on water and salinity management from Lower Swat Canal, Pehur High Level Canal (PHLC) and Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC) in KP to Lower Chenab Canal East, Fordwah Eastern Sadiqia Canal (FESC) in Punjab and Nara and Rohri Canals in Sindh. Earlier work mostly focused on the operational and productive performance evaluation of the concerned irrigation systems in collaboration with the respective provincial Irrigation Departments while, work on CRBC and PHLC was related to modern canal operations based on crop water requirements over the season and flexible warabandi or rotation system. One of the important works involved introduction of automatic data loggers at important points of main canals in CRBC and FESC. He has also worked as Head IWMI Pakistan from late 2005 to late 2008 when he was also involved in projects on Indo-Gangetic Basin covering Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. He was Water Resources Specialist with the Colorado State University Fort Collins USA on its USAID funded project in Afghanistan for about three years. Key contributions included modernization of irrigation system by introducing daily monitoring of the farmer managed irrigation systems in Ningarhar province, introduction of precast parabolic segments (PCPS) for on-farm water management and laser land leveling in seven other provinces. He was team leader on USAID funded project for Preparing Irrigation Master Plan for Satpara Dam command area development in Skardu (Baltistan) with MM Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. The Master Plan involved baseline survey of the 16,000 ac command area, topographic survey and design with drawings and cost estimates of about 180 km long irrigation system in consultation with the community and preparation of bid documents for contracting work. He joined the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan as Project Manager and Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in Skardu, Baltistan from April 2014 to September 2017 as Team Leader Infrastructure on USAID funded Satpara Development Project. The project involved contracts management for main canals works, construction of more than 130 km long lined tertiary channels with the help of community and introduction of high efficiency irrigation system. He worked as a Team Leader/Water Resources Specialist with Pacific Rim Innovation and Management Exponents Inc., (PRIMEX, Inc) Philippines, on Asian Development Bank funded Uplands Irrigation and Water Resources Management Sector Project in Cambodia for modernization irrigation system for more 80,000 ac of land. Hakeem also worked as International Irriagtion Management Specialist on a Feasibility Study of an irrigation project in Cambodia. He has been working as Consultant with the World Bank, FAO, IFAD and ADB for more two years now on project preparation, review missions and proposals assessment. The unique mix of research and development experience provides Hakeem a niche for planning, analytical, technical and managerial assignments in water resources and irrigation fields. He holds MS degree in Water Resources Engineering with many local and international trainings on integrated water resources management, hydrology and hydraulics including one from Wageningen University, the Netherlands and many from Colorado State University Fort Collins USA. Strong team player with proven record of developing strong links with stakeholders including government departments and the community.

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