Shah Nasir Khan

Head, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office & Senior Strategic Planner, UN Pakistan

Shah Nasir Khan heads the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office and is the Senior Strategic Planner for the UN in Pakistan since 2019. With over 18 years of experience in strategic planning, research, and disaster risk management, he has served in key roles with the World Food Programme, UNDP, and UN-HABITAT, among others. He advised the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government on post-militancy and post-flood initiatives, formulating the 5-year Disaster Risk Management Road Map in 2014 and the FATA Return Strategy in 2015. Khan has led the development of the first UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-27 with portfolio of USD 4.73 billion. The strategic prioritisation of the framework led to the visioning of Living Indus Initiative where he was part of the core-team to formulate the national flagship initiative of around USD 17 billon approved by the Federal Cabinet in 2022. He is a visiting faculty at various institutions, including the National School of Public Policy, Civil Services Academy, NUST, and others, lecturing on topics such as Systems Thinking, Strategic Management, SDGs implementation, and climate considerations. Khan is a Civil Engineer specialising in Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Risk Management and also holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science. He is an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, a Fellow of DANIDA/Department of DRM at the University of Copenhagen, and an alumnus of the Pak-US Leadership Programme.

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