Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri is heading Pakistan’s premier policy research think-tank, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) since 2007.
He is member of different policy making forums and advisory boards, including Prime Minister’s National Economic Advisory Council; National Advisory Committee of Planning Commission of Pakistan; Trade Policy Advisory Committee; Punjab Government Agricultural Universities Vice Chancellor Search Committee; Board of Studies of various public sector universities; and different committees/councils formed by Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms; Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Climate Change, and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan among others.
He is also serving on different international policy making forums including, advisory board of intergovernmental organization CAREC (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation) Think-Tanks Network; Member of the steering committee of (UK based) World Commission on Forced Displacement; Member of permanent organizing committee of South Asia Economic Summit; Member of the Board of Climate Action Network South Asia; and Vice President of the Board of (Nepal based) South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment.
He has served on three judicial commissions (formed by Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad High Court, and Lahore High Court) on environmental issues; and as the Member of Board of Management of state run Pakistan State Oil (PSO) where he chaired PSO Board's Audit and Accounts Committee.
Dr. Suleri has represented Pakistan in various official delegations, including UN Sustainable Development Summit; UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COPs); and WTO Ministerial Conferences.
He has successfully conceptualized, and managed the research based programs and projects on transition towards sustainable development both through public policy interventions and community empowerment. At sectoral level, these programs/projects addressed issues like sustainable development goals including inclusive and sustainable economy; sustainable agriculture; climate change; rural livelihoods; food security; regional trade; and political economy of development etc.
He is invited as guest speaker to deliver lectures on different aspects of sustainable development. He is an acclaimed writer and besides publishing in academic journals also contributes his policy analysis on sustainable development issues both in print and electronic media. He is also editor-in-chief of SDPI peer reviewed journal, “Journal of Development Policy, Research and Practice”. Dr Suleri earned his PhD in food security from University of Greenwich UK in May 2000.