16 June, 2011
Lahore: Mr Khalid Mahmood, CEO of Getz Pharma (Pvt.) Ltd., has been elected as the President of World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF – Pakistan) effective 1st July, 2011. He was preceded by Mr Iqbal Ahmed Qarshi, CEO of Qarshi Industries, who was the President of the organisation from November 2006 till June 2011.
Over the decades, WWF – Pakistan has been headed by many noted Pakistani philanthropists, businessmen and industry leaders who have guided the course of the organisation to make it one of the most active environmental and conservation organisations in the country.
During the leadership of Mr. Iqbal Qarshi, WWF – Pakistan made many new breakthroughs in conservation initiatives, including the Indus for All Programme, the Sustainable Agriculture Programme, forest conversion & protection partnerships, public interest litigation, species monitoring and environmental education outreach. It is hoped and planned that the steady progress will continue under the guidance of Mr. Khalid Mahmood, who has extensive experience in leading initiatives and business strategies with a focus on research and analysis. A graduate of the prestigious Rutgers University, he heads Getz Pharma which manufactures branded generic medicinal products and also licences research drugs from Europe and USA, which are marketed in Pakistan and many other international markets. Mr. Khalid Mahmood is a scuba-diver and active in marine and coastal protection activities.
Speaking at the dinner held to honour the outgoing President, Mr Iqbal Qarshi welcomed his successor to the presidency of WWF – Pakistan and hoped the organisation will benefit from the passion, experience and forward thinking of Mr Khalid Mahmood.
Brig. Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice President Emeritus of WWF – Pakistan presented Mr Iqbal Qarshi a very special souvenir photograph print of the rare snow leopard of Pakistan as a token of appreciation from the staff of WWF – Pakistan for his untiring efforts for the organization.
World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan was formed in 1970 to address the growing environmental and conservation issues in Pakistan that not only affected the flora and fauna, but were also affecting the human population. WWF – Pakistan is a non-profit organisation, working to preserve, conserve and save our environment and natural resources. Today, WWF - Pakistan works through 31 offices with a team of approximately 340 dedicated staff members. We have our Head Office in Lahore, regional offices in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Quetta, and project offices wherever there is need and the potential to make a difference.
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