Presidents - past and present | WWF

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

April 2015 to present

Ahmer Billa Soofi © WWF
Ahmer Bilal Soofi is a lawyer and international lawexpert from Pakistan. He holds an LLM in international law from the University of Cambridge UK and is the founding President of the Research Society of International Law and a senior partner of a reputable law firm with offices in Lahore, Islamabad and Dubai. He served as the Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, in the caretaker government in 2013 and has been elected as Member Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva. He also serves on the Panel of OIC Eminent Persons. 

Soofi has been associated with WWF-Pakistan for over a decade, having twice served on its Board. He is currently serving a second term as President of WWF-Pakistan.
 

Khalid Mahmood

July 2011- April 2015

Khalid Mahmood © WWF
A graduate of Rutgers University USA, Khalid Mehmood is the CEO of Getz Pharma (Pvt) Ltd. Khalid Mahmood likes to explore nature and has contributed to many marine and coastal protection activities. He also climbed Mt Rainier and Mt Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States. 

Mahmood is a scuba diving enthusiast and a dinghy sailboat sailor, also participating regularly in races in the South Asian and the south pacific region. He is interested in and supports arts, theatre, and projects in education and health care for the underprivileged. 

Iqbal Ahmed Qarshi

2006- 2011

Iqbal Qarshi is the founder of Qarshi Dawakhana, Pakistan's largest producers of herbal medicines and the nationally and internationally recognized products Jam-e-Shirin and Johar Joshanda. 

Qarshi also carries out philanthropic work to give back to society and help those in need. He also founded Qarshi Foundation in 1994. 

Altaf M. Saleem

November 2003 - October 2006

Altaf M Saleem © WWF
Altaf M. Saleem has served as Minister of State, Finance Division, Government of Pakistan as well as Federal Minister for Privatization in 2000.Previously he was also Chairman, Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA). 

Saleem has a keen interest in the promotion of education; he is a founder governor of the National Management Foundation (NMF) and founder trustee of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He also serves on the Board of Governors of Sandal College and has served on the Board of Governors of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. 

He is a nature conservationist, having served on the Board of Governors of WWF-Pakistan as a Trustee and later as President. Saleem was also appointed a Trustee of WWF International.

Brig. (R) Mukhtar Ahmed

January 1997 - October 2003

Brig Mukhtar Ahmed © WWF
Brig. (R) Mukhtar Ahmed served as Military Secretary in the Government of Punjab. He was also Station Commander Lahore from 1984 - 1986 and Secretary to the Chief of Army Staff before that.
 
Currently he is President of Houbara Foundation International Pakistan and Falcon Foundation International Pakistan.

Brig. (R) Mukhtar Ahmed is Vice-President Emeritus, WWF-Pakistan as well.

Syed Babar Ali

1970 - December 1996

Portrait of Syed Babar Ali © WWF
Syed Babar Ali is an entrepreneur and industrialist responsible for the set up of many manufacturing and service companies in Pakistan. 

With support of the country's business community, Syed Babar Ali conceived and helped established the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 1986 and is the Pro-Chancellor of this premier educational institution. In 1993, Ali also served Pakistan as Finance Minister. 

His interest in conservation led him to establish WWF in Pakistan, and he became its Founding President in 1970, an office which he held till 1996. Ali's association with WWF International led to his becoming President of the organization, succeeding His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1996. 

At present Syed Babar Ali is Vice-President Emeritus of WWF International and President Emeritus, WWF-Pakistan.