Abdur Cheema

Regional Researcher – Water Governance and Institutional Specialist

Before joining IWMI, Cheema was with the United Nations Development Program UNDP as a Program and Research Analyst, based at the Federal SDGs Support Unit, Planning Commission of Pakistan, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad. He is the lead author of the Pakistan’s first ever SDGs Status Report 2021. Cheema holds a PhD in Development and Disaster Studies from Massey University, New Zealand; a Master of Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Pakistan; and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics & Political Science) from Government College University, Lahore. Cheema held Charles Wallace and University of Oxford post-doctoral fellowships. He sole-authored a book titled ‘The Role of Mosque in Building Resilient Communities: Widening Development Agendas, published by Palgrave McMillan in 2022.

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Lahore, Pakistan