Chartered Environmentalist

Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Master of Environmental Management
2004 – 2006

Southeastern University 

Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance
1993 – 1995

The Open University

Certificate Courses:

  • Climate change: transition to sustainability
  • Changing Cities
  • Can Renewable Energy Sources Power the World?
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Nuclear power: Friend or foe?
  • Transport and Sustainability

DoLocal Ltd. Marketing and Environmental Consultants
Director Change Management, Environment and Climate Change, July 2018 to date, Liverpool, UK

Research, data analysis and strategic problem solving for climate change, environmental and sustainable development issues, as well as guidelines, frameworks and current solutions for their mitigation. Providing creative solutions for change management, such as environmentally ethical guidelines for organisations and other entities, to strategically transition towards sustainable practices. Environment and climate change awareness raising activities, orientation and training. Creating content for clients and writing articles and blogs on environmental and climate change.

Freelance Consultant Environmental Economics and Climate Change 

2013 – June 2018, Pakistan & UK

Published strategic studies on diverse topics and in dynamic settings. Engaged in research, data analysis and strategic problem solving to offer effective and creative solutions.

Developed and published a conceptual framework on enhancing resilience towards climate change; studies on cost and benefits of ecosystem-based adaptation that looked at the economic value of nature-based solutions to climate change; and a research study on the synthesis between climate change mitigation and adaptation for countries in South America, Africa and Asia. Published papers were launched at the UNFCCC COPS 20 (Lima) and COP 21 in Paris. Have in-depth understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and UNFCCC agreements (such as the Paris Agreement). 

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature                                 
Head,Regional Environmental Economics Programme, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, IUCN Asia, May 2009 – May 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Provided programmatic oversight and coordination across the Group and was responsible for budgeting, administration, monitoring and evaluation. Led and managed a multidisciplinary, cross-functional team to develop and execute high quality projects across Asia, while driving process improvement and strategic problem solving in a constantly changing environment. Most importantly, developed and maintained productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including donors, community members and other component programmes of IUCN Asia.

Developed and authored governance, economic valuation and sustainable financing strategies and plans for projects in Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Maldives among other countries in Asia. Conducted training workshops and awareness raising activities on environmental economics, gender integration, environmental management and sustainable development. Assessed new opportunities developed new projects and contributed to project proposals to acquire funding. Represented IUCN Asia at international fora individually and as team leader.

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature                                 
Consultant Environmental Economics, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, IUCN Asia, November 2007 – April 2009, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Coordinated a project supported by the UK Government entitled Ecosystems Research and Poverty Alleviation Research Programme. This required undertaking a situation analysis on Ecosystem Services and their links to the livelihoods of the poor in Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Was involved in liaising and coordinating with a multidisciplinary team to execute the project, undertaking awareness raising activities and contributing to the final study. Provided technical support and oversight for a project on Environmental Fiscal Reforms in Pakistan.

IUCN – The World Conservation Union
Coordinator, Business and Biodiversity and Environmental Economics Programme, October 2006 – November 2007, Karachi, Pakistan

Conceptualized and developed the Business and Biodiversity Programme by forming effective networks and alliances with the private sector and pursuing joint environmental and social projects to strengthen Corporate Social Responsibility. Conducted training programmes and organized conferences on CSR and economics. Managed and coordinated a project on Environmental Fiscal Reforms, which required extensive research on and analysis of fiscal issues, as well as piloting environmentally sustainable fiscal options in a district. Lead economist and author for an economic valuation research study that required data collection, analysis and offering strategic solutions to conserve ecosystems.

Aga Khan Development Network                                                                  
Consultant, Aga Khan Building and Planning Services, July – September 2006, Karachi, Pakistan

Conducted a pre-feasibility study for the installation of biogas (renewable energy) plants in select villages in Sindh Province, as part of the national Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) initiative. This involved data collection from the villages, as well as from relevant government and non-governmental organizations.

IUCN – The World Conservation Union                                                        
Coordinator Programmes, Sindh Programme Office, 2002 – 2004, Karachi, Pakistan

Planned, developed, managed and coordinated the provincial programme to promote good governance, as well as working with other programme offices to create an integrated and strategic approach for sustainable development. Provided oversight to and managed various large high profile programmes and projects, aimed at multiple stakeholders and funded by different international donors. This included building common agendas and finding creative solutions to policy, regulatory and operational challenges. Developed project proposals to obtain funding for new projects.

Coordinated and provided technical input into the development of the provincial Sindh Sustainable Development Strategy, District Vision Badin (Sindh) and a publication on the State of Environment and Development in Sindh. Developed a sustainable development and socio-economic strategy for West Africa, North Africa and Central Asia Region of IUCN for IUCN HQ, Gland, Switzerland.

Conducted training and awareness raising workshops on environmental issues and their solutions for teachers, media, government and civil society members. Acted as the Gender Focal Point for both IUCN Pakistan and the Asia Region to integrate gender as a crosscutting theme within all programmes and projects.

IUCN – The World Conservation Union                                                        
 Deputy Coordinator, Environmental Education Programme, 2001 – 2002, Karachi, Pakistan    
Assistant Coordinator, Environmental Education Programme, 1999 – 2001,Karachi, Pakistan    

Acquired expertise as a trainer for environmental education and gender. Designed and conducted training workshops for schoolteachers on environmental issues and on integrating environmental aspects into the education system. Developed a teacher-training module and a website on environmental issues in Pakistan. Also conducted awareness raising activities for various stakeholders on environmental issues. Most importantly, was responsible for developing two regional environmental education strategies for the Governments of Balochistan Province and Azad Kashmir.

U.S. Consulate                                                                                               
Commercial Officer, Foreign Commercial Section, 1998 – 1999, Karachi, Pakistan
Analysed and promoted U.S. trade interests in Pakistan. Developed assessment reports on the national and provincial trade environment for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Caltex Oil Pakistan Limited                                                                           
Assistant Manager, Strategic Planning Unit (Designated as the Acting Unit Manager), 1997 – 1998, Karachi, Pakistan

Was responsible for managing and coordinating the Strategic Planning Unit. Developed the 1998 Strategic Plan for Caltex Oil Pakistan and the overall business plan for the Lubricants Division. Collaborated on a currency exposure study to determine Caltex’s economic exposure in Pakistan.

Telebiz Productions Ltd.                                                                                
Research Analyst, 1996, Karachi, Pakistan

Researched, scripted, anchored, and interviewed several Pakistani corporate personalities on various business stories for Pakistan’s first television business programme.

The News International                                                                                 
Corporate Promotions Executive, 1996, Karachi, Pakistan

Analysed the target audiences of Pakistan’s largest English newspaper to design and implement marketing events to increase reader interactions with the newspaper.

Baig, Saima; Rizvi, Ali Raza and Mike Jones. 2017. Enhancing Resilience through Forest Landscape Restoration: Understanding Synergies and Identifying Opportunities (Discussion Paper). IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. 16 pp.

IUCN 2017

Baig, Saima; Rizvi, Ali Raza and Mike Jones. 2017. Enhancing Resilience through Forest Landscape Restoration: Conceptual Framework (Discussion Paper). IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. 13 pp.

IUCN 2017

Baig, S. P., Rizvi, A., Josella, M., Palanca-Tan, R. (2016). Cost and Benefits of Ecosystem Based Adaptation: The Case of the Philippines. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. viii + 32pp.

IUCN, January 2016

Rizvi, A.R., Baig, S, and Verdonne, M. (2015) Ecosystems Based Adaptation: Knowledge Gaps in Making an Economic Case for Investing in Nature Based Solutions for Climate Change, IUCN, Gland, Switzerland

IUCN, January 2015

Rizvi, A.R., Baig, S., Barrow, E., Kumar, C. (2015). Synergies between Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Forest Landscape Restoration. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.

IUCN, 2015

Baig, S (2010). Financing Lao PDR National Protected Area System, IUCN Lao PDR and Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, Asia, IUCN. vi + pp. 45

IUCN, December 2010

Baig, S. (2010) The Economic Value of Marine and Coastal Biodiversity to the Maldives Economy

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), October 2010

Adhikari B., Baig S., Iftikhar U. (2010) The Use and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems in Pakistan

The Journal of Environment and Development, Sage Publications, 2010

Baig, S. (2010). A Sustainable Financing Strategy for the Andaman. Colombo: Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group Asia, IUCN. vi + 32 pp.

IUCN, 2010

Baig S., Greiber T and Moore P. (2010). Strengthening Voices for Better Choices. Global Synthesis Report on Forest Governance. IUCN 

IUCN, 2010

Emerton L., Baig S., and Saleem M. (2009). Valuing Biodiversity. The economic case for biodiversity conservation in the Maldives.

AEC Project, Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment, Government of Maldives and UNDP Maldives. economy. IUCN Asia and UNDP Maldives, April 2009

ESPASSA 2008: Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation Study in South Asia (ESPASSA). A Situation Analysis for India and the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region. New Delhi: The Energy & Resources Institute.

Baig S. and Steele P. (2008). Fiscal Reforms for Water Resources Management and Poverty Reduction. (Chapter in the book on Water and Nature Initiative (WANI) IUCN Gland.

IUCN, 2008

Baig S. and Iftikhar U. (2007). Are the Mangroves for the Future? Empirical Evidence of the Value of Miani Hor Mangrove Ecosystem as a Basis for investment. IUCN Pakistan 2007

IUCN, 2007

 

Chartered Environmentalist and registered member of the Royal Society for the Environment 

Full member IEMA (MIEMA)

Member of IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, 2015 to date

  • Specialist Member of Thematic Groups:  Ecosystem based Adaptation and Mitigation; Resilience Thematic Group; Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems; and Nature based Solutions.

Member of IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, 2015 to date

  • Specialist Member of Groups: Sustainable Use and Livelihoods; and Local Economies, Communities and Nature.

Member of Friends of Ecosystem based Adaptation, IUCN, 2016 to date

Saima Baig