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Shaheen, Faisal

Shaheen, Faisal

Politics

Doctorate:

PhD (Policy Studies): Ryerson

Office:

JOR701

Telephone:

(416) 979-5000 x 7046

Email Address:

fshaheen@ryerson.ca

Biography:

Faisal completed his PhD in Policy Studies at Ryerson University. He also holds an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University, an MBA in Strategic Policy and Sustainability from York University and a BSc (Specialized Honours) in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Toronto. His doctoral dissertation is a comparative policy analysis of service delivery to informal settlements in South Asia's largest cities.

Faisal is a public servant with extensive private sector experience. He serves as a Manager of Information Systems at the City of Toronto and has been involved in several cross-divisional initiatives aimed at improving collaboration and information flow between municipal service-delivery providers. Prior to joining the public service, Faisal worked for some of Canada's leaders in environmental technology, analysing market trends and trade barriers specific to water treatment systems. A significant part of his work involved communicating sustainability benefits to small and medium sized manufacturers in light of state and provincial regulations. His experience in local market development and specialized training includes several provinces and states across rural North America.

In addition to his North America experience, Faisal does a considerable amount of lecturing, consulting, training and advisory work internationally. Although Faisal's focus is on South Asia, his research includes issues that span the Global South. Faisal has provided trade and development advice to provincial and federal government departments in Pakistan during the 1999 WTO ministerial in Seattle. He has also been part of several UN and NGO delegations, advocating for improved terms of trade for Pakistan, South Asia and the Global South. His international work is based at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he serves as a Visiting Associate. Faisal has also worked as an advisor and consultant with some of the region's trade and policy research initiatives, situated within the not-for-profit, multilateral as well as provincial and federal levels of government. Faisal has also served as a Research Fellow with Mahbub ul Haque Human Development Centre and regularly provides advice and technical support to the Punjab and Sindh government departments of planning and urban development. His most recent efforts have centred on the Punjab Government's “Urban Unit” where, in collaboration with other international researchers, the focus is on capacity-building in the Water and Sanitation Authorities in Pakistan. As a result of collaboration Faisal's training has helped launch a standardized approach to strategic planning and reporting across the province's five largest cities.

Selected Publications:

  • “Comparing Informal Sector Engagement Across Pakistan’s Largest Urban Centers: Lessons in State and Non-state Engagement from Karachi and Lahore.” In Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Borders, Challenges, Futures, ed. Bligh Grant, Cathy Yang Liu, and Lin Ye, 95-122.  Singapore: Springer, 2018.
  • “Citizen State Engagement for Service Delivery in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.” In Creating Momentum: Today is Tomorrow, ed. Sarah S. Aneel, Uzma T. Haroon, and Imrana Niazi, 183-198. Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-Meel Publications and Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2014.
  • “Air pollution reduction and control in South Asia – Need for a regional agreement” (with Mahmood A. Khwaja, Fahd Umer, Nazima Shaheen, and Anusha Sherazi). Science, Technology and Development 31:1 (2012): 51–68.
  • “Surveying Municipal Program Engagement of the Urban Poor in South Asia's Mega Cities.” In Peace and Sustainable Development in South Asia: The Way Forward, ed. Sarah S. Aneel, Uzma T. Haroon, and Imrana Niazi, 157-182.  Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-Meel Publications and Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2011.
  • “The Need to Refocus SAARC on an Urban South Asia.” In Peace and Sustainable Development in South Asia: The Way Forward, ed. Sarah S. Aneel, Uzma T. Haroon, and Imrana Niazi, 199-223. Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-Meel Publications and Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2011.
  • “Urban Storm Water Management – Capital and Community Considerations for Municipal Pakistan.” In Peace and Sustainable Development in South Asia: The Way Forward, ed. Sarah S. Aneel, Uzma T. Haroon, and Imrana Niazi, 239-265. Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-Meel Publications and Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2011.
  • “A Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) - Growing Need for Air Pollution Reduction and Control in South Asia” (with Mahmood A. Khwaja). Policy Brief Series 27. Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2011.
  • “Introduction” (with Oli Brown and Shaheen Rafi Khan).  In Regional Trade Integration and Conflict Resolution, ed. Shaheen Rafi Khan, 1-14.  New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • “Regional Trade Agreements in South Asia: Trade and Conflict Linkages” (with Shaheen Rafi Khan, Moeed Yusuf, and AzkaTanveer. In Regional Trade Integration and Conflict Resolution, ed. Shaheen Rafi Khan, 69-101.  New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • “Managing Conflict through Trade: The Case of Pakistan and India” (with Shaheen Rafi Khan and Moeed Yusuf). In Regional Trade Integration and Conflict Resolution, ed. Shaheen Rafi Khan, 130-164.  New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • “Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Forestry: Implementing Strategy” (with Shaheen Rafi Khan). In Peace and Sustainable Development in South Asia: Issues and Challenges of Globalization, ed. Uzma T. Haroon, Antonia C. Settle, Imrana Niazi, and Sarah Siddiq, 3-47. Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-Meel Publications and Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2009.
  • “Labor Relations in South Asia: Impacts of NGOs on Civil Society Collectivism.”  In Peace and Sustainable Development in South Asia: Issues and Challenges of Globalization, ed. Uzma T. Haroon, Antonia C. Settle, Imrana Niazi, and Sarah Siddiq, 71-98.  Lahore, Pakistan: Sang-Meel Publications and Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute , 2009.
  • “Balancing Market Induced Inequity – The Need for a Sustainable Fisheries Policy.” In Missing Links in Sustainable Development: South Asian Perspectives, ed. Sarah Siddiq and Uzma T. Haroon, 332-355.  Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Karachi, Pakistan SAMA Editorial and Publishing Services, 2008.
  • “The WTO, Trade and Sustainable Development: A Southern Agenda” (with Shaheen Rafi Khan, Shahrukh Rafi Khan, and Moeed Yusuf). An ICTSD-IISD-RING Trade Knowledge Network Project.  In Troubled Times: Sustainable Development and Governance in the Age of Extremes, ed. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 283-306.  Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Karachi, Pakistan: SAMA Editorial & Publishing Services, 2006.
  • “Agriculture – from public good to private asset: Consequences of policy inaction in rural Pakistan.” In Sustainable Development: Bridging the Research/Policy Gaps in Southern Contexts – Volume 1: Environment, ed. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 77-88.  Karachi, Pakistan: Oxford University Press and Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2005.
  • “Market and State Policy Interventions to promote Sustainable Development.” In Sustainable Development: Bridging the Research/Policy Gaps in Southern Contexts – Volume 1: Environment, ed. Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 212-222.  Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • “Southern Issues and Perspectives on a Transparency in Government Procurement Agreement within the WTO: The Scope and Definition of a Possible Transparency in Government Procurement Agreement.”  In Unpacking Transparency in Government Procurement, ed. Diana Montero Melis; Sweden. Regeringskansliet; Sweden. Utrikesdepartementet; CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (Jaipur, India), 75-100.  International Working Group on Development Assistance: Phase II. Jaipur, India: CUTS International, 2004.
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility In the Era of Economic Globalization.” In The Future is Now: Emerging Challenges for the Indonesia PrepCom 3 (May 2002): 27-39. London, UK: International Institute for Environment and Development, 2002.
  • “Recommendations for Pakistan’s Position Regarding Future WTO Ministerials.” Policy Paper Series 28. Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 2000.
  • “Pakistan’s Trade Interests and Suggested Positions on issues to be discussed at the Seattle WTO Ministerial Negotiations.” Policy Brief Series 8. Islamabad, Pakistan: Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 1999.

Spoken Languages:

English, Urdu/Hindi, Punjabi, French, limited Arabic