Pakistan Energy Forum (PEF) envisions to be a knowledge hub on the national energy outlook. The country is suffering from an acute energy crisis since 2006. The crisis has complicated over the years in terms of intensity and dimensions having immense ramifications on the socio-economics both at the macro and micro levels. In a business as usual scenario unfortunately the situation does not seems to be improving much at least in next few years. The subject is duly of great interest for wide ranging stakeholders including academic and research institutions, policy and decision making circles, public and private sector entities, and non-governmental and developmental organizations, both locally and internationally. Contrary to the growing interest in the area, access to reliable information and data is becoming increasingly scarce. PEF aims to help with meaningful information and understanding on the wider aspects of Pakistan’s energy outlook and the ongoing energy crisis. A concise coverage on closely related topics like international energy developments, renewable energy, and global warming and climate change is also provided. PEF gets its inspiration mainly from the work and experiences of Dr Asif over the good part of the last two decades.
Dr Muhammad Asif is primarily an academic with rich research and development (R&D) and consultancy experience in the areas of energy policy, renewable energy, energy management, green buildings and sustainable development. He is Charted Engineer (UK), Certified Energy Manager (AEE, USA), Member of the Energy Institute (UK) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He sits on several international energy panels. He has held faculty positions in British universities for over 15 years and has over 100 research publications to his name. His work has been referred to in various European policy documents and directives. He has undertaken projects in collaboration with world’s leading institutions like Fraunhofer Institute (Germany), Nor-Dan (Norway), BAE Systems (UK), King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KSA) and Grameen Shakti (Bangladesh). He has conducted training courses and workshops in the field of renewable energy in several countries including Austria, Finland, Germany, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Turkey.
Despite being abroad for the last couple of decades Dr Asif has maintained a strong relationship with Pakistan’s energy and academic sectors through R&D, teaching, and industrial and institutional consultancy. As part of providing advisory services to various public and private sector entities and international developmental organizations, he has closely observed the policy and decision making process in the country. His book “Energy Crisis in Pakistan: Origins, Challenges and Sustainable Solutions” published by Oxford University Press is a comprehensive account of the country’s energy scenario. He has extensively written on Pakistan’s energy and environmental issues in leading national newspapers and magazines like Dawn, Express Tribune, The News, The Nation, Business Recorder, Herald, Newsline, Defence Journal and South Asian Journal. He is frequently invited at research and policy forums to address the subject of energy and environment. He is also approached by various international broadcasters including BBC, ABC Radio and Radio Radio Sputnik Moscow to comment on national and international energy developments.