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Urooj

Malik

peace & development adviso

Urooj

Malik

Peace & Development
Advisor

Urooj is a global citizen having lived, educated and worked in a number of countries around the world. He is a dedicated development professional and a passionate environment and peace advocate, commanding over 35 years of experience in sustainable and equitable socio-economic development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2018, Urooj has been a Professor of Practice at the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Main Campus at Marawi City, where he learns and teaches in the graduate programs on public policy and administration, environment and sustainable development, and peace education. In addition, Urooj has been serving as Principal Adviser on Development Management since 2014 at the Bangsamoro Development Agency Inc. (BDA – an NGO in-charge of poverty reduction programs in Mindanao). In recent years, Urooj has been involved in a number of training and capacity building programs on democratic governance, public policy formulation, strategy development, sustainability, gender equality and peacebuilding for the youth, public officials, civil society and former combatants of the Bangsamoro liberation fronts, together with experts from The Hague Academy for Local Governance – with financing from the European Union, and for senior staff of the Islamic Development Bank – under the auspices of the United Nations. He is currently working on a book with other authors from universities and civil society entitled, Development for Peace: In Pursuit of Sustainable Peace through Inclusive Development, expected to be published by MSU – Main Campus.

Urooj’s previous engagements involved working for a non-profit social enterprise and at a multilateral development institution. Whilst Chairman and CEO of Hineleban Foundation Inc. – (HFI – 2010-2018), his tasks focused on providing overall strategic guidance, direction and operations management for programs in food security and livelihoods, and finding solutions for ecosystems conservation and management in the poorest conflict-affected areas of Mindanao which are home to minority groups including the Muslims and Indigenous People. Funding support for these programs was provided by Australia, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and private sector corporations. Urooj recently published an article on his work at BDA and HFI entitled, Proposed Framework for Inclusive Agribusiness Practices for Livelihoods and Sustainable Peace in Conflict-affected Mindanao. Prior to joining HFI, Urooj was with the ADB where his career began in the highly competitive Young Professionals Program and spanned over two and a half decades (1985-2010), with final postings as Country Director for Cambodia, then as Director for Energy and Infrastructure for the Mekong, and finally as Director for Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources for the entire Southeast Asia Department. One of his main achievements was the establishment of the Environment Operations Center funded by major European capitals for addressing Transboundary Environmental Issues in the Greater Mekong Sub-region – in partnership with WWF, CI and FFI. He was also Panel Member for a major Study on the Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia, and Co-chair of the bank-wide Environment Community of Practice and GMS Working Groups on Agriculture, Energy and Environment.

Urooj was educated at universities in North America and Europe and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Development Management. He has authored several articles and publications pertaining to peace and development and is the recipient of numerous awards from governments and organizations in the Asia-Pacific. He is dual citizen of Pakistan and Canada and is currently residing in the Philippines. Urooj is married to a Spanish Filipina and enjoys traveling, playing tennis and reciting poetry.

Urooj is a global citizen having lived, educated and worked in a number of countries around the world. He is a dedicated development professional and a passionate environment and peace advocate, commanding over 35 years of experience in sustainable and equitable socio-economic development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2018, Urooj has been a Professor of Practice at the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Main Campus at Marawi City, where he learns and teaches in the graduate programs on public policy and administration, environment and sustainable development, and peace education. In addition, Urooj has been serving as Principal Adviser on Development Management since 2014 at the Bangsamoro Development Agency Inc. (BDA – an NGO in-charge of poverty reduction programs in Mindanao). In recent years, Urooj has been involved in a number of training and capacity building programs on democratic governance, public policy formulation, strategy development, sustainability, gender equality and peacebuilding for the youth, public officials, civil society and former combatants of the Bangsamoro liberation fronts, together with experts from The Hague Academy for Local Governance – with financing from the European Union, and for senior staff of the Islamic Development Bank – under the auspices of the United Nations. He is currently working on a book with other authors from universities and civil society entitled, Development for Peace: In Pursuit of Sustainable Peace through Inclusive Development, expected to be published by MSU – Main Campus.

Urooj’s previous engagements involved working for a non-profit social enterprise and at a multilateral development institution. Whilst Chairman and CEO of Hineleban Foundation Inc. – (HFI – 2010-2018), his tasks focused on providing overall strategic guidance, direction and operations management for programs in food security and livelihoods, and finding solutions for ecosystems conservation and management in the poorest conflict-affected areas of Mindanao which are home to minority groups including the Muslims and Indigenous People. Funding support for these programs was provided by Australia, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and private sector corporations. Urooj recently published an article on his work at BDA and HFI entitled, Proposed Framework for Inclusive Agribusiness Practices for Livelihoods and Sustainable Peace in Conflict-affected Mindanao. Prior to joining HFI, Urooj was with the ADB where his career began in the highly competitive Young Professionals Program and spanned over two and a half decades (1985-2010), with final postings as Country Director for Cambodia, then as Director for Energy and Infrastructure for the Mekong, and finally as Director for Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources for the entire Southeast Asia Department. One of his main achievements was the establishment of the Environment Operations Center funded by major European capitals for addressing Transboundary Environmental Issues in the Greater Mekong Sub-region – in partnership with WWF, CI and FFI. He was also Panel Member for a major Study on the Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia, and Co-chair of the bank-wide Environment Community of Practice and GMS Working Groups on Agriculture, Energy and Environment.

Urooj was educated at universities in North America and Europe and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Development Management. He has authored several articles and publications pertaining to peace and development and is the recipient of numerous awards from governments and organizations in the Asia-Pacific. He is dual citizen of Pakistan and Canada and is currently residing in the Philippines. Urooj is married to a Spanish Filipina and enjoys traveling, playing tennis and reciting poetry.