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Renewable Energy Rural Electrification Expert

Key Qualifications: 

Mr. Qamar Uddin is highly experienced in renewable energy and rural electrification. Most recently, Mr. Uddin designed solar electrification modules for off-grid application as well as a solar water pump design for five villages. In 2005to 2008, as part f his work at Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) of Pakistan, he was project developer and in charge of the Rural Electrification program. He led efforts in community mobilization, demand needs assessments, as well as preparation of tender documents for Solar Home System in villages of Baluchistan and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. The project envisaged to installation of SHS in 400 villages. Later due to paucity of funds allocation only 100 villages were electrified. He has worked with several local entities in Pakistan, including the Alternative Energy Development Board, German Technical Co operation’s REEE office of Islamabad and the Pakistani Air Force.  He is highly versed in project management as well as training management. Mr. Uddin has his Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the PAF College of Aeronautical Engineering in Karachi. He received his Masters degree in economics from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. Currently he is working on the Biomass Gasification program being sponsored by the UNIDO, in addition to his assignment as Director Clean Energy in the Winrock International office at Islamabad. Presently working on a number of projects related to Environment protection and pollution abatement.


  • Master of Science, Economics, University of Karachi Pakistan, 2003

  • Bachelor of Science, Strategic Studies, University of Karachi Pakistan, 1985

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Avionics Engineering, PAF College of Aeronautical Engineering, Karachi, 1969

  • Diploma, Computer Science, Marine Institute of London, 1976

Countries of Work Experience:  Pakistan, Saud e Arabia

Experience Record:

Since Apr 2010   Director Clean Energy, Winrock International, Islamabad

2009-2010          Renewable Energy Consultant Project CRISP of Winrock international

2008-2009          Rural Electrification Consultant (REEE & TQM), GTZ, Islamabad, Pakistan

2007-2008          Rural Electrification Consultant (Solar PV), GTZ, Islamabad, Pakistan

2005-2008          In charge of Rural Electrification, Alternative Energy Development Board, Pakistan

2004-2005          Teacher, Electrical Engineering & Economics, Preston University, Islamabad

2005                   Teacher, O Level Mathematics, Shaheen School Systems, Islamabad

2005          Project Manager, Aeonautical Communications, Civil Aviation Authority HQ, Pakistan

2001- 2003         Chief Technical Officer, North Zone,  CAA airports of Punjaub, NWFP, Northern area, Islamabad

1999-2001          Control, GM Radar & Communications, Aeonautical Communications, Civil Aviation Authority HQ, Pakistan

1966-1998          Engineering Management, Quality Inspector, ISO Auditor, Training Manager, Associate Professor in Communication, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Radar Factory Management, Teaching (Engineering. Level), Staff & Command, Assignments at the Headquarters & in Field in the Pakistan Air Force, (Retired as Air Commodore)

Professional Experience:

Director Clean Energy Winrock International, Islamabad

April 02, 2010 – to date

(a)        Feasibility of Improving Drinking Water Supply System of Peshawar City (studying the possibility of providing Solar Water Pumping solution/ Replacement of presently installed electric pumps with energy efficient pumps. Study has been submitted to the sponsors (USAID).

(b)        Feasibility of providing Solar Water Heating Solution to the Children Hospital planned for Peshawar city. This study has also been completed and submitted to the sponsor (USAID).

(c)        Part of a Winrock group, conducting on the feasibility study of 3 pilot projects based on Biomass Gasification technology. Mr. Qamaruddin is working as the policy expert on the project.

(d)        Prepared a Monitoring and Evaluation document for the CDM project comprising of 103 micro hydro sites in Northern area of Pakistan.

(e)        Working on a UNIDO/ GEF project for Promotion of Sustainable Energy Production and use from biomass in Pakistan.

(f)         Designing the Management strategy for promotion of microfinance for domestic electrification through Solar PV and up-scaling of solar water heater market.

(g)        Working on a World Bank project for “Designing Pilots on Indoor Air Pollution Abatement”


Nov 2009 -Mar 2010  Consultant, Winrock International, CRISP Project, Islamabad,

Tasks performed

 (a) Design Solar Electrification Modules of 3 kWh, 6 kWh, 12 kWh and 26.5 kWh for the off-grid application;

(b) Design Solar Water Pumping solution (in Off grid area) for 5 villages to meet the drinking water requirements of people and livestock on basis of actual water survey statistics in 3 case and assumed water depth in 2 cases,

(c) Design solar Electrification of two schools in SWAT and Buner districts off grid area to cater for the load of ceiling fans and computer laboratories.

(d) Design Solar Refrigeration system for a remote “Basic Health Unit” for cold storage of vaccines and other medicines.

All the above designs included the life cycle cost analysis. It was found that the almost in all cases the life cycle cost is about 50% as compared to a diesel generator solution. The life term of 20 years was assumed in all cases. 

Jun 2008-Jun 2009       Consultant, Renewable Energy, GTZ Technical Cooperation, Islamabad

Task performed:

a)               Review of renewable energy based rural electrification projects in Pakistan

b)      Proposed actions to be undertaken to ensure the sustainability of projects undertaken be the AEDB,

c)          Study of Solar Water Heating opportunities in Pakistan,

d)      Data Collection in respect of consumption, imports and price mechanism being followed in Pakistan,

e)        Compilation of data in respect of hydro power plants operative in Gilgit, Hunza and Phander (northern area) area of Pakistan.

 (Renewable Energy)

2005-2008       Renewable Energy Policy: As a member of AEDB management team involved in the evolution of Renewable Energy Policy for the country. It was the initial assignment of the AEDB to evolve the Short Term RE Policy for the country. I was a member of this team from Oct 2005 to May 2008. The renewable energy policy includes the Biomass energy.

2005-2008       Member of AEDB Committee to Manage Renewable Energy Fund: The AEDB facilitates the development of ARE through supporting or directly financing in the form of debt and equity financing as well as through other related financing instruments. This facility has been established by the GOP to correct for market imperfections in the supply of credit for ARE to small and medium enterprises (SME). A committee is formed at AEDB to manage the Alternative Energy Development Fund (AEDF). The Alternative and the Renewable Energy includes Biomass in the ARE defined in the Short term and Medium Term Policies of AEDB. I was a member of this committee during my stay with AEDB.    

2005-2008       Off Grid Rural Electrification (Solar PV) at AEDB Job description included: Community mobilization, assessment of demand, preparation of tender document, assessment of bids, preparation of contract and monitoring the implementation;

Training of operators, project staff and the master trainers; Preparation of tenders, TORs & finalization of contract for the base line survey;  

Preparation of Tenders, TORs & finalization of contract to determine the water requirement in the villages of Sindh & Baluchistan; (the contract envisaged to find a solution to provide the required quantity of potable water and to prepared Project Proposal for the approval of Planning Commission);  

and Implementation of Rural Electrification project through Solar PV in 3000 homes of a remote district of Sindh.

 (Project Management)


Oct 05-Jun 08     Chief, Project Management Unit for Installation, Alternative Energy Development Board, Pakistan

Installed Solar Home System (PV) in 100 villages of Sindh/Baluchistan provinces

                           Planned installation of SHS in 400 villages of Sindh/ Baluchistan

Aug99-Sep 01    Project Manager, PM Aeronautical Communication and Control and Y2K, Civil Aviation Authority, Pakistan


1995-1998          Project Manager, Manufacture of airborne RADARS, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra, and Induction of EW aircraft in Pakistan Air Force. 

(Training Management)


Oct 05-Jun 08     Development of training strategy for solar, AEDB, Pakistan;

Electrification,. Development of training syllabus &, a text book, preparation of posters and user information material needed for village mobilization,

Trainer of AEDB staff, village operators and staff of the service providers and installers

1990-1992          Director Technical Training, Pakistan Air Force

The assignment included: training management of six training institutes of the PAF, disciplines (technical and administrative functions).

1980-1983          Technical Training Advisor to Royal Saudi Air Force (Missile Technology, and RADAR), Royal Saudi Air Force

1973-1976          Associate Professor Communications, PAF College of Aeronautical Engineering,  

(Quality Management)


1997-present       Quality Audit (ISO 9000; 9000=2000), Pakistan Air Force

Supervised installation of ISO 9000 Quality System in a manufacturing set up (strength more than 1500 men)

1998-present       Free lance Quality Auditor (DQS -- Germany), On behalf of DQS of Germany,

Certification Audit of Siemens Pakistan Ltd, Karachi Shipyard, Aircraft manufacturing factories and many other industrial complexes. Senior Quality inspector at a flying base of PAF, during PAF Service

(Engineering Management)


1995-1998       Managing Director, Kamra Radar & Avionics Factory, Ministry of Defense Production Div, Pakistan, Factory is engaged in manufacture of radars for fighter aircraft, radar warning receivers and low level ground radars

1992-1996       Chief of Maintenance at a Flying Base with, PAF  

Technical manpower >3000

1984-1986       Chief of Electronics Wing at a Flying Base, PAF, 1984 - 1986

Sep 01-Aug 03            Zonal Chief Technical Officer (11 airports of northern Pakistan, Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan

Languages:     English (general professional proficiency) 


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