Farid Ahmad is Head of ICIMOD’s Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. He has more than 11 years experience at both the national and international level in the field of planning, monitoring, and evaluation. His expertise include the design of monitoring and evaluation systems, programme effectiveness, result-based management, project management, training, institutional development, and participatory approaches. His particular areas of interest are sustainable development, mountain research, knowledge management, gender development, social inclusion, institutional development, and climate change. Mr Ahmad is a trained resource person for institutional change management process. Prior to joining ICIMOD in 2004, Mr Ahmad worked with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in Chitral, Pakistan, as a monitoring and evaluation officer. During this period, he participated in various international training programmes, and independently evaluated a number of different projects and programmes. He also worked as an investigator with the Cultural Area Karakoram (CAK) project in Pakistan. Mr Ahmad holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Peshawar, and comes from Chitral, Khyber Pokhtun Khaw, Pakistan.