Mr. Khalid Sherdil
Khalid Sherdil, as the founder of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab, played the most crucial role in organizing PDMA as the coordinating authority that provides a platform for all departments to come together and strategize the preparedness and response to a disaster. As the founder and the first Director General of PDMA, Khalid Sherdil has worked on Pakistan’s largest ever calamity, the massive Floods of 2010. Mr. Sherdil has also rendered services to provide relief and rehabilitation in the difficult times followed by the Turkish Earthquake, Sindh Floods 2011, and Sialkot Tornado 2011.
Besides Dengue, Khalid has also written a technical report for Ontario Government on West Nile virus, a mosquito vector epidemic. He was also the Project Director of the Model Villages Project ($20 million) in which electricity, bio-gas were constructed in flood-susceptible areas of Punjab. Mr. Sherdil also led the project for disbursement of flood-damage compensation ($325 million in form of debit cards) to over 1 million flood-affected families of Punjab. He is a member of Pakistan’s Core Committee for Environment and Climate Change, and has represented the country at COP 16 Cancun, Mexico. 22 villages equipped with schools, technical training centers, dispensaries, parks and solar. Mr. Sherdil has served as the Deputy Secretary for Information Technology Department, and for Agriculture Department, Government of the Punjab. His interest in Agriculture arises from his family farm where he cultivates wheat and rice along with Bio-Fuels. He also served as Assistant Commissioner of Murree and Lahore Cantt. Khalid Sherdil has Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from McGill University, Canada and Washington University, USA respectively. He also has a Liberal Arts Bachelors in Physics from College of Wooster, USA. Khalid is also an Electrical Engineer from Washington University, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Computer and Environment Science at the Western University, Canada. His research interests are in Complex Adaptive Systems by Multi-Agent- SWARMS in Cloud Computing and in the application of technology to environmental and sustainable development. Khalid Sherdil has twelve research publications in International Conferences and Journals. He also runs Pakistan’s largest arts website Artspak.com and is a Fellow of LEAD International, UK. He is currently involved with a pictorial book on the Model Villages and the Rural life of Punjab.