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Pakistan's Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out?

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Pakistan is plagued by a deep energy crisis—one with troubling consequences for its fragile economy and volatile security situation. Islamabad, in fact, has described energy as a greater challenge than terrorism. Energy is also a major public concern. Recent polling finds that more than 90 percent of Pakistanis are worried about energy shortages.

This conference seeks to capitalize on the urgency of the crisis. It will focus on steps that can and should be taken in the immediate future to address both supply- and demand-side aspects of Pakistan’s energy conundrum. It will also propose actionable recommendations for Pakistani policymakers. Additionally, it will address implementation hurdles and how to overcome them.

Learn more about the participents and speakers here.  This conference has been made possible through the generosity of the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan.

View the opening remarks by Musadik Malik here.

View the luncheon address with Nargis Sethi here.


  • Javed Akbar

    chief executive, Javed Akbar Associates (Private) Limited
  • Ziad Alahdad

    former director of operations, World Bank
  • Akhtar Ali

    chief executive officer, Proplan Associates
  • Shannon Grewer

    managing director, EMI Advisors LLC
  • Robert Hathaway

    Director Emeritus, Global Fellow
    Former Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Michael Kugelman

    Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia
  • Robert Lesnick

    senior natural gas consultant, World Bank
  • Musadik Malik

    advisor to the prime minister on water and energy, government of Pakistan
  • Khalid Mansoor

    chief executive officer, The Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO)
  • William B. Milam

    Senior Scholar
    Former Senior US Diplomat and Specialist in South Asia and West Africa. Ambassador to Pakistan (1998-2001); Ambassador to Bangladesh (1990-93); Chief of Mission in Liberia (1995-98); Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development (1985-90)
  • Nargis Sethi

    secretary for water and power, government of Pakistan