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Stakeholder Forum welcomes Farooq Ullah as new Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future - an international organisation working to advance sustainable development – appointed Farooq Ullah as its new Executive Director. Farooq Ullah started his new duties as Executive Director on September 1. He takes over leadership from former Executive Director, Felix Dodds, who stepped down after 20 years in the post.

“I am excited about building on the strong legacy of the organisation and leading Stakeholder Forum into the future.” Ullah stated. “There are big opportunities in the near future to put us on the path to a truly sustainable future, but equally the challenges remain as great as ever. Stakeholder Forum will be at the heart of these decision-making processes, working to advance sustainable development and promote participatory democracy.”

Ullah joined Stakeholder Forum as Head of Policy and Advocacy in 2011 following five years with the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission (SDC). Ullah worked on strategic assessment at the SDC; analysing public policy, sustainable operations and procurement, strategy, governance and decision making in order to hold the UK Government to account and improve its sustainability performance. Key elements of his work included policy advice, stakeholder engagement and capacity building. In all, Ullah has eight years of public sector experience at international, national and local government levels, as well as private sector consultancy experience.

“I could not be more pleased with this appointment,” says Philip Dobie, Chair of Stakeholder Forum’s Board of Directors.  “Farooq has an extensive background and understanding of sustainable development and the issues facing the Earth and its people. He also has the vision and determination to take Stakeholder Forum into a new era.”

Stakeholder Forum has been engaging with UN processes on sustainable development since 1987, and is looking to build upon the Rio+20 outcomes to secure stakeholder democracy in the post 2015 development agenda.

Ullah is also a Specialist Advisor to the UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee and a member of the Alliance for Future Generations. Additionally he is a founding member of Brighter Future; a climate-change action group in London. Ullah holds a BComm in Management Science from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.