Kulsum Ahmed

  • Director, Integrated Learning Means (ILM) and Fellow, Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR)



Kulsum Ahmed has over 30 years of experience in sustainable development, climate and environmental sustainability, working with a variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors. 

She worked at the World Bank for 24 years. Prior to her retirement at the end of 2016, Dr. Ahmed was the Practice Manager in the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice, leading a large team of people based in multiple countries working on environment, natural resource and climate programs in Western and Eastern European countries, Russia, Turkey and Central Asia. She has also led projects in the Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa and Asia Regions, many of which are featured in journals and publications. Dr. Ahmed also established and led the Bank-wide global programs on environmental institutions and governance, as well as pollution management and environmental health.

Since her retirement, she has focused on raising awareness and promoting action on climate and environment with a variety of stakeholders, including the private sector, NGOs and academic institutions.

She has published extensively on climate, green growth, health risks associated with environmental factors, strategic environmental assessment and industrial pollution. Dr. Ahmed studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.