DR. RIZWAN NASEER Sitara-e-Imtiaz

Dr. Rizwan Naseer, initiated the emergency services reforms in Pakistan and is the Founder of Rescue 1122 – Emergency Management System, which is a model for the SAARC countries. He also established and is serving as the Director General/ CEO of the first modern Emergency Ambulance, Rescue & Fire services, Disaster Response Teams and Community Safety Program functional in all 36 Districts of Punjab province with a population of over 110 million. He also established the Emergency Services Academy to ensure sustainable human resource development of long neglected emergency services in Pakistan.

He was able to achieve all this due to his vast experience in the field of Emergency Management, Organizational Development & Reforms in Pakistan. He initiated the Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Management Program in Punjab in 1999, and then finalized the Emergency Services Reforms in Pakistan in 2002, while working as the Representative of the National Task Force for Revamping of Civil Defence for the Interior Ministry of Pakistan. He has also served as the UNDP Consultant and then National Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness & Humanitarian Action Program of WHO & Health Ministry of Pakistan and the Secretary General, Pakistan Red Crescent.

Apart from drafting the Punjab Emergency Service Act 2006, the Fire Prevention & Community Safety legislation, he has drafted several disaster management plans and has several publications in local and international journals. He is also the author of the books on Principles of First Aid & Disaster Management and the National Report for UNDP & the Interior Ministry of Pakistan on Emergency Relief Services in Pakistan.

He has represented Pakistan, internationally at the Red Cross General Assemblies and United Nations Humanitarian Networks & Partnership Meetings in Geneva and International Safe Communities Conferences. In recognition of his services he has received several awards, including the national award of Sitara-i-Imtiaz conferred upon him by the Government of Pakistan.

After establishing the emergency response system in Pakistan, he is now working for the establishment of Safe Communities in Pakistan.