Founded in 1999 by Dr. Shafqat Hussain and registered under its current name in 2007, BWCDO utilizes a community-based management approach to conduct snow leopard (Panthera uncia) research and improve local benefits of conserving the species, which is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Shafqat Hussain

Chairman of BWCDO

Shafqat Hussain is a Professor of Anthropology and George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian Studies at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. Shafqat obtained a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Yale University, USA in 2009. For his doctoral research he worked in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan, looking at conflict between a local yak-herding community and the government forest department over the establishment and management of a National Park. In 1999, he started a community-based livestock insurance scheme against snow leopard predation in Baltistan region of northern Pakistan. He has worked for Aga Khan Rural Support Program in Skardu and IUCN – Washington as a Ford Foundation Policy Fellow.

Raza Muhammad

Manager BWCDO

Hashim Ali

Program Officer

Muhammad Kamal

Finance Assistant

Muhammad Nazir

CEO Baltistan Cultural and Development Foundation (BCDF)

Dr. Ishtiaq Mondoq

University of Baltistan Skardu

Muhammad Iqbal Khan

Senior Scientific Officer PCSIR Labs, Skardu

Imran Nadeem

Member Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Forum for Initiatives and Reforms Govt. of GB

Ghulam Murtaza 

Lecturer in Geography Education Department, Gilgit Baltistan

Ayana Abdullah

Intern, Social Media and Website Manager