Ms. Seher Abbas Haider's Profile

Ms. Seher Haider is a Fulbright Scholar who returned to Pakistan in 2014 after completing her Master’s in Energy Security and Resource Policy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. In Karachi, Seher is working at K-Electric (KE) as part of the core team working on KE’s tariff renewal project and on several consumer end projects that focus on efficiency of power delivery. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore and Bachelor’s in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).While in the United States, Seher worked at the Sandia National Laboratories as a research scholar and presented her work on Pakistan’s power sector at the State Department and the U.S. Department of Energy in D.C. Seher has also worked at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank in Manila in the Private Sector Operations Department focusing on microfinance and its scope in Southeast Asia.

Abstract

Evolution of Power Utilities

Global trends are rapidly changing for power utilities, and Pakistan is no different. With increasing penetration of solar and wind distributed generation technologies, energy efficient mechanisms, energy storage options, and independent power producers expanding in the market, being in the utility business has never been more exciting. This presentation will focus on why the energy landscape in the country is evolving, and how K-Electric (KE) intends to not only be relevant, but remain a crucial cog in the economic gears of the city. In a national energy environment dominated by CPEC, this presentation will focus on the intertwining policies, strategies and mechanisms within a utility arena. Being the only private utility in the country’s largest city, impacting the biggest economic and industrial nerve centers, and sustaining the most residences and businesses – KE deals with these superlatives on a daily basis – and remains, to date, one of the most successful private business models of the country. In this presentation, the presenters will talk about the slowly waning global fossil fuel industry, the importance of microgrids and transactive energy, and the emergence of blockchain models. Engineers, social scientists, policymakers, analysts, strategists, and thinkers – learn how the 70 years of the U.S.-Pakistan friendship has laid ground for a sound energy future of Pakistan, from assisting Pakistani government with construction of the Tarbela dam in 1960s, to the development of the Quaid-e-Azam solar park in 2014, and to establishing the U.S. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy in 2015.


Ms. Seher Abbas Haider
Manager, Distribution Strategy
K-Electric

Fulbright Master’s
2012-2014
Tufts University

 

 

 

 
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