Naresh Singh. Ph.D.
Dr. Naresh Singh is currently an independent consultant in international development working mainly in the areas of sustainable livelihoods and resilience building in crisis and post crisis situations. His distinguished career in international development has included work in more than 40 countries. He was the Program Director of the Caribbean Local Economic Development Program with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2012-2013) and was Director General of Strategic Planning and Operations the Partnerships with Canadians Branch at CIDA until January 2012 where he was also Acting Vice-President 2009-2010. From 2006 to 2008 he was Executive Director of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto and hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Before joining the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, he served as Director General of Governance and Social Development at CIDA. From 1996 to 2001, he worked at the UNDP as Principal Adviser on Poverty and Sustainable Livelihoods. This position followed his three-year tenure as the Director of the Poverty and Empowerment Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg, and several years as Executive Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute.
Naresh holds a MSc. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi and a PhD from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He is author of 6 books, several book chapters and numerous articles on governance, poverty and sustainable livelihoods. His latest publication from is Legal Rights of the Poor. He is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Middle East Research Institute and at the Institute for International Relations at University of the West Indies as well as an Honorary Visiting Professor at the O.P Jindal Global University.
Outside of academia, Naresh has advised several organizations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat; the Pan American Health Organization; and the Foundation of International Environment Law and Development.