Naresh Singh

Dr. Naresh Singh is currently Director General of Strategic Planning and Operations at the Canadian Partnership Branch (CPB) at CIDA where he was Acting Vice-President (2009-2010). He was Executive Director of the U.N. Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (2006 to 2008) co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto and hosted by UNDP.

Naresh has had a distinguished career in international development that has included work in more than 40 countries. 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 U.N.D.P. 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. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Boston University, School of Public Health. Naresh was also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, University of Waterloo, McGill University, and University of Guelph among others.

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.