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Jahangir Khan Tareen is a leading expert on agriculture, sustainable development, rural economy and agri-business. Recognizing his knowledge and skills, Government of the Punjabappointed him as Chairman of the Task Force on Agriculture Development in 1997. Under his dynamic leadership the task force played a landmark role in modernizing the management of major crops and achieving food autarky in  Punjab.

After obtaining his Master in Business Administration from University of North Carolina, United States of America, Mr. Tareen worked in Department of Public Administration, University of Punjab  , and later at Grind lays Bank, Lahore (1975-77) in the corporate banking division. Known for his entrepreneurial skills he bought 1500 acres of barren land in South Punjab at Lodhran from 1978 to 1997 and developed it into the most modern and state of the art cotton, wheat, mango and vegetable farm in the country. Between 1981 and 1990, he spearheaded the turning around the Pepsi Cola bottlers in Multan and Lahore as Managing Director and Chairman of the Franchise. As Managing Director of JDW Sugar Mills Limited. Rahim Yar Khan, he has pioneered many farmer friendly initiatives in order to enhance productivity and profitability of both farmers and the sugar mills.

Mr. Tareen has panache for philanthropy and public service. He is on Board of Directors of numerous rural development and poverty alleviation organizations. He served as Member Board of Directors of National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) and Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP) established on the pattern of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and was instrumental in bringing RSPs operations to South Punjab. He is Senior Advisor, on Natural Resource Management (NRM), to National Rural Support Programme and Punjab Rural Support Programme (PRSP).

Presently Director of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, an autonomous public company set up by the World Bank and Government of Pakistan to administer a $l00m World Bank Fund. PPAF has been instrumental in capacity building of a large number of civil society organizations, and not for profit bodies working for poverty alleviation in Pakistan  . Lodhran Pilot Project (LLP) a personal commitment of Mr. Tareen, of which he is Chairman and sponsor, was set up in 1999, on the lines of renowned Orangi Pilot Project (OPP). The legendary Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan personally visited Lodhran on persuasion of Mr. Tareen, and launched the programme.