Ahktar Hameed Khan has been involved in development work for more than 40 years. Since 1980, he has been Director of the Orangi Pilot Project in Karachi (Pakistan), which has brought modern sanitation to a squatter community of 1 million people. Previously he organized farmers' cooperatives and rural training centres and served as an adviser to various development projects in Pakistan. He has been a research fellow and visiting professor at Michigan State University (US), Director of the Pakistan Academy of Rural Development and Principal of Victoria College (Bangladesh).