United States President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Pakistan-born Ali A Zaidi as the White House’s Deputy National Climate Advisor.
A statement issued on Biden-Harris Transition website said Zaidi will be part of the team that advances the president-elect’s “agenda leading the world to confront the climate crisis creating good-paying jobs, building resilient communities, and making historic investments in environmental justice”.
With this appointment, Zaidi is the highest-ranking Pakistani-origin White House official under the Biden-Harris government so far.
Taking to Twitter, Zaidi said he was profoundly humbled and deeply honoured to be working with the Biden administration. “We need a whole-of-government approach to take on the climate crisis in a way that spurs jobs and advances justice.”
“I was floored when US President-elect Joe Biden called,” wrote Zaidi. “I still am.”