Shahid has degrees in Chemical Engineering (Pakistan), Environmental Pollution Control (U.K.), and Environmental Engineering (Canada). Since 1990, he has worked for the State of California on various water and energy related assignments. Since 2000, Shahid has been involved in providing policy, planning, and technical support to develop cost effective, energy efficient, and sustainable water resources through water conservation, water recycling, and brackish water and seawater desalination. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in water supply and wastewater disposal at the University of Engineering & Technology in Lahore for 9 years. Shahid also has experience working on UNDP, UNEP, and USAID funded water, energy, environment, and climate change related projects.