Manzoor Qadir

Manzoor Qadir

Deputy Director


Manzoor Qadir is an environmental scientist with over 30 years’ experience of working on water-related sustainable development through contribution to policy, institutional, and technical aspects of unconventional water resources, wastewater related resource recovery and safe reuse, water quality and environmental health, salt-induced land degradation assessment and rehabilitation, and water and food security under changing climate.

Manzoor has implemented multidisciplinary projects with significant capacity development and knowledge sharing components in the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa regions. At UNU-INWEH, Manzoor leads global projects on promoting unconventional water resources and technologies for water-scarce areas and on accelerating the implementation of water related SDGs. Manzoor has contributed to major international research consortia and initiatives including the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture; International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development; Global Wastewater Initiative; UN-Water Task Force on Unconventional Water Resources; and SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation. Before joining UNU-INWEH in Canada, Manzoor previously held senior professional positions at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Visiting Professor at Justus-Liebig University, Germany; and Associate Professor at the University of Agriculture, Pakistan. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, and has authored over 200 peer-reviewed science and policy-relevant publications, and received several awards and recognitions in appreciation of his work.

Research Interests: 

  • Unconventional Water Resources
  • Water Recycling and Reuse
  • Water Quality and Environmental Health
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Water Governance and Policy Support Systems
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Salt-induced Land Degradation