Dr. Manzoor Qadir has been appointed as the new Assistant Director for the Water and Human Development (WHD) Programme at the UNU Institute for Water Environment and Health — a role in which he serves as the programme’s lead scientist and chief manager.
The WHD programme aims to tackle three closely linked challenges: ensuring global water-health security; enhancing cooperation for water security in shared water resources; and ensuring ample water resources for producing, processing and securing food supplies in the face of rising population.
Dr. Qadir will develop strategies and new initiatives within the programme while further consolidating and enhancing existing activities. He will particularly emphasize new approaches that focus on knowledge exchange through first-class research and strategic partnerships with universities and the private sector.
Dr. Qadir has been a leading research scientist at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) for more than a decade, designing and managing applied research projects that improve livelihoods through water recycling and reuse, improving water quality and productivity, and combating land degradation. Since 2012, he has also led a collaborative effort between UNU-INWEH, ICARDA and IWMI to address safe use of wastewater, while serving as a Senior Research Fellow at UNU-INWEH.
Dr. Qadir previously has served as Visiting Professor at the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany and as Associate Professor at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He is a fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation and serves on the editorial boards of three leading research journals.