Dr Zafar Adeel

Dr Zafar Adeel is the Director of UNU-INWEH. He also served as the Chair of UN-Water from January 2010 to February 2012, a group that coordinates water-related work in 30 United Nations organizations and a number of international water organizations. Presently, he co-chairs a UN-Water Task Force on Water Security.

He has served with UNU since 1998 and holds a Master’s Degree from Iowa State University (1992) and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University (1995). He served as a Senior Engineer at GeoTrans Inc. (USA) for a number of years before joining UNU. He has experience in a range of water and environmental issues, including monitoring and control of water pollution, water management in dry areas, solutions to industrial environmental problems, modelling of environmental systems, and environmental policy formulation.

Dr. Adeel has led the development of a network of scientists working in water-scarce countries, particularly those in Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Through his editorial lead, this network has published eight books in the UNU Desertification Series: New Technologies to Combat Desertification (1999), Water Management in Arid Zones (2000), New Approaches to Water Management in Central Asia (2001), Integrated Water Management in Dry Areas (2001), Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (2003), Challenges of Drylands in the New Millennium (2004), Desertification and the International Policy Imperative (2007), and What Makes Traditional Technologies Tick? (2009). He co-chaired the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment team that produced the global desertification synthesis in 2005.

Dr. Adeel serves on the editorial boards of Sustainability Science (Springer) and Global Environmental Change (Elsevier Science). He has studied formulation of environmental policy and governance at several levels; his book on this topic is East Asian Perspectives in Environmental Governance – Response in a Rapidly Developing Region (UNU Press 2003). Dr. Adeel also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at McMaster University.