Zafar Adeel serves as the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre, and as an SFU professor of Professional Practice at the School of Resources and Environmental Management. He has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of environmental science and policy issues. This includes 18 years of work as a United Nations official, with progressively increasing responsibilities in the field of international development and research. He served as the Director, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) from 2006 to 2016. He also served in a number of international leadership roles, including chairing a group of nearly 60 organizations called UN-Water during 2010-2012, and co-chairing the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment team of scientists that produced the global desertification synthesis in 2005. Adeel led the development of a south-south network of scientists working in water-scarce countries, particularly focused on rural and remote communities Africa, Middle East and Asia. His research focuses on the intersection of natural resources management, innovations in livelihood management and community-engaged research activities in rural as well as First Nations communities in B.C. and internationally. He is the Series Editor for a book series by Springer, Water Security in a New World.
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