Public Lecture - “UNESCO’s Regional Science Programs to Facilitate UN 2030 Agenda”
Guest Speaker: Prof. Shahbaz Khan
Director of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and
UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste.
Bio - Professor Shahbaz Khan (Australia) holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Civil Engineering (1990) from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan); a Master of Science in Water Resources Technology and Management (1992) and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering (1995) from the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom); Graduate Diploma in Applied Geographic Information Science (2001); a Grad Certificate in Information Technology (2003) from the Charles Stuart University in Wagga Wagga (Australia); a Master’s Degree in International Environmental Law (2005) from the Macquarie University (Australia), and a Master’s Degree in Applied Environmental Economics (2007) from the Imperial College London (United Kingdom). Shahbaz is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia and Distinguished Professor at the National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan.
Before joining UNESCO, Shahbaz was Professor and Director (International Centre for Food Security) at the Charles Sturt University, Research Director at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Programme Leader, System Harmonisation for Regional Irrigation Business Partnerships at the Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures, Australia. His work has been widely recognised, for example, through receipt of UNESCO Team Award for Managing Hydro Hazards 2009, Land and Water Australia’s Eureka Prize 2007, CSIRO Medal 2007, Biennial Medal of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, Charles Sturt University’s Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award 2006, CSIRO Partner or Perish Award 2004, CSIRO Environmental Prize 2005 and CSIRO Land and Water “Exceptional Achievements Award” 2000. He has widely published in the area of water, environment and sustainable development and received several outstanding publications awards.