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Dr. Qadir Takes the Helm of Human Development Issues at UNU-INWEH

As UNU-INWEH has recently embarked on the implementation of a new 5-year Strategic Plan for addressing key global water challenges and for positioning itself as a leader on these issues, issues related to water and human development remain central.

Under a consolidated research programme called Water & Human Development (WHD), UNU-INWEH aims to lead the development of a global community of best practice that identifies, synthesizes, evaluates, generalizes, and disseminates practical methods and innovative approaches to accelerate solutions to global and regional challenges at the interface of water and human development. The Water and Human Development Programme tackles three inter-connected and closely linked challenges: ensuring water-health security; safeguarding and sustaining water availability; and, securing food supply for all.

In this milieu, Dr. Manzoor Qadir takes up the position of Assistant Director for the WHD Programme at UNU-INWEH – A role in which he will serve as the lead scientist and chief manager of the said programme.

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 brings outstanding research and development credentials with him. He has been a leading research scientist at ICARDA and 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 combatting 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.

He also brings a strong track record of research and policy publications to this role. Dr. Qadir serves on the editorial boards of three leading research journals and has published extensively on topics of relevance to his new position. He has previously served as Visiting Professor at the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany and as Associate Professor at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.