Zafar Adeel

Zafar Adeel

Pacific Water Research Centre ,
Executive Director

Dr. Zafar Adeel serves as the executive director of the Pacific Water Research Centre and as professor of professional practice at the School of Resources and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. 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.

Dr. Adeel has served as the director of the 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: these include chairing a group of nearly 60 organizations called UN-Water during 2010-2012, and co-chairing the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment team that produced the global desertification synthesis in 2005.