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. 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: 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.

Dr. Adeel led the development of a south-south network of scientists working in water-scarce countries, particularly focused on Africa, Middle East and Asia. Through his editorial lead, this network has published eight books in the UNU Desertification Series. Presently, he is the Series Editor for a book series by Springer: “Water Security in a New World.” He has co-edited the following books in the series: Imaging Industan – Overcoming Water Insecurity in the Indus Basin (2016); The Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus in the Arab Region (2016); and, The Human Face of Water Security (2017). His research on environmental policy and governance has also led to numerous publications; a key output on this topic was a book entitled East Asian Perspectives in Environmental Governance – Response in a Rapidly Developing Region (UNU Press 2003).