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Mr. Dr. Ainun Nishat

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Mr. Dr. Ainun Nishat
Water Resource and Climate Change Specialist
He represented Bangladesh at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009, among other international climate-related conferences.


Dr. Nishat completed Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) before obtaining a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of StrathclydeGlasgow,Scotland in 1981.


Dr. Nishat worked as an assistant engineer at the Bangladesh Water Development Board before joining his alma mater BUET as a lecturer in 1972 in the Civil Engineering Department. He became an Assistant Professor at the Water Resources Department in 1975 and rose the ranks until he became a Professor in 1985.He retired from BUET in 1998 to join IUCN. He also worked as a Professor at North South University,and Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB)[citation needed] before joining BRAC University as its Vice Chancellor.

Dr. Nishat is credited as a pioneer of water resource management in Bangladesh, and has traveled around the world presenting papers, talks and consultancies related to his subject.

Non-academic work

Besides working at various projects of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in BangladeshMalaysia and Philippines, he was a member of the Panel of Experts who consulted the construction of the Jamuna Bridge, the longest bridge in Bangladesh.

He is a member of the Bangladesh National Water Council, Indo-Bangladesh Joint River Commission and Bangladesh National Agricultural Commission and the National Council on Science and Technology, and is said to have played a pivotal role in the Ganges Water Treaty Negotiations that were completed in 1996. He had been closely involved in the preparation of the Bangladesh National Conservation Strategy and National Environment Management Action Plan.

Ainun Nishat has been member of the Bangladesh delegation at a number of international water resource-related conferences, including the COP 15.Dr. Nishat also represented Bangladesh at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in the Committee for Energy and National Resources Development, and features at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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