Shahbaz Khan

Director and Representative
UNESCO

Shahbaz Khan is the Director of UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Representative to Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste.

He is a Fellow, Chartered Engineer and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia, Hon Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineers, Hon Fellow of the Myanmar Engineering Society and Fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

  • Mr Khan has worked in Australia France Indonesia and Pakistan in various research consultancy and policy positions.

  • Before joining UNESCO he was Professor and Director at the Charles Sturt University Research Director Irrigation Systems at 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 e.g. 2019 China Friendship Award Great Wall Friendship Award China 2017

  • FEIAP Engineer of the Year Award 2016

  • UNESCO Team Award for Managing Hydro Hazards 2009

  • Land and Water Australia’s Eureka Prize 2007 and CSIRO Medal 2007.

  • He has widely published in the area of water environment and sustainable development and received several outstanding publications awards.