Dr. Saleemul Huq
BIO: Dr. Saleemul Huq is a Bangladeshi scientist and an expert on the links between climate change and sustainable development, particularly from the perspective of developing countries. His dedication is on supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is researching the least developed countries’ vulnerability to climate change and the impact of adaptation measures. Dr. Huq is the founding director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the Independent University, Bangladesh. Dr. Huq is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED), where he is involved in building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC including negotiator training workshops for LDCs, policy briefings and support for the Adaptation Fund Board, as well as research into vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the least developed countries. Dr. Huq has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). Dr. Huq was the Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), founded in 1984. In 2000 he became an Academic Visitor at the Huxley School of Environment at Imperial College in London.
Dr. Saleemul Huq is the founding leader of Gobeshona, a knowledge sharing platform for climate change research on Bangladesh. It aims to bring together the national and international research community to encourage sharing, enhance quality and, in doing so, make climate change research on Bangladesh more effective. Central focus of Gobeshona is on to improving the state of climate change research in Bangladesh.