Researcher biography

Dr Waqar Ahmad Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia is currently working as a Fellow/Field Coordinator at the University of Queensland and liaising with industry and end users for on-site field demonstration for drought resilience. He has been the recipient of Endeavour Award 2015 – CSIRO, in Perth Western Australia and coordinating for Research, Development, and Extension (RD&E) organisations since 2003. Waqar has built excellent connections with international donor/development organisations, not limited to United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO-UN), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He has also published his significant research outcomes in prestigious international journals, FAO-UN's Technical Manuals and Atlases. He developed four Soil Fertility Atlases for one of the South Asian countries and contributed to developing Soil Atlas of Asia (the first ever Atlas for the region). The Atlases provide a comprehensive account of soil fertility status, soil classification, native best management practices, fertiliser use trends, and yields at farm-gate, with a management strategy. These Atlases are an important tool to promote Sustainable Soil Management and preserve soil health by targeting the public, decision makers, politicians, teachers and even scientists in other disciplines. Dr Waqar is a focal person of FAO-UN Asian Soil Partnership (since 2017), an Associate Councilor of World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC) – 2020-2023, Board Member of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH), and is the Regional Director of Sustainable Agriculture, Water & Intelligent Ecosystem (SAWiE) UK-based Digital Network. He holds an Adjunct position of Associate Professor at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He has been working as a Teacher at TAFE and trained community leaders to raise awareness of environmental issues.