Ghulam Zakir Hassan Sial
Mr. Zakir is working as Director of Research at Punjab Irrigation Department in Lahore, Pakistan. He obtained Mechanical Engineering, a degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and currently, he is a Ph.D. scholar at Charles Sturt University, Australia.
He has more than 25-year experience in the applied and basic research fields related to a wide spectrum of water sector issues including groundwater management, artificial recharge of groundwater, water conservation, IWRM, climate changes and their impacts on water resources, floods-mitigation and adoption, seepage estimation from irrigation channels, environmental impact assessment of irrigation/drainage projects, quality control of engineering projects, groundwater regulatory and policy framework, etc. has international exposure by visiting different countries including Thailand, PR China, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Iran, India, UAE, Nepal, and Indonesia, and has participated/presented in a number of national and international knowledge-sharing workshops/seminars/courses/training, etc.
He has presented/got published a number of research papers/reports at national and international levels. Has vast experience of working with rural communities, NGOs, CBOs, FOs, and other stakeholders at the grassroots level. He has co-supervised a number of students at different universities for their thesis research. He has experience of working on projects funded/coordinated by provincial/federal Govts and international agencies like JICA, ADB, WB, ACIAR, CSIRO, etc. Mr. Zakir is a member of different national and international professional organizations like Pakistan Engineering Council-Registered Professional Engineer (RPE); Institution of Engineers Pakistan; European Water Resources Association (EWRA); Pakistan Engineering Congress; AIT Alumni Association; Australia Awards Alumni Association-Pakistan; National Groundwater Association (NGWA) USA; International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH); International Water Resources Association (IWRA). At present he is contributing at Charles Sturt University, Australia as Vice President for Postgraduate Student Association (PGSA), a member of the Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Committee of the University, and a member of the Social Club (TSC). Mr. Zakir has earned a number of gold medals, awards, distinctions, and scholarships during his professional and academic journey.