Iskandar Abdullaev

Iskandar Abdullaev
Regional Advisor
Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme, German International Cooperation (GIZ)]
Thematic expertise: 
Water Resources Management
Irrigated Agriculture
Geographical expertise: 
Central Asia
Sri Lanka

Dr. Abdullayev has over 15 years of experience in irrigation & drainage management, water institutions, allocation and distribution in Afghanistan and all five Central Asian countries. He received his PhD in water management in 2000 and his MSc in Hydrotechnical Engineering in 1992 from Tashkent Institute of Irrigation & Melioration (TIIM). Prior to joining GTZ, he worked in leading institutions that include ZEF Centre for Development Research University of Bonn (Germany), International Water Management Institute (Sri Lanka), Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration, Uzbekistan Ministry of Agriculture & Water Resources. He is also a founder of NGO Association of Uzbekistan for Sustainable Water Resources Development (Suvchi). He has written over 30 peer reviewed articles, policy papers and conference papers. Dr. Abdullayev have worked 8 years in Ferghana Valley on pilot testing of IWRM principles for selected irrigation systems of Central Asia. He worked 2 years in the Kunduz Irrigation System of the Afghanistan for studying local irrigation systems and impact of the interventions by international projects on local water management situation. He also have researched emerging local water management institutions in the Lower Amudarya Basin- Khorezm region of Uzbekistan. At the end of 2012, he was selected as Executive Director of Central Asian Regional Environmental Center (CAREC). Dr. Abdullaev will be leading CAREC’s programs from its headquarters in Almaty, Kazakhstan while overseeing the country offices operate in all the five member Central Asian countries.