Naser Faruqui

Naser Faruqui is the Director of Science and Innovation at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He leads a global team that helps developing countries use science, technology, and innovation for sustainable and equitable development. His areas of expertise include science diplomacy, science, technology and innovation policy, water management, urbanization, and open access to research outputs. He oversees research on the impacts of widespread access to cellphones and the Internet in developing countries, and opportunities for open governance, open education, open business models, and open science. He also oversees projects like the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences’ Next Einstein Initiative and IDRC’s partnerships with Canada’s science granting councils. Faruqui is also an expert on water management issues, including greywater reuse. In 1999, he was named one of the top 14 young water specialists in the world by a group of internationally respected water organizations. He has published widely, most recently on science and innovation. Faruqui holds an Executive MBA from Queen’s University, and a M.A. in environmental engineering from the University of Ottawa.