Senior Programme Specialist, Regional Hydrologist
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States
Dr. Bisher Imam has a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Aleppo and Ph.D in watershed hydrology from University of Arizona. During his academic career, he served as research assistant at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), as the associate-director of the NASA funded Hydrologic Data and Information System (HyDIS) (1996-2003) at the University of Arizona , and was a founding member of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) at the University of California, Irvine (2003-2010).
Dr. Imam joined UNESCO as a Senior consultant in 2010. He served between 2012 and 2014 as the Deputy Secretary of UNESCO International Hydrological Programme at UNESCO Headquarters. In 2015, He began field service as Regional Hydrologist for the Arab States at UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Sciences for the Arab States in Cairo where he has been focussing on policy advise and capacity building of the water sector jointly with partner Sister UN Agencies and NGOs.
He is the Author and co-author of more than 60 peer reviewed publications on topics ranging from water resources management, remote sensing and hydrological processes, hydrologic modelling and climate change impacts on water resources. Dr. Imam served on several NASA, NOAA, and NSF panels and as a member of the US National Research Council’s committee on flood maps.