Director and Representative

Hubert Gijzen

Hubert Gijzen, Director and Representative

Background - Prof. Hubert Gijzen holds a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology (1987) and an MSc (1982) and BSc (1979) in biology. Hubert has a long and established career in both academics and in international cooperation. He has worked in Academic institutions and Universities, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Embassies abroad, in International Institutes and the United Nations (UNESCO). Throughout his career, he has lived and worked in various countries and regions (Europe, Africa, South America and Caribbean, South Asia, South-East Asia), in a range of senior functions as Full Professor and Chair of Department in Universities, as Regional Representative, as Teamleader, and currently as UNESCO Regional Director and Representative. He has implemented short missions to over 80 countries, and has developed and managed large capacity building, research and cooperation programmes and projects in various countries and regions. 

Besides his current work as a UNESCO Regional Science Bureau Director and Representative, he continues to hold positions as full Professor at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and at Wageningen University (since 1995), and as a visiting professor in several other institutions. Hubert Gijzen has published over 370 articles and books, and presented numerous keynotes and conference presentations in the fields of water management, microbiology, environmental sciences, biotechnology, and in sanitary and environmental engineering. He is a member of several regional and international scientific and technological associations, and he also serves in various international advisory functions and on Boards of prestigious Institutes and programmes. 

United Nations - Hubert Gijzen joined UNESCO in 2006 as the Director of the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, based in Jakarta; he also is the UNESCO Representative for Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Timor Leste. He also serves as a member of the UN Regional Directors team (UNDG – Asia Pacific), and the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism.

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