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Prof. Dr. Seyed Komail Tayebi

Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro is the Founder President of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) since its establishment in December 2011. He is a renowned Pakistani Scientist with brilliant academic career. He has been a Gold Medalist at Masters Level and earned Ph.D with extra honours from the University of Reading, England in 1987. His professional focus has been on research and promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) as well as Science Education over the past 35 years. Dr. Soomro has previously served as Chairman of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Director General of Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC), Director General of Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Professor of Plant Protection at the Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Chief Scientific Officer in PSF, and Coordinator/National Expert of a six-country Regional Programme in the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Professor Manzoor Soomro has made outstanding contributions in the field science, technology research, policy management and Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI). He is credited with establishing strong linkages between scientific research projects and their commercialization. He has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and extraordinary service to the scientific community in the ECO Region and globally. He is recipient of prestigious international and national academic awards and scholarships, and has always remained a top performer throughout his academic and professional career.

Prof. Soomro is highly credited and recognized for his extraordinary contributions in the establishment of the ECOSF as its Founder President, which is a premier Scientific & Technological promotion organization and a Specialized Agency of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). ECO is a 10-countries Inter-Governmental Organization. Under his exceptional leadership, ECOSF has achieved significant milestones and has promoted SETI in the region. He is popularly known for being a strong proponent of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) and Youth Science Programmes in the ECO region and beyond for being the pioneer who launched and implemented the IBSE pedagogy and has implemented IBSE learning approach across the educational systems and human development, especially at schools, and promotes science education at grass root levels not only in the ECO region, but also at global forums. Prof. Soomro also promotes women in education through IBSE for STEM subjects.

Prof. Soomro has led and implemented over 30 Industrial Projects in Pakistan Science Foundation. He has developed and implemented science programmes with S&T Institutions, Universities, Provincial & District Governments, Scientific Societies and NGOs active in scientific and educational programmes for the masses. He is an architect of many major scientific programmes for international cooperation in Pakistan.  In recognition of his contributions in the field of science education and strengthening cooperation between Pakistan and France, the French Republic bestowed upon him their erstwhile Civil Award “Order of Academic Palms” in 2013. He has to his credit 6 industrial patents, 9 gene sequences and over 190 publications including books, book chapters, research papers and popular articles. He serves as the Regional Editor (West & Central Asia) of the Journal of Science, Technology Policy Management and Editor-in-Chief of the Pakistan Journal of Nematology. Besides, he is a Member of the Boards of Governors of numerous International Centers and Learned Bodies including ISTIC Malaysia, IRIS Iran, IAP SEP, Asian Innovation Forum & Asian STI Think Tanks Network (ASTN). He is also the Vice President of the Belt and Road International Science Education Consortium (BRISEC) under the patronage of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Children and Youth Science Center (CYSC) of China.