At our Board meeting in June, the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) bid farewell to Professor Tariq Durrani, who stood down after completing two terms as a Non-Executive Director. Tariq has made a major personal contribution to the UKNC, and to UNESCO, over many years.
Appointed in July 2011, Tariq was a founding member of UKNC Board, as it exists today. Prior to co-founding the Board, he served for a number of years on the Science Committee and the Scotland Committee under the previous UKNC structure. Tariq is Research Professor at the University of Strathclyde and, over the course of twenty-five years, has worked on and supervised more than sixty projects sponsored by UK Research Councils, government and industry, the US government and the EU, amongst others. He is the author/co-author of more than 350 papers and six books.
Professor Durrani’s portfolio as a Non-Executive Director of the UKNC was initially focused on engineering, a role in which he was responsible for developing strong links with UNESCO’s capacity building programmes. Recently, Tariq took on responsibility for the full Natural Sciences portfolio, including serving on the judging panel for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships in the UK and Ireland.
Tariq has been a firm friend and supporter of the UK National Commission. We will miss his wise counsel on the Board, but hope to continue to benefit from his advice as a member of the Expert Network in the coming years.