Dr. Abas Basir

Dr. Abas Basir

Director General

Tel: +94 11 2589376
Fax: +94 11 25893699
E-mail: director.general@sacep.org

Dr. Abas Basir assumed duty as the Director General of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) from 2018. Before joining SACEP, he worked as a Senior Advisor to the Afghan President on Natural Resources and Environment at the ministerial level and as Lecturer in environment and water management studies in Afghanistan at a variety of universities, teaching both at a Masters and Undergraduate level. He also worked as Acting Director, International Cultural Relations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan, Deputy Director General, National Environmental Protection Agency, Afghanistan, and Chief of Staff, Afghan Vice President Office. He has also served as Afghan diplomat. As a highly pragmatic individual with the ability to take initiative in resolving problems, he balance professional and personal development through reflective practice.

During this time and before, he had also experienced working with political parties and civil society organizations particularly those involved in environment protection activities. He has authored many publications in the fields of environment law and policy. One of his published books on environment law is now used as a text book by the universities as well as CSOs. During his carrier, he was mostly involved in developing and applying environmental law and policy and also public awareness. Having more than 25 years of work experience with government, civil society organizations, academia, political parties, diplomatic missions, and international organizations, he is a pragmatic individual with the high leadership capacity and ability to take initiative in resolving any problem.

Dr.Abas Basir received his Ph.D. in International Environment Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 2012. He got his first degree in Islamic Education and Science from International Centre for Islamic Studies, Iran in 1992. Then he obtained his MA in Law and Islamic Education from the International Centre for Islamic Studies, Iran in 2003 and M.Phil. in International Law from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India in 2009.

Employment History

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