Dr. ABDUL WAHEED KHAN

Dr. ABDUL WAHEED KHAN

BIOGRAPHY Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan is an internationally recognized leader in the application of information and communication technology for education and development. He has always championed the cause of empowering people through access to information and knowledge. His journey from a remote village in India to high-profile positions in education, international development, diplomacy and media is an exciting story of a self-made man, a visionary, an institution builder and a dynamic leader. Dr. Khan served as Assistant Director General for Communication and Information at UNESCO in Paris for nearly a decade. In this capacity, he was responsible for UNESCO’s global programs in communication and information and its strategic initiative for building “Inclusive Knowledge Societies”. He was Vice Chancellor (President and CEO) of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India. With an enrollment of over 4 million students, IGNOU is one of the largest universities in the world. He was one of the founders of IGNOU. Most recently he was the Founder President of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University of Business (TAGUB) in Bahrain. Currently, he is a Fellow of Education Impact, a Paris based organization engaged in providing advisory services in the use of ICTs for education at all levels. He has served in senior management and professional positions at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada for nearly seven years. Dr. Khan was responsible for developing educational communication and information programs of COL throughout the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA), which he conceptualized and established, is a vibrant organization serving open and distance learning communities in Asia and beyond. Dr. Khan has vast international experience in designing, planning and managing communication and information technology applications in education and development. He has worked for several international organizations such as UNESCO, France, The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada, UNFPA, UNDP, FAO, UNESCAP, Asian Development Bank, World Bank,  Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development and the Asian Productivity Organization. He has extensive experience of teaching and research in media and communication. He served as an Associate Professor, Communication at G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology and as a Professor of Communication at Indira Gandhi National Open University. He was Visiting Professor/ Scientist at the National Institute of Multimedia Education in Japan. He also worked as a Communication Research Specialist for UNESCO in Bangladesh. Dr Khan is currently a member of  the International Advisory Committee of the University of Wisconsin and a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the University of the People, US. Previously, he was a Member of the International Advisory Committee, Wawasan Open University, Malaysia, and the Chairman, of Digital Opportunities Trust (DOT), Canada. Dr Khan has actively contributed to the boards of various national and international bodies including World Environmental Television (WTEV) Foundation, Canada and the United States Educational Foundation, India. He was the Vice President of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and the President of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). He is the recipient of several awards and distinctions. He has received honorary doctorates from The U.K. Open University in 2012, Wawasan Open University, Malaysia in 2010 and Jamia Hamdard University, India in 2005. Dr. Khan was awarded Fellowship of the Commonwealth of Learning in 2008. In recognition of his contribution to art, culture and education, he received Dayawati Modi Award in 2006. He was presented the Super Brain of India Gold Award 2000, the Distinguished Service Award, the Commonwealth of Learning, as well as the India 2000 Millennium Award for Education and World Peace. Dr. Khan earned his doctorate and master degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. 1083 Trudeau Drive Milton, Ontario, L9T 0A3, Canada 416-841-2579

 

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