Kurdistan Regional Government
FRI, 19 APR 2019 02:10 Erbil, GMT +3

Professor Serwan Baban - Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources

TUE, 10 NOV 2009 10:09 | KRG Cabinet

BSc., MSc., PhD., DSc., Cert. T. L., FRGS, FGS, FRSPSoc, FICDM.

Professor Serwan Baban was appointed Minster of Agriculture and Water Resources in the seventh cabinet, on 5 April 2012. Professor Baban's previous position was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kurdistan Hewler. He was appointed competitively by an internal panel to that post as a result of the University’s global search for a Vice-Chancellor.

Born in Kirkuk in 1958, he gained his BSc in Geology in 1980 and MSc in Geophysics in 1983, both from the University of Baghdad. Professor Baban obtained his PhD in Applied Remote Sensing and his DSc in Geo-based Environmental Challenges from the prestigious School of Environmental Sciences, the University of East Anglia, UK in 1991 and 2011 respectively.

Professor Baban’s academic, scientific and management career was developed through working in universities in the UK, the Caribbean, Australia and Iraq. He worked as a Research Assistant and Senior Research Associate in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in the UK. He then worked as a Lecturer and later a Senior Lecturer in Geosciences/Physical Geography, Coventry University and UK.

He moved to the University of the West Indies in September 2000 to become the Professor of Surveying and Land Information, and later became the Dean/Chairman of the School for Graduate Studies and Research at the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. He moved to Australia to join Southern Cross University in January 2007 to become Professor of Environmental Geoinformatics and the Head of the School of Environmental Science and Management.

Professor Baban’s research interests and accomplishments are in Geosciences, Environmental Science, Geoinformatics (Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS) and Governance. He has a multi-disciplinary Geo-based background and working experience in Arid/Semi Arid (Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, and Jordan), Temporal (UK) and Tropical environments (Malaysia, the Caribbean region, Indonesia and Australia).

Professor Baban’s publication and international scholarly activities include over 100 papers in international and national journals and international conference proceedings, 29 chapters in books, as well as editing two books and co-editing one book. He has served on the scientific and organising committees of various international conferences worldwide (UK, Holland, Australia, USA, Jordan, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Bahamas, India, China, Thailand and South Africa), and is a member of the Editorial Board and an academic referee for a wide range of international, regional and national refereed journals.

Professor Baban founded and directed several successful research centres and institutes worldwide. These include: the GIS and Remote Sensing Research Utility (GRRU) group at Coventry University, UK; the Center for Caribbean Land and Environmental Appraisal Research (CLEAR) at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad; the Centre for Geoinformatics Research and Environmental Assessment Technology (GREAT) at Southern Cross University in Australia; and the Geoinformatics Institute for Future Threats to Sustainability (GIFTS) at the University of Kurdistan Hewler.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS), Fellow of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (FRSPSoc), Fellow of the International Congress of Disaster Management (FICDM) and a Visiting Fellow,School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK.