Professor Athar Hussain, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan
Prof. Dr Athar's current research interests include the investigation of low frequency variability in mid-latitudes, and global and local climate change diagnosis and attributions, using both dataset based statistical techniques and by using dynamical methods. In recent past, he has studied in detail the state of climate in the Alaska region of USA and in Arabian Peninsula. Dr. Athar obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Science in 2008 from University of Missouri, Columbia, USA. His first PhD was in Physics in 1996 from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
He is serving as Professor of Meteorology at COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) since 2014 and COMSATS Science Ambassador in the field of Climate Change since February 2015. Dr. Athar is also serving as Head of Centre for Climate Research and Development at CUI.
He has considerable research and teaching experience in Japan, Taiwan, USA, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and several countries in Europe. He has delivered a large number of seminars based on his research at institutes such as FNAL and ASPEN (USA), CERN (Switzerland), DESY (Germany), LAPP (France), KIAS (Korea), and KEK and YITP (Japan).
He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles in various disciplines in physical and basic science, and has supervised several MS and PhD theses. Two of his recently completed projects were related to Geospatial Monitoring of Maize Crop in Okara District in Pakistan, co-sponsored by Pioneer Pakistan Seed Limited, and Modeling of Parthenium Risk Maps Using Low Dimensional Data, funded by Center for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), UK.
Dr Wilson Okaka, Kyambogo University, Uganda
Professor Wilson Okaka's research interests focus on mainstreaming climate change and gender equality in university higher education curriculum. He was trained in Uganda, UK, Italy, Sweden, and the USA, and has presented conference papers, published abstracts, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and invited articles throughout his career. He has also performed academic editing and proofreading services, served in editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals, undertaken international academic mentorship, external examinations, and peer reviews for journals. He was also an international VSO volunteer in South Asia as a communication strategy advisor, EDI of the World Bank consultant, and environment researcher by SIDA, IUCEA, AICAD (Nairobi, Kenya), AICAD (Uganda), and JICA .
Professor Okaka taught Georgetown University's TOEFL course at African Virtual University (AVU). He was a consultant for Uganda Science Journalists Association (USJA) on: Understanding Climate Change Through Journalism and Science Communication. He is listed in African Scientists Directory and Climate Change Experts Profile by Climate for Development (Clim-Dev) initiative of the collaborations among the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Union Commission (AUC), and African Development Bank. Dr. Okaka has been to countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Americas.
He currently teaches research and communication at Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda.