Director, Technology and Innovation
Naser Faruqui, is the Director of Technology and Innovation at IDRC where he leads a global team that helps developing countries use science, technology, and innovation for sustainable and equitable development. Naser holds an Executive MBA from Queen’s University, a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. His areas of expertise include water management, urban development and climate change, science and innovation systems in developing countries, science diplomacy, open science, and digital innovations for improving education, entrepreneurship, and governance. Naser oversees projects such as the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative, the science granting council initiative for Africa, the Open Data for Development Program, a big data research network, and an emerging network on artificial intelligence and development. He is the chief architect of IDRC’s Open Access to Research Outputs Policy and Chairs IDRC’s Open Data Working Group. He has published widely, most recently on science and innovation.