Manzoor Hussain Soomro is an eminent scientist and academician of Pakistan with more than 30 years experience as a researcher, educator and science manager.
He is the immediate past President of the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), an intergovernmental organization of 10 countries; Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, that promotes science & technology and STEM education. He has previously served as Chairman of Pakistan Science Foundation, Director General of the Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre and Director General of the Pakistan Museum of Natural History. He has also served as Senior Researcher at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Professor at Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Pakistan, and as an intergrated pest management expert at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations where he implemented a non-formal education programme through an innovative ‘Farmer Field School (FFS)’ approach in South East Asia. Since 2010, Soomro is promoting inquiry-based science education (IBSE)/La main a la pate in Pakistan in collaboration with the Academy of Sciences, France. Lately, he has led the roll-out of IBSE/ La main a la pate in the ECO region.
Soomro is member of numerous scientific societies, bodies and forums including the Global Council of IAP SEP, the Governing Board of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), Malaysia, the Asian STI Think Tanks Network (ASTN) and the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).