Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan
Honorary Advisor, AWLF
Assistant Director General (Rtd.), UNESCO

Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan was born in a remote village in India. His journey from a remote village to high-level executive and diplomatic positions in several national and international organizations is an exciting story of a dynamic leader and a visionary. He is an Assistant Director General (Rtd.), UNESCO. He served as Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO from2001-2010. He was responsible for formulating policies and coordinating the implementation of programs aimed at harnessing the power of communication and information for enhancing access to information and knowledge. Power of Peace was one of the flagship programs which was conceptualized and coordinated by him. He has served in several international organizations such as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), the United Nation Development Program(UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNESCAP, World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In the field of education, he has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University.

His duties included providing leadership for academic planning, raising financial resources, managing human resources, and developing a National Knowledge Network comprising of 72 universities. Dr. Khan was a Visiting Scientist/Professor at the National Institute of Multi-Media Education in Japan from 1990-1991. He served as the Education Specialist at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in Vancouver,Canada, from 1992 to 1998. He was the founder President of Talal Abu Ghazali University of Business from 2010-2013. He is currently on the board of directors for Townsend Smith Foundation, which aims at building a hospice in Milton, Ontario, Canada as well as on the Accessibility Advisory Committee and Older Adults Advisory Committee of Halton Region, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Khan works as a volunteer at the Milton District Hospital.

He is a recipient of several awards and distinctions, including honorary doctorates from 3 universities and honorary fellowship of the Commonwealth of Learning. He was awarded the Dayawati Modi Award for Art and Culture and received the Super Brain of India Gold Award. Dr. Khan has served on several boards and committees in national and international organizations. He received his doctorate in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, United States.