Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro (Officer- Order of Academic Palms, France) is President of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) since 3 June 2013. He remained President-designate of the Foundation ever since its establishment on 20 December 2011. ECOSF is an Inter-governmental Specialized Agency of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) with 10 member countries. Prof. Soomro has a brilliant academic career with first positions & scholarships from primary school till PhD. He is Gold Medalist & winner of Quaid-i-Azam Scholarship for PhD from the President of Pakistan. He did Ph.D. in Crop Protection from the University of Reading- England in 1987 with UK's ORS Award for 3 consecutive years.
Dr. Soomro has an experience of over 30 years as researcher, teacher and science & research manager. He pioneered the diagnosis of two major diseases viz., Powdery Scab of potato and Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) during early 1990s in Pakistan. He also served the then International Banana Network (INIBAP) as member of Advisory Committee for Asia & Pacific region. In 1995, he joined Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and led Foundation's programmes for funding of scientific research at R&D Organizations and Universities, as well as Science Popularization at schools across Pakistan. In 2000, he joined FAO of UN as National Coordinator/Country Officer for Pesticide Policy Analysis and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) projects respectively, that he continued till Oct 2004 implementing the innovative Farmer Field School (FFS) approach.
He has served PSF as Chief Scientific Officer and initiated the US-supported Natural Sciences Linkage Programme (NSLP) for research funding in Agriculture before joining Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam-Pakistan as Professor of Plant Protection in 2008. In 2009, he joined Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) as its Director General and in February 2010, he was appointed as Director General of Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) Islamabad. In March 2010, Govt. of Pakistan assigned him the additional responsibility of Chairman PSF, which he continued till Oct. 2013.
Dr. Soomro launched Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) program for schools in Pakistan in 2010 & Travelling Science Expos in collaboration with French Institutions. In recognition of his contributions for promotion of science education in Pakistan and cooperation with France, the French Republic bestowed upon him their erstwhile Award "Order of Academic Palms" and appointed him as "Officier (Officer)" in 2013. It was in recognition of his contributions for promotion of science, technology and education in Pakistan that the University of Sindh-Pakistan awarded him a Gold Medal in Dec 2013. Dr. Soomro in 2014 has been appointed as Member of Governing Board of International Science, Technology and innovation Centre under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia and member of Global Council of Science Education Programme (SEP) of the Inter-Academy Panel (IAP). He has also been member of Governing Boards of 13 National Centres of Excellence under the Ministry of Education of Pakistan. He so far, has to his credit, 6 industrial patents, 9 gene sequences, numerous science documentaries and over 100 publications including books & book chapters being taught in the Universities of Pakistan.