Saleemul Huq is the director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) since 2009 is also the chair of UNEP's Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) Scientific Steering Committee.
ICCCAD intends to support growing capacity of Bangladesh stakeholders, while enabling people and organisations from outside to benefit from training in Bangladesh. ICCCAD runs regular short courses as well as an M. Sc. in Climate Change and Development. PROVIA is launched with the support of leading scientists to respond to the urgent call by the scientific community to provide direction at the international level for research on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA) and to communicate the growing knowledge on VIA to stakeholders impacted by climate change.
Dr. Huq is also a senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED), where he is involved in building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC including negotiator training workshops for LDCs, policy briefings and support for the Adaptation Fund Board, as well as research into vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the least developed countries. Dr. Huq has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of 'Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation' in the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report (2007), he also advises ARCAB, a long term action research program focused on community based adaptation to climate change.
Prior to this he was at BCAS where he was in charge of management and strategy of the organisation which is the leading independent research and policy think tank in Bangladesh. Before that he taught plant sciences both to under-graduate and post-graduates at Dhaka University. In 2000 he became an Academic Visitor at the Huxley School of Environment at Imperial College in London where he teaches a course on global environmental policies. He completed his BSc (with Honours) in 1975 from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom and his PhD in plant sciences also from Imperial College in 1978.