Professor John Agard is one of the region’s leading scientists, and one of fifteen eminent scientists from a wide range of disciplines, expertise and backgrounds appointed by United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to draft the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report.
Professor Agard is the Director at the St Augustine Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (STACIE) and a Professor of Tropical Island Ecology, Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. His areas of academic specialisation include Small Island Ecology and Resilience Building, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, and scenarios and pathways to human well-being and a sustainable future. He has served in numerous capacities at the local, regional and international levels, including Chairman of the Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago from 1997-2000 and, currently as a Review Editor (Small Islands), Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability 6th Assessment Report.
Professor Agard has a Ph.D. in Zoology from UWI, a Master of Science in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester and Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Zoology from UWI.