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Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai

SSA - GIS Expert (Afghanistan Country Office), Geospatial Solutions

My role at ICIMOD

I work in the Geospatial Solutions Theme, leading work in the basin and macro-level watershed characterizations, drought assessment and monitoring, rangeland management and change detection, Hilmand Lake change detection and GIS/RSS capacity building in Afghanistan.

I manage and analyze 30 parameters for 5 major basins and 41 macro-level watersheds for Afghanistan and the last 40 years’ climate geospatial data to monitor and predict agricultural drought. Besides these tasks, I analyze rangeland change detection over the last twenty years in Afghanistan and am responsible for the capacity building programme, for which in the last three years, I’ve conducted GIS/RSS applications based trainings for Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar universities.

Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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I protect the pulse of the planet through my work managing watersheds through geospatial technology. A watershed is an area of land that drains rainwater or snow into one location such as a stream, lake or wetland. These water bodies supply our drinking water, as well as water for agriculture and manufacturing, and they offer opportunities for recreation (canoeing and fishing, anyone?) and provide habitat to numerous plants and animals.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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My favorite part of working at ICIMOD is that and it’s an international, multicultural, multidisciplinary and professional environment.

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What are you passionate about?

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I am passionate about engaging and mentoring young professionals and improving gender balance in the workplace.

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My qualifications

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I have an M.Sc. in computer science and a Bachelor’s degree of science in geography from Kabul University.

I have more than 12 years’ professional experience in ArcGIS and remote sensing focusing on capacity building, watershed characterization, drought assessment and monitoring, rangeland change detection, urban planning, mine actions services, cadastral mapping, desertification, large scale mapping, project management, and statistics and research with various UN, national and international organizations.

I’ve worked in various position as a GIS Lecturer, GIS & Remote Sensing Specialist, and GIS/MIS Manager before joining ICIMOD. As one of the professional GIS staff in Afghanistan, I’ve conducted basic, intermediate and advanced data management and spatial analysis training in GIS and remote sensing, and over the last few years, I’ve trained more than 500 people. I’ve also worked in a national level GIS and RSS projects such as Land Registration System, Kabul City Electrical System, EMIS, Mine Action Services, New Kabul City 3D Model, and Population Estimation through Landscan and RSS Data. I have taken more than 12 international trainings from the ESRI training programme in ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Spatial Analysis, and Spectral Analysis in ENVI & ERDAS Imagine.