Dr. M. Hosny El-Lakany holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture and M.Sc. in Forestry from Alexandria University, Egypt, a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a D.Sc. honoris causa from Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
In 1995, Dr. El-Lakany joined FAO as Assistant Directeur de Cabinet and in 1998 he was appointed Assistant Director-General of FAO/Head of the Forestry Department until his retirement in December 2005. Part of his responsibilities as ADG, was to advise the FAO Director-General on policy and political matters related to Forestry and Sustainable Development. He was the inaugural chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) comprised of 14 International Organizations in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests.
Dr. El-Lakany is a member of several international scientific and professional organizations including the Boards of Trustees of CIFOR (Chairman, 2011-2015) and ICRAF, the Canadian Institute of Forestry, the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, the External Advisory Group on the Forest Strategy of the World Bank (2003-2009), and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Food and Nutrition. He has published more than 110 scientific papers and co-edited one book.
Currently, Dr El-Lakany is Distinguished Professor at Alexandria University, Egypt and Adjunct Professor and Director of the International Forestry Program at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada. He Chairs the International Partnership on Forestry Education (IPFE) and lectures; supervises research and consults in International Forest Policies and Natural Resource Management.