Mark Barrett has more than twenty five years experience as a professional civil / environmental urban / municipal engineer and manager with a solid background in the fields of international development and humanitarian relief. He holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree with a specialization in environmental engineering. He has participated in United Nations, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, bilateral, and local government projects large and small in Asia and the Middle East including the United Nations Iraq and Afghanistan programs, as well as working for consulting engineering firms in Canada.
He has managed and participated in all phases of the project cycle - project formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as policy development, institutional strengthening and capacity building and training. He has implemented large scale projects to village level initiatives using conventional, multi sectoral, and community based approaches.
Mark has been involved with urban / municipal infrastructure planning, design, construction, and rehabilitation projects including road, water, sewer, treatment plants and solid waste management as well as housing and residential developments, disaster management and risk reduction. He has managed large scale projects for slum upgrading, housing and resettlement including of IDPs / internally displaced persons.
As an environmental manager Mark Barrett has a thorough knowledge of the science, literature, international protocols and policies on the subject of climate change and related issues. As an environmental engineer he is in a unique position to understand the potential technical, economic and social impacts of climate change and measures for mitigation and adaptation. He participated in his first environmental assessment in 1977 and has participated in workshops on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), green infrastructure and green building. He is a Government of Canada accredited meteorological observer as well as an oceanographic and biological observer.
He has excellent administrative, organizational, and research skills, and possesses considerable expertise in computer information technology and management, GIS / GPS, and logistics.
His most recent posting was as Team Leader for the World Bank funded Low Income Community Housing Support Project in Dhaka, Bangladesh.