Dr Adnan Badran is currently the President of Higher Council of the National Center for Curriculum Development, Jordan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Jordan, and the Chancellor of University of Petra. He is a biologist with 120 publications, including 22 books and 4 patents. Awarded honorary doctorates from, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul (1981); an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Michigan State University, (2007); West Watkins distinguished Lectureship Award (2009) and the Hall of Fame Alumni Award from Oklahoma State University, USA; Honorary Professorship from L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National University Kazakhstan (2012); an Honorary Doctorate in Administration, from Yarmouk University, Jordan (2014).

Awarded the Arab Thought Foundation for best Arab Scientist in higher education research 2005; TWAS Regional Prize for “Building Scientific Institutions”, 2009; the World Education Asia award for Outstanding Contribution to Education 2011, and the Shoman award for peer review of young Arab scientists.

Badran is a former Prime Minister of Jordan (2005), former Minister of Agriculture and former Minister of Education. Joined UNESCO as Assistant Director General and then Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, (ADG) (DDG) from 1990 – 1998; Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Science, Education and Culture, and President of the National Centre of Human Rights of Jordan, and President of the Asia-Pacific Forum on human rights, Sidney (2009-2011). He is a Fellow and former Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), and Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences and the Arab Thought Forum, also, President of the Arab Academy of Sciences, and President of the Board of AFED in Beirut, Lebanon.

Badran received his BSc from Oklahoma State University (1959), and Master then PhD from Michigan State University (1963), USA.