Professor Abid Khan - Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Engagement)

Professor Abid Khan leads Global Engagement at Monash University, a dedicated unit that advances the university's impact on the world. Our team specialises in forging and nurturing international partnerships, and advising faculties, centres and industry on new ways to collaborate.

We facilitate global initiatives that involve:

  • research
  • education and training
  • industry
  • government

Professional background

Professor Khan has a track record for innovation, particularly for linking industry and university research. In 2006, he conceptualised and established the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, overseeing cross-disciplinary teams from Monash and its partners. In 2010, he led the strategy and initial development design of the Green Chemical Futures facility.

During this time, he was responsible for all stages of development - from initial strategy and fundraising to implementation.  In his previous position as Senior Research Strategist under the Provost, Professor Khan contributed to new operating paradigms, which improved Monash research performance and rankings.

Prior to working in Australia, Professor Khan was Deputy Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology, an operations and strategy expert with Booz Allen and Hamilton (USA), and a researcher with the University of Oxford.

Professor Khan embraces innovative international models of engagement. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the Monash-Warwick Alliance, as well as Monash's unique partnerships with Indonesia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and beyond.

Academic interests

Professor Khan holds a pure physics BSc(Hons) from Imperial College London and an engineering PhD from University College London. He sits on a variety of national and international advisory boards and also advises government, industry and research institutions on innovation strategy.


Ms Rachel Zubic, Personal Assistant
Global Engagement
Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor
27 Chancellors Walk, Chancellery Building A
Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria 3800 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9902 0070

To enquire about visits or other areas of Global Engagement, please contact us.