Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament. She is a politician and a constitutional lawyer. She was Bangladesh’s State Minister for Women and Children. She is the former Editor of Bangladesh Legal Decisions (BLD), Law Report Series published by Bangladesh Bar Council. She pursued her doctoral studies in law as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Essex.
A. H. Mahmood Ali is currently a Member of Parliament in Bangladesh and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Finance. He is career diplomat. Previously he served as the Foreign Minister and the Minister of Disaster Management and Relief of Bangladesh. He pursued his graduate studies in economics from Dhaka University.
Rehman Sobhan is the Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). He is an economist and an academician. He was a Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford, a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance, Harvard University. He was a member of the first Planning Commission in Bangladesh. He pursued his graduate studies from Cambridge University.
Rounaq Jahan is Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). She is a political scientist. She was a Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. She was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, University of Chicago and Boston University. Her publications include: Bangladesh Politics (2005), Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues (1980) and Pakistan: Failure in National Integration (1972). She pursued her doctoral studies in political science from Harvard University.
Shams Rahman is a Professor at RMIT University, Australia. He held visiting fellowship at MIT Zaragoza Logistics Center, Virginia Tech and Cambridge University. He is a former British Commonwealth scholar. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. He has consulted for several world class companies including Adidas, Fuji-Xerox, and Nestle. He pursued his doctoral studies from University of Exeter.
Julian Francis is an independent development and disability consultant, and a humanitarian activist. He has worked in many poverty-alleviation projects in Bangladesh. He has worked with the extreme poor in Bangladesh and India, with nearly 30 years in Bangladesh. He coordinated Oxfam’s refugee relief operations in India in 1971 covering over 50 refugee camps and 600,000 Bangladeshi refugees. He was awarded Friends of Liberation War honor in 2012 and honored with full Bangladesh Citizenship in 2018. He was also honored in 2019 with the British award, OBE, ‘For services to development in Bangladesh.’ He is a qualified agriculture and animal husbandry expert.
Tahseen Ali is a faculty member at East West University, Bangladesh. He an academic and a researcher. He was a faculty member at Houston Community College System. He also taught at University of Houston, Lone Star College System. He specializes in modern South Asia, the Indian subcontinent under the British Empire and Cold War diplomacy. He pursued his doctoral studies in history from the University of Houston.
Syed Badrul Ahsan is the Editor-in-Charge at The Asian Age. He is a journalist. He has been a fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is the author of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s biography “From Rebel to Founding Father: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” (2011). He has also authored “Glory and Despair: The Politics of Tajuddin Ahmad” (2018) and “History Makers in Our Times” (2018). He contributes to Dhaka Courier, First News, Dhaka Tribune, Bangla Tribune, Our Time, Indian Express, Asian Affairs, South Asia Monitor and Indian Express. He has reviewed books for Asian Affairs, the quarterly journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs in London.
Syed Mafiz Kamal is the Senior Analyst at Centre for Research and Information. He is an economist and a policy researcher. He was previously at the Policy Research Institute and the United Nations Secretariat. He is the assistant editor of Policy Insights publication. He pursued his graduate studies at New York University.
Nashita Behroz Jalil is a research assistant at the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance, Dhaka. She is a policy researcher. She is also involved with Kotha, an organisation addressing gender-based violence in Bangladesh. She pursued her undergraduate studies in economics at North South University, Bangladesh.
Imran Ahmed is Deputy Executive Director at Shakti Foundation. He is an economist and a development practitioner. He was a research fellow at McKinsey Global Institute. He pursued his graduate studies in economics and finance at Brandeis University, USA.
Anita Ghazi Rahman is the founder and a partner of The Legal Circle, Bangladesh. She is a lawyer. She is an Advocate of the High Court and the Appellate Divisions of the Bangladesh Supreme Court. She specialises in general corporate law and dispute resolution. She is also editor of the Think Legal Bangladesh legal resources platform and The Legal Circle Law Reports volumes. She is an Asia 21 Young Leader of the Asia Society. She pursued her undergraduate studies in Law at University College London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn.
Aisha Binte Abdur Rob is a research associate at the Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), BRAC University, Bangladesh. She is a social science researcher. She is currently engaged in a research collaboration between CPJ and the World Faiths Development Dialogue of Georgetown University, US. She pursued her graduate studies at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, UK.
Sudipta Roy is a research associate at the World Faiths Development Dialogue located at Georgetown University. He is1 a sociologist. His research focuses on religious and cultural dimensions of risk praxis and socio-cultural policies. He is a Fulbright Fellow. He has received the Mellon Innovating International Research grant, an American Institute of Bangladesh Studies fellowship and the Santosh Jain Memorial award. He pursued his doctoral studies in education policy at Indiana University Bloomington, USA.
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak is a professor at Yale University. He is an economist and an academician. He holds appointments at Innovations for Poverty Action, Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the International Growth Centre (IGC) at the London School of Economics. He received a Carnegie Fellowship in 2017. He has collaborated with the government of Bangladesh, research institutes, major telecom providers and other stakeholders to devise evidence-based covid-19 response strategies for Bangladesh and for other developing countries. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of Maryland.
Eeshita Azad is a fellow at Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, UK. She is a creative industry expert and an arts producer. She was Director of Creative Planning at Bengal Group, Bangladesh, and Managing Director of Bengal Creative Hub. She is the lead at British Bangladeshi Poetry Collective (BBPC), and a consultant at Akram Khan Dance Company. She has worked in the cultural and non-profit sector in New York, London and Dhaka. She pursued her studies in art practice and community engagement at Middlesex University.
Jason Abaluck is an associate professor at Yale University. He is an economist and an academician. His research focuses on public finance, behavioural economics, health economics and industrial organisation. He was a fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, US. He received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gustav Papanek is Professor Emeritus at Boston University and President of the Boston Institute for Developing Economies. He is an economist. He was Director at Harvard University Development Advisory Service. He was a consultant to the World Bank and ADB and an advisor to prime ministers, presidents and ministers in Argentina, Bangladesh, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. He specialises in income mobility of the poor and transitions from a controlled to a market economy. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics at Harvard University.
Nausher Rahman is Managing Director of The Creative Crowd. He is a communications specialist. He was a public affairs consultant for local and national governments in South Africa and Bangladesh. He was a member of the advisory team for election manifestos of Dhaka North’s mayor in 2020. He pursued his graduate studies in Law at the University of London.
Sharmistha Deb is a master trainer at UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). She is an activist. She was a fellow at Teach for Bangladesh. She specialises in mental health policy, teen consultancy and leadership. She pursued her graduate studies in Public Policy at East Delta University, Bangladesh.
Shenin Serjin Promi is a research associate at A.S & Associates. She is a lawyer and an entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Bangladesh Thrift. She specialises in corporate regulation, labour and employment, e-commerce, start-ups and intellectual property rights. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of London.
Tasmeem Chowdhury Bonhi is Assistant Professor of Economics at East Delta University, Bangladesh. She is an academic. She was a researcher at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and the Fred Hollows Foundation. She specialises in gender and economic empowerment. She pursued graduate studies in Public Policy at the University of Bristol, UK.
Tobias Pforr is Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute. He is an economist. He specialises in monetary theory, financial instruments and climate change adaptation. He was a research and teaching fellow at the University of Reading and the University of Warwick. He was a consultant at the UN World Food Programme, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Overseas Development Institute. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of Warwick and LUISS Guido Carli.
Md. Shariful Islam is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He is a foreign policy analyst. He is also an adjunct research fellow at the KRF Center for Bangladesh and Global Affairs in Dhaka. His research focuses on foreign policy, histories of international relations, maritime security and the blue economy. He pursued his doctoral studies at the South Asian University, New Delhi.
Mehrin Karim is Research Officer for the Social Security Policy Support Programme at the United Nations Development Programme. She is an economist. She has been a senior researcher at the Policy Research Institute. She specialises in social protection, development economics, education and climate change. She pursued her graduate studies in economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA.
Mustafizur Rahman is Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue. He is an economist. He specialises in fiscal monetary policies, reforms and regionalisation. He was an expert on the panel for Bangladesh’s 7th Five Year Plan and the Perspective Plan 2041. He has been awarded the Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal by the University of Dhaka. He pursued his doctoral studies in Development Economics at Moscow State University, Russia.
Sonny Leong is Chief Executive of the Civil Service College, London. He is a social entrepreneur. He is the Executive Chairman of Academy for Parliamentary & Policy Studies, the Chair of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth and an advisor of the Changing Work Centre. He was a Trustee Director of FutureFirst. He was awarded the Commander of the British Empire in 2014. He pursued his studies in law and economics at London University.
Tarana Halim is the former Post and Telecommunications State Minister of Bangladesh. She is a lawyer and cultural activist. She was General Secretary of Bangabandhu Cultural Association and a curriculum advisor on law to the BRAC Education initiative. She pursued her graduate studies in Law at the University of Dhaka.
Azhar Uddin Bhuiyan is Lecturer of Law at Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). He is an academic and a lawyer. His research focuses on competition law, intellectual property law and financial law. He is a non-government adviser to the Bangladesh Competition Commission. He was Fellow at the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia. He is also a Chevening Scholar at the University of Cambridge, UK. He pursued his graduate studies in law at the University of Dhaka.
Leni Papa is Visiting Lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She is a lawyer. She is also a Fulbright United States–Association of Southeast Asian Nations Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University Law School, USA. She specialises in regulatory policy, competition policy and small and medium enterprises. She has worked with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Asian Development Bank. She has been a spokesperson for the Philippine Competition Commission. She pursued her graduate studies in law at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Mohammad Shahabuddin is Professor and Associate Head at University of Birmingham Law School. He is a lawyer. He is also an editorial board member of the Asian Journal of International Law. He was a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow and a Japan Foundation Fellow. He was an expert panelist at the 14th and 15th sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Forum on Minority Issues. He pursued his doctoral studies in international law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Monirul Islam is Additional Inspector General and Head of the Special Branch of the Bangladesh Police. He is a civil servant. He was Chief of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit and Head of the Detective Branch of the Bangladesh Police. He specialises in counter-terrorism, cybercrime and transitional crimes. He was awarded the Bangladesh Police Medal, the President Police Medal and the Inspector General of Police’s Exemplary Good Services Badge. He pursued his graduate studies in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Dhaka.
Mushtaque Chowdhury is Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA. He is an academic. He is also the convener of Bangladesh Health Watch and a member of the steering committee of Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health. He was Founding Dean of James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University. He was a MacArthur/Bell Fellow at Harvard University and a coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health. He has received the Medical Award of Excellence from Ronald McDonald House Charities. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of London.
Nina van der Mark is Research Associate of the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House. She is an international development professional. She is a co-chair of the Chatham House Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She specialises in health financing, sexual and reproductive rights, youth participation and maternal/child health. She completed her graduate studies at the London School of Economics, UK.
Pallavi Roy is Senior Lecturer in international economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. She is an economist. She is a researcher at the FCDO-sponsored Effective States and Inclusive Development project. Her research interests include institutional economics, industrial policy, anti-corruption, commodity markets and economic development. She pursued her doctoral studies in economics at SOAS.
Pierre Horna is Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is a lawyer. He has been a legal affairs official in the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Competition Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. He pursued his doctoral studies in international law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.
Pradip Kumar Dutta is Chair of South Asia Securities. He is a human rights activist. He was Director of Maxim Group. He specialises in history, heritage, human rights and the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide. He pursued his graduate studies at the Bonch-Bruevich Saint Petersburg State University of Telecommunications, Russia.
Robert Yates is Executive Director of the Centre for Universal Health at Chatham House. He is a health economist. He is also Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has been a senior health economist with the UK’s Department for International Development and the World Health Organization. His areas of expertise include the political economy of universal health care (UHC), health finance and national UHC programmes. He pursued his graduate studies in health management at the University of Leeds, UK.
Sumaiya Iqbal is Lecturer of criminology at the University of Dhaka. She is a social scientist. She is also Research Fellow at the International Center for Development and Decent Work, University of Kassel, Germany. She has worked with the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit of Bangladesh Police, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Her research focuses on violence, violent extremism, substance abuse and juvenile delinquency. She pursued her graduate studies at the University of Dhaka.
Tawheed Reza Noor is Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York in Binghamton, USA. He is a researcher and an academic. He has worked at Save the Children USA, WaterAid and ActionAid. He is a member of the International Association for Genocide Scholars and Founder General Secretary of Projonmo ’71. His research focuses on both the recognition and the denial of the genocide in Bangladesh. He pursued his doctoral studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.