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    Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury

    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.

    Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Nashita Behroz Jalil

    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

    Imran Ahmed

    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

    Anita Ghazi Rahman

    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

    Aisha Binte Abdur Rob

    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

    Sudipta Roy

    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

    Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

    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

    Eeshita Azad

    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

    Jason Abaluck

    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.

    KAS-Murshid

    K. A. S. Murshid

    K. A. S. Murshid is the Director General at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. He is a researcher, an academic and an economist. He was a visiting fellow at the UK’s Open University and the Christian Michelsen Institute, Norway; he served as Director of Research at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute and worked as a consultant for multilateral financial institutions and UNDP in different countries. He specialises in rural development and food policy. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics at Cambridge University.
    Mohibul Hassan

    Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury

    Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury is Deputy Minister of Education of the Government of Bangladesh. He is a lawyer and a politician. He is also a Member of Parliament of Bangladesh for the Chittagong Nine Constituency. Prior to his ministerial appointment he was partner of The Legal Circle and Advocate of the High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court. His practice focus was on telecom and internet regulations. He pursued his studies in law and anthropology at the London School of Economics and obtained post graduate degree at the University of Law for his call to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn.

    Syed Akhtar Mahmood

    Syed Akhtar Mahmood was Lead Private Sector Specialist in the World Bank Group, where he worked on private sector development for three decades. He is an economist. He co-authored the World Bank Group’s Private Sector Development Strategy of 2002 and served as global lead for regulatory reforms and public-private dialogue. His research interests include trade, competitiveness, investment climate, mechanics of policy reforms and political economy. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics from Oxford University and was a visiting fellow at Yale University.

    Shahidul Haque

    Shahidul Haque is a Senior Advisor of IOM Bangladesh, and a Senior Fellow at North South University, Bangladesh. He is foreign policy and migration specialist. He was the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh. He chaired the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development. He was a director at IOM and has co-authored a book on Migration Myth (Springer 2020). He received IOM Director General’s Award in 2005 and Honorable Mention for Robert B. Steward at Fletcher. He pursued his graduate studies in international relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, USA.

    Aroma Dutta

    Aroma Dutta is Executive Director of PRIP Trust and a Member of Parliament of Bangladesh. She is a women’s rights activist and a development practitioner. She was Professor of Sociology at the University of Dhaka. She has worked with government and civil society organisations on institutional development and policy advocacy. She was a member of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh. She is also a member of Bangladesh government’s Grihayan Tahabeel, the board of the Social Development Foundation and the National Integrity Strategy of Bangladesh. She has received Bangladesh’s national award for women’s empowerment and development, Rokeya Padak. She pursed her graduate studies at the University of Dhaka.

    Geof Wood

    Geof Wood is Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Bath, UK. He is a social scientist. He specialises in political economy through the analysis of deep structures. He was an advisor to the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the ILO, a member of the World Bank Social Development Indicators Group, Founder Director of the Institute for International Policy Analysis and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Bath. He has been associated with Bangladesh’s government civil society since 1974 through interdisciplinary research and policy advice. He is co-editor of the books Aiding Resilience Among Extreme Poor in Bangladesh and Politics and Governance in Bangladesh. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of Bath.

    Ivy Huq Russell

    Ivy Huq Russell is the CEO of Maya. She is an entrepreneur and a financial analyst. She founded Maya, a technology-focused social enterprise, in 2015. She was an investment management professional at HSBC, GAM and Barclays. She pursued her graduate studies in Finance and Economics at the University of Warwick.

    Joe Devine

    Joe Devine is Professor of Global Development at the University of Bath, UK. He is a social scientist and a political economist. His research focuses on poverty, vulnerability, inequality and exclusion. He received the British Expertise Outstanding International Leadership Award in 2016, the University of Bath’s Research Impact Award in 2014 and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2012. His recent research projects include Network Theory for Housing in Refugee Camps funded by EPSRC, Economic Empowerment of the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh funded by DFID and the MFS II evaluation in Bangladesh funded by NOW-WOTRO Science for Global Development. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of Bath.

    Kajal Abdullah

    Kajal Abdullah is CEO and Co-Founder of Jahaji Ltd. He is a tech entrepreneur. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Dhaka. He was CEO of 1971: Genocide-Torture Archive & Museum, the only genocide museum in South Asia. He worked at Bangladesh government’s a2i programme, BBC and BRAC. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Dhaka and a media fellowship at RNTC, Netherlands.

    Meghna Guhathakurta

    Meghna Guhathakurta is Executive Director of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB). She is a social scientist and an academician. She specialises in international development, gender relations, minority issues and South Asian politics. She is advisor to the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission. She taught international relations at the University of Dhaka. She was a member of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh, and coordinator of a UNHCR project to mitigate tension between the Rohingya and host communities. She was Co-Editor of The Bangladesh Reader and Associate Editor of Action Research Journal and the Journal of Social Studies at the Centre for Social Studies in Dhaka. She pursued her doctoral studies in politics at the University of York.

    Mohammad Tamim

    Mohammad Tamim is a professor at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He is an engineer and an energy policy analyst. He is a fellow at the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh. He was Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University. He worked as a consultant at the World Bank, JICA and USAID and also served as a special assistant on power and energy to the Chief Adviser of the Government of Bangladesh. He pursued his post-graduate studies in petroleum engineering at the University of Alberta.

    Moin Ghani

    Moin Ghani is Partner and Co-Head at Alliance Laws. He is a lawyer. He is an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He specialises in international investment law, arbitration law and large-scale investment projects. He was a Fulbright/Humphrey Fellow at the American University and worked at Foley Hoag LLP and Eversheds LLP. He assisted the Bangladesh government with international arbitration cases at the World Bank’s ICSID. He worked for Philippines in its maritime dispute with China, for Ecuador in an international arbitration under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules and for Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration. He pursued his graduate studies in law at the London School of Economics and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn.

    Priyanka Bose Kanta

    Priyanka Bose Kanta is a lecturer of law at the University of Dhaka. She is a lawyer and a researcher. She is a public policy graduate student from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include human rights and minority issues. She pursued her diploma studies at the Swedish Institute on Human Rights and Democracy and graduate studies in law at the University of Dhaka.

    Sheikh Tanjeb Islam

    Sheikh Tanjeb Islam is Head of Government of Affairs at the Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution Network, World Economic Forum. He is an economist. He worked at KPMG in Malaysia, the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh and the Brookings Institute. He was Regional Lead for the Asia Regional Government Engagement Team and also a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, and an economist at the World Bank. His research focuses on rural and private enterprise, creation of market economy and South Asia. He pursued his graduate studies at Columbia University and the University of Sydney.

    Sufia Khanom

    Sufia Khanom is Senior Research Fellow at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BISS). She is a social science researcher. Her research interests include gender issues in least developed countries, transboundary water management and conflict over natural resources. She has been involved in research collaborations between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Asian Institute of Technology. She was the team leader of research projects by the Norwegian Council, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Manusher Jonno Foundation. She pursued her doctoral studies at Macquarie University, Australia.

    Taslima Yasmin

    Taslima Yasmin is Associate Professor at the University of Dhaka. She is a lawyer and a legal researcher. Her research interests include human rights, violence against women, family law and access to justice. She is a Chevening Scholar and a Bangladesh University Grants Commission Award winner. She is a member of the Women Rights Committee of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh. She pursued her graduate studies in law at University College London, UK.

    Anir Chowdhury

    Anir Chowdhury is the Policy Advisor of the Government of Bangladesh’s a2i programmme supported by UNDP. He is a tech-entrepreneur turned gov-preneur. He co-founded several software and services companies and non-profits in the US and Bangladesh. He is a member of Bangladesh Prime Minister’s National Digital Task Force. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Brown University and graduate studies on management, marketing, and education reform at Harvard University, Columbia University, Bradford University, Oxford University and Boston University.

    Fahad Ifaz

    Fahad Ifaz is the co-founder and CEO of iFarmer. He is an entrepreneur. He worked at the World Bank, CARE International, Swisscontact and Palladium. He is an Acumen Fellow. He pursued his graduate studies in economics at North South University in Bangladesh.

    Farhana Khan

    Farhana Khan is a partner of A.S & Associates and an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. She is a lawyer. She was a member of the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority’s consultation team for improving Bangladesh’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index. She is the Legal and Regulatory Specialist for the National Single Window Implementation and Strengthening Customs Modernisation project of Bangladesh’s National Board of Revenue. She pursued her graduate studies in law at City, University of London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn.

    Mohammad Raafi Hossain

    Mohammad Raafi Hossain is the co-founder and CEO of Fasset, a digital asset gateway. He is an entrepreneur and a strategist. He was an advisor for policy and innovation to the Prime Minister’s Office of the UAE. He is the founder of the think-and-do tank Finocracy and worked for the UN in several countries, focusing on agriculture, climate change and sustainable development. He led Fasset’s solutions in the tokenisation of Bahrain’s FinTech Regulatory Sandbox (authorised by the Central Bank of Bahrain) and completed the first proof of concept tokenisation of a Tesla charging unit. He pursued his graduate studies at Harvard University.

    Morshed Mannan

    Morshed Mannan is a research associate on blockchain governance at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence. He is a legal researcher. His specialises in emergent technologies, comparative corporate law, platform cooperatives and international insolvency law. He is a research affiliate at the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy at The New School and a working group member on platform cooperatives at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society. He pursued his doctoral studies in law at Leiden University in the Netherlands and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn.

    Pial Islam

    Pial Islam is the managing partner of pi STRATEGY. He is a management consultant. He worked as a management consultant on strategy, policy, innovation and international development with Capgemini, Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He was the assistant country manager for MCI and a manager at Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. He was an advisor to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the UN, the CGAP, Robi Axiata and BRAC. He pursued his graduate studies in public administration at Harvard University.

    Primavera De Filippi

    Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is a legal researcher. She specialises in the legalities of blockchain technology, artificial intelligence and digital governance. She was a founding member of the Global Future Council on Blockchain Technologies at the World Economic Forum, and the co-founder of the Internet Governance Forum’s Dynamic Coalition on Blockchain Technology. She is a visiting fellow at the European University Institute. She pursued her doctoral studies in law at the European University Institute in Florence.

    Anne Marieke Mooij

    Anne Marieke Mooij is Assistant Professor of Law at Tilburg University, Netherlands. She is a legal researcher. She has worked at AKD Rotterdam and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek law firms in Amsterdam. She specialises in monetary policy and its constitutional arrangements. She co-founded the Dublin Law and Politics Review. She is a Paddy Moriarty Scholar and was recognised as a young leader at the Institute for Democracy and Education Indonesia. She pursued her doctoral studies at Dublin City University, Ireland.

    Shahrima Tanjin Arni

    Shahrima Tanjin Arni is a senior analyst at the Centre for Research and Information. She is a lawyer and a political activist. She was a research associate at A.S. & Associate law firm and Editor of Dhaka University Law and Politics Review. She was the International Affairs Secretary of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union. She pursued her graduate studies in law at University of Dhaka.

    M.A. Razzaque

    M.A. Razzaque is the Agriculture Minister of Bangladesh. He is an agriculturist and a politician. He is also a Member of Parliament of Bangladesh. He specialises in farming system development and sustainable rural agriculture. He was Chief Scientific Officer of the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation. He pursued his doctoral studies at Purdue University, US.

    AHM Bazlur Rahman 

    AHM Bazlur Rahman is the co-founder and CEO of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication and Policy Research Fellow at Bangladesh Internet Governance Forum. He is a media and development professional. He specialises in community media, right to communication and media policy advocacy. He was a founding member of the Bangladesh Working Group at the UN World Summit on the Information Society and the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Dhaka.

    Asif Munier 

    Asif Munier is an advisor at the Center for Development Communications. He is a development professional and a human rights activist. He specialises in project design, human mobility and grassroots organising. He is a media commentator on labour migration, Rohingya refugees and secularism in Bangladesh. He pursued his graduate studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.

    Asha Sen

    Asha Sen is Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, US. She is an academic. She was previously Director of the Women Studies Programme at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She specialises in postcolonial feminism and South Asia. She is the author of Postcolonial Yearning: Reshaping Spiritual and Secular Discourses in Contemporary Literature. She pursued her doctoral studies at Purdue University, US.

    Bickey Russell

    Bickey Russell is Director of Operations at Google’s Next Billion Users initiative. He is a tech and innovation strategist. He is also an advisor at Maya, a healthtech startup. He was a founder of Area 120 at Google and leads Kormo – a career development service for emerging markets. He was Head of Agency Development at Google. He pursued his graduate studies at King’s College London, UK.

    Mariha Tahsin

    Mariha Tahsin is the lead researcher of urban programmes at SAJIDA Foundation, Bangladesh. She is an economist. She is an assistant lecturer at the University of Essex, UK. She was a researcher for projects under Swisscontact, the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. She pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Essex.

    Ashish Chandra Sen

    Ashish Chandra Sen is Founder President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Asia Pacific. He is a community media specialist. He is also Editor of Community Radio News – a journal of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. He specialises in the Indian community radio movement and community radio growth. He has helped establish major community radio stations across India, such as Namma Dhwani in Karnataka and Radio Kalanjiam in Tamil Nadu. He pursued his graduate studies at Cambridge University, UK.

    Bernard Doyle

    Bernard Doyle is Deputy Regional Director for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He is a development worker. He has held positions as the UNHCR Regional Representative in Central Asia, the UNHCR Representative in Iran and Head of UNHCR’s Inter-Agency Unit. Since the 1990s, he has been involved with the Rohingya situation and Bangladesh. He pursued his graduate studies in development economics at Imperial College London, UK.

    Bina D’Costa

    Bina D’Costa is Professor of International Relations at Australian National University (ANU). She is an academic and a researcher. She specialises in children and conflict, gender, human rights and justice. She was Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and the Global Justice Centre in New York. She has conducted extensive field research on war babies with a particular focus on Bangladesh’s liberation war of 1971 and the partition of India. She pursued her doctoral studies in international relations at ANU.

    Binayak Sen

    Binayak Sen is the Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka. He is an economist. He specialises in poverty, income inequality and human development. He was a Senior Economist and a Visiting Research Fellow at the World Bank. He was a consultant at the Asian Development Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNDP and the WHO. He pursued his doctoral studies in development economics at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    Hasan Mahmud

    Hasan Mahmud is Bangabandhu Chair Researcher at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. He is an engineer. He was Deputy Manager at Sylhet Gas Fields Limited, Bangladesh. His research focuses on energy sector development and sustainable energy solutions. He pursued his doctoral studies in energy economics at the School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT.

    Jashim Ali Chowdhury

    Jashim Ali Chowdhury is Assistant Professor of law at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He is a lawyer and a legal researcher. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of International Education, USA. He pursued his graduate studies in comparative law at Tulane University, USA.

    Joyashree Roy

    Joyashree Roy is Bangabandhu Chair Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. She is an economist. She was a National Fellow at Indian Council of Social Sciences Research and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA. She specialises in energy economics, environmental economics and econometrics. Her works focus on climate change, water pricing, and economy-wide modeling exercises for policy. She pursued her doctoral studies in economics from Jadavpur University, India.

    Kamal Quadir

    Kamal Quadir is the CEO of bKash. He is an e-commerce entrepreneur. He was the founder of CellBazaar, a phone-based electronic marketplace for developing countries. He was a business development lead at Occidental Corporation and based at the New York City Chamber of Commerce. He was a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He pursued his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    Nazmul Avi Hossain

    Nazmul Avi Hossain is Programme Officer at the International Labour Organization (ILO). He is a labour economist. He was a consultant at Microsave Consulting. He has consulted on projects with the European Union, UkAid, the United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations Development Programme, ILO and CARE. He specialises in private sector development, skills and financial inclusion. He pursued his graduate studies in Labour Economics at the University of Turin. 

    Dipu Moni

    Dipu Moni is the Education Minister of Bangladesh. She is a doctor and a politician. She is also a Member of Parliament of Bangladesh. She was the first female minister of foreign affairs in Bangladesh and South Asia. She headed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights in the Bangladesh Parliament. She pursued her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

    Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury

    Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury is founder and managing partner of Vertex Chambers, Bangladesh and Vertex International Consulting, Sydney. He is a lawyer. He is an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He specialises in corporate taxation, telecommunication and real estate. He was a visiting research fellow at the University of Connecticut Law School, USA, and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London. He was a guest faculty member at IBA, University of Dhaka and Chittagong Independent University. He pursued his graduate studies in Law at the University of Chicago and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn.

    Muhammad Shafiullah

    Muhammad Shafiullah is an associate professor at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia. He is an economist. He was a senior economist at Policy Research Institute, Bangladesh. He specialises in agriculture and natural resource economics. He pursued his doctoral studies in Economics at Griffith University, Australia.

    Rejaul Karim Siddiquee

    Rejaul Karim Siddiquee is an OPD engagement officer at the International Disability Alliance. He is a lawyer and an activist. He is an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He is the founder of the Disability Inclusive Justice and Legal Aid Association. He was a consultant at BlueLaw International and project manager at Maxwell Stamp PLC. He has published in the Oxford Journal of Human Rights Practice. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Chittagong.

    Robert Simpson

    Robert Simpson is representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Bangladesh. He is an economist and a diplomat. He managed the FAO–EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. He worked at the United States Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, USA.

    Rumana Islam

    Rumana Islam is a professor at the University of Dhaka. She is a lawyer and a researcher. She is a panel arbitrator nominated by the Government of Bangladesh to the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. She was assistant director of research at the Bangladesh Institute for Law and International Affairs. She is a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and a Commonwealth Scholar. She pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

    Samia Huq

    Samia Huq is professor and Dean of General Education at BRAC University. She is an anthropologist. She is a research fellow at Centre for Peace and leads its collaborative project with World Faiths Development Dialogue at Georgetown University. Her research areas include secularism, radicalization, religious revival, social movements, gender issues and democracy. She pursued her doctoral studies in anthropology from Brandeis University.

    Subhra Bhattacharjee

    Subhra Bhattacharjee is a strategic planner at the United Nations Bangladesh. She is an economist and a development practitioner. She was programme officer at the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, evaluation specialist at the United Nations Special Coordinators Office for the Middle East Peace Process and programme specialist with United Nations Volunteers. She was also research officer at the Reserve Bank of India. She pursued her doctoral studies in economics at Iowa State University, USA.

    Sudipto Mukerjee

    Sudipto Mukerjee is the resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh. He is an architect and urban planner. He is a joint recipient of the International Urban Ecology Award. He is a strategic planner for the United Nations Staff System College. He was country director for UNDP, Sierra Leone, head of mission at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Iraq and urban advisor at the UK Department for International Development. He pursued his graduate studies at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

    Tuomo Poutiaine

    Tuomo Poutiainen is the country director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangladesh. He is a development practitioner. He was the chief technical advisor at ILO, Cambodia. He specialises in community-based development, child labour, indigenous rights and livelihood promotion. He pursued his graduate studies at Aix-Marseille University, France.

    Lua Yun Xin

    Lua Yun Xin is the chief operating officer of Enactus UNM. She is an economist. Her areas of interest are public policy, social entrepreneurship and development. She is pursuing her undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia.

    Atiqul Islam

    Atiqul Islam is Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, Bangladesh. He is a businessman and a politician. He is President of the Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry. He is a member of the Steering Committee of C40 Cities, co-lead of the C40 MMC Global Mayors Task Force on Migration and Climate Change, and C40 vice-chair on migration. He was President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Dhaka.

    Ferdausur Rahman

    Ferdausur Rahman is a partner of A.S & Associates and an advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He is a lawyer. He specialises in labour issues, corporate governance and strategic investment. He was a legal consultant at the International Finance Corporation, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority and Bangladesh Power Development Board. He was the highest-rated lawyer in Asialaw’s Client Excellence Rating 2021. He pursued his graduate studies in Law at the University of London in 2006 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn of the UK.

    Gustav Papanek

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.