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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 Professor Emeritus 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 has been an advisor to the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization, 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 the 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. He 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 Director of Innovation at Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council. He is an engineer. He was Bangabandhu Chair Researcher at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, and 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, at AIT, Thailand.

    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 Founder Director of the Centre on South and South East Asia Multidisciplinary Applied Research Network on Transforming Societies of Global South. She is an economist. She was Bangabandhu Chair Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, a national fellow at Indian Council of Social Sciences Research and a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, US. She was awarded the 2021 Paradigm Award by the Breakthrough Institute, California. She specialises in energy economics, environmental economics, econometrics, climate change, water pricing and economy-wide modelling exercises for policy. She pursued her doctoral studies in economics at 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 Senior 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 BRAC University. He is an economist. He is an editor at Cogent Economics & Finance. He was an associate professor of economics at the University of Nottingham Malaysia and a senior economist at the Policy Research Institute, Bangladesh. He specialises in the economics of finance, energy and the environment. 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.

    Asif Saleh

    Asif Saleh is the Executive Director of BRAC. He is a writer, technologist and a social entrepreneur. He was a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Program at the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh. He was the Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and also worked for IBM, Glaxo Wellcome and Nortel. He is a Asia 21 Fellow of Asia Society and a Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum. He pursued his undergraduate studies from Stern School of Business at New York University.

    Barira Hossain

    Barira Hossain is an advising mentor at the Office of Academic Advising, BRAC University. She is an economist. Her areas of interest are development, behavioural finance and public policy. She is pursuing her undergraduate studies at BRAC University, Bangladesh.

    David Lewis

    David Lewis is a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is an anthropologist. He is a Faculty Advisory Group member in the LSE South Asia Centre. He has been an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Oxfam, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He is Principal Investigator in the Ethnographic Solutions to Inequalities in South Asian Advice Ecosystems research programme in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He pursued his doctoral studies in Development Studies at the University of Bath, UK.

    Sattar Mandal

    Sattar Mandal is Professor Emeritus at Bangladesh Agricultural University and a professorial fellow at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka. He is an agricultural economist. He was Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University and a member of the Agriculture and General Economics Division of the Bangladesh Planning Commission. He is an advisor to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, WorldFish, the International Finance Corporation and the Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture. He pursued his doctoral studies at the University of London and his postdoctoral studies at the University of Oxford.

    Nameer Rahman

    Nameer Rahman is Director of Policy at the Ontario Energy Association. He is an energy policy analyst. He was a senior advisor at the Strategic Policy Unit of the Ministry of Energy, Canada. He is a member of the Standards Council of Canada’s Hydrogen Codes and Standards Working Group. He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Windsor, Canada.

    Rebecca Bowers

    Rebecca Bowers is a postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is an anthropologist. Her research interests include gendered experiences, inequality, financialisation, labour informality and labour organisation. She pursued her doctoral studies in anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

    Saber Chowdhury

    Saber Chowdhury is a member of parliament in Bangladesh and Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. He is a politician and an entrepreneur. He was Bangladesh’s Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Shipping and the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives. He was President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Chair of the Asian Advisory Group of Parliamentarians for Disaster Risk Reduction and Global Champion of the United Nations Office on Disaster Risk Reduction. He pursued his graduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

    Craig Fullstone

    Craig Fullstone is Senior Law Enforcement Advisor with the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). He is a conservationist. He is Chief of Party for the USAID-supported Wildlife Protection Activity. He specialises in counter-wildlife trafficking and counter-terrorism.

    Iffat Mahmud

    Iffat Mahmud is Regional Representative of Innovision Africa. She is an entrepreneur. She is Co-founder of OyaNow and Founder of EkoBangla. She specialises in market systems, e-commerce, agribusiness and the health sector. She pursued her graduate studies at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Maliha Mannan

    Maliha Mannan is Executive Editor of The Coronal and Founder of Organikare. She is an entrepreneur and a public health communicator. She is Director of Gemcon Group and Vice-President of the SAARC Business Council-Bangladesh of Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. She was a consultant at a2i. She pursued her graduate studies in Healthcare Leadership at Brown University, USA.

    Nasir Uddin

    Nasir Uddin is a programme coordinator for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). He is a conservationist and counter-wildlife crime professional. He was an analyst and team leader at USAID-supported Bagh Project and a facilitator at SMART Patrolling in Bangladesh Sundarbans. He pursued his doctoral studies in Wildlife Trafficking at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

    Ranjan Saha Partha

    Ranjan Saha Partha is a professor at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He is an academic. He was a consultant at UNDP, HEKS/EPER, the World Bank, JICA, BRAC, BLAST, Christian Aid, Fugro Germany Land GmbH and UGC Bangladesh. He was a visiting professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan. He specialises in rural society, tourism and youth employment. He pursued his doctoral studies in anthropology at Hiroshima University, Japan.

    Samia Saif

    Samia Saif is a programme coordinator for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP). She is a conservationist. She specialises in tiger poaching and tiger trade. She has received the Future for Nature Award. She pursued her doctoral studies in biodiversity management at the University of Kent, England.

    Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury

    Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury is Founder of the Centre for Energy Research at United International University. He is an academic. He is also Chair of the Centre for Renewable Energy Services. He is an author of the Bangladesh Delta Plan: 2100; the Net Metering Guidelines of Bangladesh and the Guidelines for Grid Integration of Solar Irrigation Pumps; the Solar Energy Roadmap: 2021-2041; and the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan: 2030. He pursued his graduate studies in Renewable Energy at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany.

    Waseqa Ayesha Khan

    Waseqa Ayesha Khan is a member of parliament in Bangladesh and Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. She is a politician and a banker. She is Co-Chair of Climate Parliament Bangladesh. She was Regional Representative of the Asia-Pacific Group in the Bureau of Women Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Manager at Standard Chartered Bank and Operations Manager at American Express. She pursued her graduate studies in accounting at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    Zaidi Sattar

    Zaidi Sattar is Chair of the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh. He is an economist. He was a senior economist at the World Bank, an advisor to the Bangladesh National Board of Revenue and a macroeconomist at the Planning Commission of Bangladesh. He was a co-author of Bangladesh’s 6th Five Year Plan (2011–2015), 7th Five Year Plan (2016–2020) and 8th Five Year Plan (2021–2025) and of the Perspective Plan 2021 and the Perspective Plan 2041. He is a life member of Bangladesh Economic Association, Bangladesh Economists’ Forum and the American Alumni Association. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics at Boston University, USA.

    Astha Ramaiya

    Astha Ramaiya is an Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a scientist and a public health practitioner. She is a member of the Global Early Adolescent Study. She specialises in maternal health, child health, adolescent health and M&E. She received the Applied Health Sciences Young Alumni Award. She pursued her doctoral studies at Drexel University, USA.

    Ishmam Rayan Haq

    Ishmam Rayan Haq is a Research Officer at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. He is an economist. His research focuses on poverty alleviation, coping mechanisms, climate adaptability and migration. He is pursuing his graduate studies in economics at the University of Warwick, UK.

    Kawser Ahmed

    Kawser Ahmed is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He is a lawyer. He is a member of National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, an independent director at Dhaka Stock Exchange and a legal consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh. He pursued his graduate studies at New York University, USA.

    Rehnuma Karim

    Rehnuma Karim is Founder and President of Heroes for All. She is an academic and a community organiser. She is an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York, Brockport. She was a founding member of AIESEC Bangladesh. She worked at the United Nations Children’s Fund Bangladesh. She pursued her doctoral studies in health and wellness at Penn State University, USA.

    Sam Bidwell

    Sam Bidwell is Founder and Director of the Centre for Commonwealth Affairs. He is a lawyer. He specialises in political campaigning and research. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    Suruchi Sood

    Suruchi Sood is Director of Communication Science at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She is an academic. She is a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Drexel University. She received the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section’s Everett M. Rogers Award. She pursued her doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico, USA.

    Syed Saad Hussain Gillani

    Syed Saad Hussain Gillani is Chief Technical Advisor at the International Labour Organization in Dhaka. He is a development professional. He was the project lead in the pilot Employment Injury Scheme, Bangladesh. He pursued his graduate studies in law and project management at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

    Umran Chowdhury

    Umran Chowdhury is In-House Counsel at Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates, Dhaka. He is a lawyer. He is a member of the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre. He has been a Research Assistant at the Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs. He pursued his graduate studies at SOAS University of London, UK.

    Afsan Chowdhury

    Afsan Chowdhury is a Visiting Research Fellow at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Dhaka. He is a historian, journalist and activist. He is also a faculty member at BRAC University. He was the Regional Director for South Asia at Panos Institute and Senior Adviser of Advocacy and Communication at BRAC and has worked as a media and communications expert at UNICEF. He was the developer of the ‘Sexwise’ series for the BBC. He was a Fellow at Oxford University, a Research Associate at York University, Canada, and an Oak Fellow on International Human Rights at Colby College, USS. He is an Ashoka Fellow and a Bangla Academy Award recipient. He pursued his graduate studies in history at the University of Dhaka.

    Ahmad Ahsan

    Ahmad Ahsan is Director of the Policy Research Institute (PRI), Dhaka. He is an economist. He was a Lead Economist at the World Bank and a Professor at the University of Dhaka and Columbia University, New York. He specialises in policy dialogue, technical assistance operations, regional economic integration programmes, international migration, climate change and economic policy in Africa, East Asia and South Asia. He has worked with the International Monetary fund, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the EU, the Government of Japan and the United States Government. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics at Columbia University.

    Arunima Dutta Aurni

    Arunima Dutta Aurni is a Junior Partner at Farooq and Associates, Dhaka. She is a lawyer. She specialises in infrastructure development support and structured financing transactions. She has worked as an advisor on infrastructure, power and economic zone projects in Bangladesh. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of London, UK and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn.

    Rafsanul Hoque

    Rafsanul Hoque is a Senior Research Associate at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Dhaka. He is a policy researcher. He is the Co-Founder of Human Library Bangladesh. He was a Junior Research Associate at Development Research Initiative (dRi). He pursued his graduate studies in media and communication at Bowling Green State University, USA.

    Ratan Kumar Roy

    Ratan Kumar Roy is an Assistant Professor at BRAC University, Dhaka. He is a sociologist. He is the Chief Coordinator at the International Research Center of SIMEC Institute of Technology. He was a Residency Fellow at Asia Culture Centre, South Korea, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He was Co-Editor of the UNESCO-SWAN reports on the Status of Women in Media in South Asia in 2020. He pursued his doctoral studies in sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi.

    S. M. Shameem Reza

    S. M. Shameem Reza is Professor of mass communication and journalism at the University of Dhaka. He is an academician. He is Founder of the Center for Communication Action Bangladesh (C-CAB). He was Communication Advisor at the World Bank, UNICEF and Save the Children. He was an ASIA Fellow at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of London. He pursued his doctoral studies in media democratisation at the University of London, UK.

    Sulav Chowdhury

    Sulav Chowdhury is CEO of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA). He is a corporate professional. He was Managing Director and CEO at SPHR Group. He is a member of the International Criminology Society, London. He pursued his graduate studies in criminology at Middlesex University, London.

    Tanvir Ahmed Mozumder

    Tanvir Ahmed Mozumder is a Research Coordinator at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Dhaka. He is a data analyst. He was a Research Associate at the Global Development & Research Initiative (GDRI). He is the co-author of ‘Economics of Tobacco Taxation in Bangladesh’ report. He pursued his graduate studies in actuarial science at the University of Dhaka.

    Tirtha Das

    Tirtha Das is a Development Manager at the Information Center on Nuclear Energy, Dhaka, and an economics postgraduate at BRAC University. He is an engineer. He specialises in applied econometrics, energy economics and big data. He pursued his undergraduate studies in at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka.

    Ansar Ahmed Ullah

    Ansar Ahmed Ullah is President of the European Bangladesh Forum, UK. He is a community activist. He is also Director of the Swadhinata Trust, a London-based secular Bengali community group. His work focuses on anti-racist campaigning and social justice. He pursued his graduate studies at London Metropolitan University.

    Kazi Arif Uz Zaman

    Kazi Arif Uz Zaman is Additional Director at Bangladesh Bank. He is an economist. He was a Research Assistant at the Australian National University and a consultant with the Government of Australia, the Government of Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat. His research focuses on energy, resource management and sustainable development. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics at the Australian National University.

    Makhduma Nargis

    Makhduma Nargis is President of Bangladesh Council for Child Welfare. She is a health and social rights activist. She is a member of the National Child Welfare Board, Bangladesh. She was the Project Director of the Revitalization of Community-Based Health Care Initiatives in Bangladesh and Chief Coordinator of the Community-Based Health Care initiative of Bangladesh’s Health Ministry. She was a volunteer doctor in Bengali refugee camps in India in 1971. She pursued her graduate studies at Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh.

    Miti Sanjana

    Miti Sanjana is Founding Partner of the Legal Counsel. She is a lawyer. She is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, a board member of the Bangladesh–India Business Council of Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Associate Director of the Institute of Conflict, Law and Development Studies. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of London and was called to the Bar of England from Lincoln’s Inn.

    Mohammad A. Razzaque

    Mohammad A. Razzaque is Chair of the Research and Policy Integration for Development. He is an economist. He is also a Director of the Policy Research Institute. He was a Senior Fellow for International Trade and Globalisation at the London School of Business and Management and Head of International Trade Policy at the Commonwealth Secretariat. His areas of expertise include trade performance, trade negotiations, export competitiveness, regionalism, economic growth, labour economics and social protection. He obtained his doctoral studies in economics at the University of Sussex.

    Pritilata Devi

    Pritilata Devi is a faculty member at Independent University, Bangladesh, and Senior Editorial Analyst at the Centre for Research and Information. She is an academic and feminist activist. She specialises in literature, society, gender dynamics and historical narratives. She was a fellow at BRAC University. She pursued her doctoral studies in English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

    Sheikh Hasina

    Sheikh Hasina is Prime Minister of Bangladesh and President of Bangladesh Awami League. She is a politician. She is also a Member of Parliament for Bangladesh, representing Gopalganj Three Constituency, and Chair of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust. She was the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in 1996, 2008, 2014 and 2018. She is Bangladesh’s longest serving prime minister and the world’s longest serving female head of government. She has received the Champions of the Earth Award, the Agent of Change Award and the Mother Teresa Award. She pursued her graduate studies at the University of Dhaka.

    Surat Horachaikul

    Surat Horachaikul is Associate Professor of International Relations at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. He is a political scientist. His research focuses on democracy, ethnic conflict, terrorism and social welfare. He is Director of the Indian Studies Center at Chulalongkorn University and Co-Founder of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research. He pursued his graduate studies at the London School of Economics.

    Tapan Sarker

    Tapan Sarker is Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is a political economist. He was Scholar-in-Residence at IIM Calcutta and a Visiting Professor at Keio University, Japan. He specialises in sustainability, climate finance and human development. He is a World Bank Scholar. He received the Queensland Day Award in 2016. He pursued his doctoral studies in Sustainable Finance at the Australian National University.