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Prof Craig Jenkins, Ohio State University, the USA.

Craig Jenkins is Academy Professor Emeritus of Sociology at The Ohio State University.  He directed the Mershon Center for International Security Studies from 2011 to 2015 and is now senior research scientist. His research focuses on the following major projects: 1. Rentier states and political conflict in the Middle East 2. Global political contention (including the World Handbook of Political Indicators IV project with Charles Lewis Taylor and Marianne Abbott) 3. Development and impact of the U.S. environmental movement (1900-2000) 4. Political economy of high technology development. 5. Climate change, migration and community disaster security in Bangladesh 6. Protest and the harmonization of international survey data Jenkins is author of more than 100 referred articles and book chapters, as well as author or editor of several books including The Politics of Insurgency: The Farm Worker’s Movement of the 1960s (1986); The Politics of Social Protest: Comparative Perspectives on States and Social Movements, with Bert Klandermans (University of Minnesota Press, 1995); Identity Conflicts: Can Violence be Regulated?, with Esther Gottlieb (Transaction Publishers, 2007) and Handbook of Politics: State and Society in Global Perspective, with Kevin T. Leicht (Springer, 2010). He has received numerous awards, including the Robin M. Williams Jr. Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching and Service from the Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict of the American Sociological Association (2015), fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), Joan Huber Faculty Fellow (2003), chair of the Section on Committees of the American Sociological Association (1998-2000), chair of the Section on Political Sociology, ASA (1995-96), and chair of the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, ASA (1994-95).  He was elected to the Sociological Research Association in 1993 and was a national security fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security at Ohio State in 1988, a Mershon Center professor from 2003-06 and chair of the Sociology Department, 2006-2010. Jenkins has received numerous grants from funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities and Russell Sage Foundation. In 2010-11, he received a Liev Eriksson Mobility Grant from the Norway Research Council. In 2011-12, Jenkins was a Fulbright Fellow to Norway and a visiting professor at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) in Oslo, Norway. In 2017, Jenkins and co-investigator Maciek Slomczynski received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a four-year project on “Survey Data Recycling: New Analytic Framework, Integrated Database and Tools for Cross-National Social, Behavioural and Economic Research.” Jenkins has served as deputy editor of American Sociological Review (1986-1989), and on the editorial boards of Journal of Political and Military Sociology, International Studies Quarterly, Sociological Forum, and Sociological Quarterly.

Prof Dr Jeff Connor, UNISA, Australia.

Professor Connor specialises in quantitative economic, environmental and social integrated systems modelling often working closely with governments at local, state, national and international levels to provide economic policy advice based on rigorous economics. Jeff worked as an economist and group leader at CSIRO from 2001-2016 where he provided research and advise to the Murray Darling Basin Authority, natural resource management boards and state departments for water, agriculture and natural resource management in South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia and in Bangladesh, Indonesia, China and Laos. He has secured and/or managed over $6 million worth of externally funded research and published over 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in water resource and environmental economics. downloadable publications at:

Prof Thomas B Fischer, the University of Liverpool, the UK

Professor Thomas B Fischer (PhD, Dipl-Geogr, FIEMA, FHEA) is a Professor in impact assessment at the University of Liverpool, UK and has 30 years of practical, research and training/teaching experience with strategic environmental assessment (SEA), environmental impact assessment (EIA), health impact assessment (HIA) and other types of impact assessment. He is currently Director of the Environmental Assessment and Management Research Centre, Head of the WHO collaborating Centre on Health in Impact Assessments and Chair of the Ireland-UK branch of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). He is also an Extraordinary Professor at the Research Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, North West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa. He has worked in both, public and private sectors and conducted the first PhD globally on SEA (1996-1999) at the University of Manchester. He is one of the most widely published authors on impact assessment globally with several books, over 100 refereed journal articles, numerous book chapters and other documents, including SEA guidance.  He is editor-in-chief of the journal Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.

Professor Darryn McEvoy, RMIT Uni, Australia.

Darryn McEvoy, , is a Research Professor in urban resilience and climate change adaptation at the School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne. Employed as an Innovation Professor in 2009, he has extensive experience of leading multi-partner, multi-disciplinary, climate change research projects in Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. He acts as a scientific adviser to UN-Habitat in the Asia-Pacific region and is currently the scientific Chief Investigator for the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund project ‘Climate Resilient Honiara’ in the Solomon Islands (2018-2021).

Prof Ilan Kelman @ Uni College London.

Ilan Kelman and Twitter/Instagram @ILANKELMAN is Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, England and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. His overall research interest is linking disasters and health, including the integration of climate change into disaster research and health research. That covers three main areas: (i) disaster diplomacy and health diplomacy ; (ii) island sustainability involving safe and healthy communities in isolated locations ; and (iii) risk education for health and disasters

Prof Rajib Shaw, The Keio Uni, Japan.

Prof Dr Rajib Shaw: A Japanese national of Indian origin, Rajib Shaw is the professor in Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University’s Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC). Earlier, he was the Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), a decade-long research program co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). He is also the Senior Fellow of Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, and the Chairperson of SEEDS Asia and CWS Japan, two Japanese NGOs. Previously, he served as a Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University. His expertise includes community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. Professor Shaw is the Chair of the United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) for disaster risk reduction; and also the Co-chair of the Asia Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG). He is the editor of a book series on disaster risk reduction, published by Springer. Prof. Shaw has published more than 45 books and over 300 academic papers and book chapters. What’s New Nov 25, 2020 New paper: “Socio-hydrology: A key approach for adaptation to water scarcity and achieving human well-being in large riverine islands.” Nov 19, 2020 New paper: International investments and businesses as enablers of globalization of local risks: A case for risk communication and climate fragility reduction Oct 30, 2020 New Paper: Narrative review of non-pharmaceutical behavioural measures for the prevention of COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) based on the Health-EDRM framework Oct 29, 2020 New paper: Role of Smart Cities in Optimizing Water-Energy- Food Nexus: Opportunities in Nagpur, India Oct 24, 2020 New Paper: Addressing Urban–Rural Water Conflicts in Nagpur through Benefit Sharing List of Publications of Rajib Shaw’s are available here:

Adjunct Prof Bob Pokrant, Curtin University, Australia.

Bob Pokrant is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences and International Studies within the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. He received his Phd. from Cambridge University in 1982 and has taught at Cambridge University, UK, Stockholm University, Sweden, University of British Columbia, Canada, Northwestern University, USA, Ado Bayero University, Nigeria and Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Bob has carried out field research in Nigeria, India and Bangladesh. His current research interest is adaptation to climate change in coastal Bangladesh and the South Asia region.

Consultant Dr Tony Amin, Victoria, Australia.

Dr Tony Amin is a consultant doctor in South Eastern Private Hospital in Victoria. He has specialization on General Medicine and Nephrology. He did MBBS degree from the Rajshahi Medical College, Bangladesh. He presented many seminar talks on his areas of expertise. He has up-to-date knowledge on the General Medicine and Nephrology. His wife is also a GP in Australia and a member of the BAH.

Prof Dr M Khalequzzaman, the Lock Haven Uni, USA.

Dr. Md. Khalequzzaman holds a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering/Geology from Azerbaijan Institute of Petroleum and Chemistry in Baku, formerly USSR, another M.S. and a Ph.D. in Geology from University of Delaware.  His areas of expertise and research include water quality and watershed management in central Pennsylvania and water-related environmental problems in Bangladesh.  Dr. Khalequzzaman is a professor of geology at Lock Haven University (LHU) since 2001.  He has numerous publications on water and energy-related issues in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.  He also served as the chair of the department of Geology & Physics for three years from 2005 to 2008.  Prof. Khalequzzaman is a recipient of several national and international awards and research grants.  He is involved in community-based watershed alliances and environmental research in both Bangladesh and in central Pennsylvania.

Consultant Dr Najmun Nahar, Westmead Hospital, NSW, Australia.


Dr Najmun Nahar, Staff Specialist, Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital, NSW, Australia.

Dr Najmun Nahar is an Australian health professional. She trained as a Radiation Oncologist and has a practice located in Westmead, NSW, Australia. Dr Nahar is an active member of multidisciplinary cancer care teams that coordinate holistic management of patients with cancer. In addition to English, she speaks Bengali, Hindi and Urdu. Dr Najmun Nahar completed her MBBS from Sir Salimullah Medical College under University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

She obtained her Fellowship (FRANZCR) from The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Radiologists. She is an Examiner for the RANZCR qualifying examination in Radiation Oncology. She is also intimately involved in research and has had the opportunity to present at various meetings.
She has a wide range of knowledge in general radiation oncology and specialises in breast cancer and brain tumours in particular. 

She presented many research papers across the continents/countries including in the USA, UK, Europe, South America etc.

Md G Hussain, Former Secretary, the Government of Bangladesh.

Md. Ghulam Hussain was a Secretary (retired) of the Government of Bangladesh; he got the charge of Chairman, National Board of Revenue (NBR) on 29 October 2012. Prior to this position, he served as the Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce. Hussain did his Masters in Social Science from the University of Dhaka. Thereafter, he joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 1983 (BCS 1982 regular batch) as Assistant Commissioner (Customs & Excise). In the service he has undergone various important training programs both in-home and abroad. A pro-people professional bureaucrat, Md. Ghulam Hussain has extensive and diverse experience in serving various areas in the public sector. Importantly, he was a consultant (2006-2008) in the Export Diversification Project of International Trade Centre (ITC, Geneva), founder CEO (Coordinator) of the Business Promotion Council formed under the auspices of Ministry of Commerce (2003-2006). He also served as the Commercial Counsellor in Bangladesh Embassy, Washington D.C (USA 1998-2003), Director, Prime Minister’s Office (1996-1998). He served the Customs, Excise and VAT department under different capacities during 1983-1996. During his long service career, he was engaged in different special assignments like member-secretary of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Mutiny Probe Committee constituted by the government, Chairperson of the Jail Irregularities Inquiry Committee and Chairperson of the Probe Committee to investigate the untoward incidents happened to capture the office of Water Transport Coordination Cell Office (WTCC) in Chittagong. The government also assigned him to chair the session on “Trade Facilitation-Cross Border Trade” a seminar organized by ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand (2005). He got the opportunity to attend the trade negotiation round in WTO Ministerial Conference, and led the trade mission to Russia, Germany, Belarus, Thailand, Vietnam and China. In the 64 UNESCAP Conference, Mr. Hussain worked as the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole (CoW) and as Chair, he moderated all the six days important sessions during the Conference. Besides, he worked as one of the resource persons of UNESCAP on trade related aspects.He has extensive experience in trade negotiations and led Bangladesh on several occassions on these accounts. Recently he led a Bangladesh team to WTO, Geneva to present the Trade Policy Review Country Report. He continues to be active in research and academic work. Research encompasses the publications regarding “Compliance in RMG Industry: Government Perspective” which is published in ILO journal in July 2007. Other prominent research and academic works are “Post-MFA Issues and Challenges: Social Dimension,” Post MFA Regime and Decent Work: The Bangladesh Perspective by ILO, “Challenges and Opportunities of Quota Cessation”, “Automation of Customs Clearance Procedures”, An Analytical Review on the “Non-Formal Rural Credit Studies in Bangladesh”, “Leather & Leather Goods-An Emerging Sector” “Gender Inequality in the Bangladesh RMG Sector” “Public-Private Partnership: Bangladesh Experience” and many more. He writes and speaks on the trade and commerce, finance and revenue matters, micro-credit and cross disciplinary policy-priorities etc. Md. Ghulam Hussain is married and blessed with one daughter and two sons. His spouse Professor Zakia Mansoor Hussain is a college teacher in Economics.

Prof Dr Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, ANU, Australia.

I am a Professor of ANU, Australia at Resource, Environment and Development (RE&D) Program. My research is on community livelihoods and natural resource management, with focus on resource-dependent communities, the conflicts arising out of contested rights, and the struggles of local communities to reclaim these rights. My research is primarily focused on South Asia, but I have also led research projects in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Mongolia. My research is informed by feminist scholar-activist research methodologie, and research has contributed to broadening the understanding of gender in, and the social impacts of, large-scale, capitalised extractive industries, leading to efforts to engender the extractive industries. Some of my research work has been useful to global policy agencies. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), when it established the International Resource Panel, invited me to join the Extractives and Resource Governance group. ‘Mineral Resource Governance in the 21st Century’, the full report, can be found here. I have also advised other UN agencies such as the UNDP. Currently, I am working with UN-WOMEN as a member of its ‘Core Advisory Group’ to develop a Post-COVID-19 ‘Feminist Plan’. Of other global agencies, the World Bank has sought my advice on gender challenges in extractive industries. Within Australia, the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) have engaged me. My international policy advocacy work on gender and water was an elected member of the Steering Committee of Gender & Water Alliance (GWA). I teach 3 courses: Gender and Development: Policy and Practice, Gender in Environmental and Resource Management Policy. Career highlights: 2013 – Senior Visiting Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (August-October); Senior Visiting Fellowship award, Australian Academy of Sciences, 2012; Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship award, RGICS & ANU, 2005; Career Award, University Grants Commission, India (1999-2002); Panos Institute, Oral Testimony Project of mining-displaced indigenous people in Jharkhand (2002); NASA Post-Doctoral Fellowship (1987) Academic Service: Member, ANU Academic Board; Member, Crawford Research Committee; Editorial Collective, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies; Member, Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Environmental Monograph Series, ANU Press; Member, Editorial Board, Space and Culture, India; Guest Editor Development (Palgrave), March 2008 Journal Issue: ‘Water for People’ (51.1); Guest Editor ACME International Journal of Critical Geography Issue (forthcoming):‘Scaling Down: Researching Household water practices’.

Consultant Dr Shafiqul Islam, Sweden.

Consultant doctor Md Shafiqul Islam: He is a Specialist in General Medicine in Sweden & Norway since1997. He was a Former (fd) Fastlege at Andøy Kommune 1998 to 2012; he Studied at Karolinska Institutet; Attended from 1988 to 1992; lives in Tyresö; Married since 25 December 1985. He studied Dhaka College, one of famous college in capital Dhaka Bangladesh. He obtained his MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College under the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He delivered lectures across the continents. He has wider knowledge on his expertise: general medicine.

Dr Mredula Mannan, the USA

Dr. Mredula Mannan, MD, Internal Medicine: Surgical Dermatology at Beverly Hospital, MA, the USA. Dr. Mredula Mannan, MD is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Beverly, MA and has over 11 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Ross University / School of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine medical school in 2009. She is affiliated with Beverly Hospital. Former Dokter at MetroHealth Medical Center; Studied Medicine at Ross University School of Medicine.  Went to Hillcrest High School Nyc

Barrister Rimi Nahreen, Supreme-court of Bangladesh.

Ms. Rimi Nahreen Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn, UK) Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh Barrister Rimi is a Gold Medalist from the University of Dhaka. She obtained her LL.B. (Hons.) and LL.M. from Department of Law, University of Dhaka and secured 1st Position in the LL.M (Masters in Law). She completed another graduation in English Law from the University of London, UK. Thereafter she completed Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from the City Law School, City University, London and was called to the Bar from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK. Barrister Rimi is also an accredited Mediator at ADR ODR International. Barrister Rimi is a member of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association and currently she is a full time law practitioner in Bangladesh. Previously she worked as a freelancer with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Bangla).

Professor Dr Asadul Islam, Monash University, Australia

I am the Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) and Professor at the Department of Economics at Monash University. At present, in partnership with NGOs, researchers and governments in developing countries I am conducting rapid actionable research to communicate the research findings to policy makers. In addition to providing awareness on COVID-19 and related health issues, I am conducting research on households and firms to quickly assess the lives and livelihoods of the poor and the vulnerable communicates in developing countries. My research interests are primarily in the areas of Development Economics and Demography. My recent research focuses on primary and early childhood education; technology adoption using social networks; gender, microfinance and microenterprise development; long-term effects of shocks and risk-sharing mechanisms of households; and health of disadvantaged communities. My research works span in a number of countries including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, China, Cambodia, Uganda, and Tanzania. I have published in leading journals including Economic JournalEuropean Economic review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Demography. My work is also supported by international grants such as Australian Research council (ARC), UK Research Council (ESRC), DFID, AusAID (DFAT), International Growth Centre (IGC), European Commission and World Bank. My current work is heavily focused on early childhood development in projects in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania supported by UK Research council, DFID, and Lego Foundation. I am currently working on Rohingya communities in collaboration with BRAC in Bangladesh. Previously I received fellowship from ARC, recognized as one of the highest performing Monash early to mid-career researchers, and research award from Monash University for research impact and engagement with outside academia. I have written a number of op-eds in leading newspapers and communicated my research findings to different outlets (e.g., Behavioral Evidence Hub, VoxEU, J-PAL, Ideas for India, IGC, etc). I have also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, European Union, ADB, and UNDP.

I have worked closely with leading NGOs, government, and leading national and international development agencies. I grew up in a rural village in Bangladesh. My work involves extensive fieldwork to try understand the context and data used for my research. I am particularly interested in issues that can generate public policy interest. I am passionate about making changes in the lives of the poor people in developing countries through my research, collaboration and external engagement with NGOs, government, policymakers and development practitioners around the world.

For more information about my work, please visit my personal webpage