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Dr. Subrata K. Mitra
Subrata K. Mitra, Ph.D. (Rochester), is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Heidelberg University, Germany. He was educated in India and the United States. He has taught at Delhi University, the Universities of Hull in the UK, Singapore, and Heidelberg, where he held the Chair in the Political Science of South Asia, 1994-2014. He has held visiting positions at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and Ecole des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Tsinghua University, Beijing; University of California, Berkeley; Jawaharlal Nehru University, and, Central University of Hyderabad, India and Nottingham University, UK. Comparative Politics, Rational Choice, Methods, Citizenship, statecraft and foreign policy and South Asian Area Studies are his main interests. His recent books include Kautilya’s Arthashastra: An Intellectual Biography – the Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India (2017), Citizenship and the Flow of Ideas (2012), Reuse: The Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety (2012), Politics in India: Structure, Process, Policy (London: Routledge, 2017, second edition), When Rebels become Stakeholders (2009), the Puzzle of India’s Governance (2005). Professor Mitra edits the Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies and Modern South Asian Studies – Society, Politics, Economy, NOMOS.




Dr. Ahmed Shafiqul Huque
Dr.Ahmed Shafiqul Huque is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University, Canada. He has previously taught at University of Chittagong, University of Dhaka, and City University of Hong Kong. Dr. Huque held visiting appointments at the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), Chiang Mai University (Thailand), and Lingnan University (Hong Kong). His research interests are in the areas of public policy and management, development, governance and globalization." Dr. Huque published articles in many leading international journals including Public Administration Review, Governance, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Public Administration and Development, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, International Review of Public Administration, and Australian Journal of Public Administration.
Dr. Huque is the author or editor of Managing Public Services, 2018, (with Grace Lee); Public Service in a Globalized World, 2018, (with Lina Vyas);Public Sector Reforms in Developing Countries, 2014 (with Charles Conteh); Asian Immigrants in North America with HIV/AIDS, 2014, (with Ahsan Ullah); Managing Development in a Globalized World 2012 (with Habib Zafarullah); The Enigma of Development 2009; International Development Governance, 2006 (with Habib Zafarullah); The Civil Service in Hong Kong, 1998 (with Grace Lee and Anthony Cheung); Social Policy in Hong Kong, 1997 (with Paul Wilding and Julia Tao); Public Administration in the NICs, 1996 (with Jermain Lam and Jane Lee); Development Through Decentralization in Bangladesh, 1994 (with Mustafa Alam and Kirsten Westergaard; Paradoxes in Public Administration, 1990: and Politics and Administration in Bangladesh




Dr. Habib Zafarullah
Habib Zafarullah obtained his PhD in Public Administration from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1986. He retired from active teaching in 2016 after serving for over 40 years at the University of Dhaka and the University of New England (UNE), Australia. He is currently an adjunct professor of Sociology there. He was professor and chair in the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka, and the Director of the Public Policy Program at UNE. His areas of academic interest are: democratic governance, comparative bureaucracy, public policy, public administration, and international development. Some of his recent books include: Colonial Bureaucracies (2014, Universal), Managing Development in a Globalized World (co-authored 2012, Taylor & Francis) and International Development Governance (co-edited 2006, Taylor & Francis). Apart from these, he has published seven other books, 36 book chapters and 49 refereed articles. He was the editor of Politics, Administration and Change, an international social science journal, for 25 years and regional editor of Development Policy Newsletter (Policy Studies Organization, USA). He is on the editorial board of and manuscript reviewer for several journals and publishers, including Routledge, Springer and Palgrave-Macmillan. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Governance, Security and Development.




Dr. Xiaochun Qiao
Dr Xiaochun Qiao is a professor of the Institute of Population Research at Peking University, located in Beijing China. He is also the executive editor-in-chief of Journal of Population and Development, and chief of expert group of UNFPA program of National Health and Family Planning Commission, vice president of China Population Association, the pioneer member of International Network of Health Expectancy and Disability Process, and board member of International Commission of Historical Demography.He has been teaching Master and PhD courses of China’s Population Policy, Evaluation Methods for Social Program, Statistics for Social Sciences, Methods of Sampling Design, Applied Linear Regression Models, Categorical Data Analysis, Survival Analysis, Structural Equation Models, Multivariate Data Analysis, Techniques of Demographic Analysis, and Theory and Methods of Life Course Approach at Institute of Population Research and School of International Relation, Peking University. He was also invited to give lectures and talks by some universities in US, Japan, Italy, and Bangladesh.He got his undergraduate degree in Computational Mathematics at Liaoning University, and both master and PhD degrees in Demography at Renmin University of China. He did his post-doc research at Carolina Population Center of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was an oversea fellow at Institute of Developing Economy, Japan External Trade Organization, Japan, and visiting professor of Department of Sociology at University of Waterloo, Canada. He was a council member of IPPF at Asia and Oceania, and was invited by UN and UNFPA as an advisor. He was a consultant member of China Sixth Population Census invited by China National Statistical Bureau.His research interests focus on Population Policy, Aging, Health Expectancy, Population Census, Population Projection, and Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences. He has published over hundred articles and ten books in both English and Chinese.




Dr. Golam M. Mathbor
Dr. Golam M. Mathbor is a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program. He was selected and served as a Mentor for the 26th Annual National Conference on Ethics in America organized by Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic from October 16 -20, 2011 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Professor Mathbor is a tenured Full Professor in the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, New Jersey, USA. Professor Mathbor served as the Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University from July 2006 through June 30, 2014. He is the founding Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies and served as its Chair for two terms for the period 2007-2010 and 2013 - 2016. Currently, he is serving as President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), and as a Member, Board of Directors of the Council on American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), USA. He is the founding President of the Long Branch Concordance, a 501c (3) nonprofit community service organization in the state of New Jersey serving in the City of Long Branch. Dr. Mathbor is also serving as Advisor of Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society. He has taught in Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Latvia, Kosovo, and the USA. His teaching areas include qualitative and quantitative research methods, program evaluation, social welfare policy and planning, issues in international development, management of non-governmental organizations, migration and intercultural cooperation, and international social work. Areas of research include community participation and coastal community development, disaster relief and management, international social development, and international social work. Dr. Mathbor has published extensively on disaster relief, community preparedness, social development, coastal zone management, migration, health, economics, and international social work education. He is the author of Effective Community Participation in Coastal Development (ISBN 978-1-933478-54-8) published by Lyceum Books, Inc. Chicago, Illinois, USA.




Dr. Jari Kaivo-oja
Dr. Jari Kaivo-oja is Research Director at the Finland Futures Research Centre, Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku, Finland. He has worked as a researcher for the European Commission in FP6, in FP7 and in Horizon 2020 research programs. He has worked for the European Foundation, Eurostat, RAND Europe and Nordic Innovation Centre (NIC) in various technology foresight and futures oriented research projects. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki (foresight in planning and management sciences) and at the University of Lapland (foresight and innovation management & research). His research interests are linked to foresight, innovation management/research, Industry 4.0 era, digital learning, Big Data analytics, dynamic competences, energy and climate economics and policy, resilience analysis and risk analyses and the impacts of digitalization waves and Industry 4.0 changes (especially Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, BigData and Internet of Things). He is a scientific ambassador of the European Integration Studies journal and Principal Scientist of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Program project “Smart Specialisation Strategy with Big Data”. He works also as Research Professor at the Kazimiero Simonavičiaus University (KSU) in Vilnius, Lithuania.




Dr. SO, Jin Kwang
Dr.SO, Jin Kwang is a Professor of Gachon University, Republic of Korea. He served the university in different capacities like Professor, Dean and Vice President. He initiated the development of Saemaul Undong Global League (SGL) with 46 member countries and became the first Chairman of SGL for a tenure of three years (2016-2018). Dr. SO became the 23rd President of Korea Saemaul Undong Center and server for three years (2016-2018). He was the 14th President the Korean Regional Development Association (2014-16). He was the 11th President of Korean Associations for Local Government Studies (2007-2008). He also served the Training Institute for Public Officials in Local Governments, Ministry of The Interior during 1989-1990 as Professor. Professor SO started his professional career in 1982 as Researcher under the Research Institute of Environmental Planning, Seoul National University (1982-1984). He then served the Urban Planning Committee of Seoul Metropolitan Government as Research Fellow (1984-1986). He also served Hanyang University of Korea as Instructor during 1987-1989.Professor SO obtained his PhD from Seoul National University on Regional Development. He also did his Master on Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts (major in Geography and Economics) from the same University. He published more than 150 academic papers in different journal and proceedings of different workshops, seminars etc. at home and abroad (one cited by 223 times in 2019). He also published more than 20 academic books.




Dr. Tofail Ahmed
Professor Dr. Tofail Ahmed, the current Vice-Chancellor of Britannia University Cumilla is a well known Local Governance and Local Government expert in Bangladesh who did his PhD (Wales, UK) and specialized himself on local governance. He started his professional career from the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in 1980 and served for 13 years .In 1994 he joined in the Department of Public Administration of the University of Chittagong and retired as Professor in 2007. He taught Governance in general LG in particular, development administration, Administrative and Constitutional law, Rural Development, and urban development in the university. He has got the opportunity to get himself engaged with local governance and local government during his employment in Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, (BARD) Cumilla. Since that period his engagement with local governance (LG) in various capacities continued relentlessly. As recognition to this credential, he was chosen first non –bureaucrat member of Local Government Commission along with two retired Secretaries of the GOB in 2008 .He served six years in UNDP as Local Governance Adviser. He is one of the very few who holds the institutional memory of LG for the last 40 years with practical and academic involvement in Bangladesh. His involvement with Upazila Parishad and Zila Parishad began from the very first day of its initiation. He has also worked as experts in different ADB- LGED , ADB-BWDB, and donor assisted projects including the Social Safety Net , LG strengthening, and social Accountability projects. He worked For Shiree as Governance Advisor, UNDP as Local Governance Adviser, BIGD, Brac University as Cluster Head of Governance and Development, MJF as Director Governance and North South University as a Professor (Adjunct) In the Department of Political Science and Sociology. Currently engaged as Vice-Chancellor of a Private University since 2018. He has an extensive publication in this field in many national and international journals and national newspapers and authored about 25 books in Bangla and English.




Dr. Salahuddin M. Aminuzzaman

Professor Dr. Salahuddin M. Aminuzzaman is a senior faculty of the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka. He also served as the Chair of Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka. He is also the Adviser, Public Policy & Governance Program, North South University. He has a long teaching experience of over three and a half decades. He has worked as a Consultant for leading multi-lateral and bilateral development partners. His areas of research interest include Public Policy, Governance and Integrity, and Development Management. Professor Aminuzzaman was a senior Fulbright Scholar. He has been a visiting Professor to several European, and North American universities. He is a Member, Policy Advisory Group (PAG), Ministry of Local Government, Government of Bangladesh, Member of Eminent Person Group of ERD, Govt. of Bangladesh. He also sits in the Editorial Board, South Asian Journal of Policy and Governance. He has published /co-edited a number of books, including among others: Gender Mainstreaming in Politics, Administration and Development in South Asia (2020), Governance and Integrity: The National Integrity Systems in Bangladesh (2017), Governance in South, Southeast, and East Asia Trends, Issues and Challenges (2015), Governance at crossroads insights from Bangladesh (2013), Understanding Public Policy and Governance in Bangladesh (2012), Governance and Development: Bangladesh and Regional Experiences, (2010).





Dr. Sharif As-Saber
Dr. Sharif As-Saber joined the RMIT University in 2010. Previously, he served at Monash University, the University of Tasmania and Massey University. He earned his PhD in international and comparative management from the University of Tasmania. He also holds academic qualifications such as BSocSc (Honours) (International Relations), LL.B, MSocSc (International Relations) and an MBA (International Business). He completed a faculty development program in International Business Law and Ethics at the University of Colorado at Denver. His current research interests include e-governance, anti-corruption, social reregulation, international business, call centre management, geopolitics and international education. He has edited two books and authored several book chapters, published extensively in refereed journals and presented in leading international conferences. His latest edited book, Governance and Human Capital: The 21st Century Agenda, has just been published by Sterling.Associate Professor As-Saber is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Administration & Governance. He is also on the editorial boards of several journals including Thunderbird International Business Review, Electronic Government, Journal of Innovation Management in Small and Medium Enterprises, Journal of International Education and Business, and Society & Change. Previously, he served as the Editor of the Journal of Administration & Diplomacy (1994-95) and the Book and Media Review Editor of the Journal of Transnational Management Development (1998-99). He has been involved in organising conferences and research colloquiums and acted as the stream chair in several international conferences. He also edited several conference proceedings. He has been the recipient of several competitive grants including the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) grant.Associate Professor As-Saber is the Chairman of the premier governance-related organisation within the Asia Pacific region, Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration & Governance (NAPSIPAG). He is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA).




Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan
Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan is Professor and former Chairman at the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka; Senior Academic Adviser, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD); and Chairman, Bangladesh Tropical Forest Conservation (Arannayak) Foundation. He pursued higher education and research in the University of Wales Swansea, University of Oxford, and Asian Institute of Technology. His career reflects a rich blend of academic and practicing development management experiences gained in Bangladesh, Thailand and the UK. Besides serving as Bangladesh Country Representative of IUCN – the International Union for Conservation of Nature (the world’s largest environmental network organization), some of his other former positions include: Senior Programme Coordinator, UNDP-Bangladesh; Forest and Natural Resource Management Specialist (RETA 5900), Asian Development Bank (ADB), South Asian Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford; Distinguished Visiting Researcher, The American University in Cairo; and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Asian University for Women (AUW). He has published prolifically (more than 170 refereed publications including some 40 in Web of Scienceand/or Scopus listed journals), and researched on diverse issues covering the broad fields of environment, natural resource management, and social/community development.




Dr. M. Rezaul Islam
Dr. M. Rezaul Islam is currently a Professor in Social Work at the Institute of Social Welfare & Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and International Academic Adviser at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He worked as Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Administration & Justice, University of Malaya, Malaysia from December 2012 to December 2016. He earned his MSW and PhD from the University of Nottingham, England.Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in developing and promoting research opportunities through international exchanges and partnerships with many international universities and institutions. He delivered significant numbers of lectures, public and research talks in many universities in the world. His teaching areas include international development, international and comparative social policy, community development, and globalization and social work; and his broader research interest focuses on poverty and social inequality, climate change and disasters, human rights and international migration.Currently, he is working as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Community Development Journal (Web of Science ISI cited/Oxford University Press) and editorial board members with two Web of Science ISI cited journals e.g. Asian Social Work and Policy Review (Wiley) and Review of Research and Social Intervention (Expert Projects Publishing). He is currently conducting two research projects entitled ‘Module development on youth role to achieve specific target under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Goal 13)’ and delivering Training of Facilitator (ToF) on the produced modules for Active Citizens Programme in Bangladesh, funded and organized by British Council Bangladesh and ‘Poverty and inequality in Bangladesh: Regional disparity in terms of income, land ownership, education and social opportunities in particular reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ (funded by the Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s RepublicofBangladesh).