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Professor Dr. Ahmed Shafiqul Huque

Dr. Ahmed Shafiqul Huque is a Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Political Science of McMaster Universitry, Canada. He has completed MA from the University of Manitoba and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Ahmed Shafiqul Huque’s research and teaching interests are in public administration and management, public policy, development, South Asian government and politics, governance and climate change. He has published thirteen books and numerous research articles in leading international journals including Public Administration Review, Governance, Public Management Review, International Review of Administrative Sciences, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Comparative and Comparative Politics, Pacific Affairs and Asian Survey. Dr. Huque was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Administration and Policy, and Contributing Editor for the South East Asia for the online Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Policy. He has provided consulting services to various organizations including the Companies Registry of Hong Kong Government, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and assessed grant application for NORAD and DFID. 


Professor 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 USA, Japan, and Italy. 

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, did research as an oversea fellow at Institute of Developing Economy, Japan External Trade Organization, Japan, and visiting profess of Department of Sociology at University of Waterloo, Canada. He was a council member of IPPF at Asia and Oceania, was invited by UN and UNFPA as an advisor, and was also invited as a consultant member of China Sixth Population Census by China National Statistical Bureau.

His research interests focus on Population Policy, Population Management Institution, 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.

Professor Dr. Syed Serajul Islam

Dr. SYED  SERAJUL ISLAM is the Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University, Canada and recipient of Lakehead University SSHRC Distinguished Researcher Award in 2008 and Distinguished Instructor Award in 2009. He received his Ph. D. from McGill University, M.A from Brock and Dhaka Universities and previously taught in a number of countries including USA, Malaysia, Singapore, and Bangladesh (D.U.). He has published 9 books and nearly one hundred research articles in refereed journals and is a member of the editorial board of several international journals.

Professor Dr. Nazmunnessa Mahtab

Dr. Nazmunnessa Mahtab is Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. She is also one of the founding members involved in the establishment of the Department She had been a teacher in the Department of Public Administration, University of Dhaka since 1972. After graduating from the University of Dhaka, she pursued a Masters’ Degree in Politics, with specialization in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) , University of London, in 1975. She completed her Ph.D from the University of Delhi, India in 1982. She also did her Post Doctoral Research as a Senior Full Bright Senior Scholar from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 1989.

Dr. Mahtab served as the Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration from 1986-1989 and Chairperson of the Department of Women and Gender Studies from 2003-2006.She has been working on women’s issues and concerns for more than four  decades, and has conducted many research works on diverse aspects of women’s lives. Her areas of specialization and interests include: Women and Poverty, Gender and Development;  Women and Education, Women in Politics, Violence Against Women; CEDAW and Women’s Rights; Gender and Governance, Women in Public Policy and Leadership and Empowerment of Women.  She is associated with many women’s organizations, both at home and abroad. Dr. Mahtab posseses  the experience and expertise of working as a Gender Consultant with the Government as well as with many international agencies, such as, the UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, USAID. 

She had participated in national and international seminars and conferences both at home and abroad and has written extensively on women’s issues and problems. She has published three books: 1) Women in Bangladesh: From Inequality to Empowerment (2007); 2) Introduction to Women and Gender Studies: Selected Texts on Issues and Concepts, (2011); 3) Women, Gender and Development: Contemporary Issues (2012, & 2015). Her recent publications include: 1) “Women’s Transformational Leadership in Bangladesh: Potentials and Challenges,”  published in Women, Political Struggles and Gender Equality in South Asia edited by Margaret Alston, Palgrave Macmillan, August 2014; 2) A. co-edited book entitled: “Digital Public Administration And E-Government in Developing Nations,”  published by IGI Global Publishers, USA, in August, 2014. She (co-edited): 1) Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Gender Identity, Representation and Equality ,and 2) Revealing Gender Perceptions and Inequalities in the South Asian Countries through Discourse Analysis  published by IGI, Global, USA, June,  2016.

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