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Professor 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. He obtained his BSS (Bachelor of Social Science), MSS (Master’s of Social Science) and an LL.B (Bachelor of Law) degree from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Mathbor then obtained his second masters MSW (Master of Social Work) from McGill University, Canada; and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Social Policy Analysis from the Faculty of Social Work of The University of Calgary, Canada.

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.

In the past, Dr. Mathbor served as Vice-President and President of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) from 2000 -2001 and 2001-2002 respectively. Also, he served as Vice President and Associate Secretary-General of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) from 2008-2013 and 2004-2008 respectively. For the academic year 2003-2004, Dr. Mathbor served as Chair of the Faculty Senate of Monmouth University. Also, Dr. Mathbor served as Coordinator of the MSW Program in International and Community Development Concentration at Monmouth University from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2006. During his leadership, this cutting edge master’s program received a national award for being the best program for its splendid record of incorporating global components in the curriculum from the Council on Social Work Education, the accreditation organization for social work education in USA. He worked as Project Coordinator for “Developing International Social Work Education and Curricula: An Educational Partnership between Monmouth University and the Higher School of Social Work and Social Pedagogics ATTISTIBA, Riga, Latvia” a project financed by the U.S. Department of State. In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Leadership award by the Global Understanding Project at Monmouth University. Also, Professor Mathbor served as a Commissioner of the Global Social Work Education Commission of the US Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) from July 1, 2004-June 30, 2010.

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. He was successful in raising over a million dollars in external funding for his research work and leadership in professional organizations. During the course of his decades long career, he has visited 58 countries on official assignments delivering keynote addresses, conference presentations, chairing various conferences, and conducting international research projects.


Professor Dr. Ahmed Shafiqul Huque

Dr. Ahmed Shafiqul Huque is a Professor of the Department of Political Science of McMaster University, Canada. He has completed his MA from the University of Manitoba and PhD from the University of British Columbia. His 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 Public Administration and Policy, and Contributing Editor for Southeast Asia for the on-line 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 applications for NORAD and DFID.

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