W. Indralal De Silva currently serves as the Executive Director (Acting), Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He is the former Chair Professor of Demography and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo. He has also served as a Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS), University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka. He has published several books, monographs, and has presented over 100 research papers in many international and local conferences, while publishing over 40 research articles in reputed international journals (for details refer http://indralal.elanka.net). He functioned as the Chair of the Annual Research Symposiums of the NCAS in 2014, 2015, 2016, and has made contributions as Keynote Speaker at many academic and non-academic events. He has served as a lecturer/resource person on various postgraduate programmes of different disciplines; particularly demography and research methodology modules to candidates of PhD, MPhil, MD, MSc, MA Programs, in many local and international Institutions.
Professor De Silva has a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies (Statistics) from University of Colombo in 1977 and a Diploma in Population Studies from the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, India in 1980. He obtained his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from the Australian National University, Canberra in 1985 and 1990 respectively. He was a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore in 2004, Senior Fulbright/Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health during 1996-1998 and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University from 1990-1991. He has obtained a number of prestigious awards including Senior Fulbright, Takemi and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships. He has acted in the capacity of a consultant to the World Bank and umbrella organizations of the United Nations such as ESCAP, WHO, UNFPA, etc.
Imtiaz Ahmed is Executive Director, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies. He is Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Genocide Studies at the University of Dhaka. Professor Ahmed was educated at the University of Dhaka, Carlton University, Ottawa, and the Australian National University, Canberra. He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Sagesse University, Beirut.
Professor Ahmed is the recipient of various awards and honours. He has been a fellow in the following institutions: Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Oxford; Asia Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi; Rockefeller Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation; Japan Foundation Fellow at the Yokohama City University; Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; and Foreign Policy Fellow at the University of Maryland and College Park.
He has authored, co-authored, or edited 18 books and 6 monographs. More than 110 research papers and scholarly articles have been published in leading journals and chapters in edited volumes. His recent publication is an edited volume titled:Human Rights in Bangladesh: Past, Present & Futures(Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2014). His forthcoming publication is People of Many Rivers: Tales from the Riverbanks (Dhaka: University Press Limited, i.p.).