International Research Committee

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury

Iftekhar Chowdhury

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury was Foreign Advisor (Foreign Minister) of Bangladesh from 2007 to 2009. During his four decades of public service career, he has held the posts as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to both New York (2001-2007), and Geneva (1996-2001). At the United Nations (UN), he had also been Chairman of a number of Committees including Social Commission, Population and Development Commission, Second (Economic) Committee, Information Committee, and President of the Conference on Disarmament. At the World Trade Organization, he chaired the Trade Policy Review Body, and the Committee on Trade and Development. He had been closely associated with the UN Reforms Process, and as a “Facilitator” helped shape the principle of “Responsibility to Protect” adopted by World Leaders at the UN Summit of 2005.

He was knighted by the Pope in 1999. In 2004, the New York City Council issued a Proclamation naming him as “one of the world’s leading diplomats”, acknowledging his global contribution to advancing welfare, alleviating poverty, and combating terrorism.

Dr Chowdhury has a PhD and MA in International Relations from the Australian National University, Canberra. Earlier, he obtained a First Class in BA (Honours) from the Dhaka University. He has addressed seminars in many universities and think-tanks around the world. He has been a prolific writer on issues pertaining to current multilateral diplomacy and contributes regularly to learned journals and the media.

Muchkund Dubey

Muchkund Dubey

Prof. Muchkund Dubey is currently President of the Council for Social Development, New Delhi. He is former Foreign Secretary, Government of India, and Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Permanent Representative to U.N. Organizations in Geneva. He served at U.N. and UNDP Headquarters and was also India’s member on the Executive Board of UNESCO. His research interests cover a wide array of issues relating to world economy, international monetary and trading systems, security and disarmament, international development cooperation particularly South Asian cooperation and social and economic development in India. He has authored, edited and co-edited a large number of books and papers on these subjects.

Dipak Gyawali

Dipak Gyawali

Mr. Dipak Gyawali is Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Chair of the non-profit Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. He has been conducting interdisciplinary research on the interface between technology and society, and has published numerous articles on the topic of water, energy, dams, and climate change issues. A Moscow-trained hydroelectric power engineer and a University of California at Berkeley-trained political economist, he has initiated reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors during his time as Nepal’s Minister of Water Resources in 2002/2003. As a Cultural Theorist upholding the idea of institutional pluralism and its “three-legged policy stool” that requires all three styles of organizing (state, market and civic volunteerism), he was able to introduce “communitization” of electricity, the largest privatization to date of a power company bombed during the Maoist insurgency, and introducing personnel and other management improvements within the hierarchic national electricity utility as well in his role as its ex-officio chair. He also initiated the first national review of Nepali laws with the guidelines of the World Commission on Dams and brought about policy changes in irrigation through enacting Irrigation Policy 2060 that provided more say to the informal farmer-managed irrigation systems.

He has been involved, inter alia, as guest scholar and researcher at various institutions such as the Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford, the Norwegian Center for Research in Organization and Management in Bergen, the International Environmental Academy in Geneva, at the London School of Economics, and at the United Nations University in Yokohama as UNESCO visiting professor of water and cultural diversity. He has served as a member of the panel of experts for the Mekong River Commission reviewing its basin development plan and was on the steering committee of the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (MPower) where he has pursued the promotion of the Mekong-Ganga Dialogue. He was also on the international advisory panel of Pacific Northwest National Lab’s monumental work Human Choice and Climate Change; has served on Coca Cola’s International Environmental Advisory Board; and is currently vice-chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program; member of the Program Advisory Committee of Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) as well as member of the Advisory Board of the STEPs Center of the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University

In Nepal, he was the founding chairman of of a grassroots voluntary NGO dedicated to the task of poverty alleviation, the Rural Self-Reliance Development Center (Swabalamban), as well as the first liberal arts college, the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities. In 1986/87 he served as the member of a Nepal government commission (the ‘Pokhrel Commission’) which investigated the reasons for the failure of the 12-year long World Bank-led water supply projects in a dozen Nepali cities. He currently serves on the advisory board of several civic organizations such as Biogas Support Program, National Association of Community Electricity Users Nepal etc.; and he is also a member of the NWCF/ICIMOD team conducting action research on the causes and consequences of the drying of springs in Mid-hill Himalaya.

His current research interest being society-technology interface, he has published extensively in Nepal and internationally. He is proficient in English, Nepali, Russian and Hindi.

Sohail Inayatullah

Sohail Inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the UNESCO Chair for Futures Studies. He is a political scientist/futurist associated with Tamkang University, Taipei; an Associate at Melbourne Business School, and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

 

Inayatullah has written more than 350 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopaedia entries and magazine editorials. His articles have been translated into a variety of languages, including Catalan, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Indonesian, Farsi, Arabic, and Mandarin. Inayatullah has also written and co-edited twenty-two books/cdroms, including: What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight; CLA 2.0: Transformative Research in Theory and Practice (2015); The Causal Layered Analysis Reader: Theory and Case Studies of an Integrative and Transformative Methodology (2004) and Questioning the Future: Methods and Tools for Organizational and Societal Transformation (third edition 2007).
In the past three years, among other groups, Inayatullah has addressed or conducted foresight workshops for The Knowledge Park, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Thailand, Bangkok; Worldvision International, Geneva; Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Brussels; African Youth Futures Network, UNESCO, Paris; National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; Office of the PM, Government of Singapore, Singapore; Office of the President, Government of South Korea, Seoul; Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Canada; The European Commission, Brussels; Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, Perth; Loreto Normanhurst, Sydney; Pearls of Policing (a consortium of Europol, Australia Federal Police, the Dutch Police, the RCMP and the FBI), Hong Kong and Sydney; Australian Council for International Development, Canberra; the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Government of Iran, Tehran; Jesuit Social Services, Melbourne; the Lowitja Institute, Melbourne; Centre for Investment Education, Melbourne; Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Brisbane; and National Disability Services, Brisbane. He has worked with cities around the world on their scenario planning and foresight projects.
His corporate clients include: Bluescope Steel, Sydney; Northern Queensland Airports, Cairns; Bristol Myers Squibb, Singapore; Glaxosmithkline, Melbourne; Australian Pharmaceuticals Association, Sydney; Fuji Xerox, Sydney; Zurich, Sydney; AAMI, Sydney; Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia, Dow and Sadara Chemical Company, Dubai; National Transport Insurance, Queensland; Stepbeyond, Perth; the Family Wealth Forum, Sydney; Cisco, Melbourne; Indue, Sydeny; Ozri, Melbourne; BUPA Group, Melbourne; Ergon, Queensland; Suncorp Bank, Queensland; and John Holland, Queensland. Through metafuture.org, Inayatullah undertakes speeches, workshops, and facilitation plus expenses. He travels from Mooloolaba, Australia.

Halimullah Kousary

Halimullah Kousary

Mr. Halimullah Kousary is currently serving as director of research with the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies based in Kabul Afghanistan. His practice areas cover security and terrorism issues along Durand Line and the broader region. He has written extensively on local and transnational dimensions of terrorism, crime-terror nexus and the need for regional cooperation and collaboration to address this menace.

Mr. Kousary holds Master Degree in Strategic Studies from S. Rajaratam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Zia Mian

Zia Mian

Dr. Zia Mian is a physicist and co-directs the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, where he also directs the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia. His research interests include issues of nuclear disarmament and peace with a focus on nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policy in South Asia. He is co-editor of Science & Global Security, the international technical journal of arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament and also co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), a 17-country independent group of experts working to end production and to reduce and eliminate global stockpiles of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, the key ingredients for nuclear weapons. He is co-author of Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation (MIT Press, 2014), and in addition to his scholarly work he has helped make two documentary films on peace and security in South Asia. He is affiliated with the Eqbal Ahmad Centre for Public Education (EACPE), Islamabad.

S. D. Muni

D. Muni

Professor S.D. Muni is a Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also Distinguished Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He served as India’s Special Envoy to Southeast Asian countries on UN Security Council Reforms (2005-06) and served as India’s Ambassador to Lao PDR (1997-1999). In 2005, the Sri Lankan President bestowed on him ‘Sri Lanka Ratna’, the highest civilian honour for a non-national. He superannuated from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2006 and has held the Appadorai Chair of International Relations and Area Studies.

He was the founder Editor of Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, (Cambridge University Press, India) and South Asia Journal, (Sage India). Prof. Muni served Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, as Director of Research (2006-2007). He received a ‘Life Time Achievement’ Award from Venkateshwera University, Tirupati, (Andhra), India in 2014. A founder Executive Member of the Regional Centre of Strategic Studies, Colombo, Prof. Muni was also nominated to India’s first National Security Advisory Board in 1990-91 and addressed the UN Ad hoc Committee on Indian Ocean as a Zone of Peace at Socci (then USSR) in 1985. Professor Muni’s recent publications include China’s Strategic Engagement with the New ASEAN (2002); Responding to Terrorism in South Asia, Published by Manohar Publishers, New Delhi for RCSS Colombo, in 2006; India’s Foreign Policy: The Democracy Factor, (2009); India and China: The Next Decade (2009); The Emerging Dimension of SAARC (2010); Asian Strategic Review, For 2014 and 2015, published by Pentagon Press, New Delhi for Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi in 2015 and 2016 respectively; and Resurgent China: South Asian perspectives, Co-edited with Tan Tai Young, Routledge, 2012.

Aishath Ali Naaz
Aishath Ali Naaz

Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz is a clinical psychologist, gang specialist, trainer, life coach, writer and founder of MIPSTAR. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology (2010), from The University of Manchester, UK. In her thesis she explored the relationship between psychosis, substance abuse, aggression and violence in a South Asian sample from India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Dr. Naaz has a M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS, India (1999) and holds a Msc in Psychology, India (1996); B.A in Psychology, Sociology and English, India (1994) She has a post graduate Diploma in Journalism, India (1995); Diploma in Hypnotherapy (2009, 2010), UK and has attended training on Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Oxford CBT Training Centre (2010), UK. In the ‘16th International Gang Specialist Training Conference, Chicago, USA, 2013 she was certified as an International gang specialist trainer. She was the national consultant and lead researcher of the Rapid Situation Assessment of Gangs in Male’ Asia Foundation Publication, 2012; ‘Prison Assessment and proposed Rehabilitation and Re-integration of offenders’, UNDP publication, Maldives 2011; Rapid Situation Assessment of Drug Abuse in Maldives, UNDP/FASHAN/NCB publication, 2003. She has written 5 novels in her local language on various psycho-social issues, 3 of which received national awards for fictional novel writing. She has also have received the National Award of Encouragement for developing psychology and field of mental health in Maldives. Dr. Naaz writes to local magazines, is a blogger and uses social media as a tool to reach and interact with young people.

Sasanka Perera

Sasanka Perera

Professor Sasanka Perera is the Vice President of South Asian University, New Delhi and the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Perera completed his MA and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He also served at the Department of Sociology at the University of Colombo for a period of 19 years prior to joining the South Asian University in 2011. His research focuses on contemporary social theory with an emphasis on the idea of culture and its politics. He also focuses on issues such as political violence, nationalism and post-violence trauma, transformation and politicization of religion in Sri Lanka and Nepal and politics of memory, interpretation of culture and the politics of visual arts.

Pema Thinley

Pema Thinley

Dasho (Dr.) Pema Thinley graduated from Western Australian Institute of Technology and obtained his M.Ed and M. Curr. Std (Hons) from the University of New England, Australia. He also holds a Diploma in Education from Western Australian Institute of Technology and a Diploma in Education Administration from Leeds University, United Kingdom. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of New England, Australia in 2004 for his work in the development of education in Bhutan. He was awarded Red Scarf and the title of Dasho by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchudk the king of Bhutan in February 2007 for his distinguished service in Education.

His career began as a teacher at Yangchenphu High School in 1976. From then on, he rose in ranks to become the Vice Principal of Yangchenphu High School in 1981, Principal of Paro High School in 1982, Director of Samtse College of Education in 1984, Director of Curriculum and Professional Support Service Division (CAPSD) in 1994, Principal of Sherubtse College in 1997, Director of Department of Education in 1999, Director General of Department of Education in 2002, Secretary of the Ministry of Education in 2003 and finally the Vice Chancellor of the Royal University of Bhutan in 2007. He has retired since September 2014, but he continues to work on Gross National Happiness Values Education or Universal Human Values Education, with the Royal University of Bhutan.

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Jayadeva Uyangoda

Professor Jayadeva Uyangoda is an internationally recognized scholar and a retired Senior Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Colombo. He has been associated with the Social Scientists’ Association for a number of years. Professor Uyangoda’s publications span a wide range of subjects and he has published a number of books, book chapters and articles in both Sinhala and English on a number of topics ranging from democracy and local governance, political reforms, state reform, social inclusion and exclusion to violence, human rights, ethnic politics and conflict resolution. Prof. Uyangoda has been an important actor in a number of different attempts to resolve Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict including being a member of the Government’s negotiation team during the 1995 peace talks.