Dr Atiq Rahman is a long standing lead author and convening lead author of IPCC. He is the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). He known for his pioneering role and contribution to environment and nature conservation, climate change, poverty alleviation and sustainable development. He was honoured with the highest UN environmental award, the “Champion of the Earth” in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding and inspirational leadership and contribution globally, regionally, nationally and locally, to the protection and sustainable management of the Earth’s environment and natural resources.
Zeenat Niazi Co-Chair
Zeenat Niazi, vice-president of Development Alternatives (DA) Group, has over 26 years’ experience in the social and environment development sector. She is an architect and a planner by training, with a specialisation in housing and habitat development issues and additional training in policy analysis and advocacy. Her current work involves guiding regional planning and institutional strengthening processes focused on local and national action for sustainable development. She represents DA in the core team of the Independent Research Forum, a group of International Research Organisations developing frameworks and methodologies for Sustainable Development Goals providing inputs to the UN processes for the Global Sustainable Development Agenda, 2030.
Rezaul Karim ChowdhuryBoard Member
Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury is the Executive Director, Coastal Association for Social Transformation (COAST Trust) and Convener of Equity & Justice Working Group. He has expertise over many disciplines such as promoting appropriate technology in coastal belt, sustainable micro finance, advocacy and policy influencing, policy research and disaster management. He has studied for his Masters in Sociology in Department of Sociology, University of Chittagong.
Srinivas Krishnaswamy, an economist by training, has over a decade of experience working on the issue of economic reforms, sustainable development and environment issues. He set up Vasudha Foundation in January 2010, with an aim to promote environment -friendly, socially just and sustainable models of development by focusing on alternative technologies and lifestyle solutions. The foundation is currently working on a wide range of projects around renewable energy, energy efficiency and policy related campaign and lobby both at the national and international level, while promoting green and alternative technologies at the grassroots level creating the crucial link between energy and poverty alleviation.
Dilip Surkar has been working on the issues of environment and development for 28 years. As Director of the Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC) in India, he is leading several national-level Science popularization programmes. He has been co-ordinating the major flagship project of Govt. of India – ‘Science Express Climate Action Special’ – one of the largest outreach campaigns on climate change and science education, reaching out to over 17 million people across India. He is currently also the Officiating National Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) India.
Geeta Pandey is associated with Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Centre (KIRDARC) Nepal. She holds Masters’ Degree in Environmental Science with specialisation on mountain environment. As a development professional, she has more than six years of experience of working with different National and Regional level Networks and provided her professional support for advocating on people’s rights over natural resources. She has worked on Policy advocacy on different issues such as Environment, Gender, Climate Change and Natural Resources.
Dipak Gyawali is a hydroelectric power engineer, political economist and academician of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology as well as chair of Nepal Water Conservation Foundation and Interdisciplinary Analysts. He was Nepal’s Minister of Water Resources (hydropower, irrigation and flood control) in 2002/2003 when he introduced community electricity giving control over distribution to the rural consumers. Currently, he is on the advisory committee of UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Program, IDS Sussex STEPs Centre, and in Nepal, he was the founding chairman of a grassroots voluntary NGO dedicated to the task of poverty alleviation, the Rural Self-Reliance Development Center (Swabalamban).
Arif Rahman is a Senior Program Manager at Hashoo Foundation (Pakistan) looking after the Environment, Climate Change and DRR portfolio. An Environmental Economist by training, Arif is interested in quantifying various aspects of Climate Change including Vulnerability and Loss and Damage. He remains an avid and passionate teacher, speaking and teaching at various universities in Pakistan.
Arjuna SeneviratneSri Lanka
Arjuna Seneviratne is a Director and Development and Strategy Planning Consultant at the Strategic Enterprise Management Agency. He is also a Board Member at Sri Lanka Foundation and also a development consultant Energy Forum in Sri Lanka where he was the chief consultant on behalf of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) to establish a consumer network in CEB area IV (Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Hambantota).
Ranga PallawalaSri Lanka
Ranga Pallawala is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer of Janathakshan an organisation working in the sectors of resilience building, low carbon development pathways and circular economies. Ranga processes over 15 years experience in the sectors of climate change, low carbon development, waste management and governance. He is serving as a member of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change Adaptation (NECCCA), established under the Ministry of Environment since 2010. Ranga actively engages in UNFCCC processes since 2008 as an observer and negotiator. He is also involved in accrediting a National Implementing Entity for Sri Lanka to ensure direct access for Adaptation Fund.
Ugan has over eighteen years of work experience of which more than eleven years directly related to Climate Change Adaptation (Food-energy-water nexus and DRR) and Mitigation at International, Regional and National levels. He is highly knowledgeable and involved at international and national level in the field of UNFCCC Climate Change negotiations, National Policies Formulations, Climate Change Adaptation, DRR and Mitigations, Carbon Financing (Renewable Energy and Forest Carbon (REDD+), Low carbon development and implementation of Alternative Energy programs (micro-hydropower, biogas, bio-fuel, solar technology and improved cooking stoves) Integrated River Basin Management, Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Hydropower Development, Smart Infrastructure Development and National Capital Valuation and Community Engagement.
Gehendra Bahadur GurungRegional
Gehendra Gurung is the Head of Programme: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change at Practical Action South Asia where he develops, manages and executes a diverse range of environmental and socio-economic development programmes, projects and activities under the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction at national and regional scale; and contribute towards global goal of the organisation. He studied for his Masters in Crops and Horticultural Science at Wye College, University of London.