Project Advisory Committee Members
Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad
Chairman, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF)
Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, an economist, development thinker and activist of international repute. He is involved with several pioneering research works on South Asia regional water issues, with particular reference to Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna region. He was a member of the National Water Resources Council, Government of Bangladesh (GoB), 1997-2001; and Honorary Adviser to GoB National Water Policy and National Water Management Plan formulation processes, 1998-2001.
Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique
Vice Chancellor, Dhaka University
Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique is the 27th Vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, the oldest and largest public educational institution in Bangladesh.
His academic career at the University of Dhaka spans over 35 years. His areas of concentrations are media and communication. He was the Chairman of the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (a national news agency of Bangladesh), Member of the Bangladesh Press Institute, Chairman of the Department Mass Communication & Journalism and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Dhaka.
Advocate Ms Sultana Kamal
Exceutive Director, Ain O Salish Kendra, Bangladesh
Sultana Kamal is a leading Bangladeshi human rights activist and former Advisor to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh. Besides, her highly renowned contribution in Asia to build human rights activism and democratic reform, she is a noteworthy lawyer of Bangladesh.
Prof. Dr M. Monowar Hossain
Executive Director, Institute of Water Modeling (IWM)
Prof. Dr M. Monowar Hossain joined Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) as the Executive Director on 30 March 2011. Before joining to IWM, he held the position of Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Professor, Water Resources Engineering Department of BUET.
Dr Hossain has vast research experience in the water related field and has around 133 publications.
Dr M A Quassem
Chairman, National Disaster Management Advisory Committee
Dr M.A. Quassem is an eminent water resource scientist of Bangladesh. He served as the Director General in Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) of the Bangladesh government for many years. His notable contribution to the water sector include planning and management of integrated water resources management, water sharing process in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin, and water infrastructure and flood management.
Mr C.M. Shafi Sami
Former Foreign Secretary, GoB
C M Shafi Sami was Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh. In 2001 and was appointed Special Assistant in charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Caretaker Head of Government of Bangladesh and Principal Foreign Secretary. As High Commissioner in India, Sami played a pivotal role in the conclusion of the landmark Ganges Water Sharing Treaty between Bangladesh & India.
Dr Atiq Rahman
Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)
Dr Rahman is the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), a think tank focused on Resource Management, Environment and Sustainable Development issues. Dr. Rahman is the convenor of a regional network called the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and the Coordinator of the Global Forum on the Environment and Poverty (GFEP), an international network mandated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
Dr Mahabub Hossain
Executive Director, BRAC
Dr Mahabub Hossain is an internationally renowned development economist. Since June 2007, he has been serving as the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), the largest Southern Asia NGO. Dr. Hossain, is known for his substantial contributions to research on development economics and agriculture policy in South and Southeast Asia.
Mr K.B. Sajjadur Rashid, Ph.D
Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, Dhaka University
Dr Rashid is a Fulbright scholar and Ph.D from Columbia University, New York. He is a social scientist and geographer of international repute. His research interests include environment, water resource management, climate and social & cultural geography. Prof. Rashid has more than 30 years of experience in the environment field and participated in more than 21 consultancy work. He has also vast experience in conducting rapid assessment surveys especially in the area of environmental impact assessment. He is also author and co-author of many books covering water resources, water management and flood management especially in Bangladesh.
Mr Ashok Jaitly
Retired officer, Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
Mr Ashok Jaitly is presently a Distinguished Fellow with The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. He also heads the institution’s Water Resources Policy and Management Division and teaches at the faculty TERI University. He was the Chief Secretary, Government of Jammu and Kashmir and an adviser to the Chief Minister of the State. Mr Jaitly served as an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.
Ms Meena Gupta
Retired officer, Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
Ms Meena retired as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). She was a part of several key policy making events in this Ministry including the National Environment Policy, National Climate Change Action Plan and setting up the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. She was also involved in the revision of the environment impact assessment notification.
Er M Gopalakrishnan
Former Member, Central Water Commission (CWC)
Er. M. Gopalakrishnan entered the Central Water Engineering Services as the topper of his batch in 1966 in the then Central Water & Power Commission. He served as the Coordinator of Government of India's multi-disciplinary High Level Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers in 2003 and helped formulating two Action Plans on Interlinking of Rivers. With over four and a half decades of rich experience in the field of Water Resources Development and Management in India and abroad, Er. Gopalakrishnan continues to serve his profession in many forms.
Dr Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
Jayanta Bandyopadhyay is a Professor and Head of the Centre for Development and Environment Policy at the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India and Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Prior to taking up his present position, he was a member of the Senior Professional Staff at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, and Director of Research at the International Academy of Environment, Geneva. Presently he is also the President of the South Asian Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resource Studies, which has taken a leading role in the promotion of new and holistic curriculum on water management in a number of South Asian Universities
Mr Shiv Shankar Mukherjee
Shiv Shankar Mukherjee is a retired diplomat with a distinguished career with the Indian Foreign Service and is known to handle major diplomatic issues in the region. Prior to his retirement as the High Commissioner to the UK, he was the Indian Ambassador to Nepal, where he was credited with skilful handling of the crisis in Kathmandu that led to the deposing of King Gyanendra and the holding of elections for a new constituent assembly.
Mr P R Sinha
Director, Wildlife Institute of India
With a career in the fields of forestry and wildlife spanning over 30 years, Mr P R Sinha has made significant contribution to wildlife conservation and policy making.
Prior to the present position, he served the wildlife sector in many capacities including Director of the Palamau Tiger Reserve, Director, Patna Zoo and Member Secretary of the Central Zoo Authority, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), New Delhi.
Mr Homi R Khusrokhan
Trained at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Mr Khusrokhan served as Director at Tata Chemicals, Managing Director of Tata Tea Limited, Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline, Managing Director of Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Director of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. He has also been President of the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India, Vice President of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Non Executive Director of ICICI Bank Ltd. He is currently Vice President of the Bombay Natural History Society, one of the leading wildlife research institutes of India and Special Advisor to the Board.
Dr Ashvani Kumar Gosain
Professor & Head, Civil Engineering Department Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Dr A. K. Gosain, is a Professor of Water Resources Engineering and GIS Technologies, in the Civil Engineering Department, IIT Delhi. Prof. Gosain and his team undertook the segment on Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation for Water Sector and quantified the possible impact of the climate change on water resources of the country. One of the recent assignments of Prof. Gosain include the formulation of the Ganges River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP), of which he is the Team Leader, Water Resources Management group.
Professor Sanjoy Hazarika
Director, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
Professor Sanjoy Hazarika is Director of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, where he holds the Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair. One of the most respected commentators on the North East; he has travelled extensively in the region as well as its neighbourhood and written extensively and in depth about it. He has been a member of various academic organizations and official committees, including the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee to Review AFSPA, the Hill States Task Force of the Planning Commission, the Society of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, and the North East India Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof Hazarika has worked as a newspaper correspondent, including for the New York Times, columnist and documentary filmmaker.