Bhim Adhikari is a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC) and works specifically on the environmental economics program. His main research interest is in environment and development, particularly poverty-environment nexus, climate change adaptation, ecosystem services and institutions and environmental resource management. Over the past twenty years, Bhim has worked with a number of organizations and academic institutions, including the Institute for Water, Environment and Health- the United Nations University's think tank on water. At the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Pakistan, he tackled issues around environmental fiscal reforms and mainstreaming environment into poverty reduction strategies. He worked with a rural energy project at the United Nation's Development Program in Nepal, focusing on energy-environment issues. Bhim has worked at the University of Michigan, USA as a Research Fellow and was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of York, UK. He also worked as consultant and visiting researcher for the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan; UNDP, New York; and TERI University in India. Bhim holds a PhD in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of York and has produced several publications on economic aspects of environment and natural resource management.
Syeda Rizwana Hasan is an enrolled lawyer with the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In professional life, she is working for the cause of environment as the Chief Executive of a reputed national Non Governmental Organization named Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Her main focus is to promote the notion of environmental justice in Bangladesh. Rizwana did her masters and graduation in law from the University of Dhaka with distinction. She started her career with BELA in 1993 and till today is continuing with the same organization. Rizwana, an environmental lawyer, has filed PILs on various environmental issues most of which have received favourable orders/judgments. She has fought against vehicular pollution, river pollution, industrial pollution, ship breaking, grabbing of wetlands, cutting of hills, unregulated mining, unplanned urbanization, commercial shrimp cultivation, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and so on. Her cases are redefining the current notion of development that is devoid of environmental consideration. Since she is an anthropocentric environmentalist, her efforts are adding values to conventional human rights movement by bringing in the elements of environmental justice. She places people's legitimate rights at the center of her activism.
Madhu Khanna, is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on environmental policy analysis, technology adoption and the land use, market and greenhouse gas implications of biofuels. She has authored more than 100 papers, chapters and reports and most recently edited the Handbook of Bionergy Economics and Policy. She is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She is the editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. She is a University of Illinois Scholar and a Leopold Leadership Fellow of the Woods Institute at Stanford University.
Dr David James Molden joined ICIMOD as Director General with effect from December 2011. He has worked in several Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries, including China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, and has work experience on the Indus, Ganges, Yellow, Mekong, Yangtze, and Amu and Syr Darya river basins. Prior to joining ICIMOD he was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Sri Lanka which received the IWRA Crystal Drop Award in 2011 and Stockholm Water Prize in 2012. Dr Molden was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1987 specializing in water resources, and has since developed broader interests in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of natural resources management. He has contributed to the publication of nearly 200 works in books, refereed journals, research and project report series, the media, educational materials and led the recognized Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. He has received many awards including the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009.
Adil Najam is a leading expert on issues related to developing country environmental policy, especially climate change, and also on the politics of South Asia. He was the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He also worked as the Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and Professor of International Relations and of Geography & Environment, both at Boston University. Dr. Najam holds two Masters Degrees and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His teaching and research focuses on international relations, environment and development policy, negotiation and conflict resolution, and on South Asian issues. He is the winner of teaching awards at MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the author of multiple books, scholarly papers and book chapters. He is also the founding editor of the blog Pakistaniat: All Things Pakistan and a highly sought public speaker.
Anna Maria Oltorp is Director, Asia Region, for Sida. Prior to this, she managed several research networks on Environment and development.
Priya Shyamsundar, is the Executive Director for the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). As part of its various activities, SANDEE has supported over 60 research projects in the area of poverty and natural resource management, valuation of non-market goods, and the economics of pollution management. Priya previously served as a consultant for many years to the Environment Department of the World Bank. Most recently, she led a team that was responsible for a new World Bank book on poverty and environment. Prior to her work with SANDEE and the Bank, Priya served as Senior Program Officer for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and as Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust. Priya's research interests range over a number of topics within environment and development economics. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from Duke University.