Dr. Barry Bannister
Professor Dr. Barry John Bannister is leadership advisor to Bangladesh Youth Empowerment Society (BYES). Dr. Bannister is currently working as a International Development Advisor, Green River College, Auburn, Washington State, USA. He is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar & Member, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Committee, Washington DC. Dr. Bannister has got profound experience in working as a Visiting Professor, School of Leadership & Government Studies, University of St Joseph, Macau, and PRC also Adjunct Professor at Curtin University – Graduate School of Business, Perth, Western Australia. Bannister is also a Certified Community Mediation Practitioner of Washington State, USA. Bannister earned his Teaching Diploma, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy/Psychology), Bachelor of Letters (Literary Criticism), Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Development, Masters in Education (Education Administration) and Ph.D. (Public Administration), in addition to Community Mediator Certification. He well praised for his consultancy at The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Commonwealth Secretariat, Aus Aid, IFTDO, and the Japan Foundation, as well as the governments of Hong Kong, Slovakia and the Maldives.
Md. Shariful Islam
Mr. Md. Shariful Islam is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka. He has a master’s in Political Science from the University of Dhaka and an LL.M in Human Rights Law from the University of Hong Kong. He has been an IVLP fellow of the United States Department of State, a Research Fellow at the Asian Human Rights Commission, a Research Fellow at the Asian Legal Resource Center, and a Showmen Human Rights Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. He has represented Bangladesh in Asian Alliance against Torture and Ill Treatment, initiated by RCT, Denmark and AHRC, Hong Kong, and has been an Adviser of the Human Rights Office in Sri Lanka. He is the author of “Politics-Corruption Nexus in Bangladesh: An Empirical Study of the Impacts on Judicial Governance”, which has been presented in the 14th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Mr. Islam has worked with UNESCO and Planning Commission of Bangladesh when he held a series of dialogues on human security issues in Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur. He has also worked with May-18 Foundation in South Korea on human rights and governance issues.
A.S.M. Ali Ashraf
A.S.M. Ali Ashraf is assistant professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests are in national security, human rights, and international migration issues. Ashraf holds a Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, UK. He is also associate editor of Journal of International Relations, a biennial peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka. Ashraf can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mohammad Towheedul Islam
Mohammad Towheedul Islam is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka. His teaching and research interests include climate change, international security, migration and development. Mr. Islam has recently completed an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California with the support of a US Fulbright scholarship. He also received his BSS and MSS degrees in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. Mr. Islam has several research papers and journal articles to his credit. He has been actively involved in different research projects on migration, climate change and other social issues.
Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan
Dr. Khan is a peace activist, gender specialist and youth advocate and has practical experience of working in the conflict zones and has headed peace committees in critical situations. He has chosen peace as a passion of his life and is a recognized peace researcher whose capabilities are documented by United Nations University for Peace. He has trained youth of Pakistan, Costa Rica, USA and Bangladesh on various themes including, but not limited to, peace activism, gender and media, youth leadership, conflict analysis and management, democracy, gender budgeting and volunteerism. Dr. Khan has played key roles in organizations including the President of Gomalian Student Council, Vice President UPMUNC (University for Peace, Model United Nations Conference), Coordinator PEAKS and Coordinator Khyber Pakhtunkhwa youth policy (Bargad/UNFPA) are few to mention. He is a visiting faculty at the Department of Media, Peace and Conflict Studies, United Nations-mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica.