Advisers of BYES
Professor Dr. Barry John Bannister is leadership adviser to Bangladesh Youth Empowerment Society (BYES). Dr. Bannister is currently working as a International Development Adviser, 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.
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. 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.