Dr Khurshed Alam, a professional social scientist, is a leading sociologist of South Asia. He is the pioneer Sociologist of applied social research in the country apart from academia. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) which is one of the leading research organizations in the country in the fields of sociology and anthropology. Along with BISR, he pursued many applied social studies through renowned global and local organizations like World Bank, ADB, JICA, BIDS and so on. His research areas of interest include poverty reduction, social change, people’s participation in development, gender-inclusive development, climate change and disaster, institutional development, political system, and good governance. In 2008 he was recruited by the Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh for preparing the national plan called PRSP-II. He also attempted to develop several theories, concepts, and models in the field of social sciences in general and the Bangladesh context in particular. He has authored many scientific peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and 9 books. His 3 articles were regarded as the best articles in those journals. Currently, he is also an editorial board member of BMC Women’s Health published by Springer Nature. He works as a referee for many world-reputed journals including World Development.
Leonardo Chavane is a Medical Doctor, who specializes in Public Health with a PhD in Health Science from the University of Ghent, Belgium. Has 25 years of combined clinical and public health experience. His areas of interest include Health Policy development and evaluation, Health Systems and Services organization, management, and evaluation with a focus on Maternal and Child Health, and Reproductive health. Started his career in 1997 as Medical Office and District Health Team Director in Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique. From 2008 to 2012 he was appointed National Deputy Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health in Mozambique. Dr Chavane has an extensive University Lecturing experience for undergraduate, Master, and supervision of Doctoral Students including research activities that resulted in publications in peer-reviewed journals mainly in the area of Reproductive and Maternal Health.
Sutapa B. Neogi
Dr Sutapa B. Neogi is a public health specialist and presently the Director of the International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Delhi. She has a rich experience in public health and is particularly interested in the implementation of epidemiological and clinical research-based projects centered around Maternal and Child health, and those with great relevance to national policies and programmes. She seeks to nurture researchers and bring people together who could be effective linkages between disciplines, and promote interdisciplinary research in the country.
Professor Kath Peters is the Associate Dean (International and Engagement) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She has successfully led multiple research projects to completion, ensuring research outcomes with over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her research encompasses marginalised populations and women’s sexual and reproductive health.