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Prof. James Springer

Prof. James Springer, presently working as visiting professor at University of Polytechniques, Kabul, Afghanistan. He is an US citizen and having over 30 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting, in the geosciences. As specialization in geosciences, his background includes geologic hazards assessment and mitigation, groundwater investigation and remediation, water resources, dams and tunnels, earthwork and foundations, mineral assessments, geothermal, and petroleum. Mr. Springer has conducted many disaster recovery projects including the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the Oakland Hills firestorm in California, and the California floods and landslides of 1998. He has been the project geologist for tunnels in California, Oregon and Jordan as well as dams in California, Jordan, and Perú. Mr. Springer supervised geophysical field operations to measure earth stresses in China as part of a joint Sino – US seismic hazard research program. James Springer is currently an independent consultant working under a grant from the University of Colorado, Boulder to teach, develop curricula, and build the capacity of Afghan universities. His research interests include natural hazards, disaster mitigation, and sustainable development.


Prof. Rajan Bawa, PhD.

Dr. Rajan Bawa presently serving as Joint Director of Research (Forestry), Directorate of Research, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan, (HP), India. He did his PhD Shimla University, India. Before joining Joint Director of Research (Forestry), he served different capacities e.g. Coordinator, Regional Centre, NAEB, Ministry of Environment & Forest, GoI, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry; Scientist (Forest Ecology), In charge, Regional Horticultural Research Station, Sharbo, Kinnaur. Member for Setting up of Research Priorities and Formulation of Research Projects, Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Shimla (1998-1999)

Prof.  K.P. Chinnaswamy

Prof. K.P. Chinnaswamy, presently serving as Deputy Registrar, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. His Academic Qualification comprises as; B.Sc. (Agri.), PGDHRM, M.Sc. (Agri.), PGDEA&S, PG.Dip in (MNRSA), M.Sc. in (NRM) (Norway), Ph.D. He was also selected for Karnataka Public Service Commission, Bangalore. Before joined as Deputy Registrar to GKVK, Bangalore, he served as in number of positions as Asst. Agri officer (AAO), Research Assistant (RA) Agri. Field Officer (AFO), Assistant Professor of Sericulture, Associate Professor of sericulture, and Prof & Head of the Department of Sericulture.

Mohammad Waheed Ibrahimzada

Mohammad Waheed Ibrahimzada did his M. Sc. (Natural Resources Management), TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) University, New Delhi, India and B.Sc. (Forest and Horticulture), Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan. He has professional experience and expertise in Environmental and Social Safeguards, Forest Rehabilitation, Watershed Management, Rangeland Management and overall in Natural Resources Management since 2001. While much of his experiences have been in the practical bases in forest and NRM department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock’s (MAIL) in Afghanistan. He joined Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP), Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) in early 2012. Currently, he is Environmental and Social Safeguards (ESS) Specialist with AREDP/ MRRD. Before joining with AREDP/MRRD, he has pursued his M.Sc., in TERI University, New Delhi, India. He has experiences with various departments of UN organizations, NGOs and other government offices as well. He did several Publication Climate Change and Food Security in Afghan River Basins and his mist recent Publication with Emerald UK Publication ON Climate Change impacts on Amudariaya River Basin, Afghanistan.

Ilan Kelman, PhD.

Dr. Ilan Kelman, presently working as Senior Scientist with Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo (CICERO), Norway. Ph.D.Department of Architecture University of Cambridge, U.K .and Master of Applied Science, Environmental Engineering Program University of Toronto, Canada. Before joining CICERO he worked for Centre for Capacity Building, National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR,USA). And Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE, UK). Other Major Assignments:(a).U.S.A. (2005-2007), Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative and the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks.(b) U.K. (1999-2005), completed projects for organisations including the Advisory Committee for Natural Disaster Reduction, the British Red Cross, the National Trust, the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, and Shelter Centre which develops policy and practice for the transitional settlement sector.(c)Barbados (1998-1999), volunteered with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency and the Future Centre Trust, a sustainable living community and education centre.(d)Canada (to 1998), selected for voluntary committees for the University of Toronto and the North York Board of Education.He has lived and worked in Barbados, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, the U.K., and the U.S.A. He has published several research papers, articles, books and, journals etc.

Mr. Pawan Kumar Bhattarai

Pawan Kumar Bhattarai, Presently serving as an Asst. Professor in Tribhuwan University/IOE Pulchowk Campus, Nepal. He did his Masters in Hydropower Development, Department of Hydraulics and Environment Engineering Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuwan University (TU), Nepal. He did a comprehensive research (study) potential Hydropower in Nepal and EIA analysis. Teaching on Water Resources Engineering especially in Hydropower Engineering. Course coordinator of subject “Economics and Environment” for M.Sc. In total six years in Teaching, consulting, research, design and planning in the field of Water Resources Engineering specially Hydropower ,Hydrology, Hydraulics and Environment: 6 year full time Lecturer on Water Resource Engineering and Environmental Engineering in Institute of Engineering,TU, Nepal; Part time involvement in all the 6 years in different Consulting services for planning and design of Micro- and small hydro project in different parts of Nepal including founder member of Research and training institute devoted to train fresh graduates and others in the field of Water resources specially Hydropower planning, design, operation and supervision since last five years.

Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, PhD.

Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, presently serving as Associte Prof. Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science and coordinator of Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Centre (HiCCDRC), Kathmandu University, Nepal. He did his Master and PhD in Nagoya University, Japan with major in Glaciology, Hydrology, Meteorology. He conducted research on Environmental Impact on Hydro-Meteorology, Climate change and Disaster Management and Glacier surface mass balance modeling was done on a Himalayan glacier using energy balance calculations. He was Max-Planck Postdoctoral Researcher at Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany. He was Hydrologist Engineer at Department of Hydrology and Meteorology Snow and Glacier Hydrology Unit (SGHU), Kathmandu, Nepal. He was also workd for German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) as Glaciologist. He has wide range of field based research experience on Hydro-meteorological data analysis. Research activities as a counterpart from Department of Hydrology and Meteorology with Japanese members for glaciological, Glacier Lake, hydrological and meteorological study in the Himalayan region. 

Nawraj Bhattarai

Mr. Nawraj Bhattarai presently serving as Deputy Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University (IOE/TU), Lalitpur, Nepal. He did his Master in Renewable Energy Engineering (MSREE) and Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Kathmandu Nepal. Before joining Academia, he served in different activities including JICA, Tumba College of Technology, Rwanda, UNDP, Nepal, AEPC, Nepal and others. He is also Member,” Environment and Energy Committee”, Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA), Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal, Member, Editorial Board and Publishing Committee of SOUVENIR, published on the occasion of International Conference on Renewable Energy Technology for Rural Development

Dr. Mohan P. Devkota

Dr. Mohan P. Devkota, presently working as Associate Professor in Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and his areas of expertise include Biodiversity study, Ecological study and Environmental Science. He has been teaching in Tribhuvan University for the last twenty two years. He did PhD from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science (UNI BOKU) Vienna, Austria on the Ecology of mistletoe of Nepal Himalaya and is the only mistletoe expert in the country. He was Post Doctoral Fellow in 2005 in Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna which was followed by Visiting Scientist in Commission of Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies in the same academy in 2008. Dr. Devkota is also a trained environmentalist and work as an Environment Consultant. He has carried out environmental impact study of many hydropower projects in Nepal and has also prepared environmental mitigation and monitoring plans. He is also member of International Parasitic Plant Society, International Canopy Association Network and American Botanical Society.

Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel, PhD

Dr. Dambaru Ballab Kattel, received his PhD from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012 and received various supports and fellowship from China Scholarship Council (CSC),University of Chinese Academy of Science (UCAS), Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ITPCAS) and Third Pole Environment (TPE)during the period of his Ph.D research in Beijing. Dr. Kattelwas also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Cartography, Technical University, Dresden, Germany, under the fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG).Currently, he has be working as foreign scientist of Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, since May this year (2016). He was also awardeesof foreign professorship (visiting scientist) by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Government of Pakistan for the period from 2013 to 2014.He also worked as a foreign professor (international faculty) at the Department of Meteorology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, CIIT, and Islamabad, Pakistan from 2014 to 2016. He is one of the recipient of a research productivity award from the same university in 2014 and 2015. He also served as a scientific officer at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Government of Nepalfrom 2006 to 2009. Dr. Kattel won the National Academic Talent Awardees' in Nepal on Science and Technology in 2005. He has delivered numerous lectures as an invited speaker at many conferences, workshops, and at meetings in the South and Central Asia and Europe.Besides teaching and Research he has been promoting research collaboration among the south and central Asian countries for high mountain climatic study. There are 10 articles including one as co-authorship in the worlds highly prestigious International Journal Nature (Climate Change)in his credit.The similar number of research workwere also published in the proceedings of various international conferences which were organized in the south and central Asian region. He has also written many popular articles and gave many interviews in different national (Nepalese) and international media including BBC and PTV world service.He has now be serving as a regular reviewer for many SCI/ISI Journals such as International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Hydrological Sciences, Climate Dynamics, Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences, Advances and Atmospheric Physics, Mountain Research and Development, Theoretical and Applied Climatology. The hydro-climatic interactions, its mechanisms and controls along the Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau and surroundings as well as equatorial regionare his topic of current research interest.

Subrota Kumar Saha, PhD.

Dr Subrota Kumar Saha, Bangladesh national and currently serving as Associate Professor and Research Adviser Delta Study Centre, Department of Geology, University of Dhaka. Before Joining Dhaka University he served as capacity of Assistant & Associate Professor, Environmental Science Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna Bangladesh. He did his B.Sc (Hons) M.Sc (Geology), Ph.D (Paleobiodiversity), Bangladesh. He joined several International & UN based research and training programme in the region. He is one of the renowned academician and researcher of Bangladesh. Dr. Sash, associated with comprehensive research projects related to Evolution, biodiversity and ecology of marine micro plankton and another research interest related to Paleoceanoghraphy and Climate change. He led and supervised several international researches related to Water related extreme events (IWRM), Climate change and Environmental issues in Bangladesh. He has published several books and has membership from Bangladesh Government Committees and reputes bodies.

Md. Munsur Rahman, Ph.D.

Dr. Md. Munsur Rahman, presently serving as Professor at Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh. He did his Master and PhD. From Graduate School of Civil Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan and Bachelor of Science, Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, Bangladesh. Before joining BUET, he served as JSPS Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University.

His research interest includes river channel processes, erosion management, ecosystem services of river and floodplain systems, impact of climate change on river and floodplain morphology, sediment transport, Bridge hydraulics. His general research interests can be grouped into River channel processes; River training and bank protection; Ecosystem services of river and floodplain system, Indigenous approach on river and floodplain management; Bridge hydraulics and related problems. I have about 40 technical publications in these research areas, with many papers published in top international, peer-review journals.

Tarekul Islam, PhD

Dr. Tarikul Islam, Associate Professor, Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) , University of Engineering and Technology, BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh Dhaka, one of the premier institutes in Bangladesh and South Asia. He did his PhD. in Civil Engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan ,Master in Water Resources Engineering and BSc. from Civil Engineering BUET, Dhaka, Bangladesh .

He has a research interest on diversified field River Engineering, River and Floodplain Management, Geoinformatics in Water Management and others. He has professional affiliation with Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS), Dhaka, Bangladesh., Bangladesh Society of Geoinformatics (BSGI) ,International Association for Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) ,International Flood Network (IFNet) ,Gender and Water Alliance (GWA).

Samia Shamim

Ms.Samia Shamim did here masters in Economics, United International University, Dhaka and Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methodology (PGDRM), Institute of Business and Economic Research, United International University, Dhaka. Presently serving as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Department of Economics, United International University, Dhaka. Before joins UIU SHE served as Teaching Assistant (TA), For Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECO104), Department of Economics, North South University, fall 2006 to summer 2008. As a young academician and researcher, she published number of research paper and publication related to Environment, Bangladesh Socio economic profile, contribution of Bangladeshi women for country and Livelihood of the poor communities. She has a lot of research interest on impact of Climate change on socio economic profile of the Bangladeshi rural communities in Dhaka and disaster prone areas of Bangladesh. Environmental Economics, Biodiversity etc.

 Deo Raj Gurung

Mr. Deo Raj Gurung, a Bhutanese national with Master degree in Geoscience from Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan has wide range of work experience in the field of geo-hazards, engineering geology, geological mapping and application of GIS/RS for mapping cryosphere and glacial lakes. He has over a decade long working experience in the government (Government of Bhutan) where he led many geological expeditions. Since 2007 he is working for International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) initially looking after training and capacity building component and later as Remote Sensing Specialist with major focus on mapping and monitoring of snow cover in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya (HKH). His has interest in modeling of snow and glacier melt for water resource estimation. He has associate several regional research on Climate Change, Glacier study, GLOF, Geo hazard and capacity development programme. He has several papers to his credits and authored and co-authored reports on glaciers and glacial lakes in the HKH region.

Trishna Jaishi

Ms.Trishna Jaishi, presently serve as faculty in Environmental studies, Royal Thimphu College (RTC), Ngabiphu, Bhutan. She did her Master in South Asian Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights from Pondicherry University, India. She has associated number of international research programme in Bhutan She is interested to work for applied research programme in Natural Resource Management, Water Management, Climate Change, Community forestry, and International cross boundary issues.

Mr. Mohammad Hashim (Barikzai)

Mr. Mohammad Hashim (Barikzai) Presently serving as Director General of Natural Resource Management, NRM (Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, MAIL-Afghanistan). He has MSc - Masters Degree in Agriculture: West Bengal, India. He is the focal point for taking active part with the partners for drafting of Policy, Strategy, in laws of Natural Resources management such as forestry, rangeland, and protected area and national parks. Projects design, proposals, and monitoring of the implementation. Coordination with the NRM partners such as ICIMOD, PEACE, ACC, IDEA-NEW, ECODIT, AWATT, WCS, FAO, WFP, UNEP, UNOPS, and Governmental organizations. Enforcement of policy and strategy. Community based natural resources management. Experiences with land reform, planning and development of agricultural cooperatives across Afghanistan including credit administration, income generation, and finance systems, loans for development of cooperative operations and marketing, liaison with government and financial agencies

Prof. M. Naim Eqrar

Prof. M. Naim Eqrar, Presently he is serving as Dean of the faculty of Geosciences, Kabul University, Afghanistan. He did his M.Sc. Degree in Hydrogeology from Polytecniques University, BSc. In Geology from faculty of science, University of Kabul and PhD fellow from Hydrogeology in the University of Bonn, Germany. Before joining Kabul University he was worked for several professional position as shown; He was worked for Ground water Feasibility studies projects for southwestern part of the Afghanistan with WAPECA Co. (water and power Engineering Company of Afghanistan).Ministry of Water and power. General Manager of rural water supply Dep. in Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Jointly worked with water supply and sanitation Branch of UNICEF office in Kabul. Lecturer of Hydrogeology, Sedimentary rocks, Engineering Geology, Sedimentology and Hydrochemistry. He has lead several international Research project and studies with the University and ministry team and published several journal, study reports, articles and papers.

G.H Amila C.Silva, PhD.

Dr. G.H Amila C.Silvais a visiting researcher at the International Research Centre for River Basin Environment, University of Yamanashi. Dr. Silva teaching on Water Modeling and modeling of the Hydrologic Cycle I and Science Modeling the Hydrological Cycle II. He has published several International research paper, article, scientific journals and books.

Lareef Zubair, PhD.

Dr. Lareef Zubair is a M.S and a Ph.D. from Yale University, U.S.A. He is an associate Research Scientist of Climate Adaptation at IRI Prior to arriving at the IRI at the end of 1999; he was a Post-Doctoral Associate in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at Yale University and a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He is presently associate with number of International collaborative research Project in the region and published number of research paper, articles and books as well.

H.M.L.C. Jayawardhana (Lashan)

Ms.H.M.L.C. Jayawardhana Visiting Faculty Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka mainly associating with Human Resource Management and Engineering Economics. She did her Master of Science (Excellent Pass) in Environmental Engineering- , Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa - Sri Lanka.

Before joining University of Moratuwa - Sri Lanka, she worked as Research Associate Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka mainly focuses on Environmental Impact Assessment for Autoclaves for sterilization of healthcare waste generated by Ministry of Healthcare, Nutrition and Uva Wellassa Development administered institutions located within the Colombo Municipal Council area.


Mr. Duishonakunov Murataly

Mr. Duishonakunov Murataly Turganalievich, a Kyrgyz national having 10 year or teaching and research experience from the Central Asian region. He has specialization on Glacier study, Geomorphology, GLOF, Water Resource Management, GIS& RS application. Presently he is serving a faculty of Geography Kyrgyz National University at the Kyrgyz National University, Department of Physical Geography on General Hydrology and Water Resources of Kyrgyzstan. Mr. Murataly completed his Post Graduate Diploma on Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System from Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP). He already served some important position as “Assistant of Dean” and “Head of the Cartography Laboratory”, Kyrgyz National University, Department of Physical Geography – Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. He is specialize and associating number of research related to; River hydrology, Water Resources, and Glacier change and glacier lake hazards (GLOF) in Kyrgyzstan. He has published several research paper and scientific papers: related to glacier lake monitoring and assessment.