Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan
Senior Academic Advisor
Niaz Ahmed Khan is Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka; Senior Academic Advisor and Academic Fellow, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development; and Executive Director, Centre for Resources and Development Research. His career reflects a rich blend of academic and practicing development management experiences gained in Bangladesh, Thailand and the United Kingdom. He headed the Bangladesh Office of the world’s largest environmental network organization called - International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN) as Country Representative. His other environment and natural resource management related former positions include: Senior Programme Coordinator—Chittagong Hill Tracts, UNDP-Bangladesh; and Forest and Natural Resource Management Specialist (RETA 5900), Asian Development Bank (ADB). On the academic and research side, he held such positions as South Asian Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford; Research Fellow University of Wales; Professor of Public Administration, University of Chittagong; and Asia Research Fellow, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has also extensively consulted for such organizations as the World Bank, United Nations, Asian Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development, Swansea Bay Racial Equality Council (Her Majesty’s Government of UK), and Government of Bangladesh. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Wales, UK, and conducted post-doctoral research on various dimensions of environment and natural resource management at the University of Oxford, University College Swansea, and Asian Institute of Technology. Professor Khan has contributed more than 160 articles and book chapters to national and international refereed journals and books. He regularly contributes to high panel government and civil society committees on environment and sustainable development, and acts as resource person and/or academic adviser to major national (civil and military) institutions in Bangladesh including the National Defence College, Bangladesh Army’s Artillery Centre and School, and Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre.