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Syeda Rizwana Hasan

Syeda Rizwana Hasan

Chief Executive, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association

Syeda Rizwana Hasan is the Chief Executive of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). She is a member of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, and the Environmental Law Commission of International Unions for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Additionally, she is a member of the board of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). Over the past 20 years, Syeda Rizwana Hasan has been advocating for environmental protection on issues such as deforestation, pollution, unregulated shipbreaking, illegal appropriation of wetlands, cutting of hills, unregulated mining, unplanned urbanization, commercial shrimp cultivation, and illegal land development in Bangladesh. Rizwana, named as one of the 40 Environmental Heroes of the World by TIME magazine, has also received the Goldman Environmental Prize (2009), the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2012), the Tang Prize (2020), and the International Women of Courage Award (2022) by the US Department of State. Rizwana holds a master’s degree in law with distinction from Dhaka University.

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