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Mir Aziz Ahmad Fanoos
Lecturer in Faculty of Journalism, Kabul University, Head of Press Dept. in Faculty of Journalism, Kabul University and Member of Executive board of independent Union of Journalists.

Hosson Banu Ghazanfer
Dean of Literature Faculty, Kabul University and Academic member of literature Faculty, Kabul University; Ph.D. from St. Petersburg, Russia; Masters degree from literature Dept. of Russian University and graduated from Aqcha Primary School, Jozjan.

Hamida Hassan
Press Officer, Afghan Culture and Information Centre (AINA), Kabul. A graduate in Journalism from Kabul University, Hamida Hassan worked for Magazine Kabul, besides serving in various capacities at the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Abdul Haq Waleh
Graduated from Faculty of Law, Kabul University. 1953: Member of Labor Dept. in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of Bakhter Information Agency, Programme Director in Radio Kabul, Press Information Attaché‚ Afghan Embassy in London, Information Councilor, Afghan Embassy, Washington.

Benazir Hotaki
B.A Queensland University, Australia. Member of Media and Culture High Council in Ministry of Information and Culture, English Teacher and Head of Schools Method, Principal in Vocational High School Afghan Women Organization.

Frozan Nabiyar



Mahfuz Anam
Editor and Publisher, The Daily Star.

Jamilur Reza Choudhury
Vice-Chancellor, BRAC University, Dhaka.

Khushi Kabir
Coordinator, Nijera Kori, an organisation working to improve the condition of landless women.

M.M. Rezaul Karim
Member, United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Rehman Sobhan
Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka.

Farooq Sobhan
President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and Former Foreign Secretary.

Muhammad Yunus
Managing Director, Grameen Bank.

Hakikur Rahman



Yanki T. Wangchuk
Director-General, Department of Aid and Debt Management, Ministry of Finance.

Dawa Dem
Secretary, National Women's Association of Bhutan, Thimphu.

Kinley Dorji
Managing Director, Kuensel Corporation, Thimphu.

Kinley Dorji
Joint Director, Youth Guidance and Counselling Division, Education Department, Ministry of Health and Education.

Pema Thinley
Director-General, Education Department.

Kelzang Thinley
Proprietor, Kelki High School, Thimphu.

Jambay Wangchuk



Nareshwar Dayal
Former Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

H. P. Dikshit
Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University

Muchkund Dubey
Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India and President, Council for Social Development.

Syeda Hameed
Former Member, National Commission for Women.

Mahendra Lama
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

N. Ram
Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu.

Kapil Sibal
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Member of Parliament.

M. S. Swaminathan
Agricultural Scientist and Chairman, MS Swaminathan Foundation, Chennai

B. G. Verghese
Former Editor, The Indian Express and Visiting Professor, Centre for Policy Research.

Prof. J. A. K. Tareen


Asima Mohamed
Director General of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been with the Ministry since 1996. She has also held positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the President's Office, and the Ministry of Information.

Lucia Moosa
Assistant Director of the Ministry of Planning and National Development has been with the Ministry since 1990. She currently heads the Projects Section, which manages the Public Sector Investment Programme. Lucia holds an M.Sc. in the area of Information Technology Management from the University of Sunderland, UK.

Mohamed Amir
Director of the Ministry of Communication, Science and Techonology works in the policy and regulatory services at the Post and Telecommunication Section of the Ministry.

Sheena Moosa
House Officer at Public Health, Ministry of Health is a health specialist with a medical background and experience in health promotion and health planning. She oversees health planning and international health at the Ministry. Sheena holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Leeds, UK.

Mohamed Farook
Assistant Director General of Ministry of Atolls Administration has been with the Ministry since 1996. He has served as the Director of Department of Meteorology and Male' Atoll Chief in the past. He holds a B.Tech. in Telecommunications Engineering from Plymouth, UK and B.Sc. in Communications Engineering from Kent, UK.

Mahmood Shougee
The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education has been with the Ministry since 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Mamdhooh Rameez



Meena Acharya
A well-known academic, she did her Ph.D from University of Wisconsin, United States of America and specialises in Planning, Economics, Gender and Development.

Mohan Lohani
A well-known academic, he was Royal Nepalese Ambassador to Bangladesh and DPR to the United Nations, New York.

Mohan Man Sainju
Well-known economist and former Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission, he was Royal Nepalese Ambassador to the United States.

Surya Prasad Shrestha
Former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and former member of the National Planning Commission.

Nishchal Nath Pandey



Ghazala Aziz
A patron of the arts and renowned skin specialist, she has been active in setting up vocational and primary schools as well as primary health care centres in semi-urban and rural areas around Karachi.

Syed Altaf Hussain
Vice-Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University of Pakistan. He has served in a number of eminent positions, including as the Director-General Of Curriculum and Training, University Grants Commission of Pakistan, and Member, UGC. He was Meritorious Professor of the University of Balochistan, and was awarded the Presidents Medal for Pride of Performance for Higher Education.

Zaheer Alam Kidvai
Pakistan's foremost education technologist. A New Media Analyst, he helped set up the department of New Media at Hamdard University. He is Board member of the Virtual University of Pakistan.

Shahtaj Qizilbash
Convener of the Joint Action Committee for Peoples Right. She was a founder-member of the Women's Action Forum, Pakistan. She is the co-coordinator of the Para-Legal and Extension Programme for women and was awarded the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize for Promotion of Peace and Non-violence in 1998.

I.A. Rehman
Recipient of the Nuremberg Award, Mr. Rehman is the Director-General of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. He is a well known journalist and political analyst, and a pioneer in the field of human rights.

Beena Sarwar
Well-known journalist with an interest in human rights and cultural issues. Former Editor of weekly Œ The News on Sunday‚ she is contributing Editor for 'Himal South Asia' and a News producer with Geo TV, Pakistan's first 24-hour news channel.

Sabeen Mahmud


Sri Lanka

Carlo Fonseka
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya; Professor Emeritus, Universities of Colombo and Kelaniya, former Secretary General of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO.

U.L. Kadurugamuwa
Distinguished lawyer and Senior partner of Messrs. F.J. & G. de Saram whose members are the lawyers and Company Secretaries to the Sri Lanka Chapter of the South Asia Foundation.

James Mather
Partner for 37 years of Ernst & Young, a leading firm of Chartered Accountants in Sri Lanka and Director of many quoted private and public companies.

Dharmasiri Peiris
Former Secretary to Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Secretary to several Ministries, Chairman, Director or Board Member of many public corporations, statutory bodies, Commissions and Committees.

Lucien Rajakarunanayake
Former Chairman, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.

Roland Silva
Former Director-General of Archaeology, an Honorary President of the International Committee of Monuments and Sites.

Jeevan Thiagarajah
Youngest member on the board. Specialised in South Asian Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London; Chairman, Board of Management, Institute of Human Rights; Executive Director, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies.

S.K. Wickremesinghe
Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, Chairman and Director of many quoted private and public companies.

Swinitha Perera

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