Arif Hasan is a Pakistani architect and planner, activist, teacher, social researcher and writer. He studied architecture at the Oxford Polytechnic, worked in Europe in architect’s offices, and on his return to Karachi in 1968, established an independent practice which slowly evolved into dealing with national and international urban planning and development issues. He has taught at Pakistani and European universities and lectured widely both in the North and the South.
Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu is a development professional with special interest on political economy of development and disasters. She has been engaged in the field of disaster risk reduction in different professional capacities- community interactions and research, writing, training, and partnership building, backed with extensive field experience. Currently she is attached to the United Nations office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) as the Regional Programme Officer for South Asia, and serves as the Gender Focal Point of the organization.
Dr. Asim Zia is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Decision Analysis in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Vermont. He is Associate Director of Vermont EPSCOR, Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) and Co-Director of the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation (SEGS)lab at the University of Vermont.
Mansoor Ali has more than 30 years of experience in international development, including water, sanitation, solid waste and urban slum upgrading. Worked in 18 countries in relief and development and served on leading positions, such as Global WASH Lead in International Medical Corporation, a major organisation in relief and development. Worked as the Head of International Programmes at Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) and Global Adviser on monitoring, evaluation and learning with Practical Action. Also served on a number of advisory boards.