Arif Hasan

He 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.

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Mansoor Ali

Dr Mansoor Ali is a solid waste, sanitation and water expert with more than 35 years of experience in planning projects, designing systems, assessing recycling potential and creating livelihoods from waste related activities, with extensive experience in Pakistan. Recycling and livelihoods from waste is a key focus area of his work. He completed his PhD in income and employment from solid waste collection and recycling in 1996, from WEDC, Loughborough University UK and worked on a number of related projects in 18 developing countries. His PhD was about waste systems in Karachi. He has carried out some pioneering work in waste collection, recycling, livelihoods from waste and small-scale waste collections for DFID and was a lead author of DFID topic guide on solid waste management. His current research with LSE Cities, London includes Faisalabad and Karachi. He worked on digital solutions in waste and water supply in Tanzania on DFID funded Human Development Innovation Programme. He is a visiting faculty at WEDC, Loughborough University, Brescia University Italy, LSE Cities and IHE Delft. Dr Ali is fluent in Urdu and English.

Dr. Asim Zia

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.

Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu     

She 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. She has been attached to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) as the Regional Programme Officer for South Asia and served as Gender Focal Point of the organization. She is the author/co-author of ‘Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management: A Resource Book for South Asia (2003)’, ‘Defeating Disaster: Ideas for Action (1999)’ besides her other publications. She is the recipient of prestigious ‘The Mary Fran Myers Award, 2004’