Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan is Professor and former Chairman at the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka; Pro Vice Chancellor, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB); Senior Academic Adviser, National Defence College (NDC), Senior Academic Adviser BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD); and Chairman, Bangladesh Tropical Forest Conservation (Arannayak) Foundation. He pursued higher education and research in the University of Oxford, University of Wales Swansea, and Asian Institute of Technology. His career reflects a rich blend of academic and practicing development management experiences gained in Bangladesh, Thailand and the UK. Besides serving as Bangladesh Country Representative of IUCN – the International Union for Conservation of Nature (the world’s largest environmental network organization), some of his other former positions include: Senior Programme Coordinator, UNDP-Bangladesh; Forest and Natural Resource Management Specialist (RETA 5900), Asian Development Bank (ADB), South Asian Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford; Distinguished Visiting Researcher, The American University in Cairo; Manager (Operations), PKSF; and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Asian University for Women (AUW). He has published prolifically (more than 170 refereed publications including some 45 in Web of Science and/or Scopus indexed journals) on such broad fields as environment, natural resource management, and social/community development. He regularly contributes to high panel government and civil society committees and boards, and acts as resource person and/or academic adviser to key national military and civil service training institutions.