Prof. Sarath Kotagama

Professor of Environmental Science,
Department of Zoology,
University of Colombo,
Sri Lanka.

Professor Kotagama is a member of the Environmental Council, Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka; Chairman, Biodiversity Experts Committee; and has received Presidential Award for contribution to environment activities in 2004 , he is recipient of distinguish service award for Conservation Education from Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) in 2003. The SCB, with a membership of over 6,000 science experts in 90 countries, is the premier professional society for those seeking to conserve biological diversity and represent the highest recognition that the Society bestows upon colleagues in the struggle to study, protect, sustain, and restore that diversity.Prof. Kotagama is the third Asian and the only Sri Lankan to receive the award. India’s Anil Agrawal and a Malaysian environmentalist were the earlier two winners of this award.

Prof. Kotagama is the third Asian and the only Sri Lankan to receive the award. India’s Anil Agrawal and a Malaysian environmentalist were the earlier two winners of this award.

Prof. Kotagama has many ‘firsts’ to his credit. He founded the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL), the ‘March for Conservation’, ‘The Young Zoologists Association’, ‘The Sri Lanka Environmental Foundation’, ‘The Mihikatha Foundation’, ‘The Mihikatha Institute’ and the semi-government ‘Wild Life Trust’. Being actively involved in research on Birds and Wildlife, he has authoured several publications mostly on birds and has made outstanding national contributions. Significant among these are the National Wildlife Policy for Sri Lanka (1990) and the National Wetland Conservation Policy for Sri Lanka (1997), Strategy for the Preparation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan for Sri Lanka (1997).

He has also been the Director of Wildlife (1989-1992) and still provides expert advice to the Wildlife Sector. He is current President of the Eco-tourism Society of Sri Lanka and the President of Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka.

Prof. Upinder Sawhney

Chairperson
Dept. of Economics at Panjab University
India

Professor Upinder Sawhney, Chairperson, Dept. of Economics at Panjab University, Chandigarh (India) has been teaching there since Oct.1984. She has been a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Fellow and a Fulbright – Fellow and was also a Visiting Scholar at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Her areas of specialisation are Contemporary Issues of the Indian Economy and Public Policy. She has been teaching and guiding research at M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. She has worked on several projects including a World Bank supported project on Budgetary Analyses at the State Level. She has many national and international publications to her credit. Prof. Sawhney has also been a member of various national and state level advisory committees on economic issues.

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Olayinka Jelili Yusuf, Kwara State University, Nigeria.            
  • Assoc. Prof. Mohammad Arif Kamal,  Aligarh Muslim University, India.
  • Dr. Santosh Kumar Sahu, Madras School of Economics, India
  • Dr. Amjad Amin, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Assoc. Prof. Amelia L. Bello, University of the Philippines, Philippines
  • Assist. Prof. Emmanuel Genesis, University of the Philippines, Philippines
  • Assoc. Prof. Tomoki Fujii, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Dr. Mausumi Mahapatro Khan, North South University, Bangladesh
  • Assist. Prof. Nadeem Iqbal, University of Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Dr. Asad Karim Khan Priyo, North South University, Bangladesh