Dr. Peter Abrahamson
[ Conference Chair ]
Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Copenhagen
Peter Abrahamson is associate professor of Sociology at University of Copenhagen in Denmark. 2009 – 10 he was professor of social policy at Seoul National University in South Korea. His research interests revolve around comparative studies of welfare state issues: poverty, social exclusion, activation, spatial differentiation, regional integration and care services. 2006 to 2008 he lived in and worked on Central America, and before that he worked on Europe based at University of Copenhagen. He is co-author of Welfare and Families in Europe. Aldershot: Ashgate 2005 and co-editor of Understanding Social Policy in Europe. Taipei: Casa Verde Publishing 2008 and New Social Partnerships in Europe. Copenhagen: The Copenhagen Centre 2003. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. in public administration from Roskilde University. He has published more than 200 papers in journals and books.
He has been a visiting scholar at Boston University, U C Berkeley, U C Davis, Sorbonne, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, University of York, University of Mannheim, University of Nantes, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies in Guatemala, Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth, Buenos Aires, and Asia Center, Seoul National University. He has been invited to present his research at universities in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Russia, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Germany, the
etherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Canada, USA, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Japan, Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and India. His research is published in fourteen languages.
Dr. Darshana Rajapaksa
[ Conference Co – Chairman ]
University of Sri Jayawardenepura
Dr Darshana Rajapaksa is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Prior to commence his work as a Senior Lecturer, he has more than a decade of experience working in the field of agriculture, environment and development economics in multiple countries; Sri Lanka, Australia and Japan. Dr Rajapaksa served as Agricultural Economist (Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka), Assistant Professor (Kyushu University, Japan), graduate and postgraduate researcher (Queensland University of technology, Australia) and Casual Academic (Southern Cross University, Australia).
He graduated with BSc (Agric., Sp., Hons.) in 2004 and subsequently he obtained MSc in Agricultural Economics in 2008. He completed a doctorate in Resource and Environmental Economics at the School of Economics & Finance, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia in 2015.
Prof. Sarath Kotagama
[ Conference Adviser ]
Professor of Environmental Science,
Department of Zoology,
University of Colombo,
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.
Scientific Committee members
Dr. Edoardo Monaco, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hongkong
Asst. Prof. Abdulla Galadari, Masdar Institute, UAE
Dr. Aisha Nazir, University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Mausumi Mahapatro Khan, North South University, Bangaladesh
Dr. Wan Azman Saini Wan Ngah, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Prof. Anand Prasad Mishra, Banaras Hindu University, India
Dr. Engr Javed Yunas Uppal, Government College Lahore, Pakistan
Dr. Asad Karim Khan Priyo, North South University, Bangladesh
Dr. R. S. Ajin, Idukki District Disaster Management Authority (Idukki DDMA), India
Dr. Wasana Maithree Herath, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka
Prof. M. Galtima, Gombe State University, Nigeria
Dr. A. F. M. Ataur Rahman, North South University, Bangladesh
Dr. Sharifa Al-Yahyai, Oman
Dr. Nurul Mohammad Zayed, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh
Dr. Trilochan Poudyal,Nepal Administrative Staff College,Nepal
Dr. Amjad Amin,University of Peshawar,Pakistan
Dr. Mohammad Arif Kamal,Aligarh Muslim University,India
Prof. Thomas Pogge,Yale University,USA
Dr. Trilochan Poudyal,Nepal Administrative Staff College,Nepal
Dr Nikolay Chernyshev,University of Bristol,UK
Dr. Anirban Mitra,University of Kent,UK
Dr Noriko Amano Patino,University of Cambridge,UK
Dr. Arsena Gjipali,University of Tirana, Albania
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