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SANDEE is governed by an independent Board of policy makers, scholars and donors.

Partha Dasgupta ( Chair)

Partha Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at Cambridge University. He has also taught at the London School of Economics and Stanford University. He was the first economist to be elected as a fellow of the Royal Society. His many honors include the John Kenneth Galbraith award, the Volvo Environment Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and a knighthood from the Queen of England. He is a co-founder of SANDEE.

Adil Najam

Adil Najam is the Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. He is a leading expert on issues related to developing country environmental policy, especially climate change, and also on the politics of South Asia. He was the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He also worked as the Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and Professor of International Relations and of Geography & Environment, both at Boston University. Dr. Najam holds two Masters Degrees and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His teaching and research focuses on international relations, environment and development policy, negotiation and conflict resolution, and on South Asian issues. He is the winner of teaching awards at MIT and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the author of multiple books, scholarly papers and book chapters. He is also the founding editor of the blog Pakistaniat: All Things Pakistan and a highly sought public speaker.

A.K. Enamul Haque

Enamul Haque is Professor at East West University, a private university in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has a Master's degree in Economics as well as in Agricultural Economics. He completed his doctoral degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada in Natural Resource Economics. Professor Haque has been a SANDEE research advisor for many years.

AnnaKarin Norling

AnnaKarin is the First Secretary and Program Manager- Environment & Climate Change at Sida- Embassy of Sweden, Thailand.

Bhim Adhikari

Bhim Adhikari is a Senior Program Specialist at Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC) and works specifically on the environmental economics program. His main research interest is in environment and development, particularly poverty-environment nexus, climate change adaptation, ecosystem services and institutions and environmental resource management. Over the past twenty years, Bhim has worked with a number of organizations and academic institutions, including the Institute for Water, Environment and Health- the United Nations University's think tank on water. At the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Pakistan, he tackled issues around environmental fiscal reforms and mainstreaming environment into poverty reduction strategies. He worked with a rural energy project at the United Nation's Development Program in Nepal, focusing on energy-environment issues. Bhim has worked at the University of Michigan, USA as a Research Fellow and was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of York, UK. He also worked as consultant and visiting researcher for the Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan; UNDP, New York; and TERI University in India. Bhim holds a PhD in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of York and has produced several publications on economic aspects of environment and natural resource management.

David Molden

David Molden is the Director General of ICIMOD. David has worked in Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries, including China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, and has work experience on the Indus, Ganges, Yellow, Mekong, Yangtze, and Amu and Syr Darya river basins. Prior to joining ICIMOD he was the Deputy Director General for Research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in Sri Lanka which received the IWRA Crystal Drop Award in 2011 and Stockholm Water Prize in 2012. Dr Molden was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1987 specializing in water resources, and has since developed broader interests in integrating social, technical, and environmental aspects of natural resources management. He has contributed to the publication of nearly 200 works in books, refereed journals, research and project report series, the media, educational materials and led the recognized Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. He has received many awards including the Outstanding Scientist Award of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in 2009.

E. Somanathan

Som is SANDEE's Executive Director. In addition to a long tenure at the Indian Statistical Institute in Delhi, Som has also taught at Emory University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Princeton University. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is currently the Editor of the journal Environment and Development Economics, published by Cambridge University Press. Som received a SANDEE grant in 2002 and has been a SANDEE Advisor since 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1995. Som is on leave from his position as Professor in the Economics and Planning Unit in the Indian Statistical Institute.

Priya Shyamsundar

Priya Shyamsundar, is the Lead Economist at The Nature Conservancy. She was the  Executive Director for the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE). As part of its various activities, SANDEE has supported over 60 research projects in the area of poverty and natural resource management, valuation of non-market goods, and the economics of pollution management. Priya previously served as a consultant for many years to the Environment Department of the World Bank. Most recently, she led a team that was responsible for a new World Bank book on poverty and environment. Prior to her work with SANDEE and the Bank, Priya served as Senior Program Officer for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and as Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust. Priya's research interests range over a number of topics within environment and development economics. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from Duke University.

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