Arunima Chakraborty did
her Master’s degree in Globalization and Labour from the Tata Institute of
Social Sciences, Mumbai. She got a post graduate diploma in Journalism as well from
the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. At
present, she is pursuing an M. Phil in Social Sciences at the Centre for
Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.
Arunima is also a keenly interested in creative writing and Indian classical
music. She has bagged innumerable prizes at essay and story writing
She intends to carry out research in the area of gender studies with special focus
on the state policies concerning women’s rights to work and livelihood. She is also
keen to work in the area of sex trafficking
as a gendered process.
The other areas of academic interest for Arunima include migration as a
gendered phenomenon, the informal sector economy and media studies.
Fayyaz Yaseen is a
researcher at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Besides his SDPI
assignment he is also associated with DFID’s AWAZ project that endeavor for
promotion of political accountability, quality service delivery and women
rights and empowerment in 45 districts of Pakistan over the next four years.
Yaseen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or 0092-2278134 (Ext: 193) and
Moonzajer is a coordinator for the Afghan Journalists’
Safety Committee (www.AJSC.af), chairman of
Afghan Journalists’ Committee, (www.afghanjc.com)
, representative of International Media Support (www.i-m-s.dk),
and a former correspondent of the Journalism In Crisis Coalition (JICC).
Moonzajer did his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and currently he is
doing his MS in Development Studies from Iqra
University, Islamabad. Besides, he has Diploma in English
Language (DEL) and Diploma in German Language (DGL).
In Afghanistan, he started his career in
2003 and later worked with various media organization including Ayna TV (English),
daily Jahan Naw, daily Bayan Naw, Radio Rabia Balkhi, (rrb.af),
International Media Support (IMS)
and Journalism in Crisis Coalition (JICC).
Nishantha Mallawaarachchi is a
Fulbright Research scholar, and has recently completed the taught component of his
Master of Arts in Development Studies and Public Policy. He is pursuing for his
PhD —‘Role of Development Communication in strengthening Good Governance and
Public Policy: Case of Agricultural Extension Services in Sri Lanka’—under IDRC-SDPI Fellowships in
Governance, Security and Justice in South Asia.
He has conducted a study on “The Role of Electronic Media in Youth Empowerment”
at the American University
in Washington D.C. Another academic research includes ‘Empowerment
of youth in South Asia in achieving Millennium
In his research studies, Nishantha has used data and information from
various online and offline sources to take down analytical reports highlighting
policy issues. His findings made a significant contribution in influencing
policy issues, including democratic governance, when presented in United
Nations and International Organization for Migration summits. He has prepared policy papers on good governance
and development issues during his service as communications officer with ActionAid, Sri
Lanka Tsunami Project.
Later, as communications officer at the Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka, Nishantha
while having expertise both in communication and development introduced
innovative methodologies to streamline the public communications.