Speaker's Profile

Dr A Atiq Rahman

Dr A. Atiq Rahman is a global leader in the fields of sustainable development, environment, poverty and climate change. In 2008 he received the UN ‘Champion of the Earth’ award for his distinguished leadership in global environmental issues. As one of the lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2008 he was awarded ‘Paribesh Padak’, the highest national environmental achievement award in Bangladesh, for his contribution in environmental technology and innovation.

Dr Rahman is the Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and a lead author of the chapter titled ‘Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change’ in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). He had a key role in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) at the UNCED Conference in Rio, 1992 and in all the Conferences of Parties and climate summits that led to the signing of the Kyoto Protocol 1997. He was also a lead author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report, the IPCC Special Report on Technology Transfer, and a cross-thematic paper on ‘Development, Equity and Sustainability’.

Dr Rahman is a Visiting Professor of International Diplomacy and Sustainable Development at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, USA. He chairs the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and the Coalition of Environmental NGOs in Bangladesh. He is currently engaged in exploring global-local linkages and mega-processes such as global inequity and poverty, climate change, biodiversity, and relevant global institutions. He was the Team Leader of the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) Synthesis Group under the Government of Bangladesh.