Dr. Kawser Ahmed is an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is also the Executive Director of CRRIC. He was an exchange officer with the Turkish Armed Forces, an observer to the United Nations Missions in Western Sahara (MINURSO), and an alumnus at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) in Washington DC. Dr. Ahmed graduated in Peace and Conflict Studies (MPhil, University of Dhaka & Ph.D., University of Manitoba). Dr. Ahmed is currently a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada’s post-doctoral fellow at The University of Winnipeg. His research interests are social conflict and peace-building, radicalism, violent extremism, and UN peacekeeping operations. You can contact him at k.ahmed@beyond-peace.com

Maria Hussain is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Dhaka. She graduated from the University of Dhaka majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and later obtained her Masters degree from the same discipline. She completed her second Masters in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, UK in 2018. She has also worked for the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh. She has been actively participating in research. The respective areas of her research interests are religion and peacemaking, peacebuilding and conflict transformations, human rights, refugee and forced migration. You contact her at maria.hussain@beyond-peace.com