Photo Contest Judging Panel
Dr. Masataka Watanabe is professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan. He was chair of UNEP Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) since October 2009 and now he serves as co-chair of APAN. Prior to joining Keio University, he was director in the division of water and soil environment at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan and also he was appointed as professor, graduate school of agricultural and life sciences at the University of Tokyo. He was also visiting professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University. He participated to UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment from 2000 to 2004 as coordinating lead author in the sub-global assessment. He is a member of numerous national councils and committees in Japanese Government. He was awarded for his scientific contributions including Tien Shan Prize in 2003. He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed international journal articles and two books.
Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change & Development (ICCCAD) since 2009 and intends to support growing capacity of Bangladesh stakeholders, while enabling people and organizations from outside to benefit from training in Bangladesh. ICCCAD runs regular short courses as well as a MSc. program in Climate Change and Development. Dr. Huq is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) in the UK, where he is involved in building negotiating capacity and supporting the engagement of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in UNFCCC, including negotiator training workshops for LDCs, policy, as well as research into vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the least developed countries. Dr. Huq has published numerous articles in scientific and popular journals, was a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was one of the coordinating lead authors of ‘Inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation’ in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (2007). Prior to this he was the founding Executive Director at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), a leading independent research and policy think tank in Bangladesh, where he was in charge of management and strategy of the organization. Before that he taught plant sciences both to under-graduate and post-graduates at Dhaka University. In 2000 he became an Academic Visitor at the Huxley School of Environment at Imperial College in London where he teaches a course on global environmental policies. He completed his BSc (with Honors) in 1975 from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom and his PhD in plant sciences also from Imperial College in 1978.
Victor Chin is a painter/photographer/columnist/activist. His new paintings recreate the many moods of the sea. He is best known for his watercolour paintings of pre-war shophouses from 1982 till 1995, has turned his skills to evoking the shimmering quality of light on our tropical seas. His exhibition, called Pulau Perhentian, of 20 abstract acrylic paintings on canvas was inspired after visiting those Terengganu islands in 2002. Victor Chin works and lives in Kuala Lumpur. He is an Honorable Fellow at LESTARI in the National University Malaya (UKM).