Samira Siddique is an MS/PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group. Her studies focus on the interconnected social, economic, and physical processes of urbanization and climate change in Asia. She was previously an international development researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, where her work included an evaluation of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions in cities worldwide. Prior to that, she was a researcher at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in the College of Social Studies and the College of the Environment.
Kashfia Nehrin is an incoming Master of Development Practice candidate at UC Berkeley. She graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, the foremost engineering institution of Bangladesh, with a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning in 2016. She is currently working as a Research Associate at the Bengal Institute of Architecture, Landscape, and Settlements. She had previously worked with the United Nations agencies in Bangladesh as a youth advisor for the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP). She has been committed to the causes of environmental, economic, and social justice as an environmental activist and a youth activist. She has promoted climate change awareness as an activist affiliated with the Climate Reality Project.
Abhishek Dalal is a current undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Public Health and South & Southeast Asian Studies. He is interested in medicine, health behavior, and health care administration. He is involved with two health-oriented non-profit student organizations, Project RISHI and MedLife. Abhishek is also a member of the Student Society for Stem Cell Research.
The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies offered two remote internships with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), a legal aid organization in Bangladesh. This year's interns are:
Spandana Singh received a BA in Development Studies and a BA in Media Studies from UC Berkeley in May 2017. She will be conducting legal research for BLAST as well as drafting press releases.
Prathyush Paramasuraman is studying Economics and South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. He will be conducting legal research for BLAST as well as drafting press releases.