Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Chairperson
Chief Executive – BELA
Syeda Rizwana Hasan is an enrolled lawyer with the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In professional life, she is working for the cause of environment as the Chief Executive of a reputed national Non Governmental Organization named Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Her main focus is to promote the notion of environmental justice in Bangladesh. Rizwana has a Masters in Law from the University of Dhaka with distinction. She started her career with BELA in 1993. As the Chief Executive of BELA, Rizwana is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the activities of environmental justice that include research, awareness raising, public interest litigation (PIL) and advocacy. She has a few publications to her credit. Notable amongst these are “Laws Regulating Environment in Bangladesh” and “Judicial Decisions on Environment in South Asia”. Rizwana is the editor of BELA newsletter (a quarterly publication of BELA) and also contributor to numerous national and international publications.
She was awarded Goldman Environmental Prize in 2009 for implementing regulations for shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh. She was also awarded The Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012 for her adamant courage and strong leadership in promoting judicial activism in Bangladesh that ensures people’s right to good environment.