Dr. Niaz Murtaza is an International Development Specialist with a research focus on sustainable development issues. He has practical field-based research and work experience across more than fifty countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas at senior levels with international NGOs like ActionAid and Oxfam. He has published nearly two dozen peer-reviewed articles, a book and policy papers on related issues.  He has also undertaken numerous consultancy assignments related to his research areas for UN and other aid agencies globally. He has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.