The Foundation’s Scientific & Development Policy Advisory Committee, which currently has six members, evaluates the activities of the Foundation from a scientific and development policy perspective and advises in relation to the fulfilling of the company purpose, in relation to the (strategic) development of the Foundation and the selection and conceptualisation of projects.
Dr Kamal Hossain (Bangladesh), who has been a member of the Committee since its inception, decided to step down from his position. The Foundation thanks Dr Hossain for advising the Foundation, his invaluable input and attention and connecting the Foundation to various stakeholders in Asia. With his commitment, he supported work of the Foundation and the development of the Asia projects. In his stead, we would like to welcome the newest member to the Advisory Board Committee, Judge Neeru Chadha (India). Dr. Neeru Chadha is a Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea since 1 October 2017 and is presently also the President of the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the Tribunal. Prior to that she served as the Chief Legal Adviser in the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Overall, Judge Chadha has over 30 years of experience and held various positions in the Indian Government. She has also served as the Legal Adviser in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. Dr. Chadha has represented the Government of India in various multilateral and bilateral negotiations on various issues of international law. She also served as the Agent of the Government of India in its maritime delimitation dispute with Bangladesh; in the case concerning the Enrica Lexie Incident with Italy; and in the case concerning Nuclear Disarmament with Marshall Islands. She also served as a Co-Agent in the Kishenganga Arbitration with Pakistan.
The Foundation looks forward to welcoming Judge Chadha to the Advisory Committee and learning from her expertise in Public International Law and the Law of the Sea.