Mohammad Azaz is a Bangladeshi researcher, and an activist working on crucial issues such as water, river, environmental, as well as climate justice issues raised by fisherman, farmers, women and riverside communities facing anthropogenic and climate injustice in GBM basin areas. He is the chairman of the River and Delta Research Centre (RDRC).
Mohammad Azaz is leading a research project, #DhakaRivers, which is a baseline survey of the rivers of the Dhaka Division. This research is focused on a baseline survey (a) to provide comprehensive and updated information on the existing river courses (150 rivers approx.), (b) to address our understanding of the biophysical and social components of rivers, and (c) to recommend policies aiming at the implementation of Delta Plan 2100 and achieving SDG targets.
As the Chairman, Azaz leads the River and Delta Research Centre, which is a center for experts in the fields of river basin management, sustainability, and delta studies. After completing his MBA and MDS, Azaz started his teaching career in higher education in 2004. After ten years of teaching as a university faculty, Azaz now focuses his attention on the conservation of natural resources and water bodies. He has actively participated in activism as a director for Riverine People from 2014 to 2020. Mohammad Azaz is the executive vice president of the United River Alliance (URA), an alliance of 50 plus river-based conservation-related civil society organizations working in Bangladesh. This platform is formulated for advocacy, negotiations, anti-encroachment and for community-led ownership for sustainable development.
Azaz is also the principal advisor of GBM based Peoples Network that works for the rights of the basin people in Ganga Brahmaputra Meghna River basin areas. Under the banner of Peoples Network, Azaz provides training to the CSOs, and supports various regional, national transboundary river-related policy dialogues, events, seminars, and demonstrations. Mohammad Azaz has been a part of numerous teams and panels that work on initiating and formulating various regional, and national policies including those related to rivers, water and wetland, research and conservation.
Mohammad Azaz is the host of a monthly one-hour online talk show (Dialogue with Mohammad Azaz). ‘Dialogue with Mohammad Azaz’ is an informal online platform for CSOs, activists, policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organizations as well as business and industry representatives to collaborate to improve the exchange of knowledge sharing and experience. This online talk show facilitates global knowledge-sharing platform where expertise, experience, and case studies are exchanged.