Prof. Jayanta Kumar Ray, a founder member of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian studies, is the Chairman of its Executive Council. Some of his previous assignments were: Centenary Professor of International Relations and Director of Centre for South and South-East Asian Studies, University of Calcutta; Professor of Behavioural Sciences, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi; Senior Research Associate, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He has to his credit a number of important publications in the field of public and international affairs.
Dr. Rakhee Bhattacharya, an economist by profession, is a Fellow with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. Her teaching affiliation was with Shillong College, Shillong. She worked earlier with the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, Asian Development Research Institute in Patna, and Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi, and published several research articles in the areas of development, disparity, poverty, regional economies and economy of insurgency.