Jayanta Kumar Ray, a founder member of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, is presently 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 Behaviourial Sciences, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi; Senior Research Associate, Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, New Delhi. He has to his credit a number of important publications in the field of public and international affairs.
Rakhee Bhattacharya, an economist by profession, is currently a Fellow with the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. She is also an Endeavour Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies in the University of South Australia. She is the co-editor of Northeast India: Administrative Reforms and Economic Development. Her publications encompass the areas of development, disparity, poverty, regional economies and economy of insurgency.
Kausik Bandyopadhyay is a Senior Lecturer in History in North Bengal University, and a Fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. He is the author of Playing Off the Field: Explorations in the History of Sport ; co-author of Goalless: The Story of a Unique Footballing Nation; and co-editor of Fringe Nations in World Soccer.