Regional Executive Committee

ICLEI is led by an elected group of local and regional leaders from across our network.

Regional Executive Committee

The Regional Executive Committee (REXCom) is the regional representation of ICLEI Members in South Asia. REXCom members will be called upon to drive, promote and represent their portfolios on behalf of ICLEI South Asia.

A. H. M. Khairuzzaman (Liton) Mayor, Rajshahi City Corporation, Bangladesh
A. H. M. Khairuzzaman (Liton)
Mayor, Rajshahi City Corporation, Bangladesh

A fourth generation political leader and a trained lawyer, A. H. M. Khairuzzaman Liton became Mayor of Rajshahi in 2008, and was re-elected in 2016. Under his leadership, the city adopted a new master plan to become a modern, developed, livable, affordable, and model city. Mayor Khairuzzaman Liton received several sustainability awards, including the 2020 Environmental Friendly City of the year, 2012 Environmental Award, and 2009 National Award on Tree Plantation.

Ashok Byanju President, Municipal Association of Nepal, Nepal, Portfolio: Biodiversity
Ashok Byanju
President, Municipal Association of Nepal, Nepal, Portfolio: Biodiversity

As Vice-president of the Municipal Association of Nepal (since 2001) and Mayor of Dhulikhel (since 2017), Ashok Byanju is committed to promoting better urban planning and biodiversity throughout Nepal. He is convinced that preserving biodiversity will have a positive impact on sustainability in South Asia, since it will encourage the conservation of natural resources like soil and water. Photo credit: setopati.net

Atishi Marlena MLA of Kalkaji, Chairperson of Assembly Committees Ethics, Environment & Education, Delhi Government, India
Atishi Marlena
MLA of Kalkaji, Chairperson of Assembly Committees Ethics, Environment & Education, Delhi Government, India

Prior to joining public life, Atishi Marlena was a teacher and a grassroot environmental activist. Before becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Delhi in February 2020, she served as Special Advisor to the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi. In addition to her role as representative of Kalkaji Constituency, Atishi Marlena chairs the Assembly’s Ethics committee, Standing committee on education, and Committee on environment. As part of her role, she’s committed to fighting air pollution and smog in Delhi.

Meet MLA Atishi Marlena

Fathimath Afshaan Latheef CEO, Local Government Authority of Maldives, Maldives
Fathimath Afshaan Latheef
CEO, Local Government Authority of Maldives, Maldives

Fathimath Afshan Latheef started her involvement in public life at 10, representing her country at the first SAARC Arts and Cultural Festival, and later at the Youth Forum for the World Food Summit. Before becoming CEO of the Local Government Authority of Maldives, Ms. Latheef was involved with several NGOs (in particular for election-related matters), and she worked for the President’s office and the ministry of foreign affairs.

Meet CEO Fathimath Afshan Latheef (YouTube Video)

Ugyen Dorji Mayor, Thimphu Municipality, Bhutan
Ugyen Dorji
Mayor, Thimphu Municipality, Bhutan

Prior to being elected Mayor of Thimphu in 2021, Ugyen Dorji worked for the City for 11 years, most recently as deputy chief urban planner. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Australia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the College of Science and Technology in Phuentsholing. Mayor Dorji is committed to improving municipal services, in particular drinking water, waste management, sanitation, pollution and road conditions.

Satya Kaundal Mayor, Shimla, India
Satya Kaundal
Mayor, Shimla, India

Mrs. Satya Kaundal began her career as an officer in the Shimla Municipal Corporation in the state of Himachal Pradesh. She was later elected councillor, before being elected Mayor in 2020. She is deeply committed to promoting resilient development by maintaining a delicate balance between the conservation of the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas and the relentless process of urbanisation, in order to build a sustainable city. Mrs. Kaundal has a deep knowledge of the functioning of urban local bodies and an abiding interest in resolving social issues.

Sunil Uniyal Mayor, Dehradun, India
Sunil Uniyal
Mayor, Dehradun, India

Mr. Sunil Uniyal has been involved in politics in the city of Dehradun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand, for three decades. In December 2018, he was elected Mayor of the city‘s Municipal Corporation. He has worked actively for sustainable and climate-resilient urban development, and has also supported the State Biodiversity Board and the Biodiversity Management Committee to prepare the People’s Biodiversity Register. As a member of ICLEI South Asia’s Regional Executive Committee, Mr Uniyal takes every opportunity to encourage peer learning from other cities in South Asia that face similar challenges in implementing climate action.

Yasmin Kidwai Councillor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, India
Yasmin Kidwai
Councillor, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, India

A filmmaker, social entrepreneur, and an elected municipal Councillor of Delhi, Ms. Yasmin Kidwai has two decades of experience in working with multiple groups of leaders, bureaucrats, international NGOs, and consultants. Taking her entrepreneurial interests forward, she has conceived and developed Namaste Orchha, a cultural festival that aims to promote sustainable development in Orchha, a small town in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, and is involved in providing employment opportunities to the youth and women. Ms. Kidwai is also committed to amplifying the voices of the vulnerable, especially the elderly and women, in the decision-making process in Delhi.

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