Prof. Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi is Future Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI), Australian National University (ANU) and Professor of Demography (on leave) at the Department of Demography University of Tehran. He has a PhD in Demography from the ANU; and his PhD thesis focused on Fertility Patterns of Immigrant Groups in Australia. During 1998-2000, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Demography Program, ANU; and served as the Head of the Department of Demography of the University of Tehran during 2002-2006. He was a member of the Executive Council of the Population Association of Iran ring 2001-2010, and was the Secretary General of the Association during 2001-2005. Prof. Abbasi is currently a Chair of Human Resource Committee & Member of Board of Trustees, International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal of Asian Population Studies; Chair of the IUSSP Panel of Refugees; and President of the Asian Population Association (2011-2012). Abbasi-shavazi is the Laureate of the 2011 UN Population Award.