David Matthews taught Urdu and Nepali at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London for over thirty years. He has written 17 publications on aspects of Urdu and Nepali language and literature and also worked towards his own PhD on the Urdu of the medieval Deccan. He takes an active part in the activities of Urdu-speaking communities of the UK and Europe, and he has a special interest in the teaching and examining of Urdu in British schools. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain.
Mohamed Kasim Dalvi has been Head Urdu and co-ordinator for Community Languages for a London Borough. He is currently Chair of Examinations (Urdu) for Edexcel and teaches at SOAS Language Centre.