Friends of dRi


Asif M. Shahan, Ph.D.


Dr. Asif Shahan is the Assistant Professor of Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka. He has almost 10 years of working experiences with specialization in governance, administrative reform, policy analysis and accountability issues. He is currently working as a Senior Analyst in WFP in support of a Strategic Review which will try to identify key challenges and ways forward for Bangladesh in achieving food security and improved nutrition as laid out under SDG 2. In addition to that, he has also worked on analyzing various aspects of the current food policy in Bangladesh and based on that, has co-authored a book chapter (to be published by Routledge International) that explored the dynamics of food policy making in Bangladesh. Dr. Shahan is also working as a core group member in a project implemented by UNDP and Governance Innovation Unit (GIU), Prime Minister’s Office which aims at developing a National Governance Assessment Framework.


Dr. Manoj Roy


Dr Manoj Roy is currently working as a Lecturer in Sustainability at Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University, UK. He is also an honorary Fellow at Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), the University of Manchester, UK.

He received his PhD in urban planning from University of Manchester, UK and has degrees in architecture, infrastructure planning and higher education teaching. He has also undertaken a postdoctoral research where he developed a GIS-based Spatial Allocation of Material Flow Analysis (SAMFA) model. He has an enriched professional career of working with Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) of University of Manchester, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering of Queen’s University Belfast, Planning, University of Manchester, Universität Stuttgart, Germany and other organizations. He is the author of many books, journal articles and working papers and has obtained many research fundings. Mr. Manoj has over 15-year experience of working with GIS and spatial analysis and urbanization. His research interests include urban poverty analysis, ecosystem services/disservices-urban poverty linkages, climate change adaptation, human settlement design and planning and informal land and rental markets.His researches are truly interdisciplinary, involving a combination of technical (e.g. architectural, planning and GIS analysis), social (e.g. social survey and participatory methods) and political (political economy/ecology of urban change) analysis methods.


Dr. Munshi Sulaiman


Dr. Munshi Sulaiman has a PhD in Development Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK. He is a mix-method expert in livelihood, social protection and social safety nets, cash and asset transfer and poverty mapping. Currently he is the research director at Save the Children UK. Previously he worked for BRAC International, Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC and Economic Growth Center, Yale University. He has worked as a consultant and resource person in various short-term projects for Baastel, CGAP, Development Research Initiative, Maxwell Stamp, UN Women, UNESCO, World Bank, and the World Food Programme (WFP).He has experience of working in many countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


Dr. Selim Gulesci


Selim Gulesci is an assistant professor of economics at Boccioni University in Milan, Italy. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics (LSE) and B.Sc. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mathematics from Sabanci University, Istanbul. His research is on development economics, with a focus on credit and labor markets in developing countries. His recent projects in progress are 'Inside the Production Function: the Effect of Financial Contracts on Growing Firms’ technology use', 'Contractual Flexibility, Firm Growth and Information Asymmetries in Microfinance: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh' and 'Credit Constraints, Education Investment and Misallocation: Evidence from Tanzania'.


GolamIftekhar Mahmud


Mr. GolamIftekhar Mahmud is an environmental journalism expert both in newspapers and on the web. He has reported on environment, food security, and all other natural and social sciences in national and international newspapers. He is a freelance researcher for national and international issues and has twelve years of experience in communications, strategy, planning, research and analysis. He has written more than 100 articles on environmental issues for several daily newspapers in Bangladesh, participated in different workshops and covered many conferences around the world. Mr. Mahmud has an enriched professional career and currently working as the senior editor of The Daily Prothom-Alo. Previously he worked as staff reporter for the The Daily Somokal, staff researcher for Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC and lecturer for the Department of Journalism, Communication and Media Studies (JCMS) of State University of Bangladesh, Mass Communication & Journalism ofUniversity of Dhaka and Bangladesh Institute of Management. He has a Master in Social Science in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University.


Imran Matin


Imran Matin, born in 1970, is the Director of International Programs at Save the Children. He was previously the Director of BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Division and the Deputy Executive Director of Africa Programmes at BRAC. He completed a BA (Hons.) in Economics from Delhi University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Sussex, UK in 1998. Dr. Matin worked as a Poverty Specialist at the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), World Bank, was Research Fellow at the Poverty Research Unit in Sussex, and Research Consultant at the Springfield Centre for Business in Development in Durham, UK. He also served as the Member Secretary to the 2003 Civil Society Task Force on Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation. He was a recipient of the ESCOR Research Grant in 1997, and the Over Research Scheme (ORS) Award in 1995. He is the author of numerous articles on micro finance and development.


Md. Asadullah


Md. Asadullah is working as a short-time researcher at the Development Research Initiative (dRi). Previously he served in Bangladesh Army for long 28 years in numerous operational, administrative and other appointments.He has a Master in Defense Studies (MDS) under National University, Master in Business Administration (Major in HRM) from Royal Roads University, BC, Canada (From Bangladesh Campus) and accomplished a Post Graduate Certificate Course on Management of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MLAAR) from BRAC University. He is currently an M Phil Researcher on Management Studies at the University of Dhaka, on Performance Appraisal Systems in the Industrial enterprises of Bangladesh.He has experience of serving as a Project Director of Jolshiri Abashon, a project of Bangladesh Army implementing huge housing project for the officers of Bangladesh Army. This appointment  required very high level of planning and execution of conflict/risk management, communication and social skills to deal with immense variety of stakeholders like landowners, local leaders, secondarily displaced people, various Government and private Housing Companies, RAJUK and other relevant Government Bodies, news media etc.


Mishu Ahasan


Mr. Abu Ahasan is a PhD researcher in Urban Poverty, Radboud University, Nijmegen. He completed his MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.He has special skill in ethnographic research and has qualitative expertise in enterprises, poverty and vulnerabilities and rights of children. He is affiliated with dRi through sharing his knowledge and expertise as a consultant. 


Monirul I. Khan


Mr. Monirul I. Khan is a Professor and the Chairman of Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka. He received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics. He is an expert in rural development, social organization and research design and methodology. In his professional career he   worked as sociologist for ICCDDRB-BAC joint research project and as a director of the Health, Society and Environment Group (HSEG). He has experience of working with the World Bank, Mott McDonald of UK, Eduplus, World Vision, ILO, Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK), Institute of Microfinance (INM), BRAC, European Commission (EC), CARE, CPD, UNOPS, World Fish Center, Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS), Swiss Development Cooperation, UNFPA, ARD, DFID, UNDP, Nijera Kari, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UNCDF, World Food Programme and many other national and international organizations.


Muhammad Asif Abdur Rouf


Mr. Muhammad Asif Abdur Rouf has an MDS in Strategic Studies, MA in English Literature and MBA in HRM. He served in Bangladesh Army for about 30 years in different command, staff, and administrative appointments both at home and abroad. He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in February 2016 and currently working as a part time researcher at Development Research Initiative (dRi). He has a wide experience in Disaster Management and post disaster rehabilitation programmes, Conflict Management (in Chittagong Hill Tracts and a number of African Countries under United Nations Peacekeeping Mission) e has excellent expertise in situation analysis and formal reporting, business analysis, business planning and report writing. He was one of the lead researchers of Bangladesh Army’s History Project and co-authored Five-Volume ‘History of Bangladesh Army’, published in May 2015. He received “Sena Utkorsho Padok” for outstanding contribution in the history project. He also worked as editor of Bangladesh Army Journal, a professional periodical of Bangladesh Army for two years (2013-2014). His long involvement in Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW) has given him a wide understanding of the causes of poverty, illiteracy, hygiene and sanitation, humanitarian issues,  various economic activities and development  programs. 


Naomi Hossain


Naomi Hossain is a political sociologist with 20 years of development research and advisory experience. Her work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and increasingly on the political effects of subsistence crises.

She has researched elite perceptions of poverty, accountability in education and social protection, and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the UK, and led cross-country research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Most recently she was the Principal Investigator on the DFID-ESRC funded research project Food Riots and Food Rights: the moral and political economy of accountability for hunger Project (2012-14), and a research lead on the IDS/Oxfam GB Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project. Her book on the political effects of the 1974 famine in Bangladesh, The Aid Lab, will be published by Oxford University Press in February 2017.


Niloy Ranjan Biswas


Niloy Ranjan Biswas teaches International Relations at the University of Dhaka. In 2016, he completed his Ph.D.  in International Politics from City University of London. He was also a Visiting Lecturer (2015-16) and Seminar Tutor (2013-2014) in the Department of International Politics at City. His thesis examines the implication of the role of state elites, local civil society organizations and international actors on civilian security governance in transitional and challenging environments with a special focus on South Asia. His current research interests also include security governance, civil society, policing, and South Asian contributions to United Nations peacekeeping missions. His most recent articles are published in International Peacekeeping (Taylor & Francis), Journal of International Peacekeeping (Brill) and Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies Journal. One of his forthcoming studies on UN peacekeeping will be published in a special edition of The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs to commemorate fifty years of the Commonwealth Secretariat.


Shubhasish Barua (PhD)


Shubhasish Barua is an assistant professor in the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka. He completed his PhD in economics from the Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK and MSC in economics and econometrics from the Department of Economics, University of Essex, UK. He has worked for different organizations including Department of Economics, University of Warwick, Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh Bank and Institute of Microfinance (InM). He is the author of many research papers and he worked in different research projects. He has a wide array of interest in firm dynamics and international trade, small and medium enterprises: financing and growth, impact evaluation and randomized controlled trials, inclusive finance and entrepreneurship, poverty, vulnerability and micro insurance, migration and remittances, regional economic disparity and capital flows and macroeconomic stability.


Syed M Hashemi


Syed M Hashemi has a long career in teaching, research and managing programs for the poor.  He taught Economics at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh, directed an anti-poverty research program at Grameen Trust, and set up a development institute and chaired the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University. He spent nine years with CGAP, at the World Bank, focusing on financial inclusion of the poorest. He also headed a multi-country program to develop new pathways to graduate out of food insecurity. Hashemi continues to be Senior Advisor for the graduation program at CGAP. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Riverside. 


Umbareen Kuddus


Umbareen Kuddus has a professional career of 10 years and she has been involved in designing, implementing and managing development programmes and interventions. Her work has focused on challenging and often sensitive issues including policing, gender, youth and migration. On each of these issues, she has had the opportunity to work both at the policy level as well as the implementation level in a number of countries across Asia and Africa. She had the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and perceptions enhancing her ability to work with and manage multicultural teams. She has an enriched career of working with organizations like BRAC, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). She wants to continue working in development programming, primarily focusing on facilitating expansion and adaptation of interventions to better address the needs of groups and communities.

She achieved her Masters in Gender and Development (with distinction) from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex and Bachelors in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka.