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Friends of dRi

Dr. Munshi Sulaiman

Director of Research and Evidence, Save The Children International

Dr. Munshi Sulaiman is the director of Research and Evidence of Save The Children International. Before that he led BRAC International’s Africa Research, and was a Research Advisor at BIGD, Brac University. He has a PhD in Development Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK and had been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University. His primary research interests include extreme poverty, enterprise development and youth employment. He is a mix-method expert in livelihood, social protection and social safety nets, cash and asset transfer and poverty mapping. 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 (dRi), 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.


Naomi Hossain

Naomi Hossain is a Research Fellow at Institute of Development Studies at The University of Sussex, UK. She 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. 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.

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”.

Dr. Manoj Roy

DrManoj 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.

Asif M. Shahan, Ph.D.

Dr. Asif Shahan is the Associate 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 has worked in a number of research projects where the focus was in developing an in-depth understanding of gender, policies and education. He has also worked on a research and evaluation projects that explored effectiveness of the different social development and awareness programs in addressing the need of early married girls in Bangladesh and specific social protection needs for adolescents.In addition to that, he had 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 also worked 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.

Monirul I. Khan

Mr. Monirul I. Khan is a Professorof 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, MottMcDonald of UK, Eduplus, World Vision, ILO, AinO 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, NijeraKari, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UNCDF, World Food Programme and many other national and international organizations.

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.

Abu Ahasan

PhD Researcher, Radboud University, Nijmegen

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.

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 heworked 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.

Golam Iftekhar Mahmud

Mr. Golam Iftekhar 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.

Dr. Sheikh Shahed Rahman, MPH, MBBS

Dr. Sheikh Shahed Rahman is the Chief of Party for the Suchana programme, Save the Children International in Bangladesh. Dr. Shahed is a public health professional who began working as Technical Coordinator in Pathfinder International for child health and nutrition. He served Save the Children in a food security and nutrition project and support development of a pilot program on community based management of acute malnutrition activities.

His long career encompassed experiences in program design, implementation, advocacy, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. Through the years he has taken and applied his skills to the support of USAID funded multi-year assistance programs including the highly successful CARE’s“SHOUHARDO” food security program and Window of Opportunity project and as a consultant to FANTA in the Darfur region of Sudan and Ghana, where he facilitated trainings and supported the integration of CMAM into health services.

Dr. Shahed received his MPH from Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA and bachelor in Medicine and Surgery from Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, Barisal, under Dhaka University in Bangladesh.

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. 

Imran Matin

Dr Imran Matin leads BIGD as Executive Director with an intent to transform the organisation into a globally-recognized centre for rigorous research on policy and development interventions. Dr Matin provides strategic direction and oversees strategy implementation for advancing BIGD’s mission; expands and nurtures critical stakeholder relationships; and is responsible for the overall management of human, financial, and physical resources.Dr Matin is a Visiting Fellow of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He additionally serves as the Country Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC) in Bangladesh.

He was previously the Chief Research and Policy Officer of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA),Director of International Programs at Save the Children, Director of BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Division and the Deputy Executive Director of Africa Programmes at BRAC. He has 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.

Niloy Ranjan Biswas

Dr. Niloy Ranjan Biswas is an Associate Professor of the Department of 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.

Dr. Shahadat Hossain Siddique

Dr. Shahadat is a Professor of Department of Economics at University of Dhaka. He is also a part time Senior Research Fellow at Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Brac University. His interests include Health Economics, Development Economics and Econometric Modelling. Dr. Siddiquee has been awarded PhD from the Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester. He has an excellent career in field of Quantitative Research. He has recently worked with Handicap International – Humanity and Inclusion (HI), Bangladesh where, as the Team Leader he was responsible for Designing Randomized Control Trial (RCT) for evaluating the Disability Inclusive Poverty Graduation Model (DIPGM) and assessing the baseline characteristics.

Md. Abul Kalam Azad

Before retiring on May, 2019, Md. Abul Kalam Azad was the Chief Engineer and Chief Executive Officer of Local Government Engineering Department, the largest rural infrastructure provider of Government of Bangladesh. Mr. Azad joined this organization as Assistant Engineer in 1983 and served various important positions, including Executive Engineer, Project Director, Superintending Engineer. He has a M.Sc Engr. (Highway Engineering) from  Birmingham University (UK). He has 36 years of experience in rural infrastructure development in Bangladesh whereinfrastructures include rural roads, Agriculture and water resource, urban development infrastructures. He was involved in government policy formulation and project /program development. After retirement he is currently involved with World Bank Bangladesh office as short-term consultant. advising World Bank for project/program formulation.

Dr. Khaleda Islam

Dr. Khaleda Islam is a professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka. She did her Ph.D. from University of Dhaka and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Nutrition Science with an emphasis on Child and Mother Nutrition, Research Methodology and Gender Relations from Wagenin University, the Netherlands. She received her MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College in 1986 and has been an academic at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science in the University of Dhaka Since 2004. She also worked as the Medical Advisor in Family Planning, Mother & Child Health Care, Immunization project by Asia Foundation in 1988 and she was the Chairperson of Health, Society and Environment Group (HSEG). From 2016 to 2019, she was involved in longitudinal study with action research in Bangladesh to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables to prevent the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a nutritionist. Dr. Khaleda Islam worked as a health, nutrition and gender specialist in various other initiatives.

Md. Mizanur Rahman

Md. Mizanur Rahman is an Assistant Professor at Department of Anthropology, Jagannath University, Dhaka. He has a Master of Arts in Development Studies from International Institute of Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Masters in Social Science (MSS) from Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University. He is mix method expert with special interests in Migrant workers, Labor rights, Migration, Human Rights. As a researcher, he worked in various research projects for different national and international organizations.

Dr. Hasan Ashraf 

Hasan Ashraf is an Assistant Professor at Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University. He has a Ph. D.  from the department of Anthropology, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg. Before he started lecturing anthropology, he did extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural and urban areas of Bangladesh on politics, gender, ethnicity, religion and state of wellbeing. He served as a member of the editorial board for the journal Anthropology in Bangladesh. For last couple years hehas been conducting research on practices of global garment production and labor politics in Bangladesh and simultaneously working with varied policy processes, garment workers’ lived realities and consulted by media on aspects of the global garment industry. His research interest has grown to work with ‘water practices’ and ‘valuation of food’ in Dhaka (Bangladesh) as lens to look at how ‘life’ undergoes continuous reorganization. Previously, he has conducted extensive ethnographic research in rural, coastal and urban settings in Bangladesh (since 2002) on range of ontologies: sexual rights, youth culture in Dhaka, violence against women and legal pluralism, religious movement, and political participation of everyday life and changes in agrarian lifeways in northern Bangladesh. 


Dr. Ferdous Arfina Osman

Dr. Ferdous is a Professor at Department of Public Administration, Dhaka University. She has a Ph.D. in Public Administration from University of Manchester, United Kingdom and she is a Post-doctoral/ Full Bright Visiting Fellow of Johns Hopkins University, USA. She has been an academic for more than two decade and was involved in numerous research projects for different national and international organizations throughout her career. She is a specialist in governance, administrative reform, policy analysis accountability issues with more focus on gender.


Dr. M. Shakhawat Hossain

Shakhawat Hossain has a Ph.D in Clinical Epidemiology and Community Medicine from School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Australia. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore. He has more than 20 years working experience in research sector with interest in Refugee, Rehabilitation, Migrants and Mental Health, Nutrition, Poverty & Health, HIV and Substance Abuse, Smoking Tobacco, Smokeless Tobacco and Health, Physical Activity, Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, Primary Health Care, Ageing & Health Service Delivery and Social & Behavioral Aspects in Health. His recent research experience includes “Conducting a pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial on Advance Care Planning (Ageing)”, “Randomized Controlled Trial: Promoting physical activity a personalized approach focusing on the built environment in Singapore” et

Priyanka Bose Kanta

Priyanka Bose Kantais a lecturer at the Department of Law at University of Dhaka and finished her LL. B and LL.M from the same university. She has experience in teaching profession in different universities and also worked in various research projects for different organization including Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, International Crimes Tribunals of Bangladesh, Empowerment through Law of the Common People and Harvard Program in Criminal Justice. 

Dr. Shahaduz Zaman

Professor Shahaduz Zaman has an interdisciplinary background with degrees in Medical Anthropology, Public Health and Medicine. He has more than 15 years of experience in conducting research and teaching in global public health. His research interests include hospital ethnography, Socio-cultural aspects of communicable and non-communicable diseases, death dying and end of life, refugee health, role of art in heath interventions, health policy and health systems in low-income countries and medical history. Shahaduz Zaman conducted research in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Turkey, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Syria. He has received research grants from ESRC, AHRC, MRC, British Academy and WHO. Before joining as a Senior Lecturer and then Reader in Medical Anthropology and Global Health at the Department of Global Health and Infection at BSMS, he worked with School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow and Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. Shahaduz Zaman obtained his Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2003. He obtained his Public Health and Medical degree from Bangladesh. Shahaduz Zaman was born and brought up in Bangladesh, and started his career as a community health physician in the rural parts of the country. Before moving to UK in 2009 he was working at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh as an Associate Professor. Shahaduz Zaman is also a notable fiction writer in Bengali literature and the recipient of the ‘Bangla Academy Award 2016’ which is the highest national literary award in Bangladesh.

Kazuyo Minamide, PhD

Associate Professor of Kobe College, Japan, and teaches global studies. She has been conducting ethnographic research with children and their socialization and education in Bangladesh’s rural settings since 2000 and following up their lives till to date. Her publications in Bangladesh context among others include “Anthropology of ‘Child-sphere’: Children in a Bangladesh’s Rural Society” (2014) and an edited book “Millennial Generation in Bangladesh” (in press). She has made several ethnographic films including “Circumcision in Transition” (2006, 36min.); “The First Educated Generation: from Childhood to Adolescence” (2016, 52 min.). Her work has been acknowledged with several awards including the Daido Life Foundation Incentive Award for Area Studies in 2020. Currently she is leading a multi-country research project focusing on youth and uncertainty in contemporary South Asia.