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Friends of dRi

Dr. Munshi Sulaiman

Dr. Munshi Sulaiman is the director at BIGD, BRAC University. His other affiliations include Advisor, The Agency Fund, and Research and Evaluation Advisor, 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. Badiul Alam Majumdar

Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, an extraordinary personage, is a distinguished economist, development worker, political analyst, local government and election expert. He joined The Hunger Project as Country Director in Bangladesh in 1993 and was appointed a Global Vice President in 2003. He is the founder-Secretary of Shujan (Citizens for Good Governance), a civil society organization. He is also the founding President of the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum (NGCAF), formed to promote the end of discrimination against girls and create opportunities for them. Dr. Majumdar was born in February 1946 in Comilla, Bangladesh. He received his Bachelor of Commerce with Honors (1967) and Master of Commerce (1968) from Dhaka University. From 1970-71, he took his first trip to study in the U.S. on a Graduate Fellowship for International Understanding, sponsored by the Rotary Foundation, at Claremont Graduate School. He earned a Master of Business Economics (M.B.E.) from Claremont and then went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Economics from Case Western Reserve University, USA.

Dr. Majumdar was a Lecturer at Dhaka University in 1969-70. He also taught at Seattle University, Central Washington University, and Washington State University during 1976-91. In addition, he worked for NASA and the Saudi Royal Family. He came back to Bangladesh in 1991, resigning a full professorship in America. He briefly served on the Board of Governors of BARD. He was a member of the Committee to Strengthen and Revitalize Local Governance, which was set up by the last Caretaker Government in Bangladesh. Dr. Majumdar is a well-known activist, committed to safeguarding the rights of citizens. He fought in courts for candidate disclosure and people’s right to information on numerous occasions. He received a seminal judgment on the right to information from the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.  He has authored several books and published many articles in professional journals. He has edited three volumes on candidate disclosures for the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Parliament elections, providing authoritative information about the background of candidates. He is also a popular newspaper columnist. Dr. Majumdar’s diverse expertise and extensive contributions to economics, development work, political analysis, and good governance advocacy make him a respected figure in Bangladesh and beyond.

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. Inka Barnett

Dr Barnett is the lead of the Health & Nutrition Cluster and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with over 20 years of experience in implementation and evaluation research in international nutrition programmes. She is a behavioural epidemiologist (PhD, University of Cambridge) and Public Health Nutritionist (MSc, LSHTM) specialising in the use of cutting-edge, reflective research methodologies to facilitate systematic and transformational learning processes and adaptations in multi-sectoral nutrition programmes. She has led many impact evaluations and implementation research studies for GIZ, FCDO, UNICEF, USAID, EU, Irish Aid, Save the Children, Plan International, the Newton Fund, NIHR and others. She is also a Senior Lecturer in evaluation methodologies in the IDS, research associate in the ODID, University of Oxford and member of research advisory boards at several UK Universities. Dr Barnett has worked in many countries in East-, West- and Southern Africa, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.


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.

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