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Researchers & officials

Md. Mostak Elehy

Junior Officer, Data Analytics

Md. Mostak Elehy has completed his graduation and post-graduation in Public Administration from University of Rajshahi. He is proficient in communicating, writing, reading and Speaking in English and Bengali. He is also expert in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point.His job responsibility includes conducting Focused Group Discussion and Public Hearing/ Consultation Meeting with Project Affected People, Data Entry, assisting In Data Cleaning, preparing EP ID card, and preparing Compensation Distribution List.

Fahmida Fesrdous Maria

Junior Officer, Fundraising & Business Development

Fahmida Fesrdous Maria has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from BIGD, BRAC University. She has 4 years’ experience of working in project coordination, management and market research.  She has expertise in proposal writing, communication and supervision and has sound knowledge on SPSS and STATA. Currently she is working as a Junior Officer of Fundraising & Business Development unit at Development Research Initiative (dRi) and responsible for writing proposals and Expression of Interest (EOI). She is working with the researchers to ensure quality of information collected and research output. She is also responsible for conducting training sessions for the field researchers and visiting fields for supervising research teams in data collection, FGD, KII, IDI as required for research projects. She is interested in market or enterprise-based research, gender inequality, social safety-net, food security, climate change, disability and child rights. 

Md. Abir Hossain

Research Associate – I

Md. Abir Hossain has completed his Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Jahanginagar University and currently working as a Research Associate-I in dRi. He has more than 4 years’ experience in development research field with various national and international organizations like Plan Bangladesh, Brac, CIPRB, icddrb, Care International, IEDCR, Center for Disability in Development (CDD), Physically Challenged Developed (PDF), Population Council, jhpiego, Center For Injury Prevention & Research Bangladesh (CIPRB) and so on.His research arenas include Public health, Gender Right & Violence, Social safety nets, Child Protection and Livelihood. He is an expert in SPSS data analysis and R. Data Coding at Atlastia, quantitative and qualitative research tool development, Data collection through séance maker apps, field management and report writing. He has hands of experience in conducting qualitative research including In depth Interview (IDI) and Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with target people at community level, Key-Informant Interview (KII) with local elected leader, beneficiaries and govt official, Classroom Observation and Case Study. Some his mentionable projects are “USAID’s Emerging pandemic threats (EPT) program, EcoHealth Alliance (EHA)” with IEDCR, “Analysis of Health Needs and Health System Response in the Coastal Districts of Bangladesh” with icddrb, “Understanding and Measuring Responsiveness of HRH in rural Bangladesh” with Brac University JPG, School of public Health.

Tanmoy Dhar

Junior Research Associate

Tanmoy Dhar completed his MA in Philosophy from Jahangirnagar University. He is working as a Junior Research Associate at the Development Research Initiative (dRi) since March 2021. Previously he worked at The Hunger Project Bangladesh, Save The Children Bangladesh, Development Research Initiative (dRi), and other local and International organizations’ research teams. From his research experience, he has gained expertise in research design, research methodology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and report writing. He has a clear understanding and interest in good governance, political and religious violence, gender equity, religious freedom, pluralism, democracy practice, tolerance, and integrity.

Ayshee Rani Das

Research Assistant

Ayshee Rani Das has completed graduation and post-graduation in Public Administration from Jahangirnagar University. She has been working as a Research Assistant at Development Research Initiative from November, 2020. After joining at this organization, she has contributed in different projects as a Research Assistant with different organizations including  “Investigating the Impact of Mobile Internet Uptake and Use by Women” which was a project with CTIC (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Competition); “FHI 360 – Community Engagement Activities” a project with FHI Solution; “Final Evaluation of Inclusive Response to the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis” a project with Save the Children Bangladesh; “Political Economy of COVID 19 Governance in Bangladesh” a project with BRAC Institute of Governance and Development; “Survival of Small Businesses: How Useful the Stimulus Packages Have Been” a project with Centre for Policy Dialogue; “Public Perception Survey – Partnership for a Tolerant, Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB)” a project with UNDP Bangladesh; “Urban Mobility and Marginal Communities” a project with University of Westminster; “Indirect Effects of Covid-19 on Essential Health and Nutrition Services in Bangladesh: A Qualitative Study” a project with Oxford Policy Management and World Bank Bangladesh and many more. Moreover, she is also contributing in Translation and transcription of reports of various projects in Development Research Initiative (dRi).

During her graduation she worked in some qualitative researches with the faculty members as a translator and typist. Those researches were based on health and nutrition, social safety net, climate change and gender discrimination. She is also working with some voluntary organizations Physically Challenged Development Foundation (PDF) which aims at working for the physically challenged students; ‘Badhan- A voluntary blood donation organization and Programs in Youth Ending Hunger and other voluntary organizations gave her some experiences of leadership role in project or program coordination and management, time management, event management, communication, budgeting, and fund-raising.

Rimpa Choudhury

Research Assistant

Rimpa Choudhury has completed her Graduation and Post-Graduation from Jahangirnagar University from Department of Public Administration. During academic life, from extreme thrive of knowledge, she has been working with faculty members on different research and studies. Following her passion and field interest, now she is working at Development Research Initiative as a Research Assistant and have accustomed with the different phase of research. She has got the opportunity to work on both the qualitative and quantitative studies funded by different renowned organizations including Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Oxford Policy Management, The World Bank, The Hunger Project, SNV, BIGD, BRAC etc.

Following her field of interest in humanitarian body, she registered as a proxy examinee of a visually impaired student, since when she look forward to any opportunity to add value to the society especially the vulnerable one. Therefore, she acts as an informal member of Physically-challenged Development Foundation (PDF) for fund raising, technical assistance and other interpersonal communication among the subgroups.

Md. Hafigur Rahman

Sr. Office Assistant

Md. Hafigur Rahman is working as a Senior Office Assistant atdRi for 06 years. He has completed BA (Hons) andresponsible for assisting senior managers and executives with their daily organizational tasks.He schedules both personal and professional tasks that the executive needs to complete. This involves organizing tasks by level of urgency, taking calls etc. He is also responsible for performing travel arrangements and reservations for senior managers and researchers.

Enamul Hoque Tauheed


Tauheed is an undergraduate student at Dhaka University studying Development Studies in the Department of Development Studies. He has a strong background in organizational skills and teamwork with relevant work experience in management, communication and academic writing. His research experience includes working as a Research Assistant for European Union, World Vision, UNICEF, Cabinet Division of GoB etc. on project basis assignment.

Md. Rubel Hossain (Mokhtar)

Junior Officer

Md. Rubel Hossain (Mokhtar) is working as a Junior Officer of proChESTA,  a volunteer wing of dRi which started its journey in 2012 with a view to  bringing changes in the lives of marginal poor people by providing educational support to poor brilliant students and facilitating income generating activities for them. As a Junior Officer he is responsible for all administrative work of proCHESTA. He keeps updates and documents of the students of proChESTA and as well as the updates of the mentors and their profiles. He also keeps contact with the students and  maintains a log sheet about their well- being and report the log sheet  to the COORDINATOR. He Prepares the monthly student stipend list for their payment and ensure the payment of the recipients. He keeps and maintained all kinds of proChESTA posters, pamphlets, book updated and accounted. As a whole his responsibilities include assisting the Chief coordinator of proCHESTA as and when necessary and assisting The Chief Executive Officer for the proChESTA related work.

Tahrima Binte Tarique


Tahrima is an Undergraduate Student at Dhaka University studying Development Studies in the Department of Development Studies. Eager to learn new things, acquire new skills and experiences, she is currently aspiring to learn as much practical knowledge on Social Research. She worked as a Research Assistant for European Union, World Vision, UNICEF, Cabinet Division of GoB etc. on project basis assignment.

Md. Ariful Islam

Office Assistant

Md. Ariful Islam is a high school graduate and working as a Junior Office Assistant at dRi for 04 years. His responsibilities include assisting the Senior Office Assistant in administrative activities.

Md. Tyzul Islam


Md. Tyzul Islam is working as the Caretaker of dRi since 2018.



Kholesha is working at dRi as a Cleaner. She has joined dRi in 2018