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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.

Wazida Hasan

Senior Officer, Fundraising & Business Development

Wazida Hasan has 08 (eight) years working experience as Social Researcher and Gender Expert. She has special skill in proposal writing and conducting social research for various international and national development organizations and consultancy firms. Range of her expertise includes conducting mixed method research, training sessions, advocacy on social issues.

She has training and extensive practical experience in gender, social inclusion, SRHR, Child rights, Health and Nutrition, Labour Rights, Humanitarian Crisis etc. She has special training on social and environmental safeguard policies used in the World Bank and ADB funded projects and programs. She is also well versed in project evaluation, policy research and the design of analytical research and evaluation methodologies in both fixed and flexible design approaches. She has expertise in Planning and designing of research projects, Preparing data analysis report etc.

She has been working with Development Research Initiative (dRi) from September 2019 as Senior Officer of Fundraising & Business Development unit and she is responsible for research designing, tools development, successful completion of projects etc. As part of her job she is responsible for maintaining communication with different development partners and other organizations for various research projects as needed. She has worked on projects funded by renowned organizations including UNDP, ILO, World Bank, ADB, Save the Children Oxfam etc

Fahmida Fesrdous Maria

Junior Officer, Fundraising & Business Development

FahmidaFesrdous 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.

Ayshee Rani Das

Research Assistant

Ayshee Rani Das has completed graduation and post-graduation in Public Administration from Jahangirnagar University. She is been working as a Research Assistant at Development Research Initiative from September 2020. She has contributed in different projects including “Investigating the Impact of Mobile Internet Uptake and Use by Women” and “FHI 360 – Community Engagement Activities”. In her career, shehas also worked in some qualitative research as a translator.Her area of research interests includes health and nutrition, social safety net, climate change and gender discrimination. Moreover, she has experience in transcription and field report writing.

Suryia Ahmed

Research Assistant

Suryia Ahmed is a graduate from Department of Anthropology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. She is currently working as a Research assistant at Development Research Initiative(dRi). She has experiences of academic research which contains both qualitative and quantitative research. She is highly interested in GenderBased Violence and Women empowerment, social safety net-issues, adaptation and migration. She has experience of working with BRAC IED as a Support Facilitator.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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