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Researchers & officials

Mamun-Ur-Rashid

Executive Director
Mr. Md. Mamun-Ur-Rashid is the Executive Director of Development Research Initiative (dRi) and a senior level qualitative research expert. He has more than twelve years of experience in the field of social research. He has expertise in designing research plan, research instrument development and coordinating field research. He has contributed in numerous assignments including situation analysis, needs assessment, baseline assessment, mid-term and impact evaluations of development projects. He has proven track records of working in all districts of the country including socially and politically sensitive areas like Cox’s Bazar and Narayanganj, hard-to-reach areas of Barguna, Potuakhali, Khulna and Rangamati and low-income settlements in Dhaka, Chittagong and Comilla. His area of specialization includes – gender and inequality, poverty and vulnerability, public health, food security, food price volatility, urban challenges, climate change, gender, livelihood, social safety nets and other development issues. He has worked for both academic institutions such as BRAC University, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Manchester, and development partners including the World Bank, World Food Program (WFP), Oxfam, BRAC and Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

Mohammad Mahbubul Haq

Managing Director
Md. MahbubHaq has an MBA (Marketing) from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University. He also has an MWS (War Studies) from National University and a MSc (Defence and Strategic Studies) from Madras University. He has 34 years’ experience of serving in Command and Staff appointments in Artillery Regiments, Artillery Brigade, Army Headquarters, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, Border Guards Bangladesh and Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory. In his service career he held many positions like Adjunct Faculty of a renowned Private University (Northern University), Chief Instructor of Armed Forces War Course in National Defence College, Directing Staff at Defence Services Command and Staff College etc. He has been appointed as Managing Director (MD) of dRi since

Omar Faruque Siddiki

Research Coordinator
Omar Faruque Siddiki obtained M.S.S. in Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University. He worked as a Assistant Director, Dhaka Ahsania Mission; Senior Research Associate, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University; Staff Researcher, Research and Evaluation Division (RED), BRAC. Over the last fourteen years he has been experiencing with the development process through national and international organizations like BRAC, UNDP-Bangladesh, Oxford Policy Management, UNHCR, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and some other Voluntary Development organizations at home and abroad. He earned a considerable amount of experience in the areas of Capacity Building, Poverty Alleviation, Livelihood Development, Policy Advocacy, Gender Mainstreaming, Women Empowerment, Partnership Development, Strategic Planning, Environment & Sustainable Development, and Disaster Management. He worked as a consultant with DM.WATCH/Save the Children, CLS/BNWLA. DFID/Oxford Policy Management (OPM), the World Bank /IDS, Sussex University, UK. Some of his remarkable published reports/articles are – 1) How do Social Safety nets contribute to social inclusion in Bangladesh? UK: Overseas Development Institute. 2014, 2) Impact Evaluation of the DFIDProgramme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for Extreme Poor in Bangladesh.  UK: IDS, Sussex University 2015, 3) Training Front-line Health workers for Malaria Control and Prevention: Experience of BRAC. Bangladesh: Proshikhayan, A journal of training and development, VOL-18, No-1. Bangladesh Society for Training and Development 2010.

Shameem Reza Khan

Senior Research Associate -I

Shameem Reza Khan is an expert in mix-method research and has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University. He is currently working as a Research Associate at dRi and is widely experienced in quantitative and qualitative research tool development and field management. His expertise includes data processing, analysis and producing final reports for the study. He has almost 12 years of research experience in social research with special focus on challenging and often sensitive issues that include policing, climate change and local adaptation strategies, migration, education, gender, women empowerment, urban poverty, food security, legal issues and social safety-net. On each of these issues, he had the opportunity to work both at the policy level as well as the implementation level in Bangladesh. He has a long experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds and perceptions that has enhanced his ability to work with and manage multicultural teams. His professional and academic background has afforded him the opportunity to become familiar with the consolidated and unconsolidated challenges of development sector. He has worked with many national and international NGOs and research organizations such as, Save the Children, icddrb, BRAC, BRAC Development Institute (BDI), Plan International Bangladesh, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), The Asia Foundation, GIZ, World Vision and other organizations. His vision is to continue working in development programs, primarily focusing on facilitating expansion and adaptation of interventions to better address the needs of groups and communities. 

Md. Akteruzzaman

Senior Research Associate -I

Mr. Akteruzzaman has 18 years of experience in research and development programs. He has a long professional career with different institutions that include BRAC Development Institute (BDI) and Department of Architecture of BRAC University, Verulam Associates Bangladesh, Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC and Mitra and Associates. He is currently working with Development Research Initiative (dRi) as Senior Research Associate-I. He is widely experienced in mix-method research and has special expertise in quantitative and qualitative research tool development, field management, data processing, analysis and producing reports.  Besides, he also worked in the fields of climate change and local adaptation strategies, urban and rural poverty, infrastructure, agriculture, food security, migration, gender, women empowerment, legal issues and social safety-net.

Moniruzzaman

Research Associate-I

Moniruzzaman has graduated with a Master’s in Bangla and is experienced in mix-method research. With over seven years of experience in research activities, he is skilled in quantitative and qualitative research tools development, field management, data processing and analysis, qualitative and quantitative data collection, monitoring and supervising research team and ensuring data quality. He worked in the fields of nutrition, women empowerment, urban poverty, climate change and local adaptation strategies, food security and social safety-net. He worked in many projects of donor agencies including BRAC University, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Manchester, World Bank, World Food Program (WFP), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Save the Children and other local and international organizations. Currently he is working as Research Associate-1 at dRi.

SK Tanvir Hassan

Research Associate-I

SK Tanvir Hassan completed his BSS and MSS in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University. He is working as a Research Associate at the Development Research Initiative (dRi) since February, 2015. Previously he worked at BRAC University, D-net, Plan Bangladesh, BRAC(RED), Asia Foundation and other local and International Organizations. From his research experience in various research organizations he has gained expertise on research design, research methodology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, analysis and report writing. He is interested in market or enterprise-based research, gender inequality, social safety-net, food security, climate change, disability and child rights. He has sound knowledge on SPSS, STATA and ODK (open data kit) software.

Md. Kamrul Hasan

Research Associate -I

Md. Kamrul Hasan has a Master degree in Anthropology from Dept. of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University. He worked at Data Analysis and Technical Assistance (DATA) and currently working at Development Research Initiative (dRi). He is an expert in mix-method research. He is a development researcher with hands on experience on quantitative and qualitative research tool development, training the research team, coordinating organizational activities; field work/data collection, field management, supervising the research team, implementing Resettlement Action Plan, developing ODK, data processing and analysis, producing final reports and presenting the findings in an articulated way. He has more than 5 years of research experience in social research including public health, nutrition, gender and women empowerment, urban poverty, child rights, climate change and local adaptation strategies, food security, social safety-net issues and Microfinance. He also has experience of collecting and supervising phone-based data collection. He has experience of writing Ethnography as well.

Sabbir Ahmed Dhali

Research Associate -I

Mr. Sabbir Ahmed Dhali, a Master of Anthropology is an expert in mix-method research. He is a development researcher with hands on experience at quantitative and qualitative research tools development, field management, report writing and presenting the findings in an articulated way. He has 7 years of research experience in social research including maternal health, nutrition, gender and women empowerment, urban poverty, climate change impacts and local adaptation strategies, and social safety-net issues. In addition he has experience in Resettlement projects. Especially in power sector. He has worked in three individual projects of Power Cell, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources (MPEMR). In these projects he has been responsible to development Inventory of losses (IoL) survey questionnaire, market survey questionnaire, providing training to the resettlement worker team, assisting the Management Information System (MIS) expert to manage data, helping in preparing the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) report, keeping communication with the project officials etc.  He also has experience working in a project with Department of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and a project of Information and Communication Technology Division (ICT). In the RHD project he assisted the social development expert in preparing the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report. In ICT project he has assisted the social development expert preparing the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) report, Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), Environmental and Social Management Procedure (ESMP) report. He was also responsible for developing the survey tools, providing training to the survey team, field management etc. He has worked with BRAC (RED), BRAC University, D-net, Plan International and Data search.

Md. Faruq Hossain

Research Associate -II

Faruq Hossain is working with dRi as a Junior Research Associate. Before joining dRi, he worked at Research and Evaluation, BRAC. He pursued his Bachelor and Master degree in Anthropology from the department of Anthropology, University of Rajshahi. He is capable of performing both qualitative and quantitative researches. He has strong background in social research along with 6 years of experience which involves research design, instrument development, training of interviewers, analysis of qualitative data, report writing and seminar presentation, analyze data both manually and electronically SPSS and stata, excellent team working skills, good organizational and social skills.

He has also some professional course and basic training on qualitative and quantitative research methodology from country’s prominent institution like James P Grant School of Public Health, University of Dhaka and Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology. 

Zabir Hossain

Research Associate -I

Zabir Hossain has a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University and he is experienced in mix-method research. He is a development researcher with hands on experience in quantitative and qualitative research tool development, field management, data processing and analysis, producing final reports and presenting the findings in an articulated way. He has almost 4 years of research experience in social research including public health, nutrition, gender and women empowerment, urban poverty, climate change and local adaptation strategies, food security and social safety-net issues. He has experience of working with BRAC (HRLs program). He is now working as Junior Research Associate at dRi (Development Research Initiative).

 

Anindya Barai

Innovation and Learning Officer

Anindya Barai studied Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University and have competitive experience and skill in mix-method research. He has experience in quantitative and qualitative research design, tool development, field management, data processing and analysis, writing research reports. He has more than 4 years of experience in social research including human rights, refugee situation, social safety-net issues, public health, nutrition, gender and women empowerment, education, urban poverty etc. He started working in social development research with BRAC University (BRAC Institute of Global Health) as Assistant Researcher. He is currently working as “Innovation and Learning Officer” at dRi and for dRi he had the opportunity to work with various national and international organizations such as The World Bank, WFP, UNDP, UNHCR, Save the Children, IFPRI, World Fish, University of Amsterdam, BRAC, Oxford Policy Management and other organizations.

As Innovation and Learning Officer, he is responsible for developing Technical and Financial Proposal for dRi, report writing, research design, data processing & analysis, coordinating and managing the research projects of dRi.

Md. Ali Newaz Khan

Research Associate -I

Md. Ali Newaz Khan is a Master of Philosophy from Dhaka College. Currently he is working as a Research Associate -I at Development Research Initiative (dRi). He is experienced in quantitative and qualitative research tool development, field management, data processing and analysis, and producing final reports. He has more than years of research experience in social research including nutrition, gender violence and women empowerment, urban poverty, microfinance, agriculture, livelihood, enterprise, food security and social safety-net issues. As a resettlement worker he is also responsible for conducting census and socio-economic survey of the affected households through structured questionnaire and visiting house to house. His responsibilities include conducting market survey of the affected properties. Apart from that, he has also worked with BRAC University, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD).

Md. AshrafulAlam

Junior Research Associate

Md. AshrafulAlam is a Master of Development Studies and is currently working as a research associate at dRi. He is a development researcher with hands on experience on quantitative and qualitative research tool development, field management, data analysis and report writing. He has more than four years of research experience the field of social research including the arenas of gender, women empowerment, urban poverty, microfinance, resettlement, food security and social safety-net issues.

H.M. Shahid Hassan

Data Manager

H.M. Shahid Hassan is working as a research assistant and has a Master degree in Geography & Environment from Jahangirnagar University. He is an experienced researcher who was involved in various research projects since his student life. He has more than 6 years of research experience in the field of social science. Mr. Hassan has good command over SPSS (statistical package for social science), Arc. GIS (Mapping and spatial data analysis), STATA and ERDAS imaging (Satellite image analysis). He takes interest in quantitative research in the arenas of disaster management, climate change and adaptation, food security, poverty and sustainable development. He has a vast range of working experience with university of Dhaka, Dignity (Danish institute against torture), Edinburgh University, Jahangirnagar university, UNDP, Amsterdam