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Researchers & officials

Mohammad Mahbubul Haq

Managing Director

Md. Mahbub Haq 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 (Defense 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 Defense College, Directing Staff at Defense Services Command and Staff College etc. He has been appointed as Managing Director (MD) of dRi since

Md. 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).

Dr. Asif M. Shahan

Research Fellow

dRi Research Fellow Dr. Asif M Shahan has a demonstrated history of working in the development sector and education management industry. Skilled in Institutional analysis, Politics and Policy Process, Policy Analysis, Qualitative Data Analysis, Research Design, Accountability Issues, Governance and Program Evaluation, he is astrong researchand education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Political Science from George Mason University.  He has Sound knowledge about key governance issues and governance challenges that Bangladesh are facing. He has work and research experiences on legal empowerment and justice issues; food rights and food policy issues; gender related Issues; citizen engagement and social accountability issues; migrant workers and labor rights issues; Rohingya related issues etc. He has in-depth knowledge on institutional analysis and accountability issues and good understanding on public organizations and policy formulation process in Bangladesh. He has been working on the social protection system of Bangladesh for over 10 years and in several research projects where he specifically focused on developing an in-depth understanding of the social protection strategy of Bangladesh. Throughout his research career he has worked with a number of national and international organizations including UNDP, World Bank, International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Labour Organization (ILO), World Food Programme (WFP), Institute of Development Studies (IDS),Asian Development Bank (ADB), Wave Foundation, World Vision Bangladesh and many more.

Dr. Sultana Al-Amin

Research Fellow

Dr. Sultana Al-Amin has PhD in Agricultural Extension Education and working as a Research Fellow at dRi.  She has strong background on social research and has hands of experience on coordination, conducting qualitative research, developing research tools, training the research team, supervising the research team, data processing, analysis of qualitative data and producing final reports. She is an expert in coordination and collaboration with NGOs, Govt. and research organization and thus got the opportunity to work with various national and international organizations including CARE, DAE, BADC, BRAC, The World Bank, WorldFish and other NGOs.  She has earned considerable number of experiences in the arena of Gender awareness, Women’s aquaculture activities, Survey work on Consumption of Small Indigenous Fish Species (SIS) among. She gathered considerable research experience on livelihood status, livelihood capital, food security, socio-economic condition, poverty alleviation, women development, gender awareness and income generating activities of the char women,while conducting PhD on “Role Performance of Char land Women in Maintaining Sustainable Livelihood”.

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.

Raju Ahammed

Senior Finance and Admin Officer- I

Raju Ahammed has graduated with a Master’s in Islamic History and Culture from Rajshahi University. His responsibilities as a senior finance and administrative officer includes day to day administrative and financial issues, finance and accounts related activities including banking, keeping records of all types of inventory, preparing financial reports for the donors as required, maintaining communication with different donors for various research projects and communication with other organizations. He has also experience in conducting social research including quantitative and qualitative research tool development, field management, data processing and analysis. He has almost 15 years of programme implementation experience in Targeting the ultra-poor (TUP) & research experience in resettlement, rehabilitation and livelihood restoration of development interventions, gender and women empowerment, urban poverty, urban slums dwellers, disaster management, climate change and local adaptation strategies, food security and social safety-net issues. He worked with donor agencies including BRAC, BRAC University, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Manchester, World Bank, World Food Program (WFP), Save the Children, Oxfam, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and other local and international organizations. 

Md. Wahab Ali

Admin Officer

Md. Wahab Ali has an MBA (Accounting) from Institute of Govt. Bangla Collage under Dhaka University. He has been working as an Admin Officer for two years. Before that he worked as a Research Assistant and Back Checker for dRi in different research projects for three years. His current job responsibility includes day to day administrative issues, supporting research teams deployed in different projects, assisting Senior Finance and Admin Officer in his tasks etc. For dRi he had opportunity to work with various national and international organizations including The World Bank, The World Fish, SNV, Save the Children, GRIPS, BRAC etc. in different research projects.

Jubaida Islam

Junior HR & Finance officer

Ms. Jubaida Islam joined dRi as a Research Assistant after completing her Bachelor’s Degree from American International University – Bangladesh. She has been successfully supporting research teams that deploy qualitative and quantitative methodologies in a number of projects. Her research experiences cover different sectors such as education, child marriage, child abuse and exploitation, legal rights and social development. Her expertise includes data processing and transcription of qualitative information.

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.

Md Taufiq us Samad Tonmoy

Senior Research Associate – I

Md Taufiq us Samad Tonmoy has a Master’s degree in Economics from the International University of Japan (国際大学, Kokusai Daigaku) and is widely experienced in quantitative and qualitative research techniques. He has also got a Master’s in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. His overall expertise as an analyst includes data processing, analysis and producing final reports for the study. He has sound knowledge on SPSS, STATA and ODK (open data kit) software. Besides, with the help of basic programming, he is solely capable of tweaking applications as per the need of the ongoing research. In the professional life, he has served the central bank of Bangladesh for long 10 years and actively participated in different programs of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. He has also worked with various UN organizations, i.e. UNDP, ILO and also with ICDDR,B. Currently he is working as a Senior Research Associate – I at dRi. From this varied exposure he has got 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, developing ODK, data processing and analysis, producing final reports and presenting the findings in an articulated way.

Md. Moniruzzaman

Research Associate – I

Md. 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 Hasan

Research Associate-II

SK Tanvir Hassan completed his BSS and MSS in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University. He is working as a Research Associate-II 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.

Sabbir Ahmed Dhali

Research Associate – II

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. Kamrul Hasan

Research Associate-II

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 06 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.

 

Anindya Barai

Coordinator; Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management

AnindyaBarai 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 7 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 “Coordinator; Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management” 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 Coordinator; Research, Innovation and Knowledge Management, 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).

Zabir Hossain

Research Associate – II

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 5 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 Research Associate-II at dRi (Development Research Initiative).

 

 

Md. Faruq Hossain

Research Associate-II

Faruq Hossain is working with dRi as a Research Associate-II. 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. 

Dipanjan Sidhanta

Research Associate – I

Dipanjan Sidhanta has a Master’s degree in Anthropology. He is currently working as a Research Associate-Iat dRi. His 4 years of working experience in research works includes both quantitative and qualitative research tool development, field management, data processing and analysis, transcribing, translating and producing final reports. Sidhanta holds excellent research potential and ability to actively contribute to the research projects goals. He is able to interact with all researchers in a constructive, creative and professional manner during the processing, storing and logging process. Beside working as a research assistant, Sidhanta worked as the co-ordinator of ProChESTA (Promoting Childhood Education for Sustainable and Transformational Achievements), a sister concern of Development Research Initiative (dRi) from 2017 to 2018.

Md. Imran Azad

Senior Officer, Data Analytics

Md. Imran Azad is currently working as a Senior Officer of Data Analytics unitat Development Research Initiative (dRi) since January, 2018 to present. The major responsibilities performed under this organization include assisting in planning and designing of the research projects, conducting training session for the field researchers, and preparing questionnaire for survey, preparing Quantitative Data Collection Tools in various platforms such as ODK, Survey CTO, KOBO toolbox etc., operating data collection applications and maintaining servers like Survey Solution, Akvo Flow etc., supervising the field researchers and making sure that quality of data is collected, transcribe, transcript the primary materials and assist in conducting analysis of the data, assisting in cleaning raw data and analyzing it on various data analysis software like SPSS, STATA and maintaining communication with different donors for various research projects.

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