Dr. Kawser Ahmed (Executive Director) was an exchange officer with the Turkish Armed Forces, an observer to the United Nations Missions in Western Sahara (MINURSO), and an alumnus at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) in Washington DC. Dr. Ahmed graduated in Peace and Conflict studies (MPhil, University of Dhaka & PhD, University of Manitoba). His research interests are social conflict and peace-building, radicalism, violent extremism, and UN peacekeeping operations.
Dr. Helal Mohiuddin (Director of Research and Communication) is a social scientist with nearly three decades of experience conducting qualitative research on diverse areas of livelihood development and human resilience. He conducted commissioned research for UNDP, UNICEF, ActionAid, NGO Forum, CARE, Concern Worldwide and many consulting firms. An academician by profession he taught sociology, anthropology, development studies, regional planning and gender studies courses at the University of Chittagong, University of Dhaka, and ASA University in Bangladesh; and University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Menno Simons College of the Canadian Mennonite University. Dr. Mohiuddin also served government positions in the Province of Manitoba in Canada.
Mr. SM Saidul Islam (Director Admin) served as a UN Peace Keeper (Somalia and Sierra Leone). A Dhaka University MBA Mr. Islam attended numerous professional trainings in Bangladesh Army and in Germany. He attended a number of international meetings and summits including Shangrila Dialogue (Singapore), and Joint Forces Subject Expert Exchange Seminar (Bangladesh). On completion of his Military Career he led a US based alternative energy company in Bangladesh as Country Manager. He is a researcher on Liberation war of Bangladesh with a number of publications to his credit. His latest book The Bengal Regiment at War will be published in February 2018.
Dr. Nahreen I. Khan (Associate Director of Research and Communication, Bangladesh Chapter) is an Environmental Governance and Sustainability specialist with more than 13 years of research, teaching and policy formulation experience in Bangladesh and Germany. She has research and multi-party project management experience. She also worked in media and journalism in Bangladesh. She has a Bachelor and a Master degree in Geography and Environment from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and a second Master degree in Environmental Governance along with Sustainability and Corporate Governance from University of Freiburg, Germany. She is an Associate Professor at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and received her PhD from University of Marburg, Germany.
C.M Altaf Hossen (Volunteer Coordinator) graduated in international relations. Since 2010 he served two Bangladesh national NGOs and the Japaneses Embassy as a Program Officer and Advisor. Besides social research skills, Hossen is passionate in volunteer management and event coordination activities.