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, 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 teamed up in many commissioned research for UNDP, UNICEF, ActionAid, NGO Forum, CARE, Concern Worldwide and other NGOs. 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, Administration) began military career in 1984, and served the Bangladesh Army as a Signals Officer, Staff, Instructor, Officer Commanding, and a UN Peace Keeper (Somalia and Sierra Leone). A Dhaka University MBA Mr. Islam received Unit Command and Staff Training (Bangladesh), and Signal Equipment Maintenance and Networking Training (Germany). He attended Shangrila Dialogue (Singapore), and Joint Forces Subject Expert Exchange Seminar (Bangladesh). Retiring from the Military Career Mr. Islam 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 was published in February 2018.
Dr. Mohammad N. Khan (PhD, McGill University; MSW, Southern Illinois University Carbondale) is an assistant professor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Khan’s research interests are poverty and inequality, human development, and economic resilience. He teaches social policy, research methods, and social administration. With Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Welfare and MBA from Dhaka University, Dr. Khan previously worked in the small and medium enterprise sector in Bangladesh for a decade.
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.