Our Team

Dr. Erum Marium
Director
Anisa Huq
Program Head
Nishat Fatima Rahman
Assistant Professor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development & Center for Psychosocial
Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2126

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Academic Head of BIED’s MSc. in Early Childhood
Development Program, Coordinator of BIED’s Center for Play, Early Childhood Development, &
Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing. Major areas of interest in research include impact of play in
early years, experimental-intervention design and its effect on children’s developmental aspects,
mental health support for mothers, socio-emotional and developmental outcomes for children
and adolescents. Professional expertise also includes academic course designing and
curriculum development, trainings and project-designing for early years.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Ph.D in Clinical Psychology Institute of Clinical Psychology
Vienna University, Austria

2. Master of Science in Psychology with a major in
Clinical & Developmental Psychology

Dhaka University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Syeda, S.Z., Nishat F.R. et al. (2014).Global Rating Scale of Environments (GROE)
for Bangladesh. Published in the proceedings of 5th National ECD conference held in
March 29, 2014.
2. Ferdousi, K., Sakila, Y., Syeda, S.Z., Nishat, F.R. et al. (2013). An investigation on
Effectiveness of a comprehensive Child Development Package. Bangladesh
Education Journal. Vol 12, No 2, December.

3. Nishat, F. R., & Sakila, Y. (2013). Maternal Depression and its consequence for
young child development. Bangladesh Education Journal. Vol 12, No 1, June.
4. M. Ahmed, M. Akhter, F. Khanom, SS Zaman, S. Yesmin, N. F. Rahman, R K
khanom, S Sharif, W Pervin. (2011). Cultural adaptation of Wechsler pre-school and
primary scale of intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh. Published in the
proceedings of 11 National Head start conference held in June 18-20, 2012 in
Washington D.C.
5. Nishat F. R., White R, Jagsh R, Fisher G, Exner I.K. (2011). Cultural comparison
between Bangladeshi and Austrian Opioid Abusers, their treatment and access to
treatment. South Asian Anthropologist, Vol-11, issue no1, pp 1-7.

6. S Yesmin, M. Ahmed, M. Akhter, F. Khanom, SS Zaman, N. F. Rahman, R K
khanom, S Sharif, W Pervin. (2011). Cultural adaptation of Wechsler pre-school and
primary scale of intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh. Abstract published in
Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol 10, Num 2.

7. Fatima, N. (2004). Treatment available for the substance dependent patients in
Bangladesh and the socio-cultural influence on addiction: A comparative analysis with
Austria. Dissertation. Institute of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology,
University of Vienna, Austria.
8. Fatima, N. (2004). Transcultural differences between Bangladeshi and Austrian
opioid abusers. Abstract published in the proceedings of 16 International congresses
on Addiction “Ethnicity & Addiction” held on 7 th to 10 th September, 2004. Vienna,
Austria.
9. Ameer, S.S., Fatima, N., Rashed, M.M., Kibria, G. et al. (2007). Chobite Chobite
Shishu Abhidhan. Institute of Educational Development-BRAC University.
10. Fatima, N. & Foysal, M.K. (2008). ECDRC Annual Report. Institute of Educational
Development-BRAC University.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: A keen observer of people who enjoys providing psychososcial
support to those in need.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “If you really know your goal and you work hard you will be able to reach the
goal.”

Syeda Fareha Shaheeda Islam
Lecturer

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development & Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2115

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Conducting postgraduate lectures, coordinating courses,
supervising and mentoring postgraduate thesis work, planning and project coordination,
curriculum development as well as teacher training programs. Research interests include
qualitative researches on the effective assessment techniques in primary grade classrooms, the
impact of teacher training and creativity in pre-primary and primary classrooms of Bangladeshi
schools.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Bachelor of Education National University,
Bangladesh

2. Masters of Arts in English Language

Dhaka University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Early Years Teacher Insights about Creativity- Bangladesh Education Journal
Volume-14 Number-2 December 2015
http://www.bafed.net/pdf/edecember2015/6_Early_Years_Teacher_Insights.pdf
2. BRAC Nobodhara School: Creating scope through changing mindset - ARNEC
Connections vol.8 December 1, 2014
http://www.arnec.net/ntuc/slot/u2323/publication/Connections%202014%20re...

Supporting Young Children's Emotional Well-being in Classroom: Teachers' Belief
and Attitude - Bangladesh Education Journal Volume-13 Number-2 December
2014
http://www.bafed.net/pdf/E_December%202014.9-30_1.pdf
4. Low-cost School with Quality: Can BRAC's Nobodhara Pilot Set a Trend? -
Bangladesh Education Journal Volume-13 Number-2 December 2014

5. Case Study on Skills Development In Bangladesh: Status And Prospects-
Situation Of Urban Domestic Help – published in Education Watch Report 2011 /
2012

6. Reading For Pleasure- 20 books from Bishwo Shahitto Kendro

PERSONAL INTEREST: Enjoys spending time with people and volunteering for social causes.

MANTRA IN LIFE: “My life is my message.”

A.K.M. Badrul Alam
Lecturer
Abdullah AL Mas-Ud
Senior Trainer

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Senior Training Specialist focused on coordinating,
organizing and conducting trainings, workshops; developing training modules, refining
Primary and Secondary textbooks. Expertise lies in working with multi-stakeholders such as-
government officials, head teachers, teachers, education officers, researchers and
academics. Research interest incudes, multi-lingual education, development of practice of
mother tongue in school systems, madrasah education system early grade reading and
whole school improvement approaches.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education BRAC Institute of
Educational Development,
BRAC University
2. Master of Science (Physics) Jahangirnagar University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Loves to travel and enjoys studying the spiritual scriptures of
different religions.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Andalib Mahmud
Senior Psychosocial Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

WORK EXTENSION NUMBER: 2116

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Developing training modules for various psychological issues
(trauma, psychological first aid, parenting, anger, stress, etc.); designing and implementing
projects to provide mental health services to different age groups and socio-economic strata
(e.g.- underprivileged school children, adolescents, street children, trauma survivors, teachers,
school management staff, parents, community members, professionals, etc.), assisting in
developing course curriculum for Masters in Mental Health Counseling.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Diploma in Counselling (Transactional Analysis
and Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

Asha Counselling and Training
Services, Coimbatore, India
(2014)

2. Master in Science (Counselling Psychology) University of Dhaka, Dhaka,
Bangladesh (2009)

PERSONAL INTEREST: Loves watching movies and spending time with family.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “My past is my history, my future is my mystery and my present is my gift.”

Areefa Zafar
Manager
Ashfi Mehnaz
Team Leader
B M Abir
Research Assistant
Dilruba Sultana
Lecturer
Ferdousi Khanom
Senior Lecturer

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2112

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Responsible for conducting postgraduate lectures, coordinating
courses, supervision of student thesis; designing & developing play-based curriculum & learning
models as well as developing training materials and facilitating teachers’ training. Her research
interest focuses on assessing the importance and impact of play-based learning for young
children aged 0- 5 years old.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master in Social Science (Sociology) University of Dhaka
2. Bachelor in Social Science (Sociology) University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Opel, A., Zaman, S., Khanom, F., Aboud, F., Evaluation of a mathematics
program for preprimary children in rural Bangladesh, International Journal of
Educational Development, Volume-32, Issue-1, January 2012.

2. Khanom, F., Yesmin S., Zaman S. S., Fatema, N., Khanom, R., Sharif, S.,
Akhter, M., Ahmed, M., An Investigation on Effectiveness of a Comprehensive
Child Development Package, Bangladesh Education Journal, Volum12,
Number 2, December 2013.

Sakila Yesmin, S., Ahmed, M., Khanom, F., Zaman, S., Fatima, N., Khanom,
R., Sharif, S., Parvin, W., Akhter, M.,Cultural Adaptation of Wechsler Preschool
and Primary Scale of Intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh, was published
in the proceedings of Head Start’s 11 th National Research Conference held on
June 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC, USA.

4. Opel, A., Zaman, S., KhanomF., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a community-
based child stimulation program in rural Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of Head Start’s 9 th National Research Conference held on June
23-25, 2008 in Washington, DC, USA.

5. Opel, A., KhanomF., Zaman, S., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a mathematics
program for 3 to 4 year children in urban Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of South Asia Regional Conference held on December 7-9, 2010
in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

PERSONAL INTEREST: Enjoys singing and listening to music as well as taking rickshaw rides
in the rain.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Think positive and positive things will happen.’’

Foujia Nahid
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2119

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Developing materials, curriculum & textbook refinement;
designing manuals on subject-based teachers’ guide books for Primary and Secondary schools;
facilitate teachers’ training & development programs.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University
2. Master of Library and Information Science Dhaka University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys listening to music and writing poetry.
MANTRA IN LIFE: দেরী হয়ে গেল দেরী হয়ে গেল বলে চিৎকার করোনা, নিষ্ঠা থাকলে
স্বল্প সময়েও অধিক কাজ করা যায়।

Hamida Akhter Zahan
Senior Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development Program

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2127

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Responsible for field operations such as, planning, designing,
coordinating and managing field activities for project implementation.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University
2. Master of English PRIME University

PERSONAL INTEREST: Enjoys shopping, watching movies and acquiring more knowledge
regarding fieldwork.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Knowledge is power.”

Jahanara Begum
Senior Material Developer
Md Azam Hossain
Senior Trainer

DEPARTMENT/PROJECT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2142

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Senior Training Specialist focused on strengthening
professional capacities of government officials, Education Officers and teachers through
subject-based training; material developer for teachers’ guides and teaching-learning materials.
Research interest includes understanding and assessing the socio-emotional readiness of
children in Bangla Medium Kindergarten Schools.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Masters of Science in Mathematics Rajshahi University, Rajshahi
2. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Edward University College,

Pabna

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys watching Cricket, European Premier League and action films.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses
it.”

Md Shahidullah Sharif
Programme Specialist

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2117

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Develop material for curriculum refinement; designing training
modules to coordinate training programs; facilitate short courses. Research interests include
language and literacy development, play & child development, early childhood development &
education.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Science
in Early Childhood Development

BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC University

2. Master of Arts in Bangla University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Textbook Study VS Guidebook and Rote Memorization (Bangla),
Bangladesh Education Journal (Bangla), Vol 13, Number 1, December
2015
2. The Impact of Parents’ Education on Parenting and Pedagogy on Child’s
Development and Learning, ARNEC CONNECTIONS VOL 9, 2015,
Retrived from
3. Education and Skill Development of Santal Children and Youth in
Bangladesh, Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol 13, Number 1, June 2014,
Link:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/268340147_Education_and_Skill_
Development_of_Santal_Children_and_Youth_in_Bangladesh
4. The Impact of Parents’ Education on Parenting and Pedagogy on Child’s
Development and Learning, ARNEC CONNECTIONS VOL 9, 2015

5. School playground: Its impact on children’s learning and development,
ARNEC CONNECTIONS VOL 8, December 1, 2014

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Takes pleasure in writing articles based on research interests as well
as short stories for children.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

Md. Abul Kalam
Research Fellow

DEPARTMENT: Research and Development Unit

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2125

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Conducting training on Research Methodology; research
interests focuses on early grade education, primary education (both formal and non-formal),
secondary education in the areas of policy, assessment of student-learning, access, equity,
inclusiveness, efficiency & effectiveness, curriculum and evaluation.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education (Education and Literacy
for Development)

School of Education,
University of Manchester, UK
2. Master of Social Sciences (Sociology) University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. ‘Urban Adolescents Needs Assessment Survey in Bangladesh’ edited by
Sajeda Amin, BIED, BRAC U and Population Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh,
2015 (in press) (co-author).www.popcouncil.org
2. ‘Skills Development in Bangladesh: Enhancing Youth Skills Profiles’,
Education Watch 2011/12, Campaign for Popular Education Bangladesh,
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2013 (co-author).
www.campebd.org
3. ‘Education in Bangladesh: Overcoming Hurdles to Equity with Quality’ edited
by Dr Manzoor Ahmed, IED-BRACU, BRAC university Press, Dhaka,
Bangladesh, 2011 (book chapter contributor).

‘Access to Education in Bangladesh: Country Analytic Review of Primary and
Secondary Education’ CREATE publication, IED-BRACU, Dhaka, Bangladesh,
2007 (co-author).
www.create-rpc.org
5. Kalam et al (2006) ‘The State of Secondary Education: Progress and
Challenges’, Education Watch 2005, Campaign for Popular Education
Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2006 (co-author).
www.campebd.org
6. ‘Quality with Equity: The Primary Education Agenda’, Education Watch 2003/4,
Campaign for Popular Education Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2005, (co-
author).
www.campebd.org
7. ‘Competencies and their reflection in source materials’ in Chowdhury et al
(Edited) ‘A question of quality: State of primary education in Bangladesh’ Vol-
2, Education Watch 2000, The University Press Limited & Campaign for
Popular Education, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2001, (co-author).
www.campebd.org

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading books and listening to songs.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Enjoy your work, whatever it is.”

Md. Altaf Hossain
Assiatant General Manager

DEPARTMENT: Research and Development Unit

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2125

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Conducting Research Methodology Trainings, Impact
Assessment Studies, Participatory Rural Appraisals, Longitudinal Studies, Surveys and
Quantitative Assessments.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master in Arts in Philosophy University of Rajshahi,

Bangladesh

2. Master in Education (Assessment and Evaluation) University of Manchester,

UK

3. Studying International Professional Doctorate in
Education (EdD).

University of Sussex, UK

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Sabates, R., Hossain, A., and Lewin, K. M. (2013) School Dropout in
Bangladesh: Insights from Longitudinal Evidence, International Journal of
Educational Development.

2. Benjamin Zeitlyn and Altaf Hossain: Access to Education, Poverty, Malnutrition
and Health in Bangladesh in Lorraine Pe Symaco (edited 2014): Education,
Poverty, Malnutrition and Famine: Education as a Humanitarian
Response, Bloomsbury, London.

3. Hossain, A. et al: Poverty and Equity: Access to Education in Bangladesh;
School Dropout in Bangladesh: New Insights from Longitudinal Evidence; and

Age in Grade Congruency and Progression in Basic Education in Bangladesh
(chapter 2, 3 and 4) in Ahmed, M (ed. 2011) Education in Bangladesh:
Overcoming Huddles to Equity With Quality, BRAC University Press.
4. Hossain, A. et al: Classroom Teaching in Rural Primary Schools in Nath, SR.
and Chowdhury, AMR. (eds. 2010) Qualitative Methods in Educational
Research: Studies from BRAC, Academic Press and Publishers Library,
Dhaka, Bangladesh.

5. Hossain, A. (2010) Age in Grade Congruence and Progression in Basic
Education in Bangladesh, CREATE PATHWAYS TO ACCESS, Research
Monograph No. 48, University of Sussex, Centre for International Education
and Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University (IED-BRACU),
Dhaka, Bangladesh.
6. Altaf Hossain, Samir R Nath and AMR Chowdhury (April 2005): Socioeconomic
Impact of BRAC’s Non-formal Primary Schools. Research Monograph Series
No. 26, RED, BRAC.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading and going for long walks.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Change is the only constant reality.”

Md. Fakrul Islam
Associate System Engineer II
Md. Jabadul Hoque
Deputy Manager
Md. Mostafa Kabir
Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2149

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Monitoring and research specialist involved in facilitating
classroom organization; provide management training workshops for head teachers, develop
materials for secondary school textbook refinement as well as data assimilation from monitoring
groups and final reporting.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution

1. Master of Education BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC University

2. Master of Social Sciences (Sociology) Rajshahi University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys writing poetry and watching football.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have
within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the
world.”

Md. Raihan Chowdhury
Assistant Manager
Md. Rezaul Islam
Psychosocial Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2116

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Provide psychosocial support to trauma victims as well as
people of all age groups, coming from different socio-economic backgrounds; facilitate training
sessions and workshop; organize wellbeing and skill development workshops for stakeholders
from disadvantaged backgrounds.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Degrees Institution
1. Master in Science (Counselling Psychology) University of Dhaka
2. Bachelor in Science (Psychology) University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTEREST: Enjoys spending time with friends and family members.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Take your time. Everything will be just fine.”

Md. Sabbir Ahmed Khan
Assistant Manager

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2117

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Facilitate subject-based teacher training workshops & staff
development; design, coordinate and pilot qualitative research projects through research data
analysis; textbook & curriculum refinement for secondary schools.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC University.

2. Master in Business Administration Rajshahi University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys watching cricket matches and exploring new places.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “I have learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what
you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Md. Sarwar Jahan
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2119

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Developing students’ workbooks, teachers’ guide materials for
teaching & learning; conduct need-based training of education personnel; develop materials for
improving the teaching-learning methods; conduct policy and operational research assessment;
implement field trials for solution assessment.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions

1. Masters in Educational Leadership, Planning and

Management

BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC University

2. Master of Science (Applied Mathematics) Rajshahi University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading newspaper articles and travelling.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Focus on yourself. Everything else will fall into place.”

Md. Sydur Mur Salin
Deputy Manager
Md. Tariqul Islam
Senior Trainer

DEPARTMENT: Finance and Administration

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2140

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education (M Ed) BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University
2. Master of Commerce Rajshahi University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys spending time outdoors, going on trips to remote villages in
the countryside.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Mitul Datta
Lecturer

DEPARTMENT/PROJECT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development.

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2112

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early Childhood Specialist focusing on conducting
postgraduate lectures, course coordination, supervising student thesis; researcher, project
coordinator and curriculum developer for research works on ECD & Adolescent development;
need-based training facilitator for ECD professionals, day-care supervisors and school teachers.
Research interests include-early years’ teachers’ attitudes & beliefs, teacher support on
students’ emotional wellbeing and early years’ teachers’ insights on creativity.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Health Science Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
2. Master of Science (Food & Nutrition) Dhaka University, Bangladesh

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Dutta, M., & Islam, S. F. S. (2015) Early Years Teacher Insights about Creativity.
Bangladesh Education Journal, Volume 14, Number 2, p-57- 64, December 2015.
2. Dutta. M, Akhter, S.R & Karim, S. (2015). Sexual and Reproductive Health and
Marriage. Sajeda Amin (ed.). Urban adolescents need assessment survey in
Bangladesh”. Dhaka: BIED, BRACU, and Population Council
3. Dutta, M., Islam, S. F. S., Akhter, S. R., Ahmed, S. T., Hossain, M. M., Al Sowad,
A.,Parvin, R.& Sultan, M. (2014)Supporting Young Children’s Emotional Well-being in
Classroom: Teachers’ Belief and Attitude. Bangladesh Education Journal, Volume 13,
Number 2, p-7- 28, December 2014.

4. Akhter, S.R., Sarkar, R. K., Dutta, M., Khanom, R., Akter, N, Chowdhury, R.M., Sultan,
M. (2015) Issues with Families and Children in Disaster: A Qualitative Perspective from
Rural Bangladesh, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 13, p
313–323

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys gardening, reading books and searching for inspirational
quotes.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Have pride in how far you have come. Have faith in how far you can go”.

Mohammad Mesbah Uddin
Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2137

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Research designing and implementation, coordinating and
monitoring groups for early years projects.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Master of Philosophy (part 1) Jahangirnagar University
2. Master of Science in Statistics Jahangirnagar University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys working on research statistics and data.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Yes I can!”

Mohammad Sohidul Islam
Material Developer

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab
OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2119

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Specializes in developing learning and instructional materials;
designing workbooks, and teachers’ guide books; implement models for teaching-learning
methods in the school systems; facilitate training and staff development.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Master of Education (M.Ed) BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University

2. Master of Science in Zoology Jahangirnagar University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys writing and reading up on topics related to education.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Mrinal Krishna Das
Deputy Manager

DEPARTMENT: IT

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2147

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Graphic Designer and IT Specialist responsible for coordinating
IT team, designing graphics for research projects as well as facilitating ICT training programs.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Arts National University
2. Bachelors of Arts National University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys listening to music.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Honesty is the best policy.”

Muhammad Mamunur Rashid
Research Associate

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2149

DEPARTMENT: Research and Development Unit

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Designing and implementing action research projects;
developing training manual materials as well as facilitating training programs for government
officials and teachers. Broad area of interest is to understand the various social structures for
development, SRHR and wellbeing issues through the lens of education.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Education (Pre-primary and
Primary Education)

Institute of Education and Research, University
of Dhaka

2. Master of Social Sciences (Sociology) University of Chittagong

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

1. Ahmed, M. Rashid, M. and Ritu, S. (In press). Quality Education: Teachers for
the Next Generation, Dhaka, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)
2. Ahmed, M. Rashid, M. and Ritu, S. (2015). Shikkhar Odhikar (Right to
Education), Manobadhikar Bangladesh 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh: Ain o Salish
Kendro, pp. 193-209
3. Rashid, M. and Ritu, S. (2014). Teachers’ Professional Preparation, Income,
Job Satisfaction and Performance: An Exploratory Study, Bangladesh
Education Journal, Vol.12, Number 2 (ISSN 1811-0762) Dhaka, Bangladesh:
Bangladesh Forum for Educational Development (BAFED), UNESCO &
Institute of Educational Development-BRAC University, pp. 31-56
4. Rashid, M. and Ritu, S. (2013). Skills and Livelihood for Adolescent Girls,

Education Watch Report 2012: Skills Development in Bangladesh: Enhancing
the youth skills profile, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Campaign for Popular Education
(CAMPE), pp. 100-104
5. Rashid, M. and Ritu, S. (2011). Bangladesher Maddhomik Porjaye Sikkhok
Prosikkhoner Chalchitro (Scenario of secondary level teacher training in
Bangladesh), Bangladesh Shikkha Samoiki (Bangla Periodical), Year 8,
Number 1 (ISSN 1991-6655), Dhaka, Bangladesh: Bangladesh Forum for
Educational Development (BAFED), UNESCO & Institute of Educational
Development-BRAC University, pp.7-30

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys traveling, exploring new cities and countries.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “If you can do no good, at least do no harm.”

Munmun Ahmed Chowdhury
Material Developer

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Developing materials for subject-based textbook refinement,
preparing, etc.; facilitate teacher training as well as participate in classroom observations.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Master of Development Studies North South University
2. Master of Arts Jahangirnagar University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys traveling and exploring new places, especially historical sites
as well as watching documentaries.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Don’t worry about failures. Worry about the chances you miss when you
don’t even try.”

Nafisa Anwar
Lecturer
Nahid Parvin
Senior Trainer

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early Childhood Specialist focusing on curriculum development
for early years’ learning through play, training of teachers and play facilitators regarding play-
based learning. Her areas of research interest include researches on corporal punishment in
urban primary school settings.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Master of Science in Early Childhood Development BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC University

2. Master of Education National University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reciting poetry and pursuing her secret passion-acting.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Life is very short.”

Nashida Ahmed
Research Fellow
Nayeema Haque
Psychosocial Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2116

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Certified Psychologist involved in facilitating training and
module development on adolescents and young people’s mental wellbeing in schools, training
of teachers and barefoot counselors, conducting individual and group counseling sessions.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. M.Phil , part - 1 University of Dhaka
2. Master of Science in Psychology University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys sightseeing, listening to music and watching movies.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “You cannot stop the waves but you can learn how to surf.”

Nazneen Imam
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early childhood specialist focusing on developing the
curriculum framework for play-based learning for 0-5 years old children; facilitating training for
field officers and play facilitators; monitoring field operation activities of play centers and
providing feedback reports.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Professional Course on ECE (Early Childhood
Education)

Saskatchewan Institute of
Science & Technology (SIAST)
Regina, Canada.
2. Master of Science (Soil Science) Dhaka University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: A freelance travel writer whose hobbies include traveling to exotic
locations and writing travel stories.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

Nimy Chandra Roy
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2117

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Developing data material for research work, overseeing field
operations and organizing teacher training programs.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Education BRAC Institute of Educational Development,

BRAC University

2. Master of Arts in Philosophy Carmichael University College, Rangpur

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading novels, comic books and going for long nature-walks.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Know thyself.”

Nusrat Jahan
Psychosocial Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2116

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Involved in psychosocial content development for different
projects; training facilitation on psychosocial wellbeing for teachers and frontline counselors;
provide counseling to stakeholders of various age-groups and socio-economic backgrounds.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION-

Degrees Institution
1. Masters in Counselling Psychology University of Dhaka
2. Bachelor of Science in Psychology University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Passionate about dancing and singing.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Simplicity, honesty and genuineness is the best way to live a happy life.”

Prohlad Chandra Karmaker
Senior Manager (Graphics Design)

Department: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2116

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE:
Coordinating Graphics design team as well as provide concept ideas for Graphics design
materials; logos, textbooks, workbooks, teachers’ guidebooks, reports and brochure design;
Provide artwork for Primary school textbooks

Educational Qualification:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Fine Arts Faculty of Fine Art, DU
2. Bachelor of Fine Arts Faculty of Fine Art, DU

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys sketching, painting and playing musical instruments.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Speak only when you feel your words are better than your silence.”

Rabiya Khatun
Staff Researcher
Ranoti Chakravorty
Psychosocial Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Provide individual and group sessions on psychosocial
wellbeing & counseling; material development for psychosocial modules; facilitate training and
workshops; data assimilation and review for research purposes; report writing and case write-up
for clients as well as supervising para-counselors.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. Masters of Science in
Counselling Psychology

University of Dhaka

2. Masters of Science in Psychology University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys attending cultural festivals and activities as well as meeting
new people and travelling.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “I believe in living today. Not in yesterday, nor tomorrow.”

Rashd-E-Matina
Senior Material Developer
Ratan Kumar Sarkar
Programme Specialist

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development (ECD)

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2117

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Project supervision, training facilitation & activity-design;
coordinating research and material development for early childhood projects; designing play-
based curriculum for early years learning for children aged 0-5 years.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Science BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University

2. Master of Education (MEd) IER, University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTERESTS: A passionate reader and traveler who also enjoys writing articles on
travel and economic theories.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Go and do with commitment and devotion. Do not think of the result it
produces.”

Ratna Guha
Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2118

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Curriculum, module and material development for primary and
secondary schools; working with adolescents and related wellbeing; facilitate staff development,
training and monitoring field operations.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degree Institution
Bachelor of Arts Open University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading novels, poetry
and living life to the fullest.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Go about your work quietly; let your success make the noise.”

Rawyan Shayema
Cinematographer and Editor
Riffat Jahan Nahreen
Lecturer
Sabira Sultana
Research Associate
Sadaf Haq
Programme Specialist
Sakila Yesmin
Research Associate-III

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development, Center for Psychosocial
Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2126

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Early childhood research specialist focusing on assessing
learning & developmental needs of children & adolescents; designing play-based learning
curriculum for children aged 0-5 years; implementing psychosocial learning models and
supervising frontline counselors; provide counseling support to trauma victims as well as people
all age groups and socio-economic backgrounds; coordinates postgraduate course lectures for
the Master of Science & Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood academic program.
Research interest focuses on child & adolescent development, mental health and wellbeing.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. MPhil in Developmental Psychology Dhaka University
2. European Masters of Science
in International Health (MIH)

Humboldt University, Germany;
Institute of Child Health, UCL, UK;
and Karolinishak Institute , Sweden

3. Masters in Social Science
in Psychology

Dhaka University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Yesmin, S. Rahman, NF,Khatun, R.Afrin, S.,Begum, T.,Hamadani, JD (2016)
Community Based Psychosocial Intervention in Reducing Maternal Depression
and Improving Infant’s Development in Bangladesh: A Randomized Control
Trial. IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science (IOSR-JNHS) Volume 5,

Issue 3 Ver. II (May. - Jun. 2016), PP 11-20
2. Jyotirmoy Saha and Sakila Yesmin (2015). Chapter 6: Mental Health.In
Sajeda Amin (ed.). 2015. “Urban adolescents need assessment survey in
Bangladesh.” Dhaka: BIED, BRACU, and Population Council. P 50-58.
3. Ferdousi Khanom; Sakila Yesmin; Syeda Sazia Zaman, Nishat Fatima
Rahman, Roxana Khanom, Md.Shahidullah Sharif, Mahmuda Akther and
Manzoor Ahmed (2014). An Investigation on Effectiveness of a Comprehensive
Child Development Package. Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol-12, Issue-2,
December 2013
4. NF Rahman and S Yesmin. Maternal Depression and its Consequence for
Young Child Development. Bangladesh Education Journal, Vol-12, Issue-1,
June 2013
5. Hamadani JD, Grantham-McGregor SM, Tofail F, Nermell B, Fängström B,
Huda SN,Yesmin S, Rahman M, Arifeen SE, and Vahter M. Pre- and postnatal
arsenic exposure and child development at 18 month: a cohort study in rural
Bangladesh. Int. J. Epidemiol 2010;

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys cooking, spending time family and watching comedy movies.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

Sarah Tabassum
Deputy Manager

DEPARTMENT/PROJECT: Communications

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2118

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: Communications specialist involved in developing the
communications strategy of the institute & its various programs; maintaining donor liaison and
fundraising activities through documentation, proposal writing and networking related
activities/events; contributing to develop and manage the knowledge management system of
BIED, as well as to the production of communication materials (printed, digital, audio-visual,
etc.); involved in enhancing and strengthening BIED’s identity and profile to various
stakeholders through evidence-based advocacy on its diverse and multifaceted innovations and
initiatives.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Masters of Arts (M.A) in Development
Studies

Erasmus University Rotterdam

2. Master of Education BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys listening to music and watching movies.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Live and let live.”

Sarwat Sarah Sarwar
Advocacy and Communications Officer

DEPARTMENT: Communications

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Liaison with donor agencies and internal communication; report
and documentation of project and research activities; involved in concept and proposal design
for national and international organizations; Keeping correspondence with internal and external
stakeholders through dissemination of latest updates and news of the Institute.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degree Institution
Bachelor of Business Administration BRAC University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: An amateur cook who loves gardening.

MANTRA IN LIFE: “Whatever you do, be gentle with yourself.”

Sayeda Jafreen Khan
Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2117

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Develop learning materials & workbooks for primary school
teachers; design training modules & materials to facilitate training programs as well as conduct
need based training for teachers & staff; document team related activities; curriculum research
and development as well as coordinate field research operations.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1
.
Master of Education

Institute of Education and Research,
University of Dhaka

2
.
Bachelor of Education Institute of Education and Research,

University of Dhaka

PERSONAL ACTIVITIES: A keen reader of Bengali literature; also enjoys painting and
sketching.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “If you want to shine like a sun, you have to burn like a sun.”

Shahana Akter
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2115

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Material development for secondary school textbooks as well
as coordinate curriculum refinement & design; develop content subject-wise as well as provide
comprehensive guide books and lesson plans for teachers; monitoring class activities and
school performance.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Education Dhaka University
2. Bachelor of Education Dhaka University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys watching movies, painting and sketching during his free time.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.”

Shamnaz Arifin Mim
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2119

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Implementing teacher training programs; developing school
subject-based materials; coordinate projects for school refinement; conduct research works for
textbook & curriculum refinement; refining subject-based teachers’ guide books. Research
interest focuses on different areas of gender and education.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Arts in Development Studies International Institute of Social
Studies, Erasmus University
Rotterdam.

2. Master of Education Institute of Education &
Research, University of Dhaka.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys spending time with friends and family. Favorite hobbies
include listening to music, reading books and travelling.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Love forever, dream big, smile always!”

Shegufta Anam
Programme Specialist

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2143

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Team coordinator focusing on textbook refinement and
curriculum development; facilitating training programs; developing appropriate learning modules
for the well-being of children & adolescents, facilitating short course training for government
officials, teachers & Education Officers.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Science (Geography) University of Dhaka

2. Bachelor of Science (Geography) University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading, writing as well as gardening and painting.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “The more informed you are the less arrogant and aggressive you are.”

Sheikh Abir Hossain
Staff Researcher

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development (ECD)

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2137

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Provide training to data collectors; arrange workshop & training
programs for play facilitators and Field Officers; report documentation of field operations;
develop play-based learning materials for play centers.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master in Social Science (Social Welfare) University of Dhaka
2. Bachelor in Social Science (Social Welfare) University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Hossain, S. A. and Alam, M.A. (2016). Socio-economic Status of the Street
Children in Bangladesh. International Journal of Social Work, Vol. 3, No. 1, Pp. 42-
49. Available at:
http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijsw/article/view/8668/7194
2. Hossain, S. A. (2015). Lives and Livings of Older People in Aila Affected Areas of
Bangladesh. International Journal of Social Science and Humanities Research,
Vol. 3, Issue 3, Pp. 365-371. Available at:
http://www.researchpublish.com/journal/IJSSHR/Issue-3- July-2015- September-
2015/0
3. Hossain, S. A. (2015). Livelihood Pattern of the Persons with Disabilities in Dhaka
City (PDF-e- Book). Anchor Academic Publishing, Hamburg, Germany, ISBN: 978-
3-95489- 982-1.
Available at:
https://books.google.com.bd/books/about/Livelihood_patterns_of_persons_w...

sa.html?id=g0CYCgAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y
4. Hossain, S. A. (2014). Survival Pattern of Older People in Aila Affected Areas of
Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Geriatrics, Vol. 49. Pp. 47-64.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys voluntarism and activities such as debating, reciting.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “The world suffers a lot, not because of the violence of bad people, but
because of the silence of good people.”

Sheikh Shahan Shimu
Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Research and Development Unit

OFFICE EXTENTION NUMBER: 2125

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Conducting policy & operational researches; evaluating
curriculum & textbooks for secondary schools, measuring and understanding student aptitude &
skill development. Research interest focuses on developing a technology-based approach to
teaching & learning as well as developing formative & summative assessment systems to
improve the learning achievements of students.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Science and Technology in Education Mahidol University,

Thailand

2. Master of Education (M.Ed) IER, Dhaka University

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Sheikh S, S., Panjaburee, P., Laosinchai, P., Srisawasdi,N., (2013).
Developing Learning Activity Based on the Learning Cycle Approach to
Promote Students’ Understanding of Square Root. Personated at the 19 th
International Conference of Learning, Institute of Education, London university,
London, UK, August 14-16, 2012.
2. Sheikh S, S., Laosinchai, P., (2013). Activity-based Multimedia Geometric
Meaning of the Long Division Algorithm to Find Square roots. Personated at
The 5 th International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
CoSMEd 2013 Penang, Malaysia, November 11-14, 2013.
PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys taking long walks, reading and travelling.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “If hard work is your weapon, success will be your slave.”

Shoeb Mahmud
Psychosocial Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2116

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Certified Psychologist focusing on facilitating individual and
group counseling sessions for individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds and age groups;
coordinate training & workshops; develop modules for wellbeing; conduct research studies on
different aspects of psychosocial and emotional wellbeing.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Masters in Early Childhood Development (on-
going)

BRAC Institute of Educational
Development, BRAC
University
2. Masters in Counselling Psychology University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTERESTS: A positive and outgoing person whose interests include working with
diverse groups of people, exploring different cultures and beliefs.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”

Sima Rani Sarker
Lecturer

DEPARTMENT: Master of Education/Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and
School Improvement (MEd/PGD)

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2129

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Postgraduate lectures, course coordination & supervision of
students’ thesis and postgraduate case studies; Preparing Secondary school teachers’ guide
books and supplementary teaching-learning materials; provide training programs for teachers in
government schools.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of Population Sciences Department of Population
Sciences, University of Dhaka

2. Master of Arts in English (Applied Linguistics
and ELT)

Department of English,
University of Dhaka.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys bird-watching.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Life is as it is.”

Somnath Saha
Somnath Saha Lecturer

DEPARTMENT: Master of Education/Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and
School Improvement (MEd/PGD)

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2152

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Postgraduate lectures and coordinating courses; teacher
training development; teaching-learning material design & assessment of tool development,
qualitative and quantitative research work, data management and analysis; education program
planning and management.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Doctor of Education (Ongoing) University of Leicester, UK
2. Master of Education (MEd) Institute of Education and
Research, University of
Dhaka, Bangladesh

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading books and listening to music.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “To teach is to learn twice.”

Sonchay Kumar Mohonta
Research Associate

DEPARTMENT: Monitoring Unit

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2123

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Oversee field operation activities for projects; assimilate data
collection for research analysis.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Education (M.Ed) BRAC Institute of Educational
Leadership, BRAC University
2. Master of Commerce Rajshahi University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading story books and travelling to different countries.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

Subraata Roy Chowdhury
Senior Trainer

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NETWORK: 2143

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Developing materials for textbook refinement; designing
training modules and facilitating training programs for teachers, Education Officers and
government personnel; curriculum refinement for Secondary schools.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institution
1. Master of science Dhaka University

2. Bachelor of science Dhaka University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys theatrical activities and participating in drama performances.
MANTRA IN LIFE: কর্মের সকল স্তরে চালু চাই বাংলা ভাষা।

Syeda Sazia Zaman
Senior Research Fellow

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Development

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2126

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Education Specialist involved in designing and developing the
Master of Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Development academic program;
postgraduate lectures & course coordination, grading, mentoring as well as thesis supervision of
postgraduate students; conduct, coordinate and implement research programs; develop ECD
curriculum, program models, training manuals as well as facilitating training sessions on ECD.
Research interests include the importance of play models in ECD & learning.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Science in Social work Goteborg University, Sweden
2. Master in Social Science (Social Welfare) University of Dhaka

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
1. Opel, A., Zaman, S., Khanom,F., Aboud, F., Evaluation of a mathematics
program for preprimary children in rural Bangladesh, International Journal of
Educational Development, Volume-32, Issue-1, January 2012.

2. Khanom, F., Yesmin S., Zaman S. S., Fatema, N., Khanom, R., Sharif, S.,
Akhter, M., Ahmed, M., An Investigation on Effectiveness of a Comprehensive
Child Development Package, Bangladesh Education Journal, Volum12,
Number 2, December 2013.

3. Sakila Yesmin, S., Ahmed, M., Khanom, F., Zaman, S., Fatima, N., Khanom,

R., Sharif, S., Parvin, W., Akhter, M.,Cultural Adaptation of Wechsler Preschool
and Primary Scale of Intelligence-III (WPPSI-III) in Bangladesh, was published
in the proceedings of Head Start’s 11 th National Research Conference held on
June 18-20, 2012 in Washington, DC, USA.

4. Opel, A., Zaman, S., KhanomF., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a community-
based child stimulation program in rural Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of Head Start’s 9 th National Research Conference held on June
23-25, 2008 in Washington, DC, USA.

5. Opel, A., KhanomF., Zaman, S., Aboud, F., Effectiveness of a mathematics
program for 3 to 4 year children in urban Bangladesh, was published in the
proceedings of South Asia Regional Conference held on December 7-9, 2010
in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys listening and reading the news, reading novels, etc.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Honesty and seriousness may be the basic pieces of life, but a little sprinkle
of fun is also needed.”

Tabinda Binte Murshed
Research Associate
Tapan Kumar Barmon
In Charge Finance and Accounts
Taslima Begum
Staff Researcher
Upashana Salam
Programme Specialist
Wasima Parvin (Lopa)
Assistant Manager

DEPARTMENT: Center for Play, Early Childhood Department

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2127

PROFESSIONAL Expertise: Conducting & developing research materials on early childhood
development; coordinating field researches; designing training modules & manuals to facilitate
training sessions as well as coordinating workshops, conferences and symposiums on early years.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degrees Institutions
1. Master of Science in Early Childhood
Development

BRAC Institute of Educational Development,
BRAC University

2. Master of Science National University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys watching movies, drama and travelling.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Bakul Rani
Associate Officer

DEPARTMENT: Administration

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degree Institution
Bachelor in Social Sciences, 2 nd class National University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys reading books and listening to music.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Honesty is the best policy.”

Mujahidul Islam
Assistant Manager

DEPARTMENT: Administration

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2131

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Overseeing administrative functions of all academic programs
such as facilitating student enrollment; planning, assisting postgraduate lectures, formulate
instructors’ evaluations; arranging seminars, workshops and orientation programs for students.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institution
1. Master of Development Studies University of Dhaka
2. Master of Public Affairs University of Dhaka

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys watching cricket and movies, as well as reading newspapers.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “If you start judging people you will have no time to love them.”

Nasrin Akhter
Research Assistant
Dilruba Begum
Manager

DEPARTMENT: Center for Psychosocial Wellbeing

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2128

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Involved in material and program development, recruitment and
facilitation of teacher training workshops as well as managing and overseeing field operations of
projects.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:

Degree Institution
Bachelors in Arts (Hons) Eden College

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys cooking meals for family and friends as well as going on
adventurous journeys.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Yes, I can.”

Jessica Helen Corraya
Advocacy and Communications Officer
Helena Akhter
Associate Officer
Afroza Sultana
Training Manager

DEPARTMENT: Design Lab

OFFICE EXTENSION NUMBER: 2115

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE: Training coordinator, development and conducting of training
modules, curriculum & teachers’ guide development, textbook refinement.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:
Degrees Institutions
Master of Education Brunel University, UK
Master of Science (Mathematics) Eden College, Dhaka

University

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Enjoys spending time with family.
MANTRA IN LIFE: “Don’t be late.”

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