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Dr-Zeba-Pic-300x300Zeba Mahmud | Country Director, Bangladesh

Dr. Zeba Mahmud is the leading technical and managerial link of Alive & Thrive in Bangladesh. She ensures technical excellence in the design, implementation, follow up and analysis of the A&T supported technical support activities and facilitates policy dialogue and stakeholder partnerships with relevant sectors, guided by the HQ team. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive in 2015, she was director of nutrition for the BRAC Institute of Global Health (BIGH). She also worked as country director of the Micronutrient Initiative in Bangladesh—supporting national actions to eliminate vitamin and mineral deficiencies to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Bangladesh. From 1993 to 2003, she pioneered and led the government’s National Nutrition Program on behalf of BRAC. Early in her career as a medical professional, she performed preventive and clinical services in rural communities. She has published several papers on nutrition and presented at numerous national and international conferences and meetings. She is a medical doctor with an MPhil in nutrition and more than 25 years of experience in nutrition programming and research with international NGOs, private sector and government of Bangladesh.

Dr. Tofail Md. Alamgir AzadDr. Tofail Md. Alamgir Azad | Senior Social Behavioral Change Advisor

Dr. Tofail Md. Alamgir Azad holds a Master of Science, Master of Public Health (Health Promotion and Health Education) and PhD in Nutrition. He has been working at different levels and capacities in Government of Bangladesh, International and National Non-Government Organizations for last 25 years. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as Senior Communication Specialist, USAID Ujjiban SBCC Project and Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiatives at the BCCP, JHU-CCP. As a Communication professional he contributed in developing SBCC strategies, tools & materials for the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. He is currently supporting implementation of SBC activities in-country to ensure consistency and quality of SBC approaches, methods, and materials, facilitate the revision of the national SBC strategy for the GoB around MIYCN.

Dr. Tofail Md. Alamgir AzadDr. Santhia Ireen | Senior Technical Advisor and Deputy Country Director

Dr. Santhia Ireen is a nutritionist with a PhD in public health nutrition. She has over 12 years of research and program experiences in the field of Public Health Nutrition. Prior to joining Alive and Thrive, she worked with icddr’b and Save the Children International and was primarily involved in implementation research and program evaluations in the areas of maternal and child nutrition and health systems strengthening. In her present position, she is involved in providing strategic technical assistance, facilitating technical partnership and networking with key stakeholders in government and other organizations. She is also supporting the Country Director in developing and activating the business plan and ensuring timely reporting and response for information to Head quarter and donor.

Mihir Kanti DasDr. Md. Shafiqul Islam | Senior Monitoring and Data Systems Advisor

Dr. Md. Shafiqul Islam is a medical doctor having PhD in Epidemiology with more than 30 years of experience in programming and research. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, he worked as Professor and Head of the Department of Epidemiology of the National Institute of Preventive Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also worked as a professional expert (Epidemiologist) in the “Development and Implementation of a Data Management and Information System (DMIS) for the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB)”. He is now supporting selected research activities with various partners including developing scopes of work, protocols, data collection instruments to conduct assessment/evaluation/implementation research, reviewing tools and protocols etc.

Mihir Kanti DasMihir Kanti Das | Senior Finance Manager

Mihir Kanti Das is responsible for managing project finance, accounting, HR and administrative operations including overall financial monitoring of the A&T Bangladesh country program. His career includes working in the Imprest preparation and reconciliation, payments to vendor and partners, tax withholding and remittance, payroll, and working with QuickBooks. He has more than 25 years of work experience with the various capacities in finance and administration. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Mihir worked with John Snow Inc. (JSI) Bangladesh, a project focusing on Family Planning Logistics Management project funded by USAID for more than 16 years.

Shak Mohammed AbdullahShak Mohammad Abdullah | Program Operations Specialist

Shak Mohammed Abdullah manages contracts, sub-grants, procurement and supports field operations. He supports Alive & Thrive for project approval, fund release, program report and FD-4 approval from NGO Affairs Bureau and ensure full compliance with GoB requirements. He has been working with Alive & Thrive since 2010. He brings 15 years of experiences in sub-grants management, financial management and operations. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive, he managed for Sub-grants & financial monitoring for USC Canada in Bangladesh, managed finance and admin for Coalition for the Urban Poor-CUP. Shak Mohammed Abdullah holds a master’s degree in accounting from Dhaka University, and a master of business administration major in marketing from the Millennium University.

Tohidul IslamTohidul Islam | Program Officer

Tohidul Islam had been working with Alive & Thrive Bangladesh over the seven years, He provides Financial and Administrative support, manages petty cash and makes payment tracker for vendor. He provides logistic support; procurement support, documentation (Photo shoot & achieve) calculation support-staffs’ overtime, IT support, vendor verification. He assists Senior Finance & Operations Manager to document monthly Imprest package. He also manages the front desk. He holds a master of commerce in accounting at the National University. Before joining Alive & Thrive he worked as accounting and finance Officer at Technohaven Company Ltd.

Photo of Saydur bwSaydur Rahman Siddiquee | Government Liaison & Partnership Specialist

Saydur is a public health professional with 16 years of work experience in field of public health nutrition, maternal & child health and health systems strengthening programs in Bangladesh. His previous experience includes working for the World Health Organization’s EPI & DSF programs and FHI 360’s USAID funded SHIKHA project where he was overall responsible for programmatic and operational support to the project team and implementing partners. In his present position, serve as a key liaison between GOB offices, development partners, and other stakeholders and A&T to help manage relationships and ensure that A&T is an effective, responsive and valued technical assistance provider. Saydur holds Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Management from National University, a Masters in Public Health from State University of Bangladesh.

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