Our Team Members

Board Members

FARID HOSSAIN

FARID HOSSAIN

Chairman

farid.hossain@mrdibd.org

HASIBUR RAHMAN

HASIBUR RAHMAN

Executive Director

hasibur.rahman@mrdibd.org

ROKIA AFZAL RAHMAN

ROKIA AFZAL RAHMAN

Director

rokia.afzal@mrdibd.org
Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government and President of BFWE
MD. NAZRUL ISLAM

MD. NAZRUL ISLAM

Director

nazrul.islam@mrdibd.org
Former Permanent Member, The National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh and Former Secretary, Coordination & Reforms, Cabinet Division
SYED ISHTIAQUE REZA

SYED ISHTIAQUE REZA

Director

ishtiaque.reza@mrdibd.org
Chief Executive Officer, Global Television
SAKIUL MILLAT MORSHED

SAKIUL MILLAT MORSHED

Director

millat.morshed@mrdibd.org
Executive Director, Shikkha Shastha Unnayan Karjokram (SHISHUK)
KAJAL KANTI SENGUPTA

KAJAL KANTI SENGUPTA

Director

kajal.kanti@mrdibd.org
Freelance Consultant on Financial Management and Organizational Development
DR. AZIZUNNAHAR ISLAM

DR. AZIZUNNAHAR ISLAM

Director

azizunnahar@mrdibd.org
She is the Supernumerary Professor of the department of Philosophy, University of Dhaka. She did her Honours and Masters in Philosophy from the University of Dhaka and Ph.D. from Vanaras Hindu University, India. She also attended the post-doctoral fellowship programme as a Commonwealth fellow.

She was a member of gender committee of People’s University and was also actively involved in redressing gender complaint at the National University.

MAINUL ALAM

MAINUL ALAM

Director

mainul.alam@mrdibd.org
Diplomatic Editor, The Daily Ittefaq

Core Staff

Hasibur Rahman

Hasibur Rahman

Executive Director

hasibur.rahman@mrdibd.org
+8801819200500

As the executive director, Hasibur Rahman leads the organisation in its endeavor to achieve the mission and vision, planning and implementation of the programmes and projects, mobilizing and utilizing resources and managing the affairs of the organisation. With a deep understanding of Bangladeshi media, he has taken the lead in enhancing capacity of media and journalists with an approach of research, training and practical learning through mentorship programmes. Under his leadership, MRDI has become the leading journalists’ training organisation of the country with a particular focus on investigative journalism. Alongside acting upon his firm commitment to ethical journalism, he also advocates for the Right to Information (RTI). His proactive role in creating demand for and facilitating supply of information has placed MRDI to a leading position in promotion of RTI. Under his leadership, MRDI advocates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a sustainable source of development funding.

He is the team leader in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 30% working time, in the project, ‘Climate, energy and the media’ with 10% working time, in the project, ‘Media strengthening democracy’ with 20% working time, in the project, ‘Promoting Fact Checking to Counter Misinformation in Bangladesh’ with 15% working time and remaining 25% for the organisation.

Md. Badruddoza Babu

Md. Badruddoza Babu

Head of Capacity Building and IJ Help Desk

b.babu@mrdibd.org
+8801713062600
Badruddoza Babu is an award-winning producer and investigative journalist who is also the Head of Investigative Journalism Help Desk at the MRDI. With 21 years of experience in journalism, Babu has worked for many media organizations including magazines, daily newspapers and TV. He has received many accolades for his journalistic efforts against corruption and crime. His investigative TV show “Onushondhan” had received praise among the audience for its detailed reporting on all forms of crimes.

Deputed as Head of IJ Helpdesk in the project, “Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II” with 100% working time.

Aktarun Naher

Aktarun Naher

Manager, Programme

aktarun.naher@mrdibd.org
+8801552301372
Aktarun Naher is experienced working in journalism, Right to Information and CSR projects of MRDI. She is the RTI designated officer of the organisation. She supervises and coordinates the overall program related activities of MRDI and maintain effective communication with the donor/s, NGO affairs bureau and office of deputy commissioner.
She completed her post-graduation in Geography and Environment, Jahangirnagar University. As part of her academic programme, Naher conducted many research works, and one has got published in The Journal of Geography and Environment.
She has a long-diversified career of 14 years at MRDI. With her sense of responsibility and years of experience, from Deputy Manager Programme she has been promoted to Manager, Programme, MRDI from March 2022.

Project coordinator in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 25% working time and remaining 75% in the project, ‘Media strengthening democracy’

Md. Mominul Islam

Md. Mominul Islam

Manager, Accounts

mominul.islam@mrdibd.org
+8801716639145
Md. Mominul Islam has been carrying out responsibilities to prepare vouchers, donor and project reports/ requisitions, yearly budgets etc. Also, he competently maintains registers, bank documents, daily banking activities etc. Mominul has expertise in preparing various financial reports and has a special knowledge in accounting software (Tally 9 & Tally ERP 9).
He has been working as Deputy Manager Finance.

He was deputed as finance coordinator in the project ‘Media strengthening democracy’ with 80% of working time and remaining 20% from the organisation.

Considering his performance, from March 2022 Md. Mominul Islam has been promoted to Manager, Accounts, MRDI.

Samsun Nahar

Samsun Nahar

Manager, Finance

samsun.nahar@mrdibd.org
+8801711157423
Samsun Nahar joined MRDI as Deputy Manager, Finance. She has expertise in preparing project financial reports/financial statements, along with handling financial transactional sections. In short, she handles the financial section of MRDI tactfully, with an experience in operational systems, organizational processes and policies, accounting methods etc.

She was deputed as finance manager in the project ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh Phase-II’ with 100% of working time.
Considering her performance, from March 2022 Samsun Nahar has been promoted to Manager, Finance, MRDI.

Md. Tarik Hasan Al Mahamud

Md. Tarik Hasan Al Mahamud

Senior Officer, IT

tarik.hasan@mrdibd.org
+8801712786220
Md Tarik Hassan Al Mahamud works for MRDI as a Senior Officer IT. Since 2018. He looks after the operations and maintenance of total computer system of MRDI including its central server. He is responsible for installing and configuring computer systems, diagnosing and resolving hardware & software problems, keeping MRDI official website updated through uploading latest contents and announcements, developing online training courses, open data sources, resolving technical and application issues over the phone or in person. He provides technical support to the procurement committee in purchasing and hiring computer and related devices.

Deputed as Senior IT Officer in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% of working time.

 Sarwat Tarannum Nadia

Sarwat Tarannum Nadia

Senior Programme Officer

nadia@mrdibd.org
+8801711960539
Sarwat Tarannum Nadia has been working with the MRDI since 2020 as a senior programme officer. Before joining MRDI, she has worked for multiple media houses and has vast experience as a news editor and reporter. She had started her career with The Daily Star and subsequently worked with Jamuna Television, New Age, Independent TV, Deepto Television and DBC.

Deputed as Project Coordinator in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time.

Tahmina Ferdowsy

Tahmina Ferdowsy

Senior Accounts Officer

tahmina.ferdowsy@mrdibd.org
+8801817549549

Experienced in finance and accounts management, Tahmina Ferdowsy joined MRDI as Senior Accounts Officer in December 2021. She prepares voucher, project requisitions, daily banking activities and other bank documents. She has a twenty years’ experience working in development sector.

Senior Finance Officer in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time.

Mohua Alam Snigdha

Mohua Alam Snigdha

Senior Officer HR & Logistics

mohua.alam@mrdibd.org
+8801758895659
Mohua Alam Snigdha has been working as Programme Officer, MRDI since 2018. She has contributed to many projects, particularly worked for advancing women’s right of access to information. She has also worked for enhancing the use of RTI by media and civil society organizations. She is a core member of MRDI and contributes to administrative functions of the organization.
Considering her interest and performance throughout the career at MRDI, she has been promoted as Senior Officer HR & Logistics, MRDI from March 2022.

HR & Logistic Coordinator in the project, ‘Media strengthening democracy’ with 50% working time and remaining 50% in the project, ‘Promoting Fact Checking to Counter Misinformation in Bangladesh’

Modina Jahan Rime

Modina Jahan Rime

Senior Programme Officer

modina.rime@mrdibd.org
+8801670036323
Beginning as a reporter at the daily Prothom Alo in 2014 when Modina Jahan Rime was still an undergrad student. Her interest in qualitative research was what caused her to change path towards a more research and development-oriented career. Rime started working for MRDI as a media monitoring officer in a UNICEF-funded project for media capacity building, after which she was deputed as training and documentation officer for another MJF-funded project on access and right to information. Currently Rime is working as senior media monitoring officer and manages the media monitoring unit for MRDI.

Having completed her undergrad in mass communication and journalism, Rime went on to pursue a Master’s in the same subject at Taylor’s University in Malaysia.

She has developed a specialization in gender and mental health issues. During her engagement in MRDI, Rime has gained significant insight into advocacy, communication strategy, safeguarding, whistle blowing and governance. Rime coordinated an MRDI gender audit and assisted in writing a research paper titled News Literacy in Bangladesh. Rime has also contributed to a global gender study titled, Gender Equality and Media Regulation Study, Bangladesh published by MRDI and Fojo Media Institute of Linnaeus University in Sweden in 2022.

Rime is an Author of fiction novels in Bengali literature. These include the kichhu jonmo nichhok coincident, a 2018 best seller at the prestigious Ekushey Boi Mela in Dhaka.

Rime is Senior Media Monitoring Officer in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time.

Minhaz Sheikh

Minhaz Sheikh

Office Junior

Minhaj Sheikh has been working with MRDI since 2005. Born in 1984 in a village in Bhrungamari, Kurigram. He joined MRDI as an office junior.

Office Junior 100% working time for the organization.

Hamida Begum

Hamida Begum

Office Junior

Hamida Begum was born in Muktagacha, Mymensing. She has been working in MRDI as office junior from 2012. She also cooks for the staffs of the office.

50% in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’, and remaining 50% working time for the organisation.

Advisory Staff

Md. Shahid Hossain

Md. Shahid Hossain

Advisor, Planning and Development

shahid.hossain@mrdibd.org
+8801815006317
Md. Shahid Hossain is the Planning and Development Adviser at the MRDI. He did his Honours and Masters in English Literature and Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka. Starting his career as a teacher of English outside Bangladesh, he shifted to development programme and worked for twenty years in the field of family planning and reproductive health as a training and communication specialist. He was involved in the process of formation and growth of MRDI even before joining the organization as an adviser. His overall contribution to the organizational development is particularly focused on project proposal writing, report writing, editing reports and publications and representing MRDI to national and international forums. He is a creative writer and a translator as well. Number of books have been published so far.

Deputed as Advisor, MEAL in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time.

Nepal Chandra Sarker

Nepal Chandra Sarker

Advisor RTI

nepal.sarker@mrdibd.org
+8801715034987

He served as the Information Commissioner from 2014 to 2019 and also was the founding secretary of the Information Commission. One of his achievements includes organising the office of the Commission at the present location and framing the rules and regulation for conducting business of Information Commission. Before joining the Commission, he served the government as a member of Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration Cadre) for more than three decades. He was also associated with MRDI as adviser in the matter related to the implementation of Right to Information Act in Bangladesh.

Deputed in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time.

Rashid Naim

Rashid Naim

Coordinator, Programme Development

rashid.naim@mrdibd.org

Core Staff (Contractual)

Sk. Shaniaz Ahmed

Sk. Shaniaz Ahmed

Deputy Manager, Accounts

shaniaz.ahmed@mrdibd.org
+8801819472479
Sk. Shaniaz Ahmed has currently been working as the Deputy Manager (Accounts) at MRDI. He has trainings on Financial Management, Administrative Management and on the Uses of MIS for Organization Development with experiences serving as account officer for a long period of time. Also, he is a contractual core staff of MRDI.

Deputed as Finance Coordinator in the project ‘Climate, energy and the media’ with 50% working time and remaining 50% in the project ‘Promoting Fact Checking to Counter Misinformation in Bangladesh’

Md. Mizanur Rahman

Md. Mizanur Rahman

Senior Logistics Officer

mizanur.rahman@mrdibd.org
+8801711223174
Md. Mizanur Rahman is the Senior Logistics Officer, MRDI- handles the office administration, and is also experienced in recruitment process, staffing, communicating with sources/ clients and so on. Mizanur is efficient in program organizing/ supervising besides being excellent in assisting successful implementations of MRDI. Also, he is a contractual core staff of MRDI.

Deputed as Logistic Coordinator in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 60% of working time and remaining 40% in the project, ‘Media strengthening democracy’ as a Training Coordinator.

Project Staff

Tanim Ahmed

Tanim Ahmed

Project Manager, Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II

MRDI- Fojo Media Institute
tanim.ahmed@mrdibd.org
+8801973389908

Beginning as a cub reporter at the erstwhile Bengali fortnightly magazine Shaptahik Dui Hajar in 1997, Tanim Ahmed has worked in various roles of reporter, leader writer and news editor at newspapers like New Age, web portals like bdnews24.com and broadcasters like Independent TV. Tanim has also had a brief stint as head of sales and marketing for bdnews24.com where he was in charge of the portal’s entire commercial operations. He has been an adjunct faculty at the University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh, teaching business journalism since 2010. Currently he runs his own content generation firm Omnispace. Tanim Ahmed has an MBA from Dhaka University’s Institute of Business Administration.

Project Manager in the project, “Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II” with 100% working time.

A K M Sanaul Haq

A K M Sanaul Haq

Capacity Building Manager, Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II

MRDI- Fojo Media Institute
dolon@mrdibd.org
+8801842818836
With almost two decades of journalism experience in both print and broadcast media Sanaul Haq has now concentrated in media and journalism development, along with training and capacity building to improve qualitative journalism in Bangladesh.

As a journalist, he worked with Business & Economy, Secretariate and Foreign Affairs mainly. Starting journalism career in Bhorer Kagoj, he shifted to television media with NTV. Before starting journalism development, he worked as a Chief Reporter in ATN Bangla and led the news team. He planned, assigned, and edit news, and managed reporting team there. He hosted TV programs ATN Business and Finance, Talk show, Lead News, Hello Bangladesh and Newspapers Today in ATN Bangla. Earlier, he worked as a script writer and production team member of TV programs Biz Week and Right Click in NTV. Other than journalism, he worked as a Researcher, Trainer, and Interpreter.

Since joining MRDI, he is working in the project “Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh” implemented by MRDI and Fojo Media Institute, Sweden. as a Capacity Building Manager with 100% working time.

Md Abul Bashar

Md Abul Bashar

Project Coordinator, IJP , Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II

MRDI- Fojo Media Institute
selim.bashar@mrdibd.org
+8801730048594
Selim Bashar is the coordinator of the project titled Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh, which is being carried out by the Fojo Media Institute of Linnaeus University, Sweden along with the MRDI. Selim has more than 18 years of experience in print and electronic media mostly in radio and has carried out responsibilities as University correspondent, Overseas correspondent, Staff reporter, News presenter, News editor, Chief news editor, Head of news and Trainer. He has also worked in the development sector for some time.

Project Coordinator, IJP in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time.

Syed Samiul Basher Anik

Syed Samiul Basher Anik

Programme Coordinator, Climate, energy and the media

MRDI- Tara Climate Ltd.
anik@mrdibd.org
+8801787124818

Syed Samiul Basher Anik is a seasoned storyteller and a media communications professional with over 10 years of experience in Bangladesh’s English newspaper industry.  

Prior to current position, Syed has been the youngest chief reporter of Dhaka Tribune, a national English daily in Bangladesh. He is skilled at narrating stories, working with others on shared projects, and maintaining positive working relationships with other communities and members of the media. 

He also worked for BRAC, planning media campaigns, creating media strategies, and building contacts with media outlets.  

Programme Coordinator, in the project, ‘Climate, energy and the media’ with 100% working time.

Nasimul Ahsan

Nasimul Ahsan

Programme Coordinator, Promoting Fact Checking to Counter Misinformation in Bangladesh

MRDI- Internews
nasimul@mrdibd.org
+8801727845555

Project Coordinator, in the project, ‘Promoting Fact Checking to Counter Misinformation in Bangladesh’ with 100% working time.

Md. Hamza Kamal Mostafa

Md. Hamza Kamal Mostafa

Sub-Editor at GIJN, Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II

MRDI- Fojo Media Institute
hamza@mrdibd.org
+8801787308273

Experienced in research, teaching, editing, and translation, Md. Hamza Kamal Mostafa joined MRDI, as a Sub-editor of GIJN Bangla in December 2021.

Before joining the position, he has been an Adjunct Faculty at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) teaching media and communication core courses. Apart from working with several media houses and INGOs, his focus remained on media, politics, and gender. He presented a number of research papers at international conferences in India, Turkey, and Bangladesh.

Being a Gold Awardee at The Duke of Edinburgh`s International Award Program-2015, Mr. Hamza accomplished his second Master’s in Sociology from South Asian University (an inter-governmental collaboration among SAARC nations), New Delhi with Merit Scholarship 2018-2020. He has completed his graduation and post-graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism, from the University of Dhaka.

Sub-editor, GIJN Bangla in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time.

Sumona Hembrom

Sumona Hembrom

Senior Programme Officer- RTI Help Desk, Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II

MRDI- Fojo Media Institute
sumona@mrdibd.org
+8801710360193

Senior RTI Helpdesk Officer in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ projects with 100% working time.

Syeda Sumaya Tasnim

Syeda Sumaya Tasnim

Project Officer, Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II

sumaya.tasnim@mrdibd.org
+8801829406629

Syeda Sumaya Tasnim is working at MRDI since November 2021. She joined as a Programme Officer under the project More Information More Accountability and later been part of the projects; Improved Governance through Open Flow of Information and Journalism Skills in Media and Academia.

She has completed her graduation and post-graduation from the Department of International Relations, Bangladesh University of Professionals.

Project Officer in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ with 100% working time

Atiqur Rahman

Atiqur Rahman

Media Monitoring Officer, Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II

MRDI- Fojo Media Institute
atiqur.rahman@mrdibd.org
+8801859803667

Atiqur Rahman is working at MRDI since September 2021 as Media Monitoring officer in Gender study under the project ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’

Before joining MRDI, he worked as a reporter in different news media including Daily Manab Zamin. He also contributed in several gender related media research like ‘Global Media Monitoring Project 2020’.

Atiqur Rahman received his bachelor’s degree on Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka. He is now pursuing his master degree in the same discipline at the same University.

Media Monitoring Officer in the project, ‘Improving Qualitative Journalism in Bangladesh-Phase II’ projects with 100% working time.

Maimuna Chowdhury

Maimuna Chowdhury

Training Coordinator, Media Strengthening Democracy Project

European Union Bangladesh
maimuna@mrdibd.org
+8801781449581

Maimuna Chowdhury joined MRDI, this January. She has joined as a Training Coordinator.

At September 2021 she did an internship as a project intern for “Improving qualitative journalism in Bangladesh” at MRDI.

She has completed her graduation and post-graduation from the department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Bangladesh University of Professionals.

Training Coordinator in the project “Media strengthening democracy” with 100% work time.

Jannatun Nahar

Jannatun Nahar

Programme Coordinator, Promoting Fact Checking to Counter Misinformation in Bangladesh

MRDI- Internews
jannatun@mrdibd.org
+8801521323553

 

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