Our Team

RMMRU is an organisation filled with dedicated individuals all working towards a common goal of better governance and services in the migration sector. Below is a list of our wonderful team!

Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui
Founding Chair

Tasneem Siddiqui is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Dhaka and the founding Chair of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) the premier migration think tank of Bangladesh. Her works on climate change adaptation and migration, drivers and impact of internal and international male and female labour migration, migration governance, diaspora, remittances, safe and sustainable cities inclusive to migrants, have been published in the journals of Population and Environment, Development Policy Review, Urban Studies and in different volumes of Palgrave Macmillan, Edward Edgar, Routledge, Springer etc. She led the drafting of the National Strategy on the Management of Disaster and Climate Induced Internal Displacement in Bangladesh, the national Overseas Employment Policy, 2006 and was a committee member that prepared the first draft of the Overseas Employment and Migration Act of 2013. Her research and advocacy work on female labour migration has contributed to lifting of ban on international migration of low skilled women from Bangladesh in 2003.

 She is in the Global Editorial Board of Oxford Journal of Migration Studies. Since June, 2019 she has joined the state led international initiative, the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), as a member of the Advisory CommitteeRecently she became member, Board of trustees, Transparency International, Bangladesh Chapter. In the past she has served as member of board of directors of Migrant Welfare Bank of Bangladesh.

Marina Sultana
Director Programme

Marina Sultana is leading programme of RMMRU as Director Programme. She is specialized in field intervention and action research using different tools for safe migration and migrants’ rights. She has 20 years of professional experience and high profile of expertise in the fields of policy and media advocacy, capacity building, awareness campaign, etc. Her areas of interest are migrant’s rights, women's rights, and rights of ethnic and marginalized group etc. She plays a key role in programme planning, implementation as well as organizing RMMRU’s public events like conference, seminars, festivals, etc and developing a partnership with international, national migrant stakeholders. Moreover, she develops training module for governmental and non-governmental bodies, male and female migrants etc. Apart from these activities, she develops materials, proposals, reports etc. She is currently leading the FLM project of PROKAS Programme. She has completed her Honours and Masters in Zoology from the University of Rajshahi.

Md. Kaisar Hossain
Finance and Accounts Coordinator

Mr. Hossain is the focal person of the RMMRU’s overall financial Management. He supervises the overall fund management and budgetary control of RMMRU. Review manages and monitors the financial activity and coordinate between projects. Maintain liaison with donors, NGOAB, NBR, and other related stakeholders. Analyze budget, identify and monitor variance, and develops control mechanism. Review expenditure patterns and budget compliance, Ensure monthly statement, bank reconciliation, adjustment. Provide financial support for procure and logistic requirement. Review accounting records for adequacy of documentation, safety and availability. Check and verify bank vouchers and transactions

Nayan Mitra
Admin & HR Coordinator

Mr. Mitra is responsible for overall management, administrative affairs and implementation of organisation’s policies. Provide inputs to the senior management team in the areas of Finance, Management, Administration, Human Resources etc. Mr. Mitra started his career as a Human Resource Officer in a reputed Pharmaceutical Company. He joined in RMMRU as an Asst. Administrative Officer on May 2009. He did his Masters from Bangladesh Agricultural University. He also completed MBA from Bangladesh Open University. He received a specialize training on Personnel Management from Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM).

Mr. Mahmudol Hasan Rocky
Research Coordinator

Mr. Mahmudol Hasan Rocky is working as Research Coordinator and team leader of a field Research group at RMMRU. He is the key person to process and analyze the data by using SPSS software. He is also involved in report writing, questionnaire designing, training, monitoring field work etc. He worked in the research project on “Climate Change Related Migration” “Impact of Labour Migration to the Construction Sector on Poverty” “Cross-border Movement of the Rohingyas Burma” “Migrating out of Poverty” “Impact of Migration on Poverty and Development (IMPD)” “International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development” “Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas of Bangladesh”. He is currently involved in the ongoing research project on “DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA)”, “Impact of Migration on Poverty and Local Development (IMPD-2)”, “Social Cost of Migration on Families Left Behind” and also “Safe and Sustainable cities: Human Security, Migration and Wellbeing”.

Md. Parvez Alam
Senior IT Officer

The main responsibility of Parvez Alam is to maintain the RMMRU Core Network, Data Server and ERP system. Alam develops and maintains the RMMRU websites and the official pages of different social medias about RMMRU. He designs all the Policy Briefs, Working Papers and Migration Trends Reports. He assists the RMMRU research team in making all kind of field survey question papers. He is also the information officer of RMMRU. A Fact-Finding mission of Forum-Asia about Rohingya refugee issue which was held in Bangladesh on March 2018, was coordinated by him. He is a Human Rights Defenders and a Blogger in his personal life as he is working with Human Rights and blogging since 11 years.
Mr Alam has a post-graduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Bangladesh Institutes of Science and Technology and he completes Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) from the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB).

RPC project Team

Syeda Rozana Rashid
Lead Researcher

Syeda Rozana Rashid teaches International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She was educated in Dhaka, Oxford and Sussex. She obtained her Ph.D in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, UK and MSC in Forced Migration from Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Her research areas include forced and voluntary migration, gender, social protection and livelihoods. She has published a number of books, modules and journal articles at home and abroad. Syeda Rozana Rashid has been involved with RMMRU for the last fifteen years in different capacities, i.e. research associate, programme coordinator and more recently, as a member of the RMMRU Executive Committee. Currently, she is also leading RMMRU's RPC project under the cluster of Household Dynamics of Remittances.

A.S.M. Ali Ashraf
Co-Researcher

A.S.M. Ali Ashraf is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His teaching and research interests are broadly in the fields of international security, human rights, migration, and geopolitics. Ashraf holds a Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He is currently a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London.

Jalal Uddin Sikder
Co-Researcher

Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder, MA (Dhaka), MA (Leeds, UK) and PhD (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) has joined ULAB as Assistant Professor. He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Principle of Development Studies and Bangladesh Studies. Sikder also serves as Senior Research Associate with the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Working as Senior Research Associate at RMMRU, he has published several articles in reputed international journal and books on migration, remittances and development and was involved in a number of studies under the DRC on Migration, University of Sussex, UK. Sikder was a recipient of the NTS-Asia Research Fellowship from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and presented papers in national and international workshops, conferences and seminars in Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Spain, South Africa, Sri Lanka, South Korea, the Philippines and the United States. He has expertise in ethnographic longitudinal studies using a mix of methods from standardised surveys, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, participatory observations and case studies.

Mirza Taslima Sultana
Co-Researcher

Mirza Taslima Sultana is an Associate Professor of Anthropology of Jahangirnagar University. She was awarded PhD in Gender and Women Studies from Lancaster University, United Kingdom. Her research interests are gender and sexuality studies, studying the dominant structure/institutions in both health and the status of labourers in formal and informal sectors, also her interest in studying the genre of popular culture and its relationship with the media. Numbers of her academic articles were published in national and international journals. Her book, চিকিৎসা বিজ্ঞানের অধীনে নারী শরীরঃ ভিন্ন ভিন্ন শ্রেণির অভিজ্ঞতা (Women’s Body Subjected under Medical Science: Experiences from different Classes), was published by University Press Limited, 2007; and her booklet, নারীর বিরুদ্ধে সহিংসতা: নারীবাদী দর্শনের সাম্প্রতিক সঙ্কট ও উত্তরণ ভাবনা (Violence against women: contemporary dilemma in Feminist philosophy and search for the ways out) in প্রবল ও প্রান্তিক series 1, was Published by Public Nibriggayan October 2011. Apart from academic writings, occasionally she contributes in national Daily on burning socio-political issues, e.g., deprived garment worker’s agitation, religion and political identity, governance and democracy etc. She is a member of the Public Nribiggayan, which is a collective of Anthropologist, generates public debates outside the academic arena by publishing book series, organizing public lectures and workshops.

Fhamida Yasminis
Co-Researcher

Fhamida Yasmin is a lecturer, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. Currently, she is pursuing PhD in Sociology at the Centre for the Studies of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She obtained BSS and MSS degrees in Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka. Ms.Yasmin has conducted research on gender aspects of labour migration policy of Bangladesh, violence against Bangladeshi Hindu women and Hindu Marriage Act, Dalit in Bangladesh. Her research interest includes migration and gender, policy tracing, environment and gender, human rights and marginalised community, violence against women and feminism in third world countries.

 

 

Fairer Labour Migration Project Team

 

 

Rabeya Nasrin
Programme Officer

Rabeya Nasrin is working as a Programme Officer at RMMRU under PROKAS Programme, British Council. Her main responsibilities are implementing project plan, coordinating field activities, supporting to monitor project activities, networking and maintaining liaison with stakeholders including MoEWOE, BMET, WEWB, DEMO, TTC and so on. As a project team member, she is responsible for organizing national conference, workshop, seminar, dialogue, training, meeting and others. She is involved in developing project materials, documentation, report writing etc. Apart from the mentioned activities she is also assigned for documentation of fraud cases and pursuing redress and legal support. She is also one of the members of RMMRU trainer pool.

She has completed her BSS and MSS from the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka. Now she is an M.Phil researcher of same department. Her main areas of interest are labour migration, gender issues, human rights and social development.

Hossain Mohammad Fazle Jahid
Programme Officer (Legal Support)

Hossain Mohammad Fazle Jahid is currently working as a Programme Officer (Legal Support) in RMMRU. His core focusing areas are to assist in reviewing the documents on legal issues, manage data on complaint issues and proper documentation of cases for legal process. His key role is to provide legal assistance to the victims, pursue and communicate with government agencies and other stakeholders to manage cases.
Mr. Jahid comes from a Law background with LLB & LLM. He has received another master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Dhaka. His areas of interest include Migration Laws, Human Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Nazma Akhter
Field Coordinator

Nazma Akhter is working as a Field Coordinator at RMMRU. Her main responsibilities are monitoring the implementation of the project plan, coordinating field activities, supporting to monitor project activities, networking and maintaining liaison with RMMRU Head Office, DC Office, Bar Association, Demo Office, TTC, Welfare Office, Upozila Office & other Government and Non-Government Organizations. As a team leader, she is responsible for the monitoring of local conferences, workshops, seminars, dialogues, training, meetings and others. She is involved in the implementation of project materials, documentation, report writing etc. She has been working for safe migration for more than 12 years. She has vast experience of 30 years at the filed level. Her main areas of interest are Human rights and social development resolution.

Ayub Ali
Programme officer

Mr. Ayub Ali is working as a Programme officer at RMMRU. He is responsible for monitoring case collection process from the field level and documentation. His other responsibilities are monitoring and arranging of mediations, Courtyard meetings, counselling, Advisory meetings, training, workshops and so on. As a team member, he is responsible for communication with Government & Non-Government Organizations. Besides this, he is responsible for all sorts of accounts work in Tangail. His main area of interest is labour migration.

Rokon Mallick
Programme officer

Rokon Mallick is working as a Programme Officer at RMMRU under PROKAS, British Council. His main responsibilities are arranging monthly meetings, mediation, courtyard meetings, counselling, advisory meetings, training and workshops and coordinating with GMC, Youth Volunteer Group and CGMS. As a project team member, he is responsible for communication with DC Office, Bar Association, Demo Office, TTC, Welfare, Upozila Office & other related Government & Non-Government Organizations. He is involved in case collection & documentation.
He has completed his BSS and MSS from the Department of Political Science under National University. His main areas of interest are labour migration, human rights, and social development

DECCMA

Mr. Mohammad Towheedul Islam
Research Fellow

Mr. Mohammad Towheedul Islam is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka. At RMMRU, Mr. Islam has been involved with research on climate change adaptation in Bangladesh under the “Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation” (DECCMA) project.
Mr. Islam received an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California in 2012. He also received his BSS and MSS degrees in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. His teaching and research interests include climate change adaptation, migration and development. Mr. Islam has a number of research papers, briefing papers and journal articles on human rights, climate change and migration to his credit.

Mohammad Rashed Alam Bhuiyan
Research Fellow

Mohammad Rashed Alam Bhuiyan is a lecturer of Political Science, University of Dhaka and part time research fellow of RMMRU. He obtained his Bachelor and Masters degree with outstanding results (1st position in first class) and (3rd position in the first class) from the department of Political Science, University of Dhaka. Earlier he served RMMRU as a Field Coordinator, Project Manager, Research Associate and Senior Programme Officer (Media & Policy Advocacy) in several research projects. He played protagonist role in Television for Environment (tve) produced documentary ‘LIVING ON THE GO’ accessible at YouTube. Mr. Bhuiyan writes extensively on climate change related migration as well as other forms of internal and international migration related issues of Bangladesh. He is also co-author of a paper on ‘Recruitment practices in Bangladesh and protection of migrant workers’ rights’ (International Labour Office, forthcoming). He has also written on the ‘Impact of globalisation and the state’s ability to control the market: Bangladesh perspective (in Bengali)’ (in Bangladesh Unnayan Samikkhya (BUS), a journal of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), February 2011). He has also written several Policy Briefing Papers as a co-author. Most recent ones are Policy Briefing Paper No.6; ‘Migration-from threat of climate change to Climate change to adaptation tool: Policy Choices for development partners of Bangladesh’ and Policy Briefing Paper No.7; ‘Transforming Challenges into Part of Solution: Climate-Change Related Migration in Bangladesh’ (published as an output of RMMRU-SCMR’ research on Climate Change related Migration in Bangladesh).

Ashraka Saleem
Project Assistant

Ashraka is the secretary for Dr Tasneem Siddiqui. She is responsible for organizing travel and accommodation for RMMRU chairs and providing support at important meetings and conferences. She provides secretarial assistance for RMMRU Chair, such as scheduling appointments, preparing documents, briefing papers, reports and presentations. Ashraka acts as a liaison with the University of Dhaka, governmental and non-governmental organizations, policymakers and stakeholders. Her favourite place to visit in Bangladesh is Sylhet.

ICIMOD Project Team

Motasim Billah
Research Fellow

Motasim Billah works as Research fellow at RMMRU. His engagement with RMMRU is intermittent in nature. He graduated in Climate Change and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. Prior to that, he finished his Bachelors and Masters in International Relations, University of Dhaka. His areas of interest are climate change, migration and resilience. Motasim worked as a full-time researcher at RMMRU in different collaborative research projects in partnership with the University of Sussex between the periods of 2008-2012. Some of his research works are published as journal article and book chapter by internationally reputed publishing houses e.g Edward Elger, Spring etc. He has first-hand experience of policy analysis and research-based policy advocacy campaigns. He represented RMMRU in several inter-ministerial committees in Bangladesh and regional consultative processes in the Asia Pacific on migrant workers’ rights protection. Motasim was a Chevening Fellow of UK Government in 2012. He is the Climate Leader in Bangladesh of the Climate Reality Project, Washington D.C.

SEEM Project Team

Short Bio Md. Iqbal Hossain
Project Coordinator

Md. Iqbal Hossain is working as a Project Coordinator at RMMRU under Social and Economic Exclusion and Migration: Inclusion of Excluded Groups into migration process (SEEM) program, Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) funded by DFID. His main responsibilities are Planning, implementation, supervision, management, and coordination of all components of the project to achieve the project objectives and results in consultation with the Director, Programme. As a project team member, he is responsible for maintaining liaison with government organizations, airport authority, hospitals, clinics, partner NGOs, media, donor agencies, and migrant stakeholder. He is involved in developing project materials, documentation, report writing etc. A part from the mentioned activities, he is also assigned for capacity building of partner NGOs providing technical support.
He has completed his MSS from the Department of Political Science under national University. His main areas of interest are labor migration, human rights and social development.

Molla Shihab Uddin
Programme Officer (field)

Molla Shihab Uddin is working as a Programme Officer (field) at RMMRU under Social and Economic Exclusion and Migration (SEEM) project. His main responsibilities are the implementation of project activities and manage field operation regularly, identify potential migrants and support migrants beneficiaries and victim properly. He is also involved to maintain the close contract with DEMO office, TTC, Welfare office, Upazila Office & other related GO/NGO office. As a project team member, he is responsible for assist regular meeting, workshop, training, conference, seminar, dialogue, and others related assigned task by RMMRU authority. Apart from the mentioned activities, he is also prepared the report, case study and documentation of fraud cases as well as pursuing redress and legal support.

He has completed B.A (Honors) and M.A (Masters) from Dhaka University under the Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies.

CIM Project Team

Tamim Billah
Research Assistant

Tamim Billah works as a Research Assistant at the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU). He graduated in English Literature from the National University of Bangladesh. Later, he received a professional Masters in Development Studies from BRAC University, Dhaka. At RMMRU, He works with an international collaborative research project- “Safe and Sustainable Cities: Human Security, Migration and Well-being’ in partnership with the University of Exeter, UK. His main responsibilities in this project include facilitating the implementation of the components of the project that include conducting research and communicating the research outcomes with relevant stakeholders to influence policies.
Mahmuda Jahan
Statistician

Mahmuda Jahan is working as a Statistician at the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU). She completed BSc (Hons) and MSc in Applied Statistics from the Institute of Statistical Research and Training (ISRT), University of Dhaka in 2017 and 2018 respectively. She joined RMMRU in 2018 at the “Social Cost of Migration on Families Left-Behind” project mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). In this project, she analysed the dataset to find out various factors related to migrant households and prepared all the tables that have been used in this research. She had been proactively involved in all the activities ranging from organising the in-depth interviews to support in writing and publication. Mahmuda can use SPSS, STATA, R, SAS, Matlab, C++ and SQL to analyse data. She is currently involved in the ongoing projects on “Social Cost of Returnee Female Migrants” and “Climate Induced Migration”.

Office Assistant

Kamal Hossain Apu

Kamal provides technical support during official meetings and workshops, sets up conference and meeting rooms, and maintains the office premises. He is responsible for general secretarial tasks such as distributing documents to staff, managing office equipment, distributing mail and photocopying reports. Other duties include ensuring lights, AC, computers and water filter system are working properly. Kamal’s favourite places in Bangladesh are Dhaka, Chittagong, and Barisal.

Md. Deluar Hossan

Deluar provides care-taking and cleaning duties for the maintenance of the RMMRU office. His responsibilities include photocopying documents, dispatching office documents, receiving incoming phone calls and corresponding with appropriate recipients. Deluar also gives support for RMMRU staff where needed. His favorite place in Bangladesh is the Sundarbans.