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 Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Refugee and Migrating Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) of the University of Dhaka. She received her PhD from Griffith University, Australia. Her research interest includes, Drivers and impact of labour migration, Remittance and Climate change adaptation and Migration. Her recent co-authored publications includes ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in Bangladesh: Migration, The Missing Link’ (2014) Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Climate-related migration in rural Bangladesh: a behavioural model. Population and Environment, 2014, Impact of Arab Spring on Migrants: The case of Bangladeshi returnees from Libya, BILIA, 2014. She was one of the key members that drafted the National “Overseas Employment Policy” of Bangladesh; and “Overseas Employment and Migration act 2013”. In the past she served as chair of the Asia Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN), South Asia Migration Resource Network (SAMREN) and also served as one of the directors of Migrant Welfare Bank of Bangladesh.

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” “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)” and also “Impact of Migration on Poverty and Local Development (IMPD)”.

Md. Parvez Alam
IT Officer

Md. Parvez Alam main responsibility is maintains the RMMRU Core Network and Data Server. Alam develop and maintenance of dynamic websites. The design of all RMMRU's Policy Briefs, Working Paper and Newsletter. He regular update website with new information about:

-upcoming events
-New Project
-New Publications such as journal articles and working papers
-IEC materials

Alam has a graduate degree in computer science and engineering from the Bangladesh Institutes of science and technology and he complete Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) from the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) and Mr. Parvez Alam achieves his MSC in Computer Science and Engineering with a tremendous result. He got a Fast class and also 6th in his institutions. RMMRU family are very happy for his great success.


Md. Musabbir Hossen
Accounts Officer

Mr. Musabbir Hossen has joined Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) as an Accounts Officer. He completed his Master of Business Studies (M.B.S.) from National University and also completed three years Chartered Accountancy Course under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh from S. R. Bose & Co. Chartered Accountants. Mr. Hossen prepare and maintains all kinds of vouchers, cash book, bank book, general ledger, and different registers related to Finance and Accounts and also assist to Finance & Accounts Coordinator for overall financial management of the organisation.

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. He can be contacted at aliashraf79@gmail.com.

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 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 genre of popular culture and its relationship with the media. A 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 Yasminis 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.

Kazi Nurmohammad Hossainul Haque
Co – Researcher

Kazi Nurmohammad Hossainul Haque is a development researcher and policy analyst based in South Asia. He is currently working as Advisor-National Development Strategy with Action Aid Bangladesh. He is also a visiting research fellow of RMMRU. His research interests are migration, diaspora, civil society, citizen participation, and, urban/environmental governance. He has MA in Development Studies (ISS, The Hague), MA in Public Policy (CEU, Budapest) and BSS in International Relations (University of Dhaka). Some of his publications are: Diaspora Engagement in Local Politics of Bangladesh, in Md Mizanur Rahman and Tan Tai Yong (eds) International Migration and Development in South Asia, Singapore: Routledge (2015); Participatory Environmental Governance and Climate Change Adaptation: Mainstreaming of Tidal River Management in South-West Bangladesh, in Huong Ha ed. Land and Disaster Management Strategies in Asia, New Delhi: Springer (2015); and, Work Condition of Bangladeshi Factory Workers in the Middle East, Dhaka: RMMRU (2004).



Fairer Labour Migration Project Team



Marina Sultana
Director, Programme
Marina is instrumental in field activation and in action research using different tools in the grassroots level for the protection and promotion of safe migration. She determines project strategies for sustainable development, such as forming community based group, Migrant Rights Protection Committee (MRPC). She is responsible for project planning, implementation, awareness campaigning and advocacy as well as organizing RMMRU public events such as seminars, dialogues and festivals. Marina is currently heading the ‘Fairer Labour Migration project. She also organised the Remittance and Skill Training Fair to promote skilled migration and safe remittance transfer at a grassroots level. In addition, Marina is responsible for preparing different reports, and maintaining public relations. Moreover, she develops, facilitates and designs training programmes for governmental and non-governmental bodies, migrants and community representatives.

Rabeya Nasrin
Programme Officer

Rabeya Nasrin is currently working as a Programme Officer under airer Labour Migration Project at RMMRU. Her focusing areas are implementing project plan of actions, national and field level activities for the project as well as programme, monitoring and reviewing the progress of project, communicating with project personnel, different stakeholders including BMET, MoEWOE and related organizations. As one of the project team members, she is responsible for organizing meeting, workshop, seminar, dialogue and project programmes, she also assists to develop documentation, reports, meeting minutes and supporting materials etc.

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

Shara Arzooman
Programme Officer

Shara Arzooman, at present employed as a Programme Officer in Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU). She has completed her LL.B. (Hons.) from the BRAC University and currently doing her masters in Criminology & Criminal Justice at University of Dhaka. Her core focusing areas are project-based legal research, report writing and material and content developing. Currently she is working under the Fairer Labor Migration (FLM) project. Apart from the mentioned activities she is also responsible for:
-assist consultant and programme personnel to review documents on legal issues
- prepare different materials
-assist to conduct field studies and prepare publications as per project requirements
-assist in organizing various events and programmes.

Mohammad Inzamul Haque
Research & Material Development Officer

Mohammad Inzamul Haque is serving as a Research & Material Development Officer at RMMRU under the ‘Fairer Labour Migration’ project. His key responsibilities are: Assisting the Lead Researcher and programme personnel to review documents on legal issues, preparing training module and different materials, preparing publications as per project requirements, assisting to organize national level events etc.

Mr. Haque has completed his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from BRAC University with a minor concentration in Sociology. He is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree with major in International Law at East West University. His areas of interest include Labour Rights, Humanitarian Law, Migration, Protection of Human Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution.


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, policy makers and stake holders. Her favourite place to visit in Bangladesh is Sylhet.

Prodip K. Das
Research Associate

Mr. Prodip K. Das works as Research Associate at RMMRU. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s in Disaster Management in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Dhaka. Mr. Das is working under “DEltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation” (DECCMA) Project in the component of identifying and evaluating feasible and acceptable planned and autonomous adaptations practices in the GBM Delta, Bangladesh (WP6) and also involving with the secondary data collection process on migration under WP3 since 2014. His research interests include climate change adaptation, migration, and urban development.

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 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.

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.

Parvez Bhuiyan

Parvez 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. Parvez also gives support for RMMRU staff where needed. His favourite place in Bangladesh is the Sundarbans.
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