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
Sr. Accounts Officer

Md. Hossain maintains the RMMRU Core account along with the accounts for the following projects: Safe Labour Migration: Ensuring Access to Information and Services, Bangladesh Global Survey, RMMRU Global Policy institutional strengthening of the Office of Labour Attaches. Additionally he manages workshop and seminar accounts when necessary.

Md. Hossain’s favourite place in Bangladesh is Cox’s Bazaar, where he especially enjoys spending time on the beach.

Nayan Mitra
Administrative Officer

Mr. Mitra maintains day-to-day office administration by implementing the Service Rules of RMMRU 2002 (as amended in March 2013). He is the primary responsible person for day to day office management, maintenance of staff personal files, their leaves, daily attendance, and movements register. He also plays a significant role in recruitment and selection process. He conducts staff meetings, project coordination meetings, prepares minutes/proceedings and monitors the implementation of the decisions of those meetings. He also implements tasks regarding office maintenance. Additionally he supervises and manages the support staff. He performs the responsibilities as store in-charge and prepares and maintains the stock register. He plays a key role in procuring goods, services etc. He also maintains asset register and implements security measures for the office premises. He ensures protection of fixed assets, conducts periodical audits to ensure that assets are in their proper place and functional. He provides full support to programme personnel in organising seminars, workshops, training, etc. Mr. Mitra’s favourite place in Bangladesh is Susang Durgapur, Netrokona

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.

 

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).

Farhana Razzak
Assistant Communication Officer

Recently Farhana Razzak has joined Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) as Assistant Communication Officer. She completed her bachelors and masters in International Relations from University of Dhaka. She is responsible for the communication and coordination among RMMRU partners and also for organizing meetings, preparing reports, monitoring, planning, and implementing research uptake activities. She was an active member of the RMMRU’s Young Researchers’ Forum organizing training workshops and seminars on migration issues. Her master’s research focused on the European refugee crisis. She has received training on memory culture and techniques of documentation based on post partition sub-continental migration. She plans to work on migration, conflict and poverty issues. She feels that her current assignment with RMMRU under the Migrating out of Poverty RPC is ideal to further nurture her academic and research interests.

 

 

AMR Project Team

 

 

Md. Abul Basar
Project Coordinator

Md. Abul Basar is responsible for overall coordination of the activities under ‘Sustaining Gains from Migration: Asserting Migrant Rights’ and he provides guidance to the project team including PNGOs. He has joined RMMRU with a long 9- year of experience in Human Rights, Governance, Social Mobilization and Capacity Building as a part of various National and International organizations including Handicap International, Nagorik Uddyog and the Hunger Project Bangladesh. After completion of MSS in anthropology from Jahangirnagar University, Mr. Basar started his career as sub-editor in national daily newspaper. After two years of journalism, he switched his career to development arena in 2006. Since then he involve with various national and UN level policy advocacy initiatives. In this connection he attended the 16th UN-UPR session in 2013 and 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2012. He is one of the co-author of thematic report on Dalits’ human Rights situation in Bangladesh submitted to the UN under UPR mechanism for 2nd cycle review of Bangladesh. He achieved MRG’s small grants follow-up fund in 2011 for campaign for an anti-discriminatory legislation in Bangladesh.

Iffat Jahan Rimi
Programme Officer

Iffat Jahan is responsible for finding fraudulent and compensate cases for the PNGOs, organizing hearing sessions with BMET, liaising with BMET officials and embassies for fraudulence and compensation case settlements, and corresponding and following up with the victim of fraudulent and compensate issues. As well she managing the skill development and entrepreneur development scholarship programme and liaising with the training centers. She is also responsible for monitoring the database of returnee and potential migrants for job portal. She prepares monthly and quarterly progress reports, communicates with senior project personnel on the progress of project activities and supports the Programme Manager with field activities and she supports the Programme Manager to arrange press conference and dialogue programme../div>

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).

Mr. Mahmudol Hasan Rocky
Research Associate

Mr. Mahmudol Hasan Rocky is working as Research Associate 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. 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).

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.

Mr. Prodip Kumar
Research Assistant

Mr. Prodip Kumar Das works at RMMRU as Research Assistant. He completed his B.Sc in Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University. Mr. Das has been involved with research on climate change adaptation in Bangladesh under the “Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation” (DECCMA) project.

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.

Intern

Zachary Brabazon

Zachary Brabazon is an undergrad student from the University of Victoria in Canada. He is very excited to be working as a Program Assistant with the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) in Dhaka. He looks forward to working with RMMRU on the DECCMA project, and is especially interested in learning about how climate change is initiating vulnerability and migration in Bangladesh's deltaic areas. Excited for the opportunity to engage with these issues at the grassroots level through fieldwork, Zachary believes he will learn immensely from RMMRU's hands-on approach.

Joel Toorenburgh

Wrapping up his fourth year of post-secondary studies, Joel is excited to join other talented interns on the CAPI team. As a political science major, he hopes to develop his understanding of refugees and migrant issues in the South Asian region; he is passionate about social justice and economic empowerment. Joel is also an eager language learner and cannot wait to enrich his world with the Bangla language and culture. His position at RMMRU will grant him the opportunity to contribute in diverse ways to RMMRU’s work: preparing and editing various research papers and documents, communicating and partnering with various stakeholders, and participating and overseeing other RMMRU projects. He has no doubt that partnering with RMMRU in the mega-city of Dhaka will be a fully rewarding, but equally challenging experience.

Kieran Stevens

He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Okanagan with a bachelor's degree in International Relations. He will be working with RMMRU for 6 months under the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives internship program. Grateful to be able to work with RMMRU on migration and refugee issues in Bangladesh, Kieran looks forward to learning a significant amount more about these worldwide problems. This is Kieran's first time outside of North America, and he is curious about how he will manage in this different context.

Former Intern

Duncan Knox

Duncan is undertaking an internship at RMMRU through the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Consortium based at Sussex University. Duncan will be based in RMMRU May – July 2013 and will complete the final month of the internship in the UK. His work will involve contributing to preparation work for both Migrating out of Poverty’s global quantitative research project and RMMRU's panel survey on short term international contract migration. Specifically he will:
  • Assist in planning survey methodology and sampling strategy through meeting experts and reading literature.
  • Generate ideas on adequately capturing and measuring the impact of migration on poverty and development in both surveys.
  • Assist in tailoring questionnaires for use in Bangladesh.
  • Write a review on pre-existing migration survey data in Bangladesh.

Duncan's favourite place to visit in Bangladesh is the Sundarbans.

Natalia Yang

Natalia is from the University of Victoria (UVic) in BC, Canada and will be with RMMRU for 6 months as part of the Centre of Asia-Pacific Initiatives internship at UVic. As an intern, Natalia is involved with research, administrative work and social media communications at RMMRU. She is currently working on the Impact of Migration on Poverty and Development research and providing support in workshop preparations, intern recruitment and research conduction. She assisted with literature review and proposal writing in past projects. An area of responsibility is website development and the maintenance and update of RMMRU's social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter.

Kip Jorgensen

Coming from British Columbia, Canada, Kip Jorgensen is working at RMMRU through an internship partnership with the Center for Asian Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria. Kip's background at the University of Victoria includes studies in Political Science, Environmental Studies and Global South Development. Kip will live and work in Bangladesh for six months before returning to Canada in 2015. As an intern, Kip’s responsibilities will include research, writing and editing, dissemination and public relation, project coordination and fieldwork. Currently writing his honours thesis on climate change, migration, and trapped populations, Kip is eager to participate in RMMRU’s many projects examining environmental migration. Some of Kip’s favorite destinations in Bangladesh include Srimangal and Saint Martin.

Anna Yankova

Anna Yankova undertaking an internship between July-October 2014 at RMMRU through the Migration out of poverty consortium based at University of Sussex. Currently She involved in the research project Impact of Migration on Poverty and Development and preparation for the Dissemination workshop on this project. Anna contributed to the study of Drivers of Migration and assisted with the literature review for Irregular migration to Malaysia.

Isabelle Austin

Isabelle Austin is joining RMMRU for three months, as part of the Migrating out of Poverty RPC internship scheme co-ordinated by the University of Sussex. Isabelle graduated from University of Leeds in 2015 with a BA in Human Geography (international), with a year abroad at the National University of Singapore. She has since volunteered in charitable organisations supporting the well-being of migrant workers, and undertook an internship in Jakarta, Indonesia with the International Organisation of Migration in counter-trafficking and labour migration. Isabelle will assist RMMRU with fieldwork, media relations, and desk based research. She also looks forward to participating in gender-specific migration research following her dissertation on domestic workers in Singapore.

Tabitha Black-Lock

Tabitha is working at RMMRU from June to December 2015, for a 6 month internship through the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) program at the University of Victoria. Back home in Victoria, Canada, Tabitha is studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. While at RMMRU, Tabitha will be involved in many projects, including the editing and final review of the book “Impact of Migration on Poverty and Local Development in Bangladesh”, marketing, research, media correspondence and fieldwork. 

 

Jordan Konykhas joined RMMRU for six months through the Crossing Borders internship and scholarship programmewith the Center for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Jordan studies Political Science at the University of Victoria and has particular interests in migration, globalization, and human rights. While at RMMRU, Jordan will be assisting with the communication section of the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium led by the University of Sussex. In addition, he will be participating in and contributing to various research projects of RMMRU through field work, research, writing, and editing.

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.