Advisory Committee

Prof. Hafiz T. A. Khan, PhD

Senior International Advisor, CDA

Dr. Hafiz T.A. Khan is currently a Professor of Public Health and Statistics in the University of West London and also an Associate Research Fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, UK.

Previously, he worked at several higher education institutions, including School of Health Sciences of Birmingham City University, Middlesex University Business School, University of Oxford in the UK, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria and National University of Singapore. Dr. Khan started his career as a Lecturer from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1991. Later he served as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor of Statistics.

He trained himself as a Biostatistician and developed his academic career in the area of public health, demography and gerontology over the last 27 years. He got his PhD in Medical Demography from Edinburgh Napier University in collaboration with the University of Dundee in 1996. His research interests include the broader areas of population and development, population ageing, poverty and vulnerability, microfinance, and health and well-being in later life with special focus on loneliness, multi-morbidity, long-term care and support provisions. Recently, he conducted a research on The Global Ageing Surveys (GLAS) at the University of Oxford and published many articles on various aspects of global ageing and health. Till today, Dr. Khan has published more than 100 research articles in journals, working papers and book chapters on health and population related issues and disseminated research findings through all forms of media. He has co-authored two books "Research Methods for Business and Social Science", Sage, 2007 & 2014.

Dr.khan is also a volunteer for several charitable organizations, including a special advisor to the board of Trustees of Age UK Oxfordshire; an academic advisor of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK; and an international advisor of Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) in Bangladesh. He is a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of academic journals.

Prof. Dr. Shah Monir Hossain

Senior Advisor, CDA

Prof. Dr. Shah Monir Hossain is the former Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh. Before retirement as the Director General in 2010, he worked in different important capacities of the Directorate General of Health Services, including Additional Director General and Director. Prof. Hossain also taught in several government medical colleges of Bangladesh as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Public Health, North South University and Institute of Public Health, Bangladesh.

Prof. Hossain has a significant contribution in the fields of public health, food safety, and nutrition. He has worked as an Advisor and National Consultant in several reputed agencies, including World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture (FAO), UNICEF, and Johns Hopkins University. He also has a keen interest in research, and his areas of interest include nutrition, NCDs, and tobacco control. Prof. Hossain has co-authored many research articles in peer-reviewed journals, technical reports, and policy briefs.

Prof. Hossain completed his MBBS from Mymensingh Medical College, Bangladesh, and FCPS from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS). He also did his postgraduate certificate course from the University of Edinburgh, UK, M.Phil. from the University of Dhaka, and MPH from North South University, Bangladesh.

Prof. Dr. Gias U. Ahsan, PhD

Advisor, CDA

Prof. Dr. Gias U. Ahsan, educated with MBBS degree and now with 28 years of experience in the field of Public Health, is currently working as a Professor at the Department of Public Health, North South University (NSU), Bangladesh. He also served as a Pro Vice-Chancellor (Designate) at North South University from 2017 to 2019 and Dean at the School of Health and Life Sciences, North South University from 2013 to 2020.

Dr. Ahsan started teaching as a Professor at the Department of Public Health, NSU in 2006 and became the first Chairman of the department. He is continuing many productive collaborations with government, international organizations and NGOs and he was awarded many research grants as a principal investigator (PI) from the organizations. He also played a lead role in many projects from WHO, TDR, Canadian IDRC, UNDP, NASA (USA), USAID, and others. He served as a member of the Technical Advisory council of World Health Organization (WHO), South East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi, India and attended World Health Assembly (68th) and regional WHO program as an expert member of Bangladesh Government Delegation in 2015.

He achieved his Ph.D. (Epidemiology) from Mahidol University, Thailand in 2006 and during his Ph.D. he got the scholarship from the World Health Organization (WHO/TDR). He also completed MPHM, and DTM&H degrees from Mahidol University.

Dr. Ahsan chaired many international & national seminars and he presented many keynotes & research papers at the international conferences. Currently, he is serving as an editor for many international peer-reviewed journals. Till today, he published more than fifty articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Md. Kapil Ahmed, PhD

Advisor, CDA

Dr. Md. Kapil Ahmed is currently an Adjunct Professor at Bangladesh University of Professionals, North South University and American International University-Bangladesh. He is a prominent demographer and research scientist in the country. Previously, he worked in various important research positions including Assistant Scientist, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b); Research Fellow Epidemiologist, University of West Scotland, UK and Epidemiologist/Demographer, St. Gregory’s University of London, UK. His primary areas of research interest cover reproductive health, tobacco control, drug abuse, and maternal & child health. Until now, Mr. Ahmed has published more than 50 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, about 30 technical reports and many policy briefs. He is also an editor of several peer-reviewed international journals.

Mr. Ahmed earned his PhD in Demography from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), India in 2000 and completed his MSC in Population Studies from the same institute in 1994. He also did his BSC and MSC in Statistics from the University of Chittagong in 1975 and 1976, respectively.

Prof. Ahmed Hossain, PhD

Advisor, CDA

Dr. Ahmed Hossain is an academic biostatistician and public health expert, and currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Public Health at the North South University. He is also continuing as a consultant of the World Bank and principal investigator of many national and international projects. He received his Ph.D. from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto in 2010, and he was a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Fellow at McMaster University. Also, in 2004 at McMaster University, he completed his MSc in Biostatistics. Before coming to North South University, Dr. Hossain was an adjunct faculty in the School of Occupational and Public Health at the Ryerson University and a Senior Biostatistician at the Pharma Medica Research Inc. Dr. Hossain has been mainly instrumental in developing the field of statistical genomics. His current interest has focused on biomedical research involving human subjects.
To date, Dr. Hossain has published more than 40 papers in various international peer-reviewed journals. Currently, he is also an active editorial board member of 8 peer-reviewed international journals. He is also continuing several collaborations with clinical investigators, faculty members, and epidemiologists at McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Manitoba, and North South University. Dr. Hossain developed an R package, which gives an estimation of summary measures and variances on receiver operating characteristic curves, which are useful for high dimensional data analysis and can be downloaded from Bioconductor.

Md. Abdul Quaiyyum, PhD

Advisor, CDA

Dr. Md. Abdul Quaiyyum is currently teaching at the Faculty of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Science, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka. Right before teaching at the university, he was the Project Director, Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Bangladesh and retired in 2017. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Project Director of the Regional Fisheries and Livestock Development Project from 2008 to 2011 and the Assistant Director of Aquaculture Extension Project from 2001 to 2008. Mr. Quaiyyum joined the Bangladesh Civil Service (Fisheries cadre) in 1982. He has more than 3 decades of extensive experience in aquaculture production, aquatic resources management, fisheries value chain management, agribusiness, training management, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He attended many professional training courses as well as meetings and seminars at home and abroad. Till today, he has published seven scientific articles in different magazines and also presented scientific papers in several conferences.

Dr. Quaiyyum has achieved his Ph.D degree from the American World University, USA. He has obtained his Master of Science (M.S) degree from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and Postgraduate Diploma from Vijelby Agricultural School, Denmark. He did his B.Sc (Hons) degree in Fisheries from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh in 1979.

Dr. Russell Kabir, PhD

International Advisor, CDA

Dr. Russell Kabir is currently working as Associate Professor at the School of Allied Health, Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine, and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK). He obtained his PhD degree from Middlesex University, UK. He completed his MSc in Research Methods at the same university. His first degree was on Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Dhaka. He has over 12 years of teaching experience in various universities in the UK.

Dr. Kabir has authored and co-authored many journal articles and book chapters. He is currently serving as an Academic Editor of PLOS One Journal, Journal of Perioperative Practice and BMC Public Health. He is a member of the International Epidemiological Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. He is interested to perform collaborative and interdisciplinary research in public health issues with a special focus on dental public health, maternal and reproductive health issues, violence against women as well as ageing and health.

Dr. Ehsanul Hoque Apu, PhD

International Advisor, CDA

Dr. Ehsanul Hoque Apu is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and faculty in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Michigan State University, USA. There he has been working on different NIH-funded projects since 2019. In 2020, he worked as a joint sabbatical researcher position in the Oslo University Hospital in Norway and Oulu University in Finland, funded by ERC FET Open Horizon 2020 grant. He completed his Ph.D in Cancer and Translational Research University of Oulu, Finland, in 2018. He did a Master of Science in Experimental Oral Pathology from the Queen Mary University of London, UK. He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Dhaka in 2010. He has been working in cancer biology, biomedical science, oral and public health for the last 8 years.

Dr. Ehsanul has authored and co-authored many multi-disciplinary journal articles. He is currently serving as an Academic Editor of journals regarding biomedical engineering, public health, and biomaterials. He is a full member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), American Dental Association (ADA), American Association for Dental Research (AADR), and International Association for Dental Research (IADR). He has presented at several renowned international conferences. He has worked extensively on research projects on COVID-19 concerning public health and looking forward to collaborating on interdisciplinary public health and dental health projects by incorporating biomedical methods and artificial intelligence platforms.

Dr Ali Davod Parsa, MD, PhD

International Advisor, CDA

Dr Ali Davod Parsa is currently working as Associate Professor of Health Economics, Policy & Management at the School of Allied Health - Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine, and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge (UK). He has an established, proven track record of success at a very senior level of leadership, collaborative research, and teaching excellence at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels.
Dr Parsa first graduated as a qualified GP from the School of Medicine- University of Zanjan, Medical Sciences and Health services, Iran in 1994. He then worked for a decade as clinician and then at senior management appointments, where Dr Parsa developed an interest in research within Healthcare Policy and Healthcare Management. Consequently, he was awarded a PhD in Health Economics from School of Clinical Sciences and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Services Research (HSR) from the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham (UK).
Dr Parsa has over 30 years of experience in research and teaching, as well as senior national leadership roles in public health, health management, health economics, and health policy with a strong emphasis on Health Economic Evaluations and Analysis. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the national health management, he was promoted to the position of Director General of Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Health Economics Department in Iran in 1999. He has authored and co-authored many journal articles and book chapters. He is a member of many prestigious international academic bodies, including British Medical Association, Royal Society of Medicine, and Royal Society of Public Health.

Management Team

Jahan Ara Begum

Chairperson, CDA

Jahan Ara Begum is the Chairperson of the Centre for Development Action (CDA). She is a former Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs of Bangladesh. Prior to that, she also held several important positions during her service to the Government of Bangladesh including Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs; Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism and Ministry of Industries and Assistant Director, NGO Affairs Bureau and Disaster Management Bureau. In 1989, she joined the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) administrative cadre as an Assistant Commissioner and Magistrate. Her primary areas of interest include planning and project management, project appraisal and evaluation, women empowerment, good governance, disaster management and maternal and child health. Above all, Ms. Begum has a good heart to love and help people. Currently, she is also involved with Bangladesh Girl Guides Association as a Treasurer.

Ms. Begum obtained her BSS (Hons) and MSS in Public Administration from the University of Dhaka in 1980 and 1986, respectively. She also did a Postgraduate Diploma in Population Sciences from the University of Dhaka. Furthermore, she has received different types of professional training from national and international institutions.

Md. Golam Kibria

Executive Director, CDA

Md. Golam Kibria is the Executive Director of the Centre for Development Action (CDA). He brings with him about ten years of experience in research design, data analysis, and report writing. His primary areas of research interest include sexual & reproductive health, mental health, disability, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), health policy and tobacco control.

Before he was appointed as Executive Director at CDA, Mr. Kibria played the roles of Research Manager and Research Fellow in various organizations, including Marie Stopes Bangladesh. He also served as a Principal Investigator (PI) for many research projects, funded by national and international organizations, including Johns Hopkins University, USA. He published several research articles in peer-reviewed international journals and attended many scientific conferences. Currently, he is an editor of the Bangladesh Journal of Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation (BJOTR) and a lifetime member of the Bangladesh Tobacco Control Research Network (BTCRN).

Mr. Kibria earned an MPH (Master of Public Health) degree from North South University in 2019 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from United International University in 2012. He also completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from Rajshahi University in 2005 and 2007 and did a postgraduate diploma in population sciences from the University of Dhaka.

Dr. Delwar Hossain Hawlader, PhD

Director - Research, CDA

Dr. Mohammad Delwer Hossain Hawlader is an Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health, North South University and Director - Research at the Centre for Development Action (CDA). He is also a visiting Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan. He has 19 years of experience in public health research. His research interests lie primarily in the areas of maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious diseases, autism, disability, and chronic diseases.

Dr. Delwer joined the Department of Public Health, North South University as an Assistant Professor in January 2017 and served the department as a Chairman from 2017 to 2018. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences from 2014 from 2016. He worked in the International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) in various capacities including Senior Research Investigator and Research Investigator. Furthermore, he served as a Principal Investigator for a good number of research projects funded by national and international organizations. To date, he has published more than 30 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and participated in many international conferences. Morever, he is an editorial board member of some reputed international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Delwer has achieved his PhD degree from the University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2014. He obtained his Master of Public Health (MPH) from Karolinska Institute, Sweden in 2006 and MBBS from Sir Salimullah Medical College, Bangladesh in 1999.

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Director - Program, CDA

Md. Shahadath Hossain

Research Fellow, CDA

Md Shahadath Hossain is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Action (CDA). Currently, he is doing his Ph.D. at the Department of Economics, State University of New York- Binghamton, USA. His fields of specialization are Development and Labor Economics. His research involves micro theory, behavioral foundation, and advanced econometrics techniques. He has published several research articles on the inefficiency of agricultural marketing in Bangladesh, access to microfinance institutions and shock mitigation, migration and capital formation, women empowerment and child health, and economic impact of health shocks. Previously, Mr. Shahadath worked as a Research Analyst for several development organizations in Bangladesh, including BRAC, Marie Stopes Bangladesh, and DRRA.

In a unique study in Bangladesh, Mr. Shahadath has estimated the effect of health shocks on microcredit borrowers’ loan repayment performance, where he has found health shocks significantly lower both the probability and the amount of repayments. In a recent study, he has explored two opposing issues involving remittances – investment in capital formation (positive aspect) and culture of dependence (negative aspect). He finds that remittances – international and domestic– are a vital source of non-labor income, which can relax households’ liquidity constraints, increase current consumption, access to quality health care and investment, and eventually reduce poverty level. On the other hand, remittances can create a culture of dependency in receiving households, lower labor force participation, and promote conspicuous consumption.

Mr. Shahadath did his Master of Arts in Economics from Binghamton University, USA in 2017. He also obtained his Master of Science in Economics from United International University, Bangladesh in 2015. He completed his Bachelor of Business Administration with major in Finance and Economics from United International University, Bangladesh in 2012.