Mohammad Q. Zaman earned his PhD in anthropology at the University of Manitoba and taught for many years in universities in Bangladesh, Canada and the United States. He now works as an international consultant for multilateral and bilateral development agencies like the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Department for International Development (DFID/UK), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank (WB). Dr. Zaman has published extensively on flood and erosion disasters, displacement, and adaptive strategies by the floodplain users. His other research interests concern resettlement, development and social change. Dr. Zaman is currently editing a book titled Disasters and Development in Bangladesh: Issues, People and Policies (to be published in 2010).
Dr. Iqbal Bhuiyan completed his bachelors in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1988. He worked with CARE International (Canada and USA), Bangladesh Shilpa Bank, and the Local Government Engineering Department of Bangladesh. He completed his masters in 2002 from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands in Hydrology and Water Resources. He completed his PhD in 2007 from University of British Columbia. He conducted his PhD research on Phosphorus recovery from Wastewater and published numerous papers in peer reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Bhuiyan has been involved with different professional and community development organizations throughout his career. He is the founder president of Bangladesh Students’ Association at UBC and served as the Vice-President of Bangladeshi Engineers and Applied Scientist in BC for 2007-2008. Dr. Bhuiyan is registered with APEGBC as a Professional Engineer. He is also affiliated with Solid Waste Association of North America and British Columbia Waste and Water Association. Currently he is working with Sperling Hansen Associates in North Vancouver, BC
Mr. Tareq Islam completed his BScE. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1996. After his graduation he worked in several international development projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and International Development Research Center (IDRC). In 1999 Mr. Islam joined Sperling Hansen Associates in North Vancouver to work as a Civil Engineer. In 2003 we took a position as the Manager of Solid Waste Management in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. He also worked there as the Acting Manager of Engineering Services. In 2004 Mr. Islam joined the Fraser Valley Regional District as the Manager of Environmental Services & Operations and in 2006 he became the Director of Engineering there and presently working in that capacity. He is an active and registered member of APEGBC. Mr. Islam serves as the Director of Research for the Society for Bangladesh Climate Justice.
Abdul Matin was born in 1960 and grown up in a beautiful green Village in Kushtia, Bangladesh. Mr. Matin finished his secondary and higher secondary school education from Kushtia and graduated from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh in 1984. He started his career as Research Scientist in Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute, Ishurdi, Pabna in 1984. He went to Japan in 1992 with Monbusho Scholarship of Japan government for perusing higher studies (MS leading to Ph.D.) and earned his Ph. D. in Soil Science & Plant Nutrition at the University of Kagoshima, Japan in 1998. Mr. Matin served as an Agronomist for 16 years and as Farm Manager for 3 years. Mr. Matin was research supervisor for M.Sc. students at the Bangladesh Agril. University, Mymensingh and Editor for Agril. Journal in Bangladesh. Mr. Matin developed a new transplanting technique of sugarcane for commercial cultivation in Bangladesh and was awarded gold medal for his outstanding achievement in sugarcane research. Mr. Matin published more than 35 scientific research articles in national and international journals and many popular articles in national daily news paper of Bangladesh.
Mr. Matin moved to Canada with his family in 2001. Then he did part time research in UBC (Land & Food Systems) and worked as Research Associate with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for a year in soil erosion indicator project. Further he did specialization in Food Science from BCIT in 2006 & now working as Quality Manger in Food Industry.
Mr. Matin has an enriched experience of serving Bangladesh community in Greater Vancouver for 2 years as President of Bangladesh Cultural Association in BC, Canada and volunteered as member of Agril. Land Reserve and Bamboo network with Multicultural Helping House Society in Vancouver. Mr. Matin also volunteered in raising fund for Cancer patient and Cidr affected people in Bangladesh and loves to help the helpless in the community. Mr. Matin is very proud to be a team member of the "Society for Bangladesh Climate Justice". Mr. Matin is living with wife Mahabuba Rahman and only daughter Meherun Nuri Laila in BC, Canada.
Rabiul (Rabi) M Alam
M.A Geography; Bangladesh
M.A Community and Regional Planning; England
He served as visiting lecturer. and coordinator MBA prog, for Neiper Univ. Scotland, in Shanghai for 2years
worked with govt. of Canada for 25 years in various capacities, notably :
Federal negotiator treaty claims; director business of Economic development, director planning and inter governmental affairs
Mr. Alam is an avid traveller and naturalist. He takes keen interest in global issues and human development.
Dr. Rabbani commenced his professional career with the Ministry of Science & Technology, Bangladesh as a National Science & Technology (NST) Research Fellow soon after being awarded MSc degree in Zoology from the University of Dhaka in 1981. Further, he joined with Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Education Cadre in 1988 and taught to Govt College and Universities as well as served for related Govt. organizations. Dr. Rabbani earned an in-service PhD in Applied Entomology from the Gifu University (Shizuoka University), Japan in 1995. Further, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist in Japan and with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada on environmental management and eco-toxicology. He also worked as a Research Associate on insect chemical ecology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada. Dr. Rabbani awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science & Management from Capilano College, Canada. He earned the professional designation as Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) of BC in 2003, affiliated with the College of Applied Biology, British Columbia. Currently, he is working as an Environmental Consultant with an environmental and engineering company in BC. His field of expertise includes Contaminated Site Assessment, Riparian Habitat Enhancement, Creek and Water Channel Enhancement, Water Quality, Eco-Toxicology, Plant-Insect Interaction and Pest Control. Dr. Rabbani published numerous papers in the peer reviewed national and international scientific journals. He is affiliated with the Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Entomological Society of British Columbia, Japanese Society of Applied Entomology & Zoology, Entomological Society of America, Bangladesh Pranibighan Parishad and Japanese Turfgrass Society.
Mr. Rafiqul Islam , born in district of Comilla, Bangladesh in early fifties. Mr. Islam joins Bangladesh Freedom fight in 1971. He earned Master of Commerce Degree from Dhaka University and worked with a Non Government Organization (NGO), involved in socio-economic development in Bangladesh . Mr. Islam has long working experience with people and environment in city as well as in villages, in the war field, and for the cyclone/disaster victims. In 1995, Mr. Islam with his wife Mrs. Dilras Islam and two sons moved to Canada. Since then he is living in Greater Vancouver. At present, Mr. Islam is a Care Giver, working with the British Columbia’s Seniors Program. By heart Mr. Islam is a Mother language lover and is the President of “The Mother Language Lovers of The World”, an international organization who loves and works for all mother languages in the world.
HAFIZUR R.M JAHANGIR was born 1951 in Pabna, Bangladesh. He graduated from Bangladesh University Of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in Civil Engineering. He started own Construction business in 1975 and was one of the pioneer in 1979 to start Garment manufacturing / Export trade in Bangladesh. He established Garment factory in THAILAND also and represented Bangladesh as a member of first TEXTILE QUOTA negotiation team with U.S.A Govt. in Washington DC. He was appointed Buying & Inspection Agent for many reputed European , U.S Apparel companies & travelled the world extensively. Hafizur took part in the Freedom Struggle of Bangladesh in 1971 & as a "Director of 'Bangladesh Volunteer Corp." looked after personally food ,shelter ,health & environmental issues of innumerable refugees who fled India to escape the atrocities of Pakistan occupation forces during our Liberation War. He immigrated to CANADA 1997 with wife Gini, son Rupak , daughter Aanika & since living in beautiful Vancouver. Mr. Jahangir has been conferred "Ambassador Of Peace" by The Federation of Family For World Peace, a global initiative for family values, peace & Inter-faith harmony. He is & been actively associated with many humanitarian, environmental , socio-cultural, health / wellness organisations and in sponsoring Library, Student Scholarships ,Sport activities in Canada & Bangladesh. His passions are: Intellectual Dialogue, Environmental Issues, Current World Affair & History, Music, Reading,Travel & Multiculturalism
Kawsar A. Hossain is a Pharmacy graduate from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She worked both in public and private sector related to pharmaceutical field in Bangladesh. As a Lecturer & Inspector under the Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh, she helped in organizing and teaching in the Diploma-in-Pharmacy Courses. Kawsar also worked with the Directorate of Drug Administration of Government of Bangladesh as Assistant Licensing Officer, while she assisted the committee formulating the National Drug Policy of Bangladesh; Drug Control Committee, evaluating the pharmaceutical product registration applications for import and local manufacture and inspecting pharmaceutical industries, appraising their facilities for production and quality control/assurance and recommending for license approval/renewal and product registration. While working in the private sector she helped in developing local pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Bangladesh. She also worked as hospital and community pharmacist. She attended various training programs/workshops on Drug Information (WHO), Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices, Quality-Management (Japan and India). She is affiliated with Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Society, Pharmacy Graduated Association of Bangladesh. She volunteered at Multicultural Helping House Society, Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter, fund raising of Canadian Cancer Society and Greater Vancouver Bangladesh Community Association and also a proud member of the Society for Bangladesh Climate Justice in Vancouver, Canada. She completed short courses on Professional Communication for Internationally Educated Health-care Professionals (Kwantlen Tech University) and Advanced English for Canadian Workplace (Simon Fraser University). Currently Kawsar is in the process of qualifying as Pharmacist in Canada.