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Brian Smith
Senior International Adviser
Brian has led WCS’s Asian Coastal Cetacean Program since 2001, demonstrating leadership over 20 years in conducting cetacean research and conservation projects in countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In 2006, Brian initiated and has since then continued to lead the WCS Bangladesh Program, also working closely with linkages at NY and Bangladesh and with external stakeholders and donors. Brian currently serves as the Asia Coordinator for the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Cetacean Specialist Group. He is also a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy Conservation Committee, World Commission on Protected Areas/IUCN SSC Marine Mammal Protected Area Task Force, and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Aquatic Mammal Working Group.
Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur
Senior Program Manager -  Education and Livelihoods
Elisabeth works to develop informative and culturally appropriate communication strategies and tools for connecting wildlife conservation with sustainable livelihoods. She organizes interactive conservation education and training programs and coordinates internships. Elisabeth interacts with national and international program partners and supports the WCS Bangladesh program in strategic program development, management and reporting.  Since moving to Bangladesh in 2002, Elisabeth has focused on studying various aspects of biodiversity and human interactions in the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans. Elisabeth has previously worked as a nature guide and professional wildlife photographer, and has co-authored and published several books and articles highlighting the wildlife and traditional human uses of the Sundarbans forest. As former CEO of The Guide Tours Ltd., a local nature tourism company in Bangladesh, she has invaluable experience in developing locally appropriate strategies for integrating ecotourism with wildlife conservation. Elisabeth’s seven years experience as an educator, teacher's trainer and principal in Switzerland has been especially beneficial for her current position. In 2008 she was selected as a Kinship Conservation Fellow and trained in market-based tools for conservation and leadership.
Suprio Chakma
Program Manager - Marine Megafauna
Suprio has over 13 years of experience in wildlife research with expertise in research design and field surveys, especially large terrestrial mammal surveys and monitoring. Prior to his work with WCS Bangladesh, Suprio was the Assistant Coordinator at WildTeam, a Bangladeshi NGO working on tiger conservation. Suprio has also worked for the Bengal Tiger Conservation Activity (Bagh), a USAID funded project. He has extensive field experience in Sundarbans and the Chittagong Hill Tracts, bordering India and Myanmar. Suprio has also participated in a number of national and international workshops and received a number of professional trainings on wildlife study design and data analysis. Suprio received his PhD in Zoology (Wildlife) from the University of Dhaka for his work on the "Assessment of large mammals of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh with emphasis on tiger (Panthera tigris)." He has contributed several articles for the Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh and is a member of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile and Viper Specialist Groups.
Manzura Khan
Program Manager - Marine Protected Areas
Manzura completed her Bachelors degree with Honours in Fisheries from Khulna University and thereafter obtained her Masters degree in Aquaculture from the Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh. She went on to complete a second Masters degree in Fisheries Economics and Aquaculture Management from the University of Tromso in Norway, in collaboration with the Nha Trang University in Vietnam, through a collaborative NORAD scholarship. Prior to joining WCS, Manzura worked with a range of international organization including WorldFish, Solidaridad and GIZ. As Manager of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Program, she works closely with Government agencies and local stakeholders for the identification, declaration and adaptive management of marine protected areas in Bangladesh.
G M Masum Billah
Program Coordinator - Marine Megafauna
While completing his Bachelor of Science with Honors degree in Forestry and Wood Technology at Khulna University, Masum interned with WCS Bangladesh as a field and training assistant and interpreter for educational outreach programs. In 2017, Masum joined the WCS Bangladesh Program as Coastal Program Officer. In his current position as Marine Megafauna Coordinator, he provides technical and mentoring support to the members of the WCS Citizen Science Fishermen Safety Network and landing site data collectors in Bangladesh. This is done by preparing and updating manuals, communicating with collaborators at port and at sea, collating data recorded by informants and ensuring proper maintenance of the provided equipment. He also assists with other training and mentoring programs and contributes to information compilations for various ongoing studies.
Ashik Jahan Galib
Program Officer - Marine Protected Areas
Galib received a Masters degree in Zoology, specialising in wildlife and biodiversity conservation, from Jagannath University, Bangladesh. His academic research was focussed on the non-breeding winter ecology of shorebirds, in particular the Indian Skimmer. Galib’s primary research interest is community-based conservation. He works to find synergies between what he has studied and his wildlife research experience. Galib works on baseline field activities under the WCS Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Program and is responsible for all stakeholder consultations and relevant outreach activities.
Nadim Parves
Program Officer - Education and Livelihoods
Nadim is a passionate wildlife researcher. During his studies he initated the Bangladesh Chiropteran Diversity Assessment Project and conducted various studies on a variety of wildlife throughout the country. He volunteered with the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project and worked as a Research Assistant at WildTeam in USAID's BAGH Activity Project. Nadim joined the WCS Bangladesh as a research assistant for the annual coastal marine megafauna survey in 2017. In his current role, as Education and Livelihoods Program Officer, he is currently in charge of an educational outreach program to improve compliance with fisheries regulations among Sundarbans fishers as well as other WCS-BD training and outreach activities. Nadim holds a Masters of Science in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation from Jagannath University in Bangladesh.
Mohammed Arif Hossain Prodhan
Program Officer - SMART/Wildlife Trade
Arif joined WCS Bangladesh in November 2016 as Program Officer. In addition to providing training and monitoring along with technical support to the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD) frontline staff in the Sundarbans and maintaining regular communications with other Sundarbans stakeholders, he periodically adapts the handbook for SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) patrols that provides guidance for conducting systematic law enforcement and wildlife monitoring and adaptive management. Before joining WCS, Arif worked as Assistant Researcher for the BFD-WorldBank- Jahangirnagar University project ‘Strengthening Regional Co-operation for Wildlife Projection’ in the Kaptai National Park. Arif holds a Master of Science degree in Zoology (Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Biology) and a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Zoology from the Jahangirnagar University.
Md. Tabarok Hossain
Data Manager - Marine Megafauna
Tabarok joined WCS Bangladesh as Coastal Program Officer and then transitioned to more focussed data compilation and processing work in his current role. Prior to his permanent position, Tabarok contributed to the WCS-BD team as a volunteer after an oil spill in the Sundarbans in December 2014. Tabarok is passionate about research on marine ecosystems and policy making for marine ecosystem management. Tabarok is also currently undertaking his Masters Degree in Coastal and Marine Science from the Khulna University in Bangladesh.
Shamsunnahar Shanta
Program Coordinator - Marine Protected Areas
During her studies at Jagannath University in Dhaka, Shanta interned with WCS Bangladesh as interpreter for educational outreach programs and as field assistant on several occasions. Upon completing her Master of Science degree in Fisheries Science she joined WCS Bangladesh in 2017 as Coordinator for the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Program. Shanta also works closely with the Marine Megafauna Program team on improving legislative protection for sharks and rays, plans and conducts research and is responsible for communication with international experts as well as supporting the development of sustainable conservation finance mechanisms for MPAs in Bangladesh.

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