Dr. Mohammad Zahangir Alom
Country Representative & Senior Manager- Terrestrial Conservation Program
Dr. Mohammad Zahangir Alom joined WCS Bangladesh in 2007 and, since 2018, has served as our Country Representative and Terrestrial Program Manager, which focuses on combatting illegal wildlife trade and conducting SMART wildlife enforcement and monitoring patrols. Zahangir completed his Ph.D. on the ecology and human use characteristics of freshwater dolphin habitat in the Sundarbans from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. As a member of the SMART Marine and Training Task Forces, Zahangir has provided SMART patrol trainings for Mekong River guards in Cambodia and park rangers in Sri Lanka. He is also a member of the IUCN SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, the IWC South Asian River Dolphin Task Team and the Zoological Society of Bangladesh, and regularly participates as an invited speaker in regional and international conferences and workshops.
Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur
Senior Manager - Marine Conservation Program & Advisor - Educational Outreach Program
Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur co-founded the WCS Bangladesh Country Program in 2006, first serving as manager for our Educational Outreach Program and, since July 2020, as Senior Manager of our Marine Conservation Program. This program works to protect threatened marine megafauna and promote sustainable fisheries for a healthy ocean supporting healthy people. Before co-founding the WCS Bangladesh Program, Elisabeth worked as a nature guide and wildlife photographer and co-authored several books on wildlife and human use in the Sundarbans mangrove forest. In 2008 she was selected as a Kinship Conservation Fellow and trained in market-based tools for conservation and leadership. Elisabeth’s seven years’ experience as an educator, teacher's trainer and principal in Switzerland benefits the WCS Educational Outreach Program, which she serves as Senior Advisor, in the development of informative and culturally appropriate communication strategies for connecting wildlife conservation with sustainable livelihoods. She is Regional Vice-Chair of the Indian Ocean Region for the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and a member of the Society of Marine Mammology Education Committee.
Mohammad Shajahan ACA
Manager - Finance
Mohammad Shajahan started as a Chief Accountant at WCS Bangladesh in 2019 and was promoted to Finance Manager in 2020. His key responsibilities are maintaining project accounts, supporting audits, donor reporting, and budgeting. Shajahan has a strong background in accounting, auditing, taxation, budgeting, and financial reporting. Before joining WCS, Shajahan worked as Assistant Manager in the US Bangla Group Accounts and Finance Department. Mr. Shajahan is a Chartered Accountant; he completed the chartered accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). He received his post-graduate degree (MBS in Accounting) from Dhaka College under the National University.
Nadim Parves
Manager - Educational Outreach Program
Nadim Parves first joined WCS Bangladesh in 2017 as a research assistant, participating in marine wildlife surveys. He then joined our Educational Outreach Program as a Program Officer, where he later worked as the program's Coordinator and Senior Coordinator. In 2022, Nadim was promoted to Manager of the Educational Outreach Program supporting our terrestrial and marine programs in the development, implementation and evaluation of education and training programs, communication strategies and locally appropriate tools for improved protection of threatened wildlife and wild places. Nadim completed his Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation from Jagannath University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While a student at Jagannath University, Nadim initiated the Bangladesh Chiropteran Diversity Assessment Project, volunteered with the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project, and worked as a Research Assistant for WildTeam in USAID's BAGH Activity Project.
Mohammad Tariqul Islam
Senior Advisor, Combating Wildlife Trade- Terrestrial Conservation Program
Mohammad Tariqul Islam is a highly experienced retired government official from the Forest Department who joined WCS Bangladesh as a Senior Advisor in April 2018. In this role, he liaises with the Forest Department, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and law enforcement agencies to support WCS programs on combatting illegal wildlife trade, improving protection for threatened species, and managing protected areas. From 2005 to 2015, Tariqul was Assistant Chief Conservator of Forests and Conservator of Forests in the Chief Conservator of Forests office in Dhaka. Tariqul Islam has a Bachelor degree of Science in Zoology from Rajshahi University and a Masters of Science degree in Forestry from Chattogram University. He completed his Post Graduation Diploma in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2001. Throughout his career, Tariqul has attended numerous training courses, workshops and meetings in China, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Singapore, France, and Brazil. For ten years, he was also a member of the national team for reactive monitoring missions in the Sundarbans World Heritage Site.

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