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Mohammad Shamsuddoha
Marine Spatial Analyst - Marine Conservation Program
Mohammad Shamsuddoha joined the WCS Bangladesh Marine Conservation Program in 2018. In his current position as WCS Marine Spatial Analyst, Doha oversees processes for analyzing systematically collected data into accessible and communicable information in support of effective and innovative conservation actions. The wildlife biologist with a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology, Management and Conservation Biology has been engaged professionally in conservation research in Bangladesh since 2011 with extensive experience in species and habitat conservation for terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. As certified GIS professional from Juniper GIS (2015) and Society for conservation GIS (SCGIS) scholar (awarded in 2017) and member, Doha brings high levels of expertise in conservation GIS to the WCS Bangladesh team.
Mohammad Zamanur Rahman
Chief Accountant
Mohammad Zamanur Rahman joined WCS Bangladesh in December 2020 as Chief Accountant with a strong background in finance, auditing, budgeting, taxation and reporting. He oversees the accounts and finances, reviews requisition, generates financial reports, ensures compliance with donor grants, and with local government regulations, and supports budget preparations. Before joining WCS Bangladesh, he was the Senior Executive for a local software company and Senior Assistant Manager for a chartered accountant firm. Zamanur completed his post-graduation (MBS) from Dhaka College under the National University, and the Chartered Accountants course from a reputed CA firm. He is currently a professional level student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB).
Zakia Sultana Juhi
Coordinator, Marine Policy
Zakia Sultana Juhi joined our Marine Conservation Program as Marine Policy Coordinator in December 2021. Her primary responsibilities are to develop and promote science-based, community informed policy and management recommendations and interventions for marine spatial plans (MSP), marine protected areas (MPAs), marine wildlife conservation, and sustainable fisheries. Zakia completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) and her Master’s degree in Marine Science from the University of Science Malaysia (USM). During her time at USM, she was engaged in research on climate change impacts on coral reef and seagrass ecology and marine wildlife. Before joining WCS-BD, Zakia worked with several organizations on climate change mitigation in Bangladesh.
Ashik Jahan Galib
Senior Officer, Research - Marine Conservation Program
Ashik Jahan Galib interned with WCS Bangladesh as research assistant and interpreter for educational outreach programs before joining our program in 2017 as Marine Protected Area Program Officer. Galib was promoted in 2020 to Senior Research Officer responsible for marine research and community engagement activities of our Marine Conservation Program. Galib is interested in strengthening community-based conservation science that supports marine protected area management, threatened species protection, and sustainable fisheries. Galib holds a Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation from Jagannath University. His academic research focused on the winter ecology of shorebirds in coastal Bangladesh.
Rashedul Alam
Program Officer, Finance
Rashedul Alam joined the WCS Bangladesh Program in 2014 as a Finance Officer supporting our Finance and Administrative team in accounting, financial reporting, administration, and logistics. Rashed has a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Rajshahi. He completed a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management at the Bangladesh Institute of Management and a certificate course on Accounting from the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Dhaka.
Sukanta Biswas
Program Officer, NGO Liaison & Human Resource
Sukanta Biswas joined the WCS Bangladesh Finance and Administration Team in 2018 as our NGO Liaison and Human Resource Officer with core responsibilities for ensuring compliance NGO Affairs Bureau regulations. He also maintains regular communications with local government offices at WCS project sites and supports project reporting, bank fund clearance, staff administration and logistics. Sukanta has a Master of Social Science degree in Sociology from the National University of Bangladesh. Before joining WCS, he was an administrative officer for seven years with the NGO Shushilan.
Arafat Rahman Khan
Visual Communication Officer- Educational Outreach Program
Arafat Rahman Khan joined WCS Bangladesh in 2019 as a Communication Officer producing communication tools for WCS Bangladesh initiatives and working with the Educational Outreach team on publicizing WCS discoveries and supporting external communications. Arafat completed his Bachelor degree in Zoology and his Master of Science degree in Fisheries from Jagannath University. Arafat collaborated with the WCS on his M.Sc. thesis conducting research on Giant freshwater whiprays.
Robiul Kauser
Marine Field Officer - Marine Conservation Program
Robiul Kauser joined WCS Bangladesh in October 2020 as Field Officer for the Marine Conservation Program. Currently he is working on collecting, entering and verifying data from major shark and ray landing sites and mentoring citizen scientists. He has prior experience with hilsa fishery research in the Northern Bay of Bengal, investigated the eco-engineering role of fish, shellfish, molluscs and benthos species on Kutubdia Island, and supported the preparation of an agricultural sector development plan for the Cox’s Bazar district. Robiul completed a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Fisheries from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Naim Khandakar
Marine Community Engagement and Policy Officer - Marine Conservation Program
Naim Khandakar started working with WCS Bangladesh as a student intern participating in market surveys for sharks and rays and outreach exhibitions during his undergraduate studies. In October 2020, he joined the Marine Conservation Program as Community Engagement and Policy Officer. His primary responsibilities are to engage with coastal fishing communities for developing and implementing marine species and habitat protection plans and combat illegal wildlife trade. Naim maintains regular communications with community leaders, citizen scientists and government officials in these communities directly affected by climate change, loss of biodiversity and conservation management regulations. He also assists in the preparation of research, policy, training and educational outreach documents to ensure that WCS activities and conservation priorities are understood and supported by local stakeholders. Naim completed his Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation from Jagannath University in Dhaka. As an undergraduate and graduate student, he studied threatened migratory shorebirds in the Nijhum Dwip National Park and the adjacent Marine Protected Area. Naim is a member of the International Wader Study Group.
Mohammad Rasel Mia
Training and Education Officer - Educational Outreach Program
Mohammad Rasel Mia started working with the WCS Bangladesh Program as a student intern during his undergraduate studies, participating in a marine megafauna at-sea survey and several educational outreach programs in Dhaka and the coastal region. In February 2021 he joined as Training and Education Officer to support the Educational Outreach Program in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational outreach and training programs, communication strategies, and locally appropriate communication and training tools for improved protection of threatened wildlife and their priority habitats. Rasel graduated in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation from the Jagannath University in Dhaka. For his thesis research on bat diversity in the capital city he was awarded a USAID research grant and a National Science and Technology Fellowship from the Government of Bangladesh. Previous to that, he received a grant from the Youth Activity Fund of The Explorers Club for a study on pig-tailed macaque. Before joining WCS, Rasel was a program officer for the Marinelife Alliance stationed on St. Martin’s Island.

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