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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
Research Coordinator - Marine Conservation Program
Ashik Jahan Galib served as research assistant and interpreter at educational outreach events before joining WCS Bangladesh as a Marine Protected Area Program Officer in 2017. Galib was promoted to Senior Research Officer in 2020 and currently serves as Research Coordinator. His responsibilities are to lead research and community engagement aspects of the Marine Conservation Program, which includes conducting marine megafauna surveys, ecological and socio-economic investigations of small-scale coastal fisheries, and maintaining citizen science networks. He presents research findings to inform marine policy and conservation management recommendations developed in close consultation with community and government stakeholders, and supports their implementation. Galib is a dedicated conservation practitioner interested in strengthening community-led conservation science that supports threatened species protection, sustainable fisheries, and alternative means of subsistence. Galib holds a Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation from the Jagannath University in Bangladesh. His academic research focused on the wintering ecology of globally threatened Indian Skimmers Rynchops albicollis and other shorebirds on Nijhum Dwip.
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.
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.
S. M. Imam Abed Al Hadi
SMART Patrol Mentor - Terrestrial Conservation Program
S. M. Imam Abed Al Hadi interned at WCS Bangladesh as observer on an at-sea marine megafauna and fisheries survey before joining as SMART Patrol Mentor in October 2020. Hadi accompanies Bangladesh Forest Department patrol teams on their boat-based SMART patrols of the Sundarbans Reserved Forest to provide onboard mentoring in data collection, navigation, and data transfer. Between patrols he supports the WCS SMART Program in preparing and conducting educational outreach and training programs. Prior to joining WCS, Hadi worked as Research Assistant for the WildTeam on USAID BAGH Activity Project. Hadi holds a Master of Science degree in Zoology (Fisheries) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the National University of Bangladesh.

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