Bangladesh

Alive & Thrive (A&T) has implemented innovative approaches to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) practices in Bangladesh for nearly 10 years. Built on a foundation of curated knowledge and learning from direct implementation activities, A&T now supports the Bangladeshi government in accelerating the delivery of high-quality MIYCN services through technical assistance, policy advocacy, and implementation research. Increasing MIYCN coverage in urban areas and delivering MIYCN interventions to adolescents are new priorities.

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Thomas Forissier, MBA
Regional Director

Thomas oversees A&T’s country programs in India and Bangladesh, as well as regional activities in South Asia. Thomas has over two decades of experience in strategy and management across public health and life sciences. Prior to joining A&T, Thomas served as Deputy Director for strategy, planning and management for Tuberculosis and HIV at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he also led an initiative to improve the use of cost effectiveness data in decision making. Thomas started his career as a strategy and management consultant to the life sciences industry.

Deborah Ash, PhD
Country Director

Deborah provides technical assistance on MIYCN across A&T’s India, Bangladesh and SAARC activities. Deborah has over 20 years of experience in capacity building, policy, and research experience, including designing, managing and implementing large-scale global projects across a wide network of stakeholders. She has led technical strategy, program design and quality implementation of global nutrition technical assistance projects such as USAID’s FANTA-2 and FANTA III. She has worked with a multiplicity of partners, including the World Bank, WFP, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, FAO, and the Global Fund. Deborah is an expert advisor on the WHO Nutrition Guidelines Advisory Group and has served on several technical advisory groups and steering committees for global nutrition initiatives.

Zeba Mahmud, MD
Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Leadership

Zeba ensures technical excellence in the design, implementation, follow up, and analysis of A&T activities and partnerships in Bangladesh. Her previous experience includes working for the BRAC Institute of Global Health and the Micronutrient Initiative in Bangladesh. Early in her career as a medical professional, she performed preventative and clinical services in rural communities and has published several papers on nutrition.

Shak Mohammad Abdullah, MAT, MBA
Program Operations Specialist

Abdullah has been working with A&T since 2010 and he brings over 15 years of experience in contracts and financial management to the project. In his role with A&T he manages contracts, sub-grants, and procurement, while also supporting field operations and ensuring compliance with Government of Bangladesh policies and regulations. Prior to joining A&T he worked for USC Canada and the Coalition for the Urban Poor.

Dukul Barua
Upazila Nutrition Extension Officer

Mr. Dukul Joined Alive & Thrive in June 2019 and manages the day-to-day execution of A&T’s MIYCN systems strengthening interventions at the upazila level. He has more than 20 years of experience in development, including six years of experience on nutrition services delivery. Prior to joining A&T he worked with UNICEF, JICA, Church of Bangladesh-Social Development Program, and CARE-Bangladesh.

Zakaria Chowdhury
Divisional Manager, Sylhet

Zakaria Chowdhury joined Alive & Thrive in November 2019. He brings more than nine years of experience in program implementation, monitoring evaluation reporting, HMIS and surveillance. Prior to joining A&T, he worked as MER consultant at Bangladesh National Nutrition Council (BNNC) and United Purpose. He has also worked for National Nutrition Services (NNS), NIPU, and the FANTA project.

Suronjit Deb Chowdhury, MSS
Upazila Nutrition Extension Officer

Suronjit joined A&T in January 2019 to execute program activities at the field level. He has 12 years of experience in supporting governments and building capacity of frontline health service providers in maternal/child health and nutrition, adolescent health, and women's reproductive sexual health, Prior to joining A&T, he worked with a variety of national and international development organizations, including DASCOH Bangladesh and CARE Bangladesh.

Mihir Kanti Das
Senior Finance Manager

Mihir is responsible for managing the financial and administration operations for A&T in Bangladesh. Over his more than 25-year career, he has had numerous experiences in preparing financial documents and statements, management payroll and tax processes, and providing overall financial monitoring of projects. Prior to joining A&T, Mihir worked for more than 16 years with John Snow Inc. (JSI) Bangladesh, on a USAID-funded family planning logistics management project.

Md. Moinul Haque, MD, MPH
System Strengthening Advisor, Nutrition

Haque joined A&T in April 2019 and is responsible for the systems strengthening interventions for MIYCN. He is a medical doctor with over 22 years of experience in public health and nutrition, including health system strengthening, program planning, information system management, monitoring/evaluation, and design and facilitation of quality improvement approaches. Prior to joining A&T, Haque worked with the National Nutrition Services (NNS), NIPU, and Nutrition International. He has also worked on health and nutrition projects for WHO, CWFD, UNICEF, World Bank, UNFPA, IOM, Save the Children, Plan-Bangladesh, and with leading international NGOs in Bangladesh.

Santhia Ireen, PhD
Senior Technical Advisor and Deputy Country Director

Santhia has over 12 years of research and program experience in public health nutrition. She supports the Country Director in developing and managing the A&T initiative in Bangladesh, as well as provides strategic technical assistance and facilitates partnerships with key stakeholders and the Government of Bangladesh. Prior to her time with A&T, she worked with icddr’b and Save the Children on implementation research and program evaluation in maternal and child health.

Tohidul Islam, MAcc
Program Officer

Tohidul has been working with A&T in Bangladesh for over seven years. Before joining A&T he worked as an accounting and finance officer at Technohaven Company Ltd. In his current role he provides financial, logistical, and administrative support to the project, while also managing the front desk and supporting staff needs. He assists the senior finance and operations managers in documentation and reporting.

Md. Rowshan Kabir
Senior Program Coordinator, Urban and MIYCN

Rowshan Joined A&T in May 2019 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day execution and monitoring of A&T’s urban MIYCN program. He is a public health nutritionist with 9 years of experience on the operationalization of nutrition services. Prior to joining A&T, he worked with UNICEF, WFP, ACF, and Muslim Aid. He has extensive experience in urban areas, in particular his work on the “Institutionalization of Urban Nutrition Reporting System through DHIS2 in Urban (Dhaka and Sylhet City Corporations)” project in Bangladesh.

Md. Idris Ali Khan, MSS
Divisional Manager, Chattogram

Idris joined A&T in January 2019 and brings 25 years of experience in program management. Prior to joining A&T, he worked for the Divisional Program of Plan International Bangladesh. He has also managed projects for MaMoni and the Rural Urban Child Migration Migration Project (Save the Children), and the Community Health and Nutrition, Food Security, and Livelihood Projects (Concern Worldwide Bangladesh).

Gourob Kundu, MSS
Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation Specialist

Gourob has a strong professional and academic background in qualitative research. For over seven years he has been engaged with different global development and research organizations, including BRAC, BBC Media Action, and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). He has professional experience in activity and outcome monitoring of development projects, as well as experience in public health, communication, and social and market research. Gourob joined A&T in December 2018.

Abu Daud Molla
Upazila Nutrition Extension Officer

Daud Joined Alive & Thrive in November 2020. He manages the day-to-day execution of Alive & Thrive's MIYCN systems strengthening interventions at the upazila level, Scaleup Upazila Learning Lab (ULL) and building capacity of frontline health service providers in maternal/child health and nutrition. He has more than 15 years of experience in the development field with national and international organizations. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Daud worked for Health and Development (PHD) and USC Canada-Bangladesh.

Saydur Rahman Siddiquee, MGM, MPH
Government Liaison & Partnership Specialist

Saydur has over 16 years of work experience public health nutrition, maternal and child health, and health systems strengthening programs in Bangladesh. His previous experience includes working on programmatic and operational support for health and nutrition projects for the World Health Organization and FHI 360. In his current position, he serves as a key liaison and manages relationships between A&), the offices of the Government of Bangladesh, development partners, and other stakeholders. He works to ensure that A&T is an effective technical assistance provider in Bangladesh.

 
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