Feisal HUssain, Team Leader
Feisal has 25 years international development and investment experience, with a focus on financial services and livelihoods. He oversaw UNCDF's Asia programming in the financial sector. Before UNCDF, Feisal ran a UK development consultancy, designing and evaluating projects and advising donors, NGOs, and microfinance institutions such as UNDP, DfID, ASA, Oxfam, Save the Children, and ActionAid. He has designed and managed economic livelihood projects for ActionAid International, and he served for four years as ActionAid’s country director in Bangladesh.
Md. Arafat Hossain, Challenge Fund Manager
Arafat has 13 years’ experience in developing and implementing private sector development programmes, with a focus on ‘markets for the poor’ methodology and challenge funds for the technology, agrarian and financial sectors across south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Arafat’s work includes regulatory reform, policy advocacy, ICT, agriculture, financial inclusion, off-grid power, waste management and public service innovation project design and implementation. Prior to joining Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh, Arafat developed and led portfolios relating to challenge funds, access to finance, and access to technology for projects implemented by IFC-WB, Swisscontact and Coffey International Development.
Rabeya Yasmin, Microcredit Information Bureau Manager
Rabeya Yasmin has 23 years’ experience in policy, strategy and implementation of poverty reduction programmes in Bangladesh and across Asia, Africa and Caribbean belt. She served in BRAC for 19 years. Rabeya was also Director of DFID-supported BRAC’s flagship graduation programme for the extreme poor called “Targeting the Ultra Poor”. From 2015-2016, Rabeya worked with the Char Livelihoods Programme (CLP) in Bangladesh as the Director of Partnerships, Policy and Governance. CLP was a DFID and DFAT funded programme managed by Maxwell Stamp PLC London. Between 2014 and 2017, Rabeya worked in short-term consultancy assignments with Maxwell Stamp PLC, Uplift (USA), Save the Children (UK/Bangladesh), Opportunity International (Australia), World Food Programme Bangladesh and World Vision Bangladesh. Rabeya has an MSS in Political science from University of Dhaka, MA in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies.
Rashed Al Hasan, Policy Manager
Mr. Hasan has more than 15 years’ experience in financial inclusion, access to finance, private sector and financial sector development. He has expertise in micro, small and medium enterprise policy analysis and policy reforms. Mr. Hasan has worked for Oxfam GB Bangladesh, International Network of Alternative Financial Institutions (INAFI) Bangladesh, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP). Mr. Hasan managed projects on remittances, enterprise development and microinsurance funded by DFID, EC-UN and OxfamNovib. Mr. Hasan has a Masters in Development Studies from University of Antwerp’s Institute of Development Policy and Management, Belgium. He also has an MBA from North South University, Bangladesh and undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.
Mahbubur Rahman, Deputy Challenge Fund Manager
Mahbubur Rahman has 16 years of experience in Banking, NBFI, Telecommunication industry. He worked in different capacities in Retail and SME Banking segments in Standard Chartered, BRAC Bank Ltd., ICB Islamic Bank Ltd and LankaBangla Finance. He had completed his business graduation from Jahangirnagar University and MBA (major in Finance) from Dhaka University.
Muhymin Chowdhury, Deputy Challenge Fund Manager
Muhymin has worked in the development sector for 10 years with a focus on initiatives that improve access to financial services. Muhymin manages a diverse portfolio of micro and small enterprise-centred projects focusing on enhancing investment readiness, establishing last mile distribution channels, and developing new products and platforms. Previously, Muhymin worked on product development and developing additional use cases for digital financial services at mSTAR, FHI360. He was also involved in supply and demand side DFS studies in Bangladesh and Pakistan with MicroSave and Intermedia. Before joining Intermedia, Muhymin worked with Shorebank International (now Enclude Solutions) and managed a $10m investment in bKash Ltd to strengthen the company’s capacity in the areas of strategic and operational planning, customer uptake, building the agent network and more.
Redwan B Rokon, Monitoring, Evaluation and Challenge Fund Coordinator
Redwan has over 5 years of experience in development consulting, research, and monitoring and evaluation in Bangladesh, USA, England, and Myanmar. At BFP-B, he holds a joint role as the lead for results measurement, and as investment manager for multiple challenge fund projects. Previously, he worked at Nathan London seeking potential bidding opportunities and conducting research to support projects in South Asia and Africa. Redwan has conducted extensive research on food security and policy at the International Food Policy Research Institute and USAID in Bangladesh and Washington D.C., providing evidence-based policy recommendations to governments, local and international stakeholders. Redwan’s career commenced working with large transaction data at Nathan Associates Inc. in Washington DC, providing econometric analysis to support litigation and antitrust cases in the US and Canadian markets. Redwan holds an MSc in Development Studies degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK, and BA degree in Economics, Econometrics and Mathematics from Middlebury College, USA.
Shamira Mostafa, Challenge Fund Coordinator
Shamira has worked in Bangladesh and USA for 7 years. Prior to BFP-B, she managed $1 million worth of pro-poor market lead interventions at Katalyst-Swisscontact. She has been involved in developing underprivileged communities at different capacities for several years. She worked with the Centre for Community Based Learning to advance math and reading skills of young learners in diverse communities of greater Boston area. Shamira also worked as a marketing associate for promoting food safety measures for a bio-technology company in Boston. Before that, she worked as a corporate trainer for Verizon telecommunication to serve micro and small enterprises for accessing affordable telecommunication and IT facilities. Shamira holds a Masters in Communication from Lasell College, Massachusetts and Bachelors in Business from North South University, Dhaka.
Tanzila Tajreen, Policy Coordinator
Tanzila has five years development practitioner experience, now responsible for assessing quality of policy studies report, monitoring progress of policy studies and organizing consultations. Prior to BFP-B, she worked as Senior Business Consultant of Agribusiness for Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P) branded as Katalyst and looked after cross-sector Local Agri-business Network strategic planning and implementation of activities, reporting and documentation and partly in communication. Previously, she also managed a knowledge management platform, Market Development Forum, an association of INGOs working with market development approach in Bangladesh. Tanzila has a Masters degree in Development Studies from BRAC University.
Muazzem Ahmed, Finance and Adminstrational Manager
Muazzem communicates financial, budget variances, sub grantees milestone claim review and report results and trends to the Managers. He has more than 18 years of experience in the field of finance, grants, administration and operational audit. He spent more than 10 years on financial and grants management of USAID funded project. He worked with US based organization like Pathfinder International –NSDP project, Winrock International, CCBA project and University Resources and Corporation LLc (URC), and TB Care-II project. In addition, he has experience with the projects funded by different donor agencies like DFID, ECHO, CARE, ICCO, ILO WFP, Learning for life. Muazzem holds a Master of Commerce in Management degree and have completed Chartered Accountancy course from Rahman Kashem Chartered Accountant Firm.
Malick Mahbub Al Hasnat, Finance and Administration Coordinator
Prior to BFP-B, Malick worked for ActionAid Bangladesh for more than 15 years. Before joining ActionAid, he worked for “Systems Rehabilitation Project”, Bangladesh Water Development Board, Netherlands Technical Assistance Program, funded by World Bank, EEC Netherlands and GOB for 7 years. He is specialised in the field of administration, logistics, facilities management, financial management, safety & security management and disaster management for INGOs and projects of ActionAid, BWDB, DFID, ECHO, UNDP etc. He has experience in several countries including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, UK and Thailand. Hasnat holds a Master of Commerce in Management degree from University of Dhaka, 1991.
Onindita Islam, Microfinance CIB, Coordinator
Onindita has over six years of experience in microfinance, extreme poverty and women empowerment projects. She has worked on implementation of both regional and national scale projects in Bangladesh. Prior to joining BFP-B, she has worked at BRAC focusing on microfinance operations, financial literacy and financial inclusion project designing. She has also worked at World Vision focusing on graduation initiatives where she coordinated a consortium project. Her skills include Project design & management, Stakeholder management & coordination, Knowledge management and Budget planning. Onindita holds a Masters from Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and a Bachelors in Economics from Queen Mary, University of London.
Ben Stevenson, Technical Expert, Research and Data Analytics
Ben has five years of experience across the fields of finance, technology and data analytics. He began his career as a trainee analyst at Egerton Capital, a London-based hedge fund, where he covered large American technology companies. His interest in financial inclusion began when he moved to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to manage operations for Kiva, an online platform that helps microfinance institutes raise finance through crowdfunding. In 2016, he was seconded to work at Bangladesh Bank as part of the Overseas Development Institute fellowship, where he focused on advanced analytics. He joined the BFP-B Challenge Fund team in 2018 to set up the Data Strategy Development Programme. He holds a BA in Geography and Earth Science from Oxford University and an MPA in Development Economics from the London School of Economics.
Sanzida Akter, Intern
Sanzida has over 5 years’ experience in policy analysis, qualitative and quantitative research. Prior to joining BFP-B, she worked as a Lecturer in a private university of Bangladesh. Her research interest includes financial inclusion, aid and development, economic integration and development. Sanzida holds a Master of International and Development Economics from Australian National University and Bachelor of Economics from University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.