Hossain Ahmed Taufiq, Director
Hossain Ahmed Taufiq is an academic and development researcher focused on diverse sectors, including health, environment, education, housing, land, and security-related issues. In ‘Bangladesh Peace Observatory Project (BPO)’ project, a joint program under UNDP and Centre for Genocide Studies, he advised the process of filling the knowledge gap that has been so far restricting public institutions, civil society, academia, media, and development agencies from effectively discussing and addressing the obstacles to peace. He is currently conducting the IUB sponsored research project ‘Dhaka Water-logging: Causes, Effects and Policy Remedies’ – where he is investigating the present overall situation of Dhaka Drainage System and working to identify critical reasons for water-logging in Dhaka city as well as to recommend feasible options to overcome these problems.
Mr. Taufiq has seven years of research and programmatic experience in Rwanda, Bangladesh, Lebanon, and Ireland. He has worked under different national, international agencies and development partners, including UNDP, Save the Children Bangladesh, Family Planning Association of Bangladesh (FPAB), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Plan International Bangladesh. Previously he coordinated multiple socio-economic analysis projects, including the ‘Children’s play right situation in Bangladesh’ and ‘Gender Analysis of Bangladesh Children’s Book Initiative in Chittagong Hill Tract Region” project. He has also worked as a consultant on behalf of Aureolin Academy for Research, Consultancy and Expertise Development (AARCED) for Plan International awarded project ‘In-depth study on challenges and opportunities of secondary education and TVET in Plan International Bangladesh program areas’.
Mr. Taufiq started his professional career as a Research Assistant at BRAC Development Institutes, BRAC University, Dhaka. He holds a Master of Science degree in Development Practice (MDP) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Republic of Ireland. During his MSc. studies, he was a recipient of the MacArthur MDP Scholarship. Currently, Mr. Taufiq is pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis at Oregon State University, USA. Prior to his study leave, he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Global Studies and Governance (GSG) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), Dhaka, where he helped the department finalize and approve the GSG minor from Bangladesh University Grants Commission.
Mr. Taufiq has been extensively involved in public policy analysis, policy document writing, global studies and governance programs, and socio-economic analysis. As a consultant and Researcher, he has a far-reaching track record of project management, qualitative data collection, transcription, translation monitoring, analysis, and preparation of study tools such as KII guidelines, PRA guidelines, informed consent forms, and survey questionnaires.