Imtiaj Rasul is a participatory development specialist. Since 1996, he is actively involved in research, advocacy, and implementation of programs related to public health, poverty, human development, water and sanitation, environment, migration, rural and urban housing, education, marginalized community, social policy and development strategy. During his career, he worked with the Grameen Trust (a sister concern of Grameen Bank), Winona State University (USA), Whitman College (USA), The University of Exeter, Exeter (UK), Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB), MRC Mode Ltd., BRAC Development Institute (BDI), BRAC University, American Alumni Association (AAA), PROGGA and Disaster Management Watch (DM WATCH) . Mr. Imtiaj has extensive experience in designing training programs for advocacy and campaign for specific professionals, such as journalists, and public health experts, including continuous follow up with them to ensure dissemination of information from them to various stakeholders. He also enjoys networking with knowledge institutions in South Asia and delivering lectures at reputed universities in USA, UK, India and Bangladesh.

EDUCATION

  2005 International Post Graduate Diploma course on Organized Self Help Housing Planning &  Management

Department of: Housing and Development Management,

Lund University, Sweden

 

1990-1996

 

Bachelor of Arts 

Major: Political Science, Concentration in International Studies

Minor: Sociology, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, USA  

 

1985-1987 

 

Higher Secondary School Certificate

Adamjee Cantonment College Dhaka – Bangladesh

 

1977-1985 Secondary School Certificate

St. Joseph High School , Dhaka – Bangladesh

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

December 2018-

till date

Network Building and Business Development Manager, 

Disaster Management Watch (DM.WATCH)­, a multidisciplinary socio-economic and  consultancy firm.

Responsibilities

·         Primarily to explore and contract new clients for DM.WATCH by networking, cold calling, advertising or other means of generating interest of potential clients.

·         New Business Development by especially identifying, calling and meeting decision-making personnel in various organizations and understanding their needs through building relationships with them.

·         Client Retention, by way of publicizing the firm’s new products, consulting internal and technical staff and arranging and participating in clients’ debriefs.

·         Business Development Planning, by acting on information about trendsetters explored through attending relevant events and conferences, identifying participant organizations’ needs, presenting the firm’s service resources and closing deals with new willing clients.

·         Management and Research, by submitting accurate periodic data, analyzing client-specific deals, developing negotiating strategies, and protecting organization’s reputation by properly maintaining confidentiality of certain information, as warranted.

February 2014-

November 2018

Coordinator, PROGGA

 

Responsibilities

 

·         Providing overall guidance, and technical and management supports to the PROGGA team discrediting tobacco industry (TI) for assisting and advocating the implementation of tobacco control law of the country.

·         Maintaining a close relation with journalists working across the country for monitoring, tracking, and exposing the Tobacco  industry’s ill tactics in Bangladesh.

  • Developing implementation strategies to  for use in discrediting TI initiatives in promoting tobacco production and use (tobacco cultivation, TAPS, and tobacco taxation) in Bangladesh;
  • Maintaining close liaison with donors, government bodies, anti-tobacco alliances and coalitions, tobacco control organizations, National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) and the relevant civil society organizations and members.
  • Updating and modifying implementation strategies for discrediting tobacco industries on a regular basis/as and when require;
  • Contributing to develop content of the web portal, e-newsletter and associated social media outlets for sharing the findings of investigative journalism, research and stories of the farmers.
  • Providing overall supports to the staff members in carrying out regular research on TI, conducting regular networking among stakeholders and discrediting TI using Social Media.

·         Establishing strategic relationships/linkages with relevant government officials/offices to obtain information about TI activities.

 

 

 

 

 

February 2012 – January 2014 Membership Development Manager & Acting Executive Director, American Alumni Association (AAA)

Responsibilities

  

  • Took care of overall responsibility for membership development and tried to maintain a close relation with the AAA members. Gave  highest effort to recruit new members for the association.

·         Updated current and upcoming activities to the president. Arranged any meetings where president needs to attend on behalf of AAA. Inform president of any issues which is in urgent need to be placed in EC meeting.

·         Planned, coordinated and executed AAA activities in consultation with secretary and President.  The activities are usually participated by AAA members. These activities vary from Seminar, Talk, Small presentations, Iftar party, Annual picnic, Awards Nights etc.

·         Made list of priority of activities, which  needed to be covered in a year, and assisted the Secretary and the President to put up as agenda in the regular EC meetings.

·         Informed the Secretary and the President on specific rules to be followed  for such annual events as the Executive Committee Meeting, and Annual General Meeting. Also assisted the President and the secretary for holding AAA Bi-annual Election and Yearly Financial Audit.

·         Drafted all minutes of the EC meetings, and AGM and then submitted them to the Secretary for finalizing the reports.

·         Worked with the staff members of AAA as a team in organizing different activities of AAA. During regular office days there are lot of activities takes place in the office like visitor comes for taking exams and also to know information about different exams. They also want to know about membership and other activities of AAA.

·         Guided AAA staffs to maintain and do all necessary work of the office files and other documents.  Also supervise and implement policies, regulations of AAA which are guided and instructed by EC.

·         Served as the coordinator in the Special Committees or Sub Committees when there are specific activities or events take place.  Makes sure of  the implementations of the administrative actions related to each of the sub committees or Special Committees.

·         Monitored activities of the Learning center. Takes key responsibility to monitor the student enrollment and also to promote the courses offered by the learning center. Persuade students to enroll in the course AAA learning center offers.  Monitors the performance of the course teachers and check out how the students are performing in the course.

·         Monitored Test Center activities and follow up with the Test Center Manager.  Collects the statistics of how many students are giving exams in which subjects. Ensure all type of administrative & logistics support to the test center.

·         Took initiative to promote AAA and look for new avenues for income generations. Search for sponsorship (with the assistance and guidance of EC members) when AAA is organizing some events. Also look for opportunities which could be with the test center and the learning center by adding new services in paper based exams and also introducing new courses.

·         Monitored and supervise financial activities of the association. Seeks advices, suggestions and approval of the treasurer in all financial activities, which requires any expenses.

·         Kept regular liaison and communication with the American Center. Keep contacts with the relevant officers of the Center; also keep the EC updated on any issue where the EC needs to be notified. Also organize joint programs with the American Center.

·         Kept regular liaison communication with the American Chamber of Commerce. Keep contacts with the relevant officers of the Chamber; also keep the EC updated on any issue where the EC needs to be notified. Also inform the EC in programs where they are invited.

·         Took special responsibilities when the EC decides to implement some job urgently. These jobs varied from contacting high official from the government, foreign embassies to producing & printing documents.

 

December 2009 – January 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2006 – November 2009

Research Associate, BRAC Development Institute (BDI), BRAC University 

 

Responsibilities

  

  • Initiated and followed up proposals for funding or seeking grants related to such Housing and Habitat issues as low-cost green housing, rural housing policy, and green technology in housing.
  • Coordinated the urban poverty action research taking place in  five districts of Bangladesh
  • Initiated and followed up proposals for funding or seeking grants related to Religion and Development, Ethnic Minorities, marginalized community, the missing poor
  • Organized seminars, workshops and round tables related to the struggles of the Ethnic minorities, marginalized communities, the missing poor.
  • Established networks among  the minorities who are believers of different faith apart from the majority population (Muslims practicing Islam)  of Bangladesh
  • Built a good relationship between the minorities who are practicing different religion and the majority population   (Muslims practicing Islam)
  • Managed research write ups and some media coverage of various research projects taken up by BDI

 

Program Development Advisor,  Grambangla Unnayan Committee

House – 93, Road – 01,

Mohammadia Housing Society,  Mohammadpur, Dhaka – 1207

 

Responsibilities

 

·         Designed and developed innovative intervention programs

·         Organized orientation meeting on cross border safe migration at the yearly gathering spots of gypsy bedes

·         Organized participatory workshops with the Sardars (headmen) of gypsy bedes on push in and push back crises of gypsy bedes on Bangladesh and India borders

·         Conducted training of the potential migrant workers and Imams on HIV and AIDS at the rural areas

·         Reintegrated of repatriate migrant workers through microcredit program and entrepreneurship development training

·         Networked with knowledge institutions in South Asia

 

 

December 2004 – December 2005

 

 

Social Research Manager, MRC MODE Ltd.

 

 

Responsibilities

 

·         Undertook various social research as per the client’s needs.

·         Managing the overall social research part of the company from inception till end.

·         Wrote and submitted proposal to undertake research as per clients need.

·         Project designed

·         Developed qualitative and quantitative tools

·         Developed analysis plan

·         Wrote research reports

·         Presentation reports

 

 

April 2001 –November2004

 

Program Officer, Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB)

Responsibilities

 

·         Managed, updated, upgraded the official website of  Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB)

 

·         Replied to all queries about RIB specially the ones which comes through  Internet and feedback from the web site

·         Initiated and monitored various research projects related to poverty issues in Bangladesh. Identified local organizations in rural districts of Bangladesh and organized seminars and workshops to initiate poverty research. Organizing seminars and training workshops on interesting research items relevant to development and poverty.

·         Prepared quarterly and yearly activity report for the project Director to submit to The Netherlands Foreign Ministry. Communication and liaison between the Dutch Donor (DGIS – The Netherlands Foreign Ministry) with the consent of the  Director (Research and Programme).

·         Monitored research projects. The work involved regular field trips to the villages, interacting with researchers and rural people on the issues being studied. Communicating with the affiliated researcher and other resource personnel’s through airmail, email fax, telephone and Internet.

·         Developed different ways of communication to popularize and publicize the Program activities through seminars and workshops.

·         Built linkages with different organizations related to Poverty Research and appropriate technology. Creating special awareness group related to low cost, safety measures and affordable low cost housing.

·         Assisted in defining a research agenda that is relevant to the grassroots in terms of the problems and constraints that they face.

·         Evaluated and reviewed research proposals.

 

October 1996 – June 2001

 

Senior Executive Officer

Program for Research on Poverty Alleviation (PRPA), Grameen Trust

Grameen Bank Bhaban, Mirpur, Dhaka – Bangladesh

Responsibilities

·         Managed, updated, upgraded the official Program for Research on Poverty Alleviations Website (www.citechco.net/grameen/poverty_research from 1996-1997 and (www.inbangladesh.com/poverty-research) from 1998-1999. Informing on all queries about the program specially the ones came from Internet and feedback from the web site.

·         Initiated and monitored various research projects related to poverty issues in Bangladesh. Identified local organizations in rural districts of Bangladesh and organized seminars and workshops to initiate poverty research. Organizing seminars and training workshops on interesting research items relevant to development and poverty.

·         Produced various tools of dissemination products of the program. All logistics, editing, formatting of “The Quarterly Grameen Poverty Research Newsletter” and the PRPA Annual Report.

·         Developed different ways of communication to popularize and publicize the Program activities through seminars and workshops.

·         Built linkages with different organizations related to Poverty Research and appropriate technology. Creating special awareness group related to low cost, safety measures and affordable low cost housing.

·         Assisted in defining a research agenda that is relevant to the grassroots in terms of the problems and constraints that they face.

·         Evaluated and reviewed research proposals.

·         Developed ways of delivering research findings to policy makers and the people.

·         Monitored research projects: the work involves regular field trips to the villages, interacting with researchers and rural people on the issues being studied. Communicating with the affiliated researcher and other resource personnel’s through airmail, email fax, telephone and Internet.

   
 

1994 – 1995

 

Student Assistant, Health Services Department

Winona State University, Minnesota, USA.

 

1992 – 1993

 

Student Secretary, Department of International Studies

Winona State University, Minnesota, USA.

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS:

 

1999                                        Advanced course on Web designing, managing, updating through HTML and other tools of web designing includes adobe Photoshop.

Pi Media LTD, Banani, Dhaka  

 

1997                                         An introductory course on Web designing and developing through HTML and other tools of web designing

Grameen Cyber net, Gulshan-2 Dhaka

 

 

 

COMPUTER LITERACY

 

MS Windows (Word, Excel, Power Point), Harvard Graphics, Adobe Photoshop, Web Designing with HTML, Netscape Composer.

AFFILIATION WITH AMERICAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (AAA)

2018 – till present

(term 2018-2020)

Member, Executive Committee
2015 -2017 Secretary
2001- 2008 Member, Media & Publication Committee

Member, Editorial Team, American Alumni Association Newsletter

2001 -2003 Member, Activity Committee

OTHER AFFILIATIONS

 

September 2000

Exchange Scholar, BUET-Exeter, the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

June 2001

Assistant Editor, Low-Income Housing: Multi-Dimensional Perspective, Program for Research on Poverty Alleviation (PRPA), Grameen Trust.

April 2000

Workshop Coordinator, the 3rd International workshop of the Dutch funded Asian Country programs, CDM, Rajendrapur.

February 1998

Assistant  Workshop Coordinator, the International Poverty Conference organized by BIDS, LGED and the Grameen Trust, LGED Bhaban, Agargoan, Dhaka.

 

1994-95

President, Bangladesh Student Forum, Winona State University, MN 1994

 

Organizer and Moderator, Seminar on South Asia in World Affairs, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA.

 

Student Coordinator, Minnesota Political Science Association Conference.

Member, Political Science Association, Winona State University.

Member, Cultural Diversity Task Force, Winona MN, 1993-1995

 

Vice President, Rotaract Club of Winona Rotary Club, MN, College section of Rotary International 1993-1994

 

Student Senator, Winona State University 1993-95. Lobbied with Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) as an Assistant Cultural Diversity Representative. Attended the big 8 Black Student Government Conference at University of Missouri, Columbia, USA as a special delegate.  

Orientation Leader, Winona State University, 1991-95. Introduced incoming freshmen with various aspects of Winona State University.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

February 19, 2015

Workshop on ‘Various Aspects of Media Advocacy for Tobacco Control’ organized by PROGGA and supported by CTFK, Mirpur, Dhaka. 

 

August 10 to 11, 2014

Training workshop on ‘Media Advocacy’ jointly organized by CTFK and PROGGA, BRAC Center Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka.

 

April 23 to 24, 2014

Training workshop on ‘Implementation of TC law in Bangladesh’ organized by CTFK, BRAC Center Inn, Mohakhali, Dhaka.

1994

Conference of Mid-west Political Science Association, Chicago, USA.

1993

Seminar on South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

UN Arrowhead Model Conference, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, USA.

 

PRESENTATIONS & LECTURES

 

March 8-9, 2017

 

Delivered a presentation on ‘Countering Tobacco Industry Interference: The Bangladesh Experience’ at the Workshop organized by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on “South Asian Tobacco Industry Accountability Workshop” at Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

November 26, 2011

Presented a paper titled ‘Housing Programs in Bangladesh with Alternative Energy’ at the International Seminar on Cost-Effective, Energy Efficient & Ecologically Appropriate Building Materials & Technologies for Housing” at the Conference Complex of India International Trade Fair, New Delhi, India.

July, 2008

Delivered guest lectures on ‘Political History of Bangladesh: 1947-2008’ and ‘The Grameen Bank and its Subsidiaries’ at the JSA Summer School, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.

 

March 6-7, 2008

Presented a paper titled ‘Ensuring Education for the Bede (River Gipsy) Children: Mobile School Experience from Bangladesh’ at the National Seminar on Globalization, Inequality and Sustainability, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India.

 

July 2008

Delivered the guest lecture on ‘Bede (River Gipsy) Children: Mobile School Experience from Bangladesh’ at the graduate course titled Induction Practicum, Department of Education, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA.

 

February 16-17, 2006

Presented a paper titled “Organized Self Help Housing an Alternative Solution for the Urban Poor in Bangladesh’ at the National Seminar on Urban Poverty: A Challenge for Sustainable Development, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India.

 

 

February 2005

Delivered the public lecture on ‘Education for the Children of Hard Core Poor: The Bangladesh Experience’ at Kryzsko Commons, Tye Lounge, Winona State University, Minnesota, USA.

 

May 30 to 2 June, 2003                  

Presented a paper titled ‘Interrogating Society through the Lens: Capacity Building of Under Privileged Girl Children’ at the international conference on Empowering Women through Information and Knowledge: From Oral Traditions to ICT at Mahindra United World College of India, Pune, India.

June 2002

Delivered the guest lecture on ‘Natural Disaster, Social Safety Net and Credit Systems’ at the undergraduate course titled Introduction to Sociology, North South University.

July 2001

Taught a section of the summer school session titled ‘Multicultural Children, Youth and Families’, at the Department of Education, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, USA.

 

February 2001

Delivered a public lecture on ‘The Grameen Bank: Empowering the World’s Poor with Micro-credit’ at the Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, USA.

 

September 2000

Presented workshop paper on ‘Bamboo Cultivation and Rural Housing in Bangladesh’ at the University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

       

January 1998

Presented a workshop paper on Appropriate Technology in the 1st International Workshop of the Dutch funded Asian Country programs, CDS, Trivundrum, India.

 

HONOR

 

Who’s who among the American Universities and Colleges for outstanding merit and leadership role at Winona State University, 1994-1995.