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Over 3,200 staff are lead by Executive Director Professor John D Clemens and our Senior Leadership team. Together they are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation and accountable to the Board of Trustees
Senior Leadership
Professor John D Clemens, Executive Director
Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, Director, Nutrition & Food Security
Dr Abbas Bhuiya, Deputy Executive Director & Director, Equity & Health Systems
Ms Christine Dennehey, Director, Human Resources
Dr Shams El Arifeen, Director, Child & Adolescent Health
Dr Tasnim Azim, Director, HIV & AIDS
Dr Shah M Faruque, Director, Food- and Waterborne Diseases
Dr Emily Suzanne Gurley, Director, Communicable Diseases
Mr Graham Judd, Director of Communications & Development
Dr Firdausi Qadri, Director, Centre for Vaccine Science
Dr Md Anisur Rahman, Acting Director, Reproductive Health
Ms Ingrid Renaud, Chief Operating Officer
Dr Md Abdus Salam, Director, Research Administration
Dr Quamrun Nahar, Acting Director, Population, Urbanisation & Climate Change
Mr Sam Rose, Director, Supply Chain Management and Facilities Management
Dr. John Clemens
Executive Director

Dr. Clemens, an expert in vaccine development and evaluation in developing countries with a career spanning academia, government and international organisations, was appointed Executive Director of icddr,b by its international Board of Trustees. A former research scientist at icddr,b from 1983-1988, Dr. Clemens transitioned from his previous position as Professor and Vice-Chairman of Epidemiology and founding Director of the Center for Global Infectious Diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health to take up the new post.

Dr. Clemens’ previous roles include Chief of Epidemiology at the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland, and Chief of the Epidemiology Branch and Director of the World Health Organization International Collaborating Center for the Clinical Evaluation of Vaccines in Developing Countries at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the US National Institutes of Health. In 1999, Dr. Clemens became the founding Director-General of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea, where he served until 2011. As a scientist, Dr. Clemens' research has focused on generating the evidence required for policy decisions about vaccine introduction in developing world populations, and innovative approaches to evaluating their effectiveness. He led the team that developed the first low-cost oral vaccine against cholera, which has recently deployed in Haiti, Guinea, Thailand, and Sierra Leone, and which is now being piloted in Dhaka.

In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Sabin Gold Medal in recognition of his work. Dr. Clemens has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is an elected member of the American Epidemiology Society and a Fellow of both the American College of Epidemiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America. A member of multiple WHO expert advisory committees, Dr. Clemens is a graduate of Stanford (BS) and Yale (MD) Universities. He received his internal medicine training at Case Western Reserve University and his post-doctoral research training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.
Dr. Abbas Bhuiya
Deputy Executive Director & Director, Equity & Health Systems

Dr. Abbas Bhuiya has nearly 30 years of professional experience in the field of community health research with a special focus on health services for the poor/vulnerable and equity issues, behaviour change, and facilitation of community initiatives for the improvement of health, especially of the poor. He holds a Ph.D from the Australian National University, Canberra in demography and an M.A from Chittagong University, Bangladesh in statistics. Dr. Bhuiya has held multiple positions at icddr,b, including Head, Poverty and Health Programme and Head, Social and Behavioural Sciences Unit in the Public Health Sciences Division.

Dr. Bhuiya is experienced in designing and conducting large surveys, carrying out operations research, implementation of innovative health services, evaluation of health and development programmes, and monitoring of outcomes with equity focus. He is also experienced in combining quantitative and qualitative research methods and has familiarity with the development and public health challenges facing the developing world and contemporary intervention programmes to tackle them. He has a strong track record of attracting large grants and successfully implementing them. He has experience in leading large groups of multidisciplinary researchers.
Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed
Director, Nutrition & Food Security

Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed is Director, Nutrition & Food Security where he oversees nutrition-related research and services of icddr,b, obtaining funds, facilitating research of members, collaboration with international agencies including WHO, UNICEF, IAEA and academic institutions within and outside Bangladesh. In addition, Dr. Ahmed is Adjunct Professor, Public Health Nutrition, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. Prior to this, he was scientist in the Clinical Sciences Division of icddr,b where he carried out clinical and public health research in nutrition and infectious diseases, including diarrhoeal diseases and child TB. He holds a PhD in Paediatrics from University of Tsukuba, Japan and an MBBS in Medical Science from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Shams El Arifeen
Director, Child & Adolescent Health

Dr. Shams El Arifeen is the first director of the newly established Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at icddr,b. Dr. Arifeen is also a professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at the BRAC University in Bangladesh, where he teaches epidemiology. Dr. Arifeen has nearly 25 years of experience in child and neonatal health, health services and health systems research, including nine years in government health services, with a focus on health interventions for developing populations. He also has extensive experience in research, and evaluations, with particular expertise in cluster randomized trials, large-scale surveys as well as with community and facility-based evaluations of interventions and programmes, using both experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

Dr. Arifeen actively participates in national efforts within Bangladesh to scale up evidence-based neonatal and child health interventions. He currently leads the team assisting the government of Bangladesh and its partners in monitoring and evaluating health services and programmes. He has served on a number of Bangladesh’s technical and advisory committees, including the National Committee on Immunization Practices, Technical Sub-Committee on National Newborn Health Strategy and the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, Urban Health Survey and Bangladesh Maternal Mortality Survey technical committees. Dr. Arifeen contributed to the 2003 Lancet Series on Child Survival and has published more than 140 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Arifeen holds an MBBS and DrPH and is trained in medicine, public health, nutrition and epidemiology.
Dr. Tasnim Azim
Director, HIV & AIDS

Dr. Tasnim Azim is a senior scientist and Director of the Centre for HIV and AIDS at icddr,b. After obtaining her MBBS degree from Dhaka Medical College Hospital in 1983, she completedher PhD in Immunology/Virology from University College London in 1988. She returned to Dhaka and joined icddr,b in 1989 to start her career as a researcher where she has been working since. For the last 14 years her research has concentrated on HIV and at present as Director of the Centre for HIV and AIDS, she is responsible for providing leadership within icddr,b on all activities related to HIV/AIDS and conducting advocacy with Government and policy makers using evidence for action.
Dr. Shah M Faruque
Director, Food- and Waterborne Diseases

Dr. Shah M. Faruque is Director of Food and Waterborne Diseases at icddr,b. He is a Fellow of TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, as well as a Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the understanding of natural phenomena associated with the dynamics of cholera epidemics, he was awarded the TWAS Prize-2005 in Medical Sciences, by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.

Addressing the health problems of developing countries, Dr. Faruque has contributed significantly to the understanding of mechanisms associated with the emergence and evolution of bacterial pathogens, which cause diarrhoeal diseases. Dr. Faruque is well known for his contribution to the understanding of the epidemiology and transmissibility of cholera. He has proposed models to explain the combined roles of environmental and host factors as well as viruses in the ecology of V. cholerae, which supports a self-limiting nature of seasonal cholera epidemics. Dr. Faruque has authored more than 100 original research papers, reviews, and book chapters, and has edited a number of text books. His works have bee published in top ranking international journals in science, including ASM Journals, PNAS and Nature. Dr. Faruque works in collaboration with scientists from different countries and Institutes in India, Japan, Thailand, Sweden, UK, and the USA.
Dr. Emily Suzanne Gurley
Acting Director, Communicable Diseases

Dr. Emily Gurley is an infectious disease epidemiologist and the Acting Director for Communicable Diseases where she leads a multi-disciplinary group of researchers on studies of the transmission and epidemiology of a variety of emerging and vaccine preventable diseases. Dr. Gurley has worked in infectious disease research in Bangladesh for more than a decade and currently leads studies on Nipah virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, hepatitis E virus, cholera, dengue, Chikungunya, rotavirus, and hospital acquired infections. Her academic interests include improving the communication and collaboration between field epidemiologists and infectious disease modelers and development of novel surveillance strategies. Her research adopts a One Health approach to the study and prevention of infectious disease, taking into account the ecological context in which human disease occurs. Dr. Gurley is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University and a consultant for the Research and Policy on Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) program at the Fogarty Center, National Institutes of Health. She is also a key collaborator for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Global Disease Detection site in Bangladesh. She holds an MPH from Emory University, a PhD in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, and has authored more than 60 original research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Mr Graham Judd
Director of Communications & Development

Mr Graham Judd is currently the Director of Communications and Development at icddr,b. He is a founding partner and executive producer of 32-12 Media. He developed, produced, and directed the first episode of an Emmy-nominated series exploring space, time, and quantum mechanics. The series won the Best Physical Sciences Award at the 2012 Jackson Hold Film Festival. Mr. Judd holds a BS in Geology from Sheffield University, Sheffield, England. He previously was a Senior Producer at Kuhnardt-McGee Productions, a Series Producer for Lion Television USA as well as a freelance producer, director and writer.
Director, Finance

The post is vacant at the moment. An international recruitment procedure to find a suitable candidate is in process. Chief Operating Officer Ms Ingrid Renaud is Acting Finance Director in the interim.
Dr. Firdausi Qadri
Director, Centre for Vaccine Science

Dr. Firdausi Qadri is Director of the Centre for Vaccine Science at icddr,b. She has been working in Bangladesh on research related to enteric diseases and vaccines since 1981. She is trained as a biochemist with specialization in immunology and infectious disease research. Key scientific achievements lie in enteric and diarrhoeal infections and vaccines including Vibrio cholerae and E. coli, two major causes of severe diarrhoea. Intensive research has been carried out in the field of enteric diseases specifically in the areas of immunology, genomics and proteomic technology and diagnostics and vaccine development. Her laboratory and field-based research has involved active collaborations with co-workers in the USA, Sweden and Japan.

Over the last few years, Dr. Qadri has received a Grand Challenges award from the Gates Foundation, overseen an exploration project on a typhoid vaccine and a large-scale feasibility study of oral cholera vaccine in urban settings in Dhaka. Dr. Qadri is also involved in the Gates funded project on underperformance of oral polio and rotavirus vaccines. She is currently overseeing an ongoing project, “Introduction of Cholera Vaccine in Bangladesh”, a feasibility study in Dhaka funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. She is on advisory panels and member of national and international organizations including fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Science, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA) and the Bangladesh Medical Research Council.
Dr. Md Anisur Rahman
Acting Director, Reproductive Health

Dr. Rahman currently holds the position of head of the Matlab Health Research Centre and is Acting Director of the Centre for Reproductive Health. His responsibilities include raising funds for research proposals, coordinating and providing scientific research guidance to all ongoing research projects at Matlab and in Reproductive Health, and managing the community services, financial and administrative monitoring and management of MHRC. Dr. Rahman has been instrumental in implementing Kangaroo mother care at Matlab Hospital, promoting universal breast feeding practices, implementing home-based life saving skills through a support person, and developing an interactive management information system for MNCH program. Dr. Rahman is affiliated with The Department of Women’s and Children Health at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has had many articles published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Rahman holds a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology and Child Health from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Ms Ingrid Renaud
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Renaud serves as Chief Operating Officer for icddr,b. Previously, she was COO at Global Rights where she provided day-to-day leadership through the organization for its operations and offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. She has extensive global experience in managing operations of non-profit start-ups. She is a proven leader in developing, leading, and supervising cross-functional areas including human resources, information technology, and administration. Ms. Renaud is a volunteer Career Counselor at New Hope, a non-denominational group who gather to share job search experiences. She is affiliated with the American Society of Association Executives, Inside NGO, and Society for Human Resources Management. She holds an MS in Applied Behavioral Science, Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Md Abdus Salam
Director, Research & Clinical Administration and Strategy (RCAS)

Dr. Salam holds the position of Director, Research & Clinical Administration and Strategy (RCAS) of icddr,b. He is responsible for overseeing research support functions, such as exploring research funding and assisting researchers in writing grant applications, grants agreements, grants management, institutional review board, and dissemination of research findings. Dr. Salam formerly served as Director, Clinical Sciences Division (CSD), icddr,b. Dr. Salam is a graduate of Dhaka Medical College, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received training in paediatric medicine and surgery and served Dhaka Hospital of ICDDR,B. He then served at the Sebha Army Hospital in Libya before rejoining ICDDR,B. Dr. Salam has published over 100 original articles and review papers and is a regular reviewer of several peer-reviewed international journals. He has chaired several committees, is a life-member of the Bangladesh Medical Association and the advisory board for ONE World Health.
Dr Quamrun Nahar
Acting Director, Population, Urbanisation & Climate Change

Dr Quamrun Nahar is the Acting Director of the Centre for Population, Urbanisation and Climate Change at icddr,b. She has worked extensively in the field of adolescent health, maternal health, and health systems research, especially in improving reproductive health services for adolescents and young people in Bangladesh.  
Dr Nahar has more than 20 years of working experience in icddr,b. Currently, she leads a number of research projects including a cohort study to assess the burden and risk factors for human Papillomavirus virus infection among Bangladeshi women; an innovative study to identify the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents, and an exploratory study to understand the role of community in preventing early marriage and early child-bearing.  Dr Nahar is also an associate professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Dhaka and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care and Master in Medical Science degree from the University of Western Australia. Dr Nahar also holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Hawaii, USA. 
Ms Christine Dennehey
Director, Human Resources

Ms Christine Dennehey is Director Human Resources at icddr,b. She previously held the role of Director of HR in a MSD (Merck) pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Ireland. She holds an MSc in Strategic Human Resource Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a qualified SRN/RSCN from The Hospitals of Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London and a Diploma of Nursing from Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.
Mr Sam Rose
Director, Supply Chain Management and Facilities Management

Mr Sam Rose is Director, Supply Chain Management and Facilities Management at icddr,b. He was the vice president of Integrated Supply Chain for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems reporting directly to the President based out of the Boston, Massachusetts area. Sam has also held executive operational, commercial, finance, procurement and supply chain positions with other large multinational companies such as British Telecom (UK), Huawei (China) and General Electric (USA) in their respective corporate headquarters. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of West Florida and earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the United Stated Air Force Academy through a Presidential appointment. Sam is a certified procurement professional holding CPM and MCIPS qualifications from ISM (USA) and CIPS (UK), respectively.


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