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Associate Scientist, Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
Health Systems and Population Studies Division (HSPSD), icddr,b
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
I started my career at icddr,b Dhaka Hospital as a Clinical Fellow in January 2001. After the two-year fellowship, I joined the then Health Systems and Infectious Diseases Division as a Medical Officer. In 2008, I received the Erasmus Mundus scholarship for a Masters of Science in International Health programmes from Charité - University Medicine, Berlin, Germany.
After completion of my masters, I joined the then Centre for Equity and Health Systems at icddr,b. In 2012, I received the AusAID Australian Leadership Award (ALA) for doctoral study in the University of New South Wales, Australia. My thesis focused on mHealth and eHealth readiness in Bangladesh and developed a readiness framework for developing countries.The findings were published in leading Health Informatics Journal The International Journal of Medical Informatics. This work is aligned with Bangladesh Government's agenda of 'Digital Bangladesh: Vision 2021'.
In 2015, I joined the Health Systems and Population Studies Division in eHealth and mHealth projects as an Assistant Scientist. After submitting my PhD, I joined in December and was ranked as an Associate Scientist in recognition of my achievements in January 2016
Since late 2016, I have been seconded to join the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Oslo as Postdoctoral Fellow to work on the eRegistires Initiative of NIPH. I am working on a collaborative project between icddr,b and Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and the project will be implemented in Matlab, Chandpur district, where icddr,b has one of the longest running demographic and health surveillance systems in place.
During my work with icddr,b, I received a competitive research grant, several travel grants for attending conferences, DAAD scholarships for short courses and the best poster award at the Public Health Association Conference 2015, New Zealand. I believe that icddr,b is an ideal centre where one can develop as a researcher with adequate support from the organisation and work towards scientific advancements to their utmost potential.
As a Coordinator of Strategy with Research Administration, I was responsible for collecting and analysing data, and finalising monitoring and evaluation framework report, particularly for icddr,b's core donors. I also conduct Strategic Planning workshops with program heads and research coordinators, and responsible for developing balance scorecards for implementing icddr,b's Strategic Plan 2020. I am also a core member of Result Based Management (RBM) of icddr,b and I provide training each year on RBM to the young researchers.
From 2017 onwards I have started my new role as 'grant searching' for the entire Centre as well as working on knowledge translation in health research of icddr,b.
Previously I served as an Information Manager in Health Systems and Infectious Diseases Division where I was responsible for transferring research findings to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh, NGO's and private sectors and assisting researchers with manuscript writing and publication. I have earlier worked as a a Senior Administrative officer for six years and as a junior programmer initially in the 1990s.
In 2003, I received 'International Tuition Award' from the University of Maine, USA for obtaining MPA degree, concentration on Health Policy and Non Profit Management, and received graduate research assistantship award from the Department of Public Policy and Administration of the same university.
I hold three additional master's degrees in Accounting from Dhaka University, in Business Administration from Trinity University, Delaware, USA and Public Health from North South University, Bangladesh. I received 'Lions International Award' and 'Magna cum Laude Award' for receiving admirable GPA in MBA and MPH degrees successively. I will be pursuing my doctoral program from University of Newcastle, Australia starting from 2017 on health system and policy.
I am an elected fellow of Royal Society for Public Health, RSPH, London, Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, RSA, London, and Institute of Business Administration, IBA, London, Institute of Administrative Management, IAM, London, UK, and member of American Society of Public Administration, and Institute of Administrative Sciences, IIAS, Netherlands.
I have been nominated twice for 'Best Practices Global Health Award '(2007 and 2008) by Global Health Council, USA also received "GALO DE BARCELOS DOURADO" Award by 3rd International Congress on Environmental Health (ICEH2014) Portugal, given for the most charismatic and sociable attendee of the congress and have published 40+ papers in different health professional peer reviewed journals as well as in Bangladesh and USA newspapers.
I am the editor in Chief of Health Systems and Policy Research, and also editor/reviewer of number of other professional international journals, including American Journal of Public Health. Asian Institute of Management, AIM of Philippines has selected me as an Administrator of Asian Institute of Management Admissions Test (AIMAT) for Bangladesh Chapter in 2009. I presented papers at international conferences, including EPIC G8, USA in 2004. I attended a number of international trainings, including 'Communicating to Policymakers' from Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University.
I was also selected as Technical Assistance (TA) Provider for Southeast Region, Academy of Educational Development AED, Center on AIDS & Community Health, USA in 2002. In 2013, I have been appointed as a part time Faculty for Public Health Research and Grant/Proposal Writing and introduction of public health in the department of Public Health, North South University. I also attended talk show as a panelist on Health Care Services in Bangladesh TV.