Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific

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Directorial and Professional Staff of CIRDAP

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Mr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa Taginavulau, Fiji

Director General

Tel: +880 2 9563384 | PABX: +880 2 9558751 Ext. 201 | Fax: +880 2 9562035

Mr. Tevita G. Boseiwaqa Taginavulau has joined as Director General CIRDAP  on 6th July 2016 with the required qualifications, experiences and the capacity to steer the organization to greater  levels.

He has obtained Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of the South Pacific; and he also obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies, Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Arts (Geography) and Diploma in Education.

He began his career as a secondary school teacher and rose through the ranks to the upper echelon of the Fiji Public Service where he held positions as Director, Deputy Secretary and finally as a Permanent Secretary.

Mr. Taginavulau has worked in various Ministries within Fiji Public Service in a span of 31 years. These Ministries include the Ministry of Education, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, Ministry of Provincial (Rural) Development & Disaster Management, Ministry of Defence and National Security and Ministry of Lands & Mineral Resources.

While serving in these Ministries and attending numerous Training/Workshops and high level Conferences at the local, regional and international level, he has gained wide experience and exposure in research and policy formulation, rural development, rural education, land and mineral resource management, institutional strengthening and human resource development.

He was also instrumental in planning and implementing some aspects of Fiji Government Reforms relating to the roles of the high positions he held in various Ministries. This include among others, the Land Reform through the Committee on Better Utilisation of Land, Integrated Rural Development Framework, Geospatial Information Management initiative and Organisation Restructure of the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources.

He has also been the Chairperson and member of various Government Boards and Committees.







Ms. Eva Benita A. Tuzon, Philippines

[Doctor of Public Administration (completed course work), National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines;]
M. A. in Community Development, College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines, Philippines;
Bachelor of Arts Major in Sociology  and
Bachelor of Science Major in Economics
Mount Carmel College, Baler, Aurora, Philippines

Director, Pilot Projects
Tel: +880 2 9586508 | PABX: +880 2 9558751 Ext. 205 | Fax: +880 2 9562035
E-mail:; | Skype: etuzon21

Ms. Tuzon has a solid experience on agrarian reform, rural development and poverty reduction program implementation.  She has been with the Department of Agrarian Reform since 1988 and had worked for the Land Tenure Improvement [LTI] and Program Beneficiaries Development components of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Likewise, her fields of expertise include research, project development and implementation, M&E, and takes interest on policy development and advocacy. Ms Tuzon worked in the CIRDAP as Programe Officer (Research) in 2004 to 2008.

Her introduction to Shanghai International Program Development Evaluation Training [SHIPDET] initiated her towards her professional involvement related to the principles of Managing for Development Results. She has contributed her knowledge and continues honing it as a development practitioner promoting the enduring global discussions on development goals for their fulfillment where results should happen most, rural communities. Ms. Tuzon takes pride having worked with the Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development where she enhanced her skills on social agro-enterprise development, sustainable livelihoods, and post disaster initiatives for affected agrarian reform communities. Ms Eva joined CIRDAP in 1st April 2015.


Saeed Ahmed Reza, Bangladesh
[ACCA-Completed 13 papers out of 14; partly from London College of Accountancy, London.]
MBA (Finance), M.Com (Management), Chartered Accountancy Course- A.Qasem & Co

Director (Administration & Finance Division)

Tel: +880 2 9560939 | PABX: +880 2 95586509, 95586510, 9559686, 9558751 Ext 207
| Fax: +880 2 9562035
E-mail:,  Skype: saeedahmedreza

Mr. Saeed Ahmed Reza is a Bangladeshi national, born and raised in Dhaka. Mr. Reza started his career in Rural Electrification Board as Assistant General Manager-Finance. He served for Enfants du Monde-Bangladesh in different positions under Finance, Administration and HR. He also worked in UNOPS-LFA, the Global Fund as Financial Management and System Specialist for four years.

He has expertise in Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Financial Reporting, Financial Monitoring, Budget Management, Auditing & Risk Management, Grant Management, Asset Management, Investment Analysis, Administration, HR, Procurement, and Operations Management in donor organizations as well as implementing agencies. He also has experience of managing number of employees in high volume grants with different donors like Enfants du Monde, DFID, IFRC, DANIDA, SDC, LWF, ICCO, USAID and, The Global Fund.

He has travelled widely in Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Qatar, Turkey and Switzerland, UK, as well as to very remote parts of Bangladesh. He is well versed in English, Bangla. Mr. Reza joined CIRDAP on 7 February 2016.

Mr. Shafiqur Rahman, Bangladesh
Master's in Statistics, Dhaka University
Assistant Programme Officer

Mr. Rahman gained wide experience in the field of sustainable development and environment and related issues, with his active involvement in the multidisciplinary research/action research projects of CIRDAP. An expert-trainer of participatory development programmes, and a resource person in a number of seminars/workshops, Mr. Rahman is trained in statistical methods; community nutrition; research methodology and management of rural development projects; project design, monitoring and evaluation; poverty measurement and analysis; social accounting matrix; general algebraic modelling system; computerised information system; spreadsheet analysis using Lotus 1-2-3; and programming on Cobol and Foxpro. He has authored/coauthored a number of research articles and publications of the Centre. Mr. Rahman worked as a project staff in the project Food Control Drainage and Irrigation (FCDI) since 1986 prior to his formal joining in CIRDAP in 1991.

Md. Waliul Hasnat

Engr. Md. Waliul Hasnat, Bangladesh
MBA (MIS), Prime University
M. Sc in Computer Science & Engg. (DIU),
B.Sc. in Computer Science & Engg. (DUET)
Computer Programmer

Mr. Md. Waliul Hasnat joined CIRDAP as a Computer Programmer on 14 August 2008. He is an  IT professional with comprehensive technical skills and expertise on Information Technology, Computer Hardware and Network Management. He is conversant with most of the computer softwares along with essential utility softwares. He has worked in a number of national intuitions/organisations. Before joining CIRDAP, he has worked in SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Dhaka, Bangladesh as an IT Manager. He also worked at the Prime Minister's Office, Bangladesh as an IT Engineer. He has carried out numerous IT projects and assignments in national and international organisations. He has also experience to prepare Specifications, Tender Documents and Procurement as per Public Procurement Regulation 2003 (PPR03). He has participated in several seminars, workshops and training programmes at national and international level. Presently, he is pursuing Ph.D on Software Engineering in Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET), Gazipur.

Mr. Safiul Azam, Bangladesh
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Statistics, Chittagong University
Assistant Protocol Officer

He has a good experience in organising travel and tour, related to international seminar, workshop, conference etc. To accomplish his protocol duties, he has to get in touch with the high-ranking officials and dignitaries at home and abroad. Mr. Azam has to arrange travel facilities for the CIRDAP staff as well as CMC dignitaries. He also has to contact the diplomatic missions in Dhaka for passports, visas and other travel documents for the CIRDAP delegates coming from abroad. Mr. Azam has joined CIRDAP in March 1991.

Wasim Sadab Khan, Bangladesh
ACCA Affiliate
BSc. (Hons) In Applied Accounting, Oxford Brookes University
Phone: +8801682-357766

Mr. Wasim Sadab Khan has worked in DevConsultants Ltd. as Accounts Officer, Innovision Consulting Private Ltd. as Finance Associate and Unique Group as Manager- Accounts prior to joining CIRDAP. Besides these, he also has many years of teaching experience in an ACCA approved institution.
He is very passionate about teaching, development and information technology. He has expertise in the areas of Financial Management, Accounting, Budgeting, Administration, Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis and Auditing. Mr. Wasim Sadab Khan has joined CIRDAP on 24 May 2017.


Dr. Usharani Boruah, India
Ph.D. In Library Science, Moscow State University of Arts And Culture. Russia, Moscow

Dr. Usharani Boruah served as a Librarian in various Organisations for more than 8 years. She worked as a Librarian in the Indian Embassy, Moscow and Indian International School  Moscow, Russia. She worked as Librarian of the University of Development Alternative (UODA ) Dhaka, Bangladesh and also as  Medical Librarian in Apollo Hospitals Dhaka. Dr. Boruah has vast experience in Library Development Education Programmes, Community Development Education Programme, Ethenic Development Educations Programme through Library Education and Policy. Dr. Usharani Boruah joined CIRDAP in July 2007.

M. H. Kawsar Rudro, Bangladesh
[Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka,
Master of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh]
Assistant Information and Communication Officer
Email: ;
PABX: +880 2 9558751 Ext. 224 | Fax: +880 2 9562035

Prior to joining CIRDAP, he served as Assistant Manager in Strategy and Project Development Team in a non-profit organisation named Jaago Foundation where he designed and monitored several projects on Education, Good Governance and Youth Development funded by UNDP, US Department of State, US Embassy and Australian High Commission. He worked for several newspapers including Samakal, New Age and Dhaka Tribune as Reporter, Staff Writer and Sub-editor respectively. He worked as Research Assistant in a research project on climate change under INSPIRE programme of British Council Bangladesh. He has newspapers articles on diverse issues including environment, education, economy, climate change, disaster management and human rights. Mr. Rudro joined CIRDAP in July 2015.


Nishat Farzana, Bangladesh
[Master of Development Studies (Development Economics), University of Dhaka,
Bachelor of Social Science (Development Studies), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh]
Programme Associate (Research and Pilot Project Division)
Email: ;
PABX: +880 2 9558751 Ext. 221 | Cell number: (+88) 01758063833

Prior to joining CIRDAP, she served as Researcher in Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of BRAC University where she designed and conducted several research projects, evaluation studies and worked with multiple local and international stakeholders. She has mastery over using statistical software like SPSS, STATA and R Studio. Apart from her professional experience, she has 2.5 years of academic research experience in contemporary international development, policy and governance, macroeconomic and global trade related issues with different academicians and research professionals. She joined CIRDAP in February 2017.


Farhana Yasmin, Bangladesh
MSS and BSS in Sociology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Programme Associate , Training Division
PABX: +880 2 9558751 Ext. 211

Prior to joining to CIRDAP she served in BRAC above four years as Associate (Human Resource and Learning Division) and worked for the Orascom Telecom Ltd. (Banglalink) as Care Line Officer. She has experience on Training and Development. Apart from this she has technical competencies on managing social survey, research methodology and data analysis as she also worked in research projects as well as carried out some academic research activities. Ms. Farhana Yasmin has joined CIRDAP as a Programme Associate (Training) on 26 February 2017.


Mr. Mohammad Abu Saleh Siddique, Bangladesh
M.S.S. and B.S.S. in Mass Communication and Journalism from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Publication Assistant

Prior to joining CIRDAP, he worked for Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology as Publication cum Information Officer. He served as Sub-editor for the Daily Amader Shomoy, a wide circulated national daily newspaper in Bangladesh. He also worked at weekly magazine "Shaptahik 2000", a sister organization of the Daily Prothom-alo and the Daily Star in Bangladesh. He also involved with Centre for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) as well as "Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC)" in a research project sponsored by UNESCO as Assistant Researcher.

He has achieved inspirational awards and certificates in the areas of academic excellence, essay writing, sport and reciting. His areas of interest are ICT and Climate Change, Gender Equity, Film, Public Relations and Development Communications. He has participated in several seminars, conferences, workshops and training programmes at national and international level. Mr. Siddique joined CIRDAP in November 2014.


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