Directorial and Professional Staff of CIRDAP

Dr. Cecep Effendi, Indonesia
Master’s in School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India;
Ph.D. in School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Director General

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

Dr. Cecep Effendi has fifteen years experiences both as activist and as academician in the area of decentralisation and democratisation. Since 1999, started as chairman of Rector Forum in the West Java Province, he was responsible in ensuring a free and fair election in the province by employing 1000 university students to work as observers in Indonesia’s first democratic election after the collapse of the New Order regime. Since then, Dr. Effendi has participated in various capacities to advise national and local government agencies both as professional as well as advisor to the House of Representatives, Regional Representative Assembly, Indonesia’s Senate, the Association of Provincial Governments, and Minister for Home Affairs of Republic of Indonesia in formulating policies, drafting government laws and regulations.

Dr. Effendi served as partner of the Asia Foundation in initiating a new reform for local government, programme manager of decentralisation of UNDP and Senior Advisor of the German Technical Cooperation’s Advisory Service Support for Decentralisation in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Republic of Indonesia. He also served as Deputy Principal Advisor of the German International Cooperation for Decentralisation as Contribution to Good Governance in the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as Member of the Advisory Group for Indonesia’s Provincial Government Association. He was recipient of American Political Science Congressional Fellow to serve in the Sub-Commission on Asia and the Pacific, Commission of international Affairs, House of Representatives, Washington DC, USA and Parliamentary Internship Programme of the House of Representatives in Ottawa, Canada. As an academician, he also served Islamic University, Indonesia as President, Dean for the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, and Head for the Department of Political Science, for a decade, from 1995 to 2003. Dr. Effendi has assumed the position of Director General of CIRDAP from 6 July 2012.

Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran, India
Master in Economics, University of Madras, India,
Ph.D in Economics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India; Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Communication, BVB, India

Director, Information & Communication Div. and Director (Training)

Tel: +880 2 9556131 | PABX: +880 2 9558751 Ext. 213 | Fax: +880 2 9562035

An Information, Education and Communication (IEC) expert, Dr. Vasanthi Rajendran has contributed to strengthening youth and rural development documentation in India. Prior to joining CIRDAP, she worked at Centre for Media and Rural Documentation, National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India. She also worked as Faculty Head, Research, Evaluation, Documentation and Dissemination Division with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Tamil Nadu, India. Her areas of interest are Rural Wage Employment, Development Communication, Women in Governance and Youth Development.

Dr. Vasanthi has edited over 300 books on rural and youth development and published several articles in reputed journals. During her stay for two and a half decades at NIRD and RGNIYD India, she has conducted over 100 training programmes for national and international participants on various facets of Rural Communication and Youth Development. She participates regularly as a Resource person in South Asian Regional Conferences on ‘Promoting Gender Responsive Politics’, organised by South Asia Partnership International (SAPI).

Dr. Vasanthi initiated and coordinated the first ever Youth Development Index Project for India and the Indian Youth in New Millennium Study. She also developed India’s exclusive Youth Portal and started the first ever Journal of Youth Development ‘Endeavour’. She has designed several Capacity Building Modules for Youth viz, on Right to Information, Environment, Poverty Alleviation, Career Counselling etc. and conducted several research studies on youth issues besides compiling a Statistical Profile of Youth in India. Dr. Vasanthi joined CIRDAP in March 2011.





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.

Mr. David Hilton, Bangladesh
B.S.S. (Hons.), M.S.S. in Govt. & Politics, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh,
M.S in Economic Development, Eastern University, USA
Assistant Programme Officer

Prior to joining CIRDAP, he served as Training Officer for two years and later Research and Evaluation Officer for three years in World Vision of Bangladesh (an international NGO). Worked as an Intern Consultant in two non-profit organisations, viz. Olde Kensington Redevelopment Corporation and St. Simeon’s Community Centre, Philadelphia, USA, and assisted in developing their strategic plan, funding strategy, organisational development etc. His areas of expertise include project feasibility, baseline survey, management, participatory monitoring and evaluation. Experienced as facilitator in Participatory Project Cycle Management and PRA exercises both at home and abroad. He also participated in several workshops, trainings at national and international level. Mr. David has joined CIRDAP in March 1998.

Muhammad Shahadat Hossain, Bangladesh
MBA (Finance)-East West University,
M.Com (Acct.), CA (cc)
Finance Officer

Mr. Muhammad Shahadat Hossain has Joined CIRDAP as a Finance Officer on 15 April 2008. Previously he worked in a Multinational organization named Asian Consumer Care (Pvt) Ltd (A joint venture of Dabur International & ACI Ltd), ACI Center, 245 Tejgaon Dhaka-1208. & he worked also PRAN-RFL group As a Assistant Manager(Accounts & Fund Management), PRAN-RFL group is one of the largest Local Food manufacturing company in Bangladesh. His total job experience in Accounts & Finance section for 12 years. He has intensive experience on Budgeting, Financial Planning and Reporting, ratio analysis, fund management, company Law.

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.

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.

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.


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.