M. Shameem Siddiqi
Former Senior Program Director, Bangladesh
Expertise: good governance, social policy, management of NGOs, partnership and civil society strengthening, capacity building
Mr. Siddiqi left The Asia Foundation in 2012.
Mr. Siddiqi joined The Asia Foundation in January 2011 as a senior program director in the Bangladesh office where he provides leadership support and assists the Country Representative in managing the Foundation's work in Bangladesh, with a particular focus on designing, implementing, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program activities. He undertook short term assignments on Public-Private Partnership, and human rights with the Foundation in 2010.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Siddiqi worked with CARE for about nine years. From mid 2006 to mid 2010, he served as the assistant country director for CARE in Uganda where he led the program portfolio with an annual budget of around US$12 million focused on economic rights and livelihood, conflict resolution and peace building, good governance, and social protection. Prior to this, Mr. Siddiqi served as the rights and social justice coordinator for CARE Bangladesh—a country program of over US$50 million annual budget—for about five years. In this capacity, he institutionalized a human rights perspective in the strategies, programs, and policies of the organization; built organizational awareness and a shared understanding of how human rights and humanitarian law impact programs; and managed programs on climate change and gender based violence.
Mr. Siddiqi worked with ActionAid in Bangladesh in different capacities during 1994-1999. His work focused on managing the country program as the Head of Programs Development, setting up the knowledge unit, M&E and research, resource mobilization, and compliance.
From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Siddiqi worked as the coordinator of Associates for Communication Options (ACO) in Bangladesh. He coordinated ACO's research and advocacy, training, and development communications work, and the overall operations.
Mr. Siddiqi started his career with Program for Introduction and Adaptation of Contraceptive Technology, Bangladesh (PIACT Bangladesh) in 1990. The key areas of his work with PIACT include social research, training, and development communications.
Education: M.Sc. in Management of NGOs from London School of Economics and Political Science, UK; M.A. in English Literature from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh; and B.A. (Hons) in English Language & Literature from Jahangirnagar University.