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Nazrul Islam

Nazrul Islam

Senior Program Advisor, Bangladesh

Tel: + 880 (2) 882-6941 to 45

Fax: + 880 (2) 882-6134


Expertise: Education, professional development training, and public health, managing USAID-funded programs, madrassah education, governance, human rights, and gender orientation for religious leaders

As a development specialist Nazrul Islam has more than 28 years of experience in the fields of education, professional development training, and public health, including 24 years experience in managing USAID-funded programs. Currently, he is the head (Senior Program Advisor) of The Asia Foundation's Islam and Education Program, together with its multi-funded election program.

He previously served as the Chief of Party for Asia Foundation managed, USAID-funded Leaders of Influence (LOI) Program during April 16, 2010 to April 15, 2011; and served as the Deputy Chief of Party for the LOI Program for the period April 16, 2007 to April15, 2010. Also, he served as the Program Director for the Asia Foundation managed, USAID-funded Leaders Outreach Initiative (LOI-1) project in Dhaka during 2005 to 2007. During 2005 to 2011, he designed and implemented an extensive training program for more than 26,000 Community Leaders across Bangladesh, as well organized several regional exchange programs across Asia. He served as Education Advisor to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangladesh from 2002 to 2004, advising the Government of Norway on project planning, policy and financial analysis, program implementation, monitoring and impact assessment, and human resource development in the field of education. From 1997 to early 2002 he held senior manager positions with Pathfinder International, with responsibility for the planning, implementation, monitoring, and review of activities conducted under the USAID-funded National Integrated Population and Health Program (successor to the Bangladesh Family Planning an Health Services Project) in five regions of the country. From 1984 to 1997, he held the positions of Senior Program Officer and Team Leader with The Asia Foundation's Bangladesh Family Planning and Health Services Project, including a concluding assignment as Director.

Education: Mr. Islam has a master's degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MA and a BA (Honors) in English from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He has also attended long term studies as well as short term training programs in the areas of Health Program Management at Boston University School of Public Health, Master Trainers' Training Program at the Medex Group of the University of Hawaii and Training of Trainers Program at the International Health Program at the University of San Francisco.

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