Cornelis de Wolf, Country Director
Cornelis de Wolf was born and bred in a small town in the southern… Cornelis de Wolf was born and bred in a small town in the southern part of the Netherlands, child number 4 out of 5. After thinking of joining the navy and starting a career in IT and Electronics, opted for forestry, mainly out of interest to move to Canada but eventually ended up studying tropical forestry for no particular reason. During studies went to Indonesia, got married and then started wandering with wife Lina and son Ivan (joined the family in 1993 in Bogor Indonesia), Edo (born 1994 in Dodoma Tanzania) and Nadya (fell from heaven in 1997 in Gaborone, Botswana). Cornelis pent a total of 11 years in Indonesia, 4 years in Tanzania, almost 10 years in Botswana and slightly less than a year in Darfur and Sudan. Cornelis has worked on different types of projects (a.o. tree planting, erosion control, medicinal plants, beekeeping, guinea fowl rearing, eco-tourism, coffee, cocoa, emergency aid, post disaster reconstruction work, organizational development and value chain work), with different kinds of organizations (INGOs,local NGOs, Government as well as consultancy firms and World Bank) in different roles (project management, program development and as consultant). Cornelis joined Concern Universal in April 2013.
Abdul Hamid, Head of The Organisational Development and Education Unit
Upon Graduating University in 1989 Abdul has worked solely for NGOS. During this… Upon Graduating University in 1989 Abdul has worked solely for NGOS. During this time he has completed an MBA and has worked with the world’s biggest NGO, BRAC based in Bangladesh, and with Oxfam-GB in Bangladesh as Education Program Coordinator. His work has ranged from working with local NGO’s in Bangladesh to support education and organizational development projects, to completing a short course on “Promotion of Health into School” in London in 2000, to working with two specialized NGOs working with hardcore poor and deprived women. During his 18 years experience in the NGO sector he has experienced in a range of projects, including grassroots level program implementation and policy level advocacy. He has worked in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, leading projects in a number of different sectors, including education, organizational development, integrated health, adolescent rights, capacity building, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and food security in partnership with local NGOs. Since 2007, he has been working with Concern Universal. In 2008 he was promoted from the Partner Development Manager to the Head of OD and Education Unit.
Bahauddin Ahmad Sharif, Accounts Manager
Bahauddin holds a master degree with honors in Management from Dhaka University.… Bahauddin holds a master degree with honors in Management from Dhaka University. Having worked in a commercial export oriented company, in 1985 he shifted his profession to a Voluntary organization in the development sector, in order to help poor communities. In 1996 he joined with Concern Universal at Cox’s Bazar under Primary Health Care project as Administration and Finance Manager during the Country Directorship of Nicola Mushet. The CU Country Office was established in Dhaka City in 2003 where he was promoted to Accounts Manager (Country Programme). During 2005 he was promoted as Finance and Administration Manager. During his tenure in Concern Universal, he has provided support to build the capacity of partner NGOs by way of training on accounts, financial management and administrative issues.
Shankor Paul, Head of the Human Rights Unit
Shankor studied Geography and Environment at the Jahangirnagar University. He ha… Shankor studied Geography and Environment at the Jahangirnagar University. He has been involved with well-reputed NGOs, serving the most vulnerable and excluded populations in Bangladesh. He has worked closely with a network of 1450 NGOs (ADAB) in Bangladesh with a view to strengthen their knowledge and capacity on Environment and Disaster management issues. He joined Concern Universal in 2006 as Research Specialist of the cross-border anti-trafficking project where he produced a number of research papers addressing the trafficking issues. He was promoted to the head of the “Human rights Unit” in February 2005. Since then he has worked with many of the most vulnerable groups and communities, particularly women and children who are at risk of trafficking, exploitation and violence, promoting the protection of their rights and respect. He has worked to integrate community led rights by improving the lives of at risk populations by helping them to shape their own futures with respect. More recently he has started a Masters of Human rights at the Dhaka International University in order to add greater depth to his already profound wealth of knowledge.
Zahidul Islam Mamun, Head of the Health Unit
Zahidul holds a master degree with honors in Geography & Environment from th… Zahidul holds a master degree with honors in Geography & Environment from the University of Dhaka and a Masters in Public Health from The State University of Bangladesh. In January 2005 he joined the National NGO forum for “Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation”, in order to satisfy his inner expectation to serve the vulnerable and hard core poor communities in Bangladesh. In 2007, he moved to Concern Universal as a project manager of the health project. When Concern Universal established a health unit with special focus on the hard to reach and vulnerable to disaster, he was promoted to the head of health unit. Since then he has been working with primary health care services and WatSan. During his tenure at Concern Universal, he has been invited to make presentations regarding Concern Universal’s practices and experiences on disaster friendly WatSan in various global conferences. He has travelled globally, including to Concern Universal’s head office in Hereford, UK to make presentations in various fund raising campaigns including schools, private companies and streets.