Our Key People
FOUNDER OF SPROSHO
Nazia Jabeen was born on the 1st of September 1964 in a prosperous academic family of Bangladesh. From her very childhood her upbeat personality took her close to the society. Her parents Professor Syed Maksud Ali and her Mother Dr. Nurrunnahar Fayzennesa, both from University of Dhaka groomed her to be honest and truthful in life. Later, she grew up at her maternal aunts’ place, while her parents were away to the USA for higher studies.
Nazia’s Mission of “Learning through Fun”, has resulted in publishing of 30 books for children of which 3 are taught in several renowned schools of the country. She has also participated in the Dhaka Lit Fest in 2016 and 2018 with her book ‘Hansher Paye Ghury’ targeted towards people with disability and ‘Toton mamar Majic Jhola’. In addition, she is the adviser of Chaya Nir, the only day care centre of the University of Dhaka and is also the Vice President of NNF School for the disadvantaged children in Dhamrai. Nazia is an inspirational speaker and has participated as a speaker for Bangladesh Brand Forum, Lit Fest, Hospice Bangladesh, etc. She has been a regular participant in the emerging writer’s workshop of ‘Room to Read’ since, BRAC, and Sisimpur.
Ali Jawad Khan
Barrister-at-Law of Hon’ble Society of Lincolns’ Inn; LL.B (Hons), University of London, UK; LLM specialising in Professional Legal Skills, City University, London, UK and Member of Supreme Court Bar Association.
Mr. Ali Jawad Khan is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Mr. Khan has work experience in the Chittagong District Court where he worked closely with renowned lawyer, Advocate Subhash Chandra Lala in the year 2009. Thereafter, he worked as an associate in Lex Counsel law firm from 2012 August till December 2014. Subsequently, he was a pupil of the present Attorney General of Bangladesh, Senior Advocate Mr. Mahbubey Alam from January 2015 till December 2015 and had the opportunity to handle many areas of law ranging from criminal and civil litigation, company law, labour law, energy law, telecommunication law, corporate law, banking law and also has experience in drafting various pleadings and contracts.
Mr. Khan currently practices in the Civil & Criminal Courts, Labour Court of Bangladesh and specialises in Banking, Company and Land matters. He is currently involved with numerous Banks, Companies as well as individual clients.
Sayeda Silma Tamnnina
Barrister-at-Law of Hon’ble Society of Lincolns’ Inn; LL.B (Hons), University of Northumbria, UK; LLM specialising in Law, Governance and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK and Member of Supreme Court Bar Association.
Ms. Silma is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. She has worked as a pupil with Learned Senior Advocate Barrister Tufailur Rahman. Thereafter, she worked as an associate at Lex Counsel law firm and has closely worked with numerous corporations and enterprises including BPDB, BDBL, RAJUK, REB, Chittagong Port Authority, GTCL, Petrobangla, BTRC, Biman etc. Ms. Silma also completed her High Court intimation under the supervision of Learned Senior Advocate Barrister M Zahir. At present, she practices before the High Court Division, Labour Appellate Tribunal, Civil, Criminal & Labour Courts. She is also currently working for numerous Banks, Companies as well as individual clients.
Mofidul Hoque author and cultural activist, has written 15 books on history, liberation studies, arts and genocide studies. He is a recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Prize and the national award Ekushey Padak.
In 1996 he along with seven other Trustees established the Liberation War Museum, a private museum that became a peoples’ institution. Along with memorialisation work the museum also works for truth and justice. Mofidul Hoque presented papers on Bangladesh genocide and justice at various international forum including International Association of Genocide Scholars conference in Sienna (2013), and Manitoba (2015). He is the Director of the ‘Centre for the Study of Genocide and Justice’, established by the LWM. CSGJ has developed a team of young researchers and conducted field trip in the Rohingya camps. He was the coordinator of five international conferences on ‘Bangladesh Genocide and Justice’ held in Dhaka and Heidelberg, Germany. To promote the cause of justice for genocide in Bangladesh he led the collaborative work of LWM with International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Human Rights Clinic of Yale University, International Centre for Transitional Justice, Global Alliance against Mass Atrocity Crimes, Asian Justice and Rights and other international organizations.
Ms. Shahida Khatun
Ms. Shahida Khatun is Director, PRL of the Folklore, Museums and Archives Division, Bangla Academy.
She specializes mainly in the manifestations of culture, history and heritage based on folklife in Bangladesh. Above all, she takes a great interest in assessing the contributions of famous folklorists of home and abroad from different perspectives. Her areas of interest and research include folklore (oral history, heritage and traditions of Bengal), sociology, anthropology and ethnology.
She has singly or jointly edited many books, such as Meyeli Geet, Perception of Folk Festivals, Lokokahini, Bangla Academy Folklore Archives (vols. 1-5), Bangla Academy Granthapanjee, Folk Art Album, Ekusher Prabandha: Folklore, Folklore Sangrahamala (1-134), etc. She participated in the Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Twelfth and Thirteenth Sessions of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Bali, Indonesia (2011), in Baku, Azerbaijan (2013), in Paris, France (2014), in Jeju, South Korea (2017) and in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius (2018) respectively.