SHAKTI: Our Team

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Meet Our Team

Humaira Islam, Ph.D.

Humaira Islam, Ph.D. oversees policy formulation, administration, and fund management as Executive Director. Her career in microfinance spans over 25 years. She holds an MA in Political Science, M. Phil Degree, and Ph.D. from Dhaka University. Her thesis was on women’s empowerment.

She founded Shakti Foundation as an institution for microfinance and gender issues, which provides services in financial empowerment and networking to the disadvantaged in partnership with financial institutions and banks, as well as leadership development, community development, and, enterprise development.

She is a Member of the Board of Trustees, Women’s World Banking (WWB), Executive Committee Member of INAFI, Asia Chapter, Member of the National Council of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) Executive Committee member of "Utsho Bangladesh", Member of Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS), Member of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Member of National Caucus for Women’s Economic Empowerment Bangladesh, Founding Coordinator of Coalition of the Urban Poor (CUP).

Prior to founding Shakti Foundation, Dr. Humaira Islam worked at Manabik Sahajaya Sangstha (MSS) as Project Director; and at the Center for Integrated Rural Development Program for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) as a Research Associate. She began her career teaching English at Viqarunnisa Noon School and teaching English language and literature courses at Green Herald International School.

Dr. Humaira was an ASHOKA fellow and has received several awards including: Innovators for the Public 1994, Women’s World Banking ‘Excellence in Leadership’ Award, 2012 in Microcredit and Citi Micro Microentrepreneurship Award, 2011 by Citi Foundation.

Imran Ahmed

Imran Ahmed
- Deputy Executive Director, Head of Programs

Imran Ahmed is the Deputy Executive Director of the Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women. He is responsible for managing all programs of Shakti Foundation including Micro Finance, SME, Health, and Renewable Energy. He also oversees the Training department and leads the Strategic Initiatives unit, which is focused on providing better services & digital inclusion to Shakti’s clients.

He was previously a Vice President at comScore Inc., a premier data analytics company based out of Washington D.C. USA, where he led Client Services and Product Leadership business units. Prior to joining comScore, Mr. Ahmed worked at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on operations and strategy. 

Mr. Ahmed earned his MA in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University, USA, and his BA in Mathematics from Bard College, USA. 

Asma Begum

Asma Begum
- Senior Director, Head of Human Resource Department

Asma Begum is the head of the Human Resource Department of the Shakti Foundation. Ms. Begum started her career as a Credit Officer and reached her present position after serving in different capacities in different departments of Shakti since 1992. She has training in multiple arenas ranging from monitoring and evaluation, and administrative skills development to project development & management. She has received training in Project Program Development and Management (PPDM) in the Philippines (1996) and in business planning and financial modeling in the USA. 

Ms. Begum has an Honors & a Master’s degree in Sociology from Dhaka University.

Shariful Islam

Shariful Islam
- Senior Director, Head of Administration, Solar & Enrich Program

Md. Shariful Islam is the head of the Administration Department, Solar & Enrich Program of Shakti Foundation. With a humble start as a credit officer, Md. Shariful Islam, now a Senior Director, has spent almost a lifetime using his personal and professional experiences to serve Shakti Foundation in different capacities in departments like Microfinance, Human Resources, Solar, and Enrich Program since 1992. He has been working successfully in Shakti for the last 29 years and knows every facet of the organization and its functions. 

Mr. Islam has a Master’s degree in Economics and a Post-graduate Diploma in Personnel Management. He also received training in Project Program Development and Management (PPDM) in the Philippines in 1996. 

Nazmul Ahsan

Nazmul Ahsan
- Senior Director, Head of Audit Department

Nazmul Ahsan is the head of the Audit Department of Shakti Foundation. Mr. Ahsan started his career as an accountant at Shakti Foundation in 1994 and reached the present position through career progression after serving in different capacities in different departments of Shakti Foundation. He formulates the internal control system within the organization, and internal audits at the branches, and head office among other responsibilities. He has received training on Project Program Development and Management (PPDM) in the Philippines (1996), on Accounting and Finance from different institutions, on Microfinance in the USA (1999), on Operational Risk Management in India (2005), and on MFI management in a changing Environment in Germany (2008). 

Mr. Ahsan has a Master’s degree in Finance (1991) from Dhaka University. He has completed ICMA (intermediate) and is also an Income Tax Practitioner.   

Sabya Sachi Roy

Sabya Sachi Roy
- Senior Director, Head of IT Department

Sabya Sachi Roy is the head of the IT Department of Shakti Foundation. He is responsible for software development and database management as well as policy changes in IT. He has been with Shakti Foundation for 23 years. 

Mr. Roy has a Master’s degree in Commerce. He is a certified Administrator Professional for Oracle Database 11g and Lead Auditor on Information Security Management Systems ISO/IEC 27001:2005.   

Md. Emdadul Hoque

Md. Emdadul Hoque
- Senior Director, Head of Microfinance Program & SME Program

Md. Emdadul Hoque is the head of the Microfinance & SME program of Shakti Foundation. He has 30 years of extensive experience in microfinance, microenterprise, and financial management activities. He has worked with various organizations including BRAC, UDDIPAN, and SAJIDA Foundation. 

Mr. Hoque has done his Master’s in Management and an MBA with a Finance major. He is a member of the Dhaka Taxes Bar Association (DTBA). He has been certified in microfinance and financial management from Boulder Institute of Microfinance in Italy and Mango in the UK.   

MD. Abdul Halim

MD. Abdul Halim
- Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer, Head of Finance Department

Mr. Abdul Halim joined Shakti Foundation on 16th May 2022 as a Senior Director and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Abdul Halim, in his career of over 26 years, served in different departments in BURO Bangladesh as Program, Internal Audit, and Finally Coordinator and Head of the department Finance & Accounts.

Mr. Abdul Halim has an Honors and Master’s degree in Accounting from Dhaka University (1992). He has also received training in Management Information systems for MFIs, Financial analysis, Delinquency management, and Interest rate Setting for MFIs EDA India, Micro Finance Risk Management- Micro save India, Accounts Management-India, Operational Risk Management- New Delhi India, Leadership and Risk Management-Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand, An Operational Planning for Microfinance Institution- Thailand.        

Mohammad Nazrul Islam

Mohammad Nazrul Islam
- Senior Director, Head of Training Department

Mohammad Nazrul Islam is responsible for overseeing the Training Department. He has joined Shakti Foundation in 2020 as Senior Director and Head of the Training Department. Over a period of 26 years, he has served in different development organizations and NGOs namely- ARBAN, NIRAPAD, BWCCI, and BURO Bangladesh in different capacities in Education, Disaster Management, Entrepreneurship Development, Financial Literacy, Digital Financial Services, and Microfinance Program Management. He has vast expertise in individual and institutional capacity building. 

Mr. Islam holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the Asian University of Bangladesh. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM) and Microfinance Management Development Program training from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Manila, Philippines, and Entrepreneurship Development Training from HUMBER Institute of Technology, Toronto, Canada.     

Dr. Shamsher Ali Khan

Dr. Shamsher Ali Khan
- Senior Advisor, Health Program

Dr. Shamsher Ali Khan serves as the Senior Adviser of the Health Program of the Shakti Foundation. He has over 37 years of experience in the field of Public Health and Hospital management around the globe. He has served and supervised 155 health centers along with 11 upgraded health centers of BRAC with EOC (Essential Obstetric Care) facilities and led different health programs in many countries of Asia and Europe. He has also led two 100-bed multidisciplinary hospitals by SAJIDA Foundation. He is specialized in strategy formulation, multidimensional program operation, and research projects. 

Dr. Khan obtained his Master’s in Public Health from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and his Advanced Diploma in Reproductive Health from Uppsala University, Sweden after completing his MBBS from Dhaka Medical College. He has attended national and international seminars, workshops, and training, and has also made valuable contributions to policy advocacy for chronic health issues like Reproductive Health, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and Maternal and Neonatal Health Care in association with USAID, WHO, and other international agencies.