Team

Nazma Akther

Nazma Akter

Executive Director for AWAJ Foundation

– Leadership in all organizational activities in conjunction with the Executive Committee
– Relationship management with relevant regional, national and international stakeholders
– Overall monitoring and supervision of project activities for the organization
– Has held executive positions in unions and labor groups for several years
– Highly knowledgeable on the garments sector in Bangladesh
– Actively involved on international forums regarding labor-related topics
– One of Bangladesh’s most respected and influential labor leaders

Nadihul Hasan Nayan

Nahidul Hasan Nayan

Operations Director for AWAJ Foundation

– Responsible for the operation of all AWAJ programs
– Has extensive knowledge of the Bangladesh garment sector
– Highly experienced in handling industrial disputes and labor-related issues
– Successfully completed numerous Training of Trainer courses e.g. on Leadership, Occupational Health & Safety, Fire Safety, Trade Union Practices, Social & Environmental Standards, and Social Audit & Gender Sensitivity
– Considerable expertise in facilitating dialogue between workers and factory management

Nahida Kona

Nahida Anjum Kona

Legal Advisor for AWAJ Foundation

– Legal Advisor and Trainer at AWAJ
– Currently serves as a Legal Advisor for 30 factories
– Partner at The Jurists Chambers
– Attained both her LLB (Hons) and LLM from Rajshahi University
– Obtained practical experience in handling industrial disputes and labor-related cases and Training of Trainers on “Bangladesh Labor Act 2006 Gender Equity”
– Successfully completed the Training of Trainers courses on: Occupational Health and Safety, Social and Environmental Standards, C3 Technique and Gender Sensitivity

Sazedur Rahman

A.H.M. Sazedur Rahman

Legal Advisor for AWAJ Foundation

– Legal Advisor and Trainer at AWAJ, he currently serves as a Legal Advisor for 30 factories
– Attained his LLB from National University and holds a Masters in Economics from University of Dhaka
– Considerable practical experience in handling industrial disputes and labor-related cases and Training of Trainers on “Bangladesh Labor Act 2006 Gender Equity”
– Specializes in conducting training on Labor Law and Labor Matters
– Successfully completed the Training of Trainers on: Occupational Health and Safety, Social and Environmental Standards, C3 Technique and Gender Sensitivity

Sabrina Akther

Dr. Sabrina Akhter

Doctor for AWAJ Foundation

– Responsible for health care offered to workers
– Attained her MBBS Degree from Chittagong Medical College
– Extensive experience in training on diabetics, medicine
– Previously worked for the Ahsania Mission Cancer & General Hospital, Birdem
– Gained considerable experience from health-related workshops, seminars and training programs

Khadiza Akter

Khadiza Akter

Treasurer for AWAJ Foundation

– Responsible for running the organization’s finances
– An expert in garment workers’ rights and responsibilities
– Very experienced in negotiating with factory management and mediating disputes
– Extensive knowledge of the garment sector and very effective communication skills
– Attended various Training of Trainer courses e.g. on Leadership, Effective Communication and Problem Solving, Workers Welfare Committee and Participatory Committee

Nasir Uddin

Md. Nasir Uddin

Finance & Admin Officer for AWAJ Foundation

– Attained his B.Com Degree from the National University
– Highly experienced in compliance-related matters and compliance management
– Has held senior positions in renowned Bangladeshi garment factories
– Conducted several compliance workshops, seminars and training programs
– Attended several training courses including “Fire Safety in Bangladesh’s Garment Factories”

Shirin Akter

Shirin Akter

Project Manager at AWAJ Foundation

– Gained a Bachelor Degree in Arts from National University
– Highly experienced in conducting training, and field supervision for health & safety-related issues.
– Previously worked for renowned CARE Bangladesh and Concern Worldwide
– Highly experienced in effective project planning and implementation, problem identification & solving, and report preparation
– Attended various training sessions concerning health & safety

Shamima Sultana Sumi

Shamima Sultana Sumi

Project Coordinator at AWAJ Foundation

– Gained both her Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Arts from Dhaka University
– Worked with the renowned Fair Wear Foundation and the Women & Gender Studies department in Dhaka University
– Highly experience in Auditing, Compliance Handling & Training, and Coordinating Labor Law Issues
– Attended various training courses covering anti-harassment and labor law-related topics