Ishrat Shabnam has completed BSc in Civil Engineering as well as an MBA from the most reputed public institutions of Bangladesh. Throughout a career span of over fifteen years, she has gathered experience of working with the government of Bangladesh, one multinational organization, as well as with several international NGOs including CARE Bangladesh, Practical Action Consulting and Cristian Aid, UK and Ireland. Her key areas of expertise are pro-poor market development, participatory market systems, climate change adaptive technology, energy, WASH, solid waste management, livelihood, gender, governance and social exclusion. She has been selected as designated speaker at the Asian Development Bank twice.
Sajeda Begum is the Regional Coordinator of SHOUHARDO III. Since joining CARE in the summer of 1983, Sajeda has worked in numerous projects that covered Health, Women Development, Disaster Relief and Agriculture in Bangladesh. After a couple of illustrious decades of service, in 2007, Sajeda left CARE and worked for Intercorporation and CONCERN Worldwide. However, four years later in 2011 her passion for sustainable development brought Sajeda back in to CARE for a second stint, as she took on the role of Regional Coordinator of SHOUHARDO.
Sajeda has vast experience in leading multidisciplinary groups and working with partner NGOs and local government agencies. Over the span of her career, she has participated in many of CARE’s international workshops and relief efforts including Armenia, Myanmar, and Pakistan. Sajeda completed her Master in History from Dhaka University and prior to that she also completed Medical Assistant Training from Bogra Institute of Health Technology.
In her spare time, Sajeda loves to read, spend time gardening or Facetime with her 9 year old granddaughter.