Our team


MDF, a paid membership-based network,is run by a Secretariat and overseen by an Executive Committee comprising of seven organizations. The representatives from the seven organizations are as follows:

SL. Organization Representatives
1. Practical Action ( Chair)
Practical Action (formerly Intermediate Technology Development Group) started working in Bangladesh in the early 1980s in response to requests from a number of prominent national NGOs. Practical Action uses technology to challenge poverty in developing countries. It has evolved over time to meet the challenges of poverty, inequality and vulnerability. Deeply committed to helping the poor, its work on appropriate technology as a means to improve poor people’s livelihoods, has been flexible and responsive to local conditions and needs.

Hasin Jahan, Country Director


Brief Bio-data of Hasin Jahan

2. Christian Aid
Christian Aid is an international organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. Christian Aid has been active in Bangladesh since 1972. Christian Aid Bangladesh’ programme promotes access to just and equitable resources and supports the creation of resilient and thriving livelihoods for marginalised people and communities. To bring real change through its works in Bangladesh, CA is focusing on resilient livelihoods, accountability and equal rights.
Shakeb Nabi-PP

Shakeb Nabi, Country Director

E-mail: SNabi@christian-aid.org

Brief Bio-data of Shakeb Nabi

3. iDE
iDE, formerly International Development Enterprises, is an international nonprofit organization that promotes a business approach to increasing income and creating livelihood opportunities for poor rural households. iDE was founded in 1982 by Paul Polak, a Denver, Colorado psychologist who promoted the concept of helping poor people become entrepreneurs over simply giving them handouts. iDE has been working in Asia since 1984, increasing incomes and improving health for the most disadvantaged. Since 1984, iDE has created business opportunities for the private sector with the goal of improving income, livelihood, and well-being for low-income and marginalized communities in Bangladesh. iDE spans 14 countries, employs 944 people, and owns 4 social enterprises, with 1 goal: creating income and livelihood opportunities for poor, rural households.

Deepak, Country Director

E-mail: dkhadka@ideglobal.org

Brief Bio-data of Deepak

HEKS is the charitable organization of the Protestant Churches of Switzerland. With projects at home and abroad, HEKS is committed to a more humane, fairer world and a life of dignity. HEKS focuses on the development of rural communities, humanitarian aid and ecclesial cooperation. Since 2004 HEKS is a foundation. The supreme body is the Board of Trustees. The relief agency employs over 400 permanent staff in Switzerland and abroad. Over 600 other people work in the hourly wage, about 360 people volunteer. In Bangladesh, HEKS supports social, ethnic and religious minorities, which are discriminated, through its projects in the areas of development of rural communities and conflict transformation. HEKS helps to improve their food security and income and supports them in the quest for equality and justice. In addition, HEKS provides emergency and reconstruction assistance after natural catastrophes.

Anik Asad, Country Director

Email: anik.asad@heks-eper.org

5. Muslim Aid
Muslim Aid was established in the UK in 1985 by community leaders from 17 Islamic organizations in response to the drought in the Horn of Africa. It was led by a Board of Trustees, Chaired by Yusuf Islam. Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. Currently, Muslim Aid is focusing on sustainable programmes in charity and development sectors in over 70 countries including Bangladesh.


Mainuddin Ahmed, Country Director

E-mail: mainuddin.ahmed@muslimaid.org.bd

6. Oxfam
Oxfam’s involvement in Bangladesh began in 1970 assisting the then cyclone victims and supporting the people of Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971. Oxfam was one of only three organizations honored as a Friend of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 2012 for the work in 1971.Oxfam works with a wide range of partners including civil society organizations, NGOs, media organizations, foreign and local universities, private sector companies and different levels of government. Objectives of Oxfam in Bangladesh includes Gender and Women’s Leadership, Economic Justice & Resilience and Humanitarian Capacity Building and Response

Dr. Dipankar Datta, Country Director

E-mail: DDatta@oxfam.org.uk


7. VSO Bangladesh
VSO Bangladesh (VSOB) works to enhance the ability of marginalised women and men in some of Bangladesh’s poorest districts to participate in, contribute to and benefit from our country’s economic and social development. VSOB seeks to increase the impact and longevity of these existing services and opportunities, by strengthening communities’ ability to access them and increasing service deliverer capacities to deliver them equitably and with quality.

Md. Forkhan Uddin, Country Director

E-mail: MdForkhan.Uddin@vsoint.org


Governance Structure:

The governance structure of the Market Development Forum consists of the 7 members of the Executive Committee, to provide leadership and fund certain MDF expenses.

MDF Executive Committee (EC):MDF will be steered by an Executive Committee comprised of seven stakeholders from the forum. The members of the EC will be elected by the regular members of the MDF(5 elected and 2 inducted by the EC). The Elected EC will prevail for the duration of two years, working closely with the Executive Director(ED) throughout the whole year. The seven Executive Committee members shall have equal say in the strategic direction of the MDF.

The EC will be responsible for:

  • Planning and executing MDF activities
  • Managing sponsorship activities
  • Interaction with MDF working groups

Chair of the MDF: The Chair of the MDF will be decided on by the EC by a majority vote. The period of the chair will be for one year. The responsibility of the Chair of MDF will be to ensure that the activities decided upon and stated in the business plan are carried out through the course of the year.

Practical Action Bangladesh is the chair organization of MDF till December 2019.

MDF Secretariat:

The Secretariat of MDF is a neutral position and works on behalf of all MDF members.

Ashapurna Das Purba is the Program Coordinator who is also responsible of the Secretariat and assigned on a full time basis to ensure effective sharing of information and collaboration among the platform’s stakeholders as well as the smooth operations of the MDF.


Ashapurna Das Purba

Programme Coordinator

E-mail: pc@mdfbd.org

Together, the EC, the Chair and the Coordinator ensure that the activities of MDF are carried out properly.

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