Our Team We are glad to introduce you our team! Afif Hossain Chairperson | Project group lead MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Management I met Rebecca, a victim of child marriage and a hopeless mother who became a community leader. I spoke to Shohagi, a marginalized single mother who learned to fight with her inner dilemma. I talked to poverty-stricken Ambia who told me how a simple collective saving program binds an organization of thousands of marginalized women together today. I have read about empowerment but truly experienced it through Bandhab’s work in Bangladesh. I have two homes, Scandinavia (my home for the past 10 years) and Bangladesh (where I am from and have spent most of my life). By getting involved with Bandhab in 2015 I teamed up with some amazing people, some of whom became life long friends. I wish to contribute and grow further in this organization. Mai Tham Bech Fanøe Secretary & Board member Masters in Public Health I have been part of Bandhab since October 2018. During my time in Bandhab, I have learned a lot within the area of organization management, team working, leadership, project working, etc. I value that Bandhab is a small organization where there is room for everyone and space for people to try out their skills and learn about volunteer- and social working. With an educational background in Public Health and Social Education, I have a big interest in social working. Hence, being a part of Bandhab which empower and promote the rights of poor people, is for me very meaningful. Moreover, I enjoy being a part of Bandhab and working with people with different backgrounds and cultures and together learn and promote the rights and life opportunities of marginalized people. Linda W. Ib. Board Member & Treasurer Master of Project management and process Improvement MPF Today working as a manager for home nursing department with responsibility for competence and organizational development. Have lived and worked as a volunteer in Sri Lanka for a children’s orphanages as and at Red Cross in their Copenhagen office. As a person I am a natural relationship builder, with a dialogical and curious access to cooperation. My forces lies in interpersonal and relational processes, in teamwork and networking. I am passionate about people and organizational development. Azim Uddin Board Member | IT Admin Msc in Information Technology Since I introduced with the Bandhab by Afif, I admire its works and its commitment for the social change, poverty reduction and education for the marginalized people. I have been member of Bandhab since 2017, since then I always love to contribute to this novel organization. Currently I am contributing as a substitute Board member and responsible for the Website administrator of Bandhab.dk Apart from that I am also working on multiple technology implementation for the organization and make day to day life easier. Katrine Bruun Piester Board Member | Newsletter & Admin Anthropology Student at Copenhagen University Since I was a child, I have always been curious about the world that surrounds me. Curious about the people in different places, from different cultures and the opportunities that shapes these peoples lives. This Curiosity is what let me to study anthropology, where I am being taught the methodological competences and theoretical frameworks to study the world around me and the people who live in it. From my studies I quickly found an interest in South Asia, and I am now working towards becoming specialized in the region. I am especially passionate about the empowerment of women and refugees’ rights, and I wish to further my education in global development. The passion and engagement I have witnessed from the people of Bandhab have made me completely engaged in this cause, and I am excited to be a part of this multicultural team. Romila Ghale Board Member I have always believed that everyone has the ability to make a positive impact in society. I am very drawn with the work Bandhab is doing in rural parts of Bangladesh. Coming from a business background I have had few chances of working in Micro-credit that has allowed me to realize the scope and need of rural communities that are less privileged but undoubtedly has great potential of development. Joining Bandhab as a volunteer is a great opportunity for me to contribute and learn in the field of societal change which I am passionate about. Jihyun Lee Board Member I am excited to join Bandhab to help empower women in Bangladesh. I have always been passionate about children and women’s condition. Maybe because I was once a child and I am a woman myself, it is easier to resonate with them. It makes me sad that there is still inequality (in some countries, a lot) between men and women and that many women don’t have access to education and free will to make their own decisions. I would like to improve women’s condition in Bangladesh with Bandhab. As a person, I consider myself both an adventurer and a learner. I am an adventurer, I have travelled to 22 countries so far and besides my education in Denmark, I have studied in South Korea and Germany and have lived in Thailand and France for 6 months each. I am also a learner, I enjoy learning itself. In addition to my business degree, I have a double degree in psychology and have a huge interest in western and eastern antiques. I also like playing the piano which I started at age 6. Natalia Podoska Visual Communication MA in Film and Media (in progress) BA in Film and Audio-Visual Culture Studies I am and always have been a very emphatic person, sensitive for others’ struggles, problems, and stories. My enthusiasm to work as a volunteer came from the women empowerment being a hugely important matter to me, for many reasons. As a student of film, I have always believed in the power of the moving image influencing the world around us. When I heard that with an upcoming project Bandhab is planning to document the journey of Bangladeshi women who they have helped to reach independency, I realised that by combining my passion with a topic of women empowerment, we are able to spread the word about this issue to wider audiences. I believe that with open hearts and minds we are capable of making a real change. Nazia Novera SoMe | Linkedin Master of Business Administration (MBA) BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Living in Copenhagen, Denmark for the last five years. I have witnessed myself transforming into a different person. This city has enriched me with confidence and independence. I have worked as pædagogmedhjælper and now working as Familiebehandler. The journey from a person who has never even been to airport to a person who has excelled the Danish language in just two and a half years was bumpy, yet worth enjoying. I would say me and Copenhagen, we both embraced each other very well. But that didn’t lessened my love for my city Dhaka, rather increased it. Being a very altruistic person, I always hunt for opportunities to help people. Listening about Bandhab really made me feel interested to work with, where my work will benefit my birth country and represent my current country at the same time. Malvina Catharina von Lotzbeck SoMe and Communication Bachelor degree in Nursing Speciality in the medical emergency room Growing up in a multicultural society I’ve always been curious and drawn by different cultures within all that entails, which began my interest in travelling alone around the world at a very young age. While exploring the world I became more aware of how beauty and brutality collide with one another. I especially noticed what privilege I grew up with in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since then I knew I would like to work with people across borders and do humanitarian work. Within my field of work as a nurse I work with many different people from different aspects of life. By being a nurse, I have the opportunity to travel to other countries who need help. My motivation to work as a volunteer in Bandhab came from the focus on gender equality, human rights and improving the tools for self help for the Bangladeshi women, which is given in Danish society. Moreover I believe my great interest in media production and creative aspects can help and contribute to Bandhab and my position in the Communication team and as digital concept developer. Elisabeth Beyer-Lauridsen Hammer Volunteer and Former Board Member The Gono Kendra project is an amazing project that really has shown a new way forward in womens empowerment. In Bandhab the focus is always to make sure that what the organization is doing is in the best interest for the people in rural Bangladesh. With the people in Bandhab, it is possible to get the best discussions, since people are very engaged and very qualified! Studying Social Entrepreneurship and Management in RUC, former teacher of the free schools of Denmark, I hope my knowledge of people and education can add some value to this organization.