Our Team We are glad to introduce you our team! Mai Tham Bech Fanøe Chairperson Masters Student in Public Health I have been a part of Bandhab since October 2018 as volunteer, and this is my first experience with being a board member in an aid organization (NGO). My interest in the social working area has just started recently. I have experiences from a few other volunteer activities e.g. Vietnam and my recently intern experience from an NGO which I found valuable and can bring with me into Bandhab. I am currently writing my thesis in Public Health and will graduate in spring 2020. I have a professional interest in the social working field and would like to contribute to Bandhab with this. Afif Hossain Project group lead & BOARD MEMBER MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Managament 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. Alexandra Guerreiro Board member and Volunteer Manager MA in Development and Gender Studies I am a recent graduate in Development Studies and a Communications Specialist who wants to use the skills I gained by working in these areas to promote a better world. I became part of Bandhab because I believe that the projects and mission this NGO has are fundamental and important, and I want to contribute to its implementation and progress. I am from Lisbon, Portugal and I moved to Denmark three years ago to follow my career aspiration of working in humanitarian aid and to live abroad. I like to be in multicultural environments, meet other cultures and provoke a change where I can help. Johan Alexander Degn Board member and Treasurer B.Sc. International Business Student I am a hard-working international business student, who enjoys to work voluntarily. I am a new member of the board at Bandhab, but I still have various experience in similar positions. I have been working both with fundraising and boards in other volunteering organisations. I have joined Bandhab due to the difference the organisation makes for marginalized people in Bangladesh, but also for me to try use some of the learning I have had at my studies as well as at similar work. I hope to create good changes for people in Bangladesh. Rifat Hassan Romel Communication and Board member I have a member of Bandhab team for the last one year. I got to know Bandhab 2018 and instantly Bandhab’s ideology and work motivated me to involve with the team. This year I have become a board member and working with Communication division. It’s been a pleasant journey with a friendly and nice bunch of people. I felt lucky to contribute to some of the marginalized people in Bangladesh through this organization. And I wish I would continue to work with Bandhab in the coming years. 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. Demay Zabitoglu Communication and Project Development I was born in Cyprus. Cyprus is an ethnically divided island and I grew up in a family in which political and economic issues were often discussed and debated intensely. I grew up in a country where all resources are limited. Thus, I know how difficult to live in a country where all resources are scared. As a person growing up in one of the oldest conflict areas, I am passionate about changing people’s lives for the better. I found great similarities and differences between Bangladesh and Cyprus. I hope to learn each other’s struggles and make huge changes for people who live in Bangladesh. To mention briefly my educational background, I have studied Global Studies and International Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark. My special interests include underdevelopment, gender studies, and cultural studies. I am happy that I have joined both in communication and project development team. I believe it will help me to build a strong connection between the two teams. Mohsina Ferdous Communication and Facebook page Admin I am an energetic and hard-working person with a strong desire to build a career. I am an efficient and self-motivated individual with a good eye for detail with a proactive approach to performance. My inspiration working as a volunteer came from witnessing the acts of kindness of my compassionate and caring parents, which has a great influence on me. I worked with JAAGO foundation and sponsored a child in 2013. I find, this is the best way to serve others and to make world a better and peaceful place to live. Raminta Sakinyte Volunteer and Former Board Member MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Management I have became part of Bandhab after writing a master thesis on Geno Kendra project. Because of it I was fortunate to spend 6 weeks in rural Bangladesh, visiting project areas together with my study colleague Afif. This trip was the journey of my life. I have experienced the reality that I did not know it still exists. Bangladesh is a county of contrasts, huge cities next to simple and primitive villages, millions of people with simple and beautiful hearts striving for a better life. I have gained and learned so much by being there and I wish to give some back by being a member of Bandhab. Azim Uddin Board Member & IT 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.