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. Demay Zabitoglu Board Member | Communication and Project Development Master in Global Studies and International Development Studies 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. Azim Uddin Board Member | IT Administrator 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. Henrik Siemsen BOARD MEMBER Being self-employed for more than 30 years gives me the advantage in what happens on the floor as much as what happens in the administrative area. Teamwork, project work, building a working solution from an idea, concept management and trimming all functions as we progress are my developed forces. With practical experience in Detail, Service, Administration, Financial, Distribution & housing of immigrants there is plenty to take from as we need to make results according to the project’s aim. For me personally, it’s important that we are born equals and should have the same opportunities in life. Feeling that it was time in my life to serve a project with my connection and understanding between the different areas I volunteered to work with the existing board in the upcoming project. Looking forward to coming with my experience and being able to optimize the results for the future. Natalia Podoska Volunteer 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. Mohsina Ferdous Communication and Facebook page Admin Msc in Biotechnology 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. 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.