Bangladesh Research Institute for Development (BRID)

Dr. Md. Shahid Uz Zaman

Chairman & CEO


Dr. Md. Shahid Uz Zaman adores the Bangladesh Research Institute for Development (BRID) as a Chairman and CEO. Dr. Zaman chaired the Bangladesh Research Institute for Development (BRID) with visioning to establish a knowledge based community and network building to transform the world into better living conditions in a sustainable way through rigorous research and policy suggestions. Dr. Zaman provides directions and supervisions for achieving BRID’s motto and vision. Dr. Zaman is responsible for the overall management of BRID’s human, finance, physical, and economic resources.

Dr. Zaman is the Founder and Executive Director of Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO)–a renowned Bangladeshi NGO that has been working on integrated development for under privileged and marginalized people for more than three decades. Dr. Zaman was born on 1st May 1968 in Thakurgaon district of Bangladesh. He passed his Bachelor of Social Science from Dhaka University in 1989 (with distinctions), Masters in Social Science from Dhaka University in 1990 (with distinctions), Masters of Philosophy on Agricultural Extension in 2003, and Doctor of Philosophy on food security in 2010 from Dhaka University. He has Completed a 3 weeks international course titled Conflict Transformation Across Cultures from the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont USA (June 2 to June 20, 2008) & Completed a 19 weeks international course titled Participatory Livestock Management and Extension (PLME) from the Nordic Agricultural Academy, Odense, Denmark(August 08 to December,2000).

He is the founder Chairman of Networking for Inclusion and Empowerment of Dalits and Adibashis in North-West of Bangladesh (NNMC) Eco School & College, Lokayan Livelihood Museum & Child Labour Elimination Action Network (CLEAN). As a professional social worker of Bangladesh, He is act as Secretary, Field Education, and Bangladesh Council for Social Work Education (BCSWE). He is also involved with different professional & networking organization like Life Member of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Executive Member of Credit & Development Forum (CDF), Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), Early Childhoods Development network (ECDN) & many others social organizations of Bangladesh.

He is serving in Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO) (a renowned NGO of Bangladesh) as Founder Executive Director since 1988. As a professional researcher he has great interest on peace promotion and conflict transformation, Food security, climate change, disasters and social work. He presented many papers nationally and internationally. Some of his paper highly appreciated internationally like ‘Indigenous Social Work-Philanthropic Initiatives to Professional Social Work: The Existing Practices and Gaps: Bangladesh Context. International Social Work Conference, Penang, Malaysia (organized by USM, Malaysia) (November, 2012)’, ‘Exclusion and Dalit Rights Movement in Bangladesh: Perspective of Social Work Practice’: The 4th International Conference on Human Rights Education Chang Fo-chuan Center for the Study of Human Rights, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (November, 2013), Ethnicity, Social Exclusion & Plain Land Ethnic Minorities of Bangladesh: An Analysis through Social Work Values: Asia-Pacific Joint Regional Social Work Conference (2019),September 18-20,2019, Bengaluru, India. He is also author of many books in Bengali. Dr. Zaman participated in many international seminars, conferences, and workshops in different countries. Dr. Zaman has long experience in initiating community based alliances to tackle the deep-rooted causes of deprivation. He has worked extensively with hazardous child labour, plain land ethnic minorities, small and marginal farmers, and promoting peace and reconciliation with the close collaboration with Government, Local Government, INGOs, NGOs, and different civil society groups including private sectors. As a Chief Executive of a Bangladeshi National NGO, he has worked closely on the SDG agendas in Bangladesh. He has keen interest in safe food, agricultural value chain, job creation, and poverty reduction.

Dr. Zaman was awarded several gold medals and awards for his excellent academic and professional performance. Recently he is awarded ‘Mahatma Award for Social Good 2019’ from India. He has several publications in different national and international journals.