N. B. – Speakers are not arrayed according to seniority manner.

Prof. Dr. Shah Monir Hossain Worked 33 years in government services and retired as Director-General of Health Service, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of Bangladesh. He is now working as a National Consultant in World Health Organization (WHO) in Bangladesh. Alongside, He is the Advisor of Bangladesh NCD Forum, a network under Eminence Associates for Social Development. Academically, he obtained graduation in Medicine (MBBS) and M.Phil (Pathology) from Dhaka University, Honorary FCPS (Histopathology) from Bangladesh College of Physician and Surgeons, Post Graduate certificate course in Pathology from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was Senior National Advisor at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN) in Bangladesh.

Dr. Md. Shamim Hayder Talukder has been leading the non-government organization Eminence Associates for Social Development since its inception in August 2003. His experience and leadership place the organization to act as secretariat of four national civil society organizations named “Bangladesh Urban Health Network”, “Bangladesh Non-Communicable Diseases Forum”, “Bangladesh Civil Society Network for Promoting Nutrition”, and “Global Citizen Forum for Sustainable Development Goals”. He has more than 20 publications in various national and international journal and four book authorships. Academically Dr. Md. Talukder has completed his medical graduation (MBBS) from Bangladesh followed by his Masters in Philosophy (MPhil) degree in International Community Health from Oslo University, Norway. Public health and clinical research are the key concern areas of his activities. He also has a keen interest in implementing community-based programs through different innovative ideas and approaches. As a dynamic leader, he extended his current position at the global level as the President of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH).

Dr. Dipak Kumar Mitra is a Professor and chair in the Department of Public Health in North South University. He is a physician by training and obtained his PhD in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA and MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, USA. He worked in the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) from 1994 to 2012 and participated in several research grants as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator. He then joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as an Assistant Scientist and worked from 2012 to 2015. He led a number of large community-based epidemiological studies and trials as the local Principal Investigator jointly designed and implemented by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the icddr,b and funded by NIH, BMGF and USAID. Dr. Mitra has published extensively in high-impact journals.

Dr. Md Robed Amin is presently serving as the line director at the Non Communicable Disease Control (NCDC). He is also serving as a Professor of medicine at Dhaka Medical College. Earlier, he was employed as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the same institute between 2008-2011. He was the Member Secretary of the Core Committee of Clinical Protocol Development for toxicology and also a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum revised committee of Bangladesh Medical Council. Dr. Md. Robed Amin is in charge of Trainer of many national and international training programs. He is one of the national resource persons for Evidence-Based Medicine and practice in Bangladesh. He is actively participating in many research activity including clinical trial on OPC, kala azar in Bangladesh. He has more than 85 publications in International and National journals and has been awarded several honors including the best speaker in medical debate in the International conference by Society of Medicine in Bangladesh.


Dr. Abdun Noor Tushar is a popular television show host, doctor, debater, writer, and social activist. He worked as CEO of Nagorik TV and Gati Media Ltd. He is a medical graduate from Dhaka Medical College and also a public health expert. He is a former president and founder of the Bangladesh Debate Federation and served as the President of Prothom Alo Bondhu Shova national council. Dr. Noor was the presenter of many remarkable TV shows, including BAUBI 12, SHUVECCHA, JOYTU, and HORLICKS GENIUS BANGLADESH, etc. He worked for USAID and Bangladesh Civil Service in the early part of his career. Dr. Noor was President of Rotaract Club of Dhaka North East and served as District Secretary, and later became a Rotarian and President of Rotary Club of Dhaka East. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He has several notable publications of selected articles, science fiction, poetry, and debates. In Debating, he was the leader of Best Asian Team in Australasian Debates 1993 and ESL champion of World Invitational Debates, Queensland, Australia. He was awarded Bangladesh Chalachitra Sangbadic Samity Award (twice); Onnodin Impress Telefilm Award (Twice); National TV Debate Runners Up award in 1989, SAARC Debate award 1991, Covid Hero award 2020, etc. He is also a Trustee of Bishwo Sahitya Kendro and Advisor of Eminence.

Prof. Dr. Md. Sharfuddin Ahmed is serving as the Vice-Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). Earlier he served as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of BSMMU and the Secretary-General of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA). He obtained Diploma in Ophthalmology (DO) from IPGMR (now, BSMMU) in 1985. He achieved MS in Ophthalmology from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in 2004. Sharfuddin Ahmed also served in Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, IPGMR and BSMMU as registrar, resident surgeon, assistant professor, associate professor and professor from 1986 respectively.

Dr. Shahin Akter is a Public health and child health specialist with a quantitative background. She has over 20 years of experience in research, training, advocacy, and program implementation focusing mostly on public health, maternal health, child health, child development, non-communicable diseases, nutrition, urban health, and HIV/AIDS. Currently, she is working as a Technical Director at Eminence Associates for Social Development, of which she previously served as a Coordinator. She holds an MBBS degree from Dhaka University, a General Diploma in Demography from The Demographic Centre, Cairo, and an MSc in Demography and Health from University of London, UK. She is a member of Bangladesh SUN Civil Society Network for Promoting Nutrition (BCSNPN), International Epidemiological Association (IEA), American Society of Nutrition (ASN). She has been involved with many research, training, advocacy, module, and BCC materials development since the starting of her career.

Dr. Aliya Naheed is the Head, Initiative for Non-Communicable Diseases, Health systems and Population Studies Division. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b), Bangladesh. She completed MBBS from Mymensingh Medical College, Dhaka University, MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, USA. PhD from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Post doc from The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne Melbourn. She is a Scientist & Health Systems Specialist. Dr. Naheed has published more than 85 manuscripts in international peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet. Recently she has published a book as the Lead Editor of a book on Bangladesh health system and its transition over time for achieving MDG 4 published by World Health Organization that compressively presents the gaps in research and health systems in Bangladesh, and has been a reference book for the MPH programs in Bangladesh. Earlier, she has served as a Faculty at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA, James P Grant School of Public Health, and State University in Bangladesh

Prof. Dr. Abdul Wadud Chowdhury is an Interventional Cardiologist and the Head of the Dept. of Cardiology at Dhaka Medical College. In 1990, he passed the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), from DMC under Dhaka University. Prof. Chowdhury accomplished FCPS in 1995 and MD in 1998. He is a lifetime member of BMA, and Bangladesh Society of Echocardiography, vice president of Bangladesh Cardiac Society. He is involving in many national and international organizations, and attended workshops and trainings globally. He is an editor of Bangladesh Heart journal while sharing authorship 90 publications and peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Shams El Arifeen is the first director of Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at ICDDR,B. Shams is also a professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Bangladesh, where he teaches epidemiology. He has nearly 25 years of experience in child and neonatal health, health services and health systems research, including nine years in government health services, with a focus on health interventions for developing populations. Shams holds an MBBS and DrPH and is trained in medicine, public health, nutrition and epidemiology. Shams contributed to the 2003 Lancet Series on Child Survival and has published more than 140 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Dr. Shahjada Selim is a Diabetes and Hormone Specialist and Associate Professor of the Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). He is a visiting professor in Endocrinology, Texila American University, USA. He passed MBBS from Rajshahi Medical College in 1998, MD at Endocrinology and Metabolism form Birdem Hospital, Dhaka, FACE (USA), FRSM (UK). He is working secretary of Bangladesh Endocrine Society (BES) & AACE BD Chapter. Dr. Selim is one of the eminent endocrinologists in the country with very much keenness in medical research, optimal clinical care for Diabetes, Thyroid disorders, Obesity & other Metabolic disorders, Sexual dysfunctions and other endocrine disorders. He published 67 scientific articles in international journals, 6 books (in Bangla) and 2 books (as chapter author).

Prof. Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury is currently appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Research of the National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute (NHFHRI), Bangladesh. He graduated from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh in 1988 and obtained his PhD in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology from Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan, in 1996. He got his Master of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) degree from University of New Castle, Australia in 2005. He worked as a faculty in Shiga University of Medical Science, japan, School of medical science of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia before joining National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute, Bangladesh in 2004. He also worked for World Health Organization, Country Office for Bangladesh as National Professional Officer from 2007 to 2010 and coordinated the implementation of Global Adult Tobacco Survey with the collaboration of CDC USA and Government of Bangladesh. His research interest lies in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factor epidemiology and prevention, especially tobacco control and high blood pressure prevention. With a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropy, USA, He is leading the tobacco control program of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh and conduction various research and advocacy for tobacco control.

Dr. Abdun Noor Tushar is a popular television show host, writer, and social activist. He is a medical graduate from Dhaka Medical College and holds a master’s degree in public health. He is the former president and one of the founders of the Bangladesh Debate Federation, and served as the President of Prothom Alo Bondhu Shova national council. Dr. Tushar was the presenter of many top rated TV shows, Shobinoye Jante Chai, including BAUBI 12, Shuveccha, Joytu, and Horlicks Genius Bangladesh in his 36 years of TV career. He worked for USAID and Bangladesh Civil Service in early part of his career. Dr. Noor was President of Rotaract Club of Dhaka North East and served as District Secretary, and later became President of Rotary Club of Dhaka East. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He has seven publications of selected articles, science fictions, poetry and debate.

Dr. Malay Kanti Mridha is a Professor of the BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health. He is also the Director of the Center of Excellence for Non-Communicable Diseases and Nutrition. He received MBBS in Medicine and Surgery from Chittagong University, Bangladesh, in 1997; MSc in Nutrition from Dhaka University, Bangladesh in 2001; MSc in Health Economics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh in 2002; MPH in Reproductive Health from State University, Bangladesh in 2007; and Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology with a Designated Emphasis in International and Community Nutrition from the Department of Nutrition of the University of California, Davis in 2014. Before joining BRAC University, he worked for various organizations including Chittagong Medical School, BRAC, Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition, Bangladesh Diabetic Association, HIV/AIDS and STD Alliance, Bangladesh, Concern Worldwide, ICDDR, B and the University of California, Davis. He worked as a program manager, technical expert, researcher and/or teacher for these organizations. The research areas of Dr. Mridha included maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition, health system, HIV/AIDS and STI and non-communicable diseases. He has 137 different publications.  

Dr. Mahfuzar Rahman is working as WASH Consultant at UNICEF, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also appointed as Strategic Advisor at CIPRB (Centre for Injury Prevention and Research in Bangladesh). He is an established epidemiologist with a record of research extending over the last 20 years. Throughout his extensive public health career in the national and international arena, He has gathered substantial experience in designing, coordinating, and conducting large surveys, evaluating health and development programs, as well as monitoring outcomes employing longitudinal surveillance systems while focusing on equity. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 16 book chapters, served as an associate editor Section Editor of BMC Public Health.

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Prof. Dr. Ahmedul Kabir is serving as the secretary general of Bangladesh society of Medicine since 2018 and an Associate professor in Department of Medicine at Dhaka Medical College. He started career as BCS health Cadre. Prof. Kabir passed MBBS from Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, and secured 2nd position in final professional examination and achieved 6th position under Chittagong University. Afterwards, he did FCPS, FACP, FRCP (Medicine). He has hands on training on colonoscopy, echocardiography, endoscopic ultrasound, bronchoscopy and ERCP. Dr. Kabir has more than 39 publications in different journals.

Dr. Helal Uddin Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Child Adolescent and Family Psychiatry in National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Dhaka, Bangladesh, He is the Secretary General of BACAMH, Bangladesh.  He is a psychiatrist and have graduated on 1999 from Chittagong Medical College and completed MD (Psychiatry) on 2011 from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka. Received fellowship training on Child Psychiatry from ‘Fondazione Child’, Italy and trained on ‘Autism and Neurodevelopmental disabilities’ from South Korea. He also received fellowship from Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (JSPN-Fellow) on 2010, Indo-Global Psychiatric Initiative fellowship (IGPI Fellow) on 2011 and ‘Y-Mind Fellowship’ from Sao Paulo-Brazil on 2013. He has 45 publications as author or co-author and presented 11 scientific papers in international conferences held in Bangladesh, Argentina, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Italy and Spain. In 2013 he received “Prof. Hidayetul Islam Gold Medal Award” for research contribution and devotion in Psychiatry as a young psychiatrist of Bangladesh.

Dr. Taufique Joarder is an Assistant Professor of BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health. He completed his Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015. He was a recipient of the Fogarty International Fellowship. Before this, he obtained a Master of Public Health degree from James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in 2008, with the highest distinction. He also obtained a Diploma in International Health and Policy Evaluation from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Dinajpur Medical College, Bangladesh. Dr. Joarder also trained in Development Studies from the University of His areas of interest include health systems, medical anthropology, infectious diseases, health policy, elderly health, and psychometrics. He has 9 publications.

Dr. Saidur Rahman Mashreky is working as the Director of the Public Health and Injury Prevention department at the Centre for Injury Prevention, Health Development and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB). Before joining CIPRB he worked for Centre for Medical Education Dhaka. After graduating in medicine (MBBS) from Rajshahi University, Dr. Mashreky completed his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Dhaka University. In 1998 he completed his post-graduate diploma in Medical Education (Dip.Med.) from Dundee University, UK. Dr. Mashreky completed his PhD. from Public Health Science department of Karolinska Institutet, Sweden in 2010. Burn prevention, especially childhood burn prevention is the special area of his interest. Child health, child development, and medical education along with injury prevention are the other areas of his interest. He has developed and implemented childhood burn prevention program in rural Bangladesh. Dr. Mashreky has more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is currently a reviewer and editorial board member of a number of reputed peer-reviewed journals.