About Us

Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI) is a youth nonprofit organisation working to raise awareness about the ongoing ecological and climate crisis and inspire youth environmental actions to protect and improve the life-supporting nature and ecosystems.

BYEI was established in 2009 by a group of university students keen to improve awareness and engagement among their peers. BYEI has established itself as a key youth organization in the environmental sector of Bangladesh, run by youth, for youth.

Our Approach

Vision

Our vision is to build a more just, fair and resilient Bangladesh through nurturing enlightened leaders and active citizens.

Mission

Our mission is to empower Bangladeshi youth with consciousness, knowledge and leadership capacity needed to tackle emerging socio-economic and environmental challenges.

Values

We are a values-driven organisation. The basic foundations of our work ethics are formed by:

Accountability

Integrity

Justice

Shared leadership

Advisory
Board

Mr. Chowdhury is a Member of the Parliament of Bangladesh and the former President of Bangladesh Cricket Board. He was also the President of the Inter- He chairs the Bangladesh Parliament’s Parliamentary Group on Climate Change & Environment and is an active and influential Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Forests & Environment. He is also a Member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union’s Task Force on Climate Change and the Advisory Group of Parliamentarians for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Dr. Huq is the Chairman of Board of Directors at Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies and also the Director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University in Dhaka. He is also a Senior Fellow with the UK based International Institute for Environment and Development and a Visiting Faculty at the T. H. Huxley School of Environment at Imperial College in London, where he teaches a course on global environmental policies. In the past, he served as a consultant to the World Bank, UNFCCC, and Global Environment Facility.

Dr. Ali is a renowned Bangladeshi scientist and former Professor of Dhaka University. He was the Director of Atomic Energy Center, Dhaka. Dr. Ali was elected as President of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences for the period between 2004 and 2012. He was also the founding Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh Open University and Southeast University Bangladesh.

Dr. Chowdhury is the Program Director at the National Science Foundation, USA. She served as a tenured Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, where she held the W. Hansen Hall and Mary O. Hall Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering. She has also held academic positions at Michigan Technological University, Southern University (Baton Rouge), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Dhaka, Bangladesh).

Board of Trustees

Naser Alam is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh since 1995 and a Barrister at the Bar of England and Wales since 1999. He is currently the Head of Chambers of MNA, Barristers & Advocates. He is an international arbitrator and mediator with specialisation in international commercial and investment arbitration. He previously worked with Huq & Co, a prestigious Bangladeshi corporate law firm; the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague; international arbitration group of Freshfields Brcukhaus Deringer in their Paris office.

Shamir Shehab is an aspiring social and environmental justice advocate. He has more than 10 years of experience in the intersection of climate change and international development. His involvement with community service and environmental activism at home and abroad inspired him to found the BYEI. Shamir received several national and international recognitions for his work, including the Queen's Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, an excellence award and an innovation grant from the US Department of State. Shamir has consulted for projects and programmes on climate finance, governance and resilience for international development organisations such as the World Bank, FCDO/DFID, GIZ, GCF and others. He holds an MPA with specialisation in environmental policy from Cornell University and studied politics and international affairs as a Yecnhing Scholar at Peking University.

Syed Muntasir is a development professional working for resilient and environmentally sustainable food systems at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). He is a trained economist with speciality in environmental resource management and one of the founding members of BYEI. Ridwan has been focusing on interventions that generate institutional accountability, transparency and sustainability. His niche is designing sustainable market systems programs based on sector based economic and behavioral insights.

Enamul Siddique is a development professional with more than 10 years of experience. He is trained as a sociologist and specialises in project management, partnership, and advocacy. He has worked with a number of international organizations including Oxfam and IUCN on environmental advocacy and policy dialogues. He is passionate about environmental justice and current work focuses on rights-based approaches to social-ecological resilience in the face of climate emergency and ecological crisis.

Dr. Sadeque Ahmed is a climate change expert with more than 30 years of experience. He is currently the Director (Environment and Climate Change) at PKSF and an Adjunct Professor at Independent University of Bangladesh. He was previously a Director of climate change and international negotiations at the Department of Environment of the Bangladesh Government. Dr. Ahmed represented the Bangladesh Government in the international climate change negotiation and advised on matters related to the Green Climate Fund. He holds a PhD in soil and environmental sciences from the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Executive Advisory Board

Shamir Shehab is an aspiring social and environmental justice advocate. He has more than 10 years of experience in the intersection of climate change and international development. His involvement with community service and environmental activism at home and abroad inspired him to found the BYEI. Shamir received several national and international recognitions for his work, including the Queen's Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,, an excellence award and an innovation grant from the US Department of State. Shamir has consulted for projects and programmes on climate finance, governance and resilience for international development organisations such as the World Bank, FCDO/DFID, GIZ, GCF and others. He holds an MPA with specialisation in environmental policy from Cornell University and studied politics and international affairs as a Yenching Scholar at Peking University.

Syed Muntasir is a development professional working for resilient and environmentally sustainable food systems at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). He is a trained economist with speciality in environmental resource management and one of the founding members of BYEI. Ridwan has been focusing on interventions that generate institutional accountability, transparency and sustainability. His niche is designing sustainable market systems programs based on sector based economic and behavioral insights.

Enamul Siddique is a development professional with more than 10 years of experience. He is trained as a sociologist and specialises in project management, partnership, and advocacy. He has worked with a number of international organizations including Oxfam and IUCN on environmental advocacy and policy dialogues. He is passionate about environmental justice and current work focuses on rights-based approaches to social-ecological resilience in the face of climate emergency and ecological crisis.

Abdullah Shakil is a global health professional with experience in immunization, gender and health, strategic planning, and social innovation. He has more than 6 years of experience in research and policy advocacy in multinational interdisciplinary work. He is working on ensuring equitable access to healthcare for the marginalized populations. With immense enthusiasm he intends to promote environmental health and conservation to the youth populations of Bangladesh.

Joy Bhowmik is a Lecturer-cum- Research Associate at University of Liberal Arts and an expert in disaster risk and vulnerability reduction, post-disaster recovery, climate change impact and adaptation, environment-induced migration, capacity development and sustainable development. His interest is in using strategy to leverage an organization's resources in reaching out to target audiences.

Sufian is a business professional with keen interest in youth empowerment and the environment. His experiences revolve around educational program development, facilitation, stakeholder engagement and partnership. Sufian had also been a young journalist working on Childrens’ Rights and Education, had been a part of British Council’s Global ChangeMakers program and has represented Bangladesh in multiple national and international youth summits.

Ashek Mahmud is a development professional with more than five years of experience. He has been trained on GIS, remote sensing, and climate change by the NASA and USAID supported program implemented by ICIMOD and BCAS. He has also worked closely with South Asian Youth Environment Network (SAYEN), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and many other youths-based organizations.

Leadership Team

Rafee Mostafa studied Environmental Sciences and Management at Independent University, Bangladesh. He is a graduate of BYEI’s Earth Champions Program.

Zerin Ahmed studied English at University of Dhaka. She worked on environment and human rights related projects with various organisations including Oxfam, ActionAid, and others.

Shudipto Biswas studied Geography and Environment at University of Dhaka. He is also a graduate of BYEI’s Earth Champions Program.

Partners

BYEI has strategic focus in contributing to the SDGs 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 17 with specific focus on engaging the youth in environmental actions. BYEI seeks partnerships and alliances with the Government, Civil Society, Development Partners, Academia and Private Sector to scale up and strengthen its youth engagement towards long term and systemic change in environmental actions.