About Us

Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI) is a nonprofit organization working to inspire environmental concerns in Bangladeshi youth and educate them on constructive environmental practices.

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.

Vision

Our vision is to build an economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable Bangladesh through nurturing enlightened leaders and active citizens.

Mission

Our mission is to empower Bangladeshi youth with skills, ideas, experience and leadership capacity, while creating momentum through small-scale projects and initiatives that address environmental issues in their communities today. By training and engaging young people from all over Bangladesh, we are equipping them with knowledge, skills, awareness and networks necessary to tackle new and existing environmental challenges.

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.

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.