Zaki Hasan is a development sector expert with 17 years of experience in public health, inclusive education and empowerment working for improving the lives of the most vulnerable, especially women and children in developing country settings.
His key areas of interest are health and economic development, education for the underprivileged, strategic management for non-profit organizations, information and communication technology for development, and women and children’s rights issues.
As Nutrition International’s Country Director for Bangladesh, Zaki provides strategic, technical and operational guidance to a team of experts on programs, implementation, and monitoring and reporting. He also leads advocacy work with key stakeholders, including government, donors and partners, with the aim to help bring about policy changes to improve the nutritional status of the population of Bangladesh.
Zaki is a U.S. President Eisenhower Fellow (2012) and a recipient of the International Leadership Award (Government of the UK, 2016). He holds Master’s degrees in Development Studies, Social Anthropology and Business Administration, with specialization in Entrepreneurial Studies, from the University of Dhaka.
Prior to joining Nutrition International, Zaki held key positions with international not-for-profit organizations across Asia, Europe and the USA. Most recently, he was CEO of the Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) in Bangladesh, a not-for-profit organization that provides education and vocational training to underprivileged children. As Country Director for Room to Read, a US-based international non-governmental organization, Zaki managed a large team that worked to improve literacy rates in Bangladesh, with a particular focus on improving girls’ education. As Program Manager for Save the Children UK and Save the Children US, he worked to amplify the impact of education in the lives of underprivileged children.
Zaki also worked at ActionAid Bangladesh, where he led a major project promoting inclusive adult education and empowerment. He also worked as a consultant with Management Sciences for Health to improve health-seeking behavior for people with polio and was a qualitative researcher for the Nutritional Surveillance project at Helen Keller International-Bangladesh.
Zaki has published several articles in academic journals, on topics including poverty, primary and adult education & livelihood and community development. A member of the International Civil Society Alliance for Scaling up Nutrition (CSA SUN) in Bangladesh and the Education Watch Group, Zaki is also a board member of the Bangladesh WASH Alliance.
Previous key achievements include:
- Recipient of the Technical Cooperation Treaty Award 2003, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and organized by the British Council (Philippines).
- Developed UCEP Bangladesh’s 10 Year Strategic Plan, while managing an annual budget of $USD 17M and leading a team of over 1500 employees that reached 55,000 children and youth in 66 schools and youth centers across Bangladesh.
- Instrumental in raising over $USD 51M for UCEP Bangladesh, in partnership with 28 international and national donors and private sector members to help provide education and skill-based training for underprivileged children and youth and job-placements for trained youth.
- Established country operations for Room To Read Bangladesh, and helped establish 48 school buildings in remote locations and classroom libraries in over 500 government schools. Supported 1400 underprivileged girls living in very remote locations for completing their secondary education.
- Redesigned the Early Childhood Development and Basic Education program for Save the Children, Bangladesh, by introducing improved, quality-focused programs and by partnering with the Bangladesh government.