CLS Team


Jerome Sayre is an international development professional with over 22 years of experience, most recently serving as Chief of Party for a $14.7 million USAID-funded project on decentralization and local government capacity building in Bangladesh. An American with vast experience in Bangladesh, Mr. Sayre is a governance and justice specialist with skills in strategic planning, organizational management, program design, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting and administration, and grants management and compliance. He has extensive experience in development programming in multiple sectors including policy advocacy, civil society, elections observation, access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, community policing, and local governance and decentralization. He has worked long term in the US, Japan, and Bangladesh, on short term assignments in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, and has studied in Taiwan and Guatemala.

He served as Deputy Country Representative for The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh concurrently managing multiple project components with donor support from CIDA, DANIDA, DFID, the Royal Dutch Embassy, SDC, Sida and USAID. During that time, he was one of the principal authors of a comprehensive research study for DFID on community legal services. Prior to joining The Asia Foundation, Mr. Sayre provided independent consulting services to USAID and to UNDP in Bangladesh, served as Deputy Director of a nonprofit policy research and advocacy organization in California USA, and served as Senior Management Consultant to local government agencies in the US and Caribbean with KPMG LLP and DMG-MAXIMUS. Earlier he lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan as a print and broadcast journalist. Mr. Sayre holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon. He speaks fluent Japanese, functional Bangla and Spanish, and basic Chinese.

STEPHEN GOLUB, Senior Adviser

Stephen Golub served as Senior Adviser in the early phases of the CLS Programme contributing his expertise to programme strategy and design. With field experience in approximately 40 countries, Stephen Golub regularly advises, writes, lectures and teaches courses about legal empowerment, access to justice, civil society, governance, the rule of law, and related themes. This has included consultancies and research assignments, sometimes leading teams of up to 20 members, with the Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, British and U.S. aid agencies; the Asia, Ford and Open Society Foundations; the World Bank; Oxfam Novib; UNDP; Amnesty International; the Danish Institute for Human Rights; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and dozens of other institutions. Prof. Golub teaches a course on Legal Empowerment and International Development at Berkeley Law School and Central European University. He has edited collections of papers on legal empowerment and legal services for the Ford Foundation (2000), the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2009), the International Development Law Organization (2010), and the Open Society Foundations (forthcoming). He also has written over 30 papers about these and related topics.


Fatema Rashid Hasan is a lawyer in Bangladesh. She graduated (LL.B hons) and completed Masters (LL.M) from the Department of Law of the Dhaka University in Bangladesh in 1986. She also has a Master in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) from the Netherlands, The Hague (1994).

After practicing in the High Court Division for a while, Fatema shifted from Legal field to Development sector. Fatema has worked with Save the Children UK, ILO-IPEC holding senior management position implementing and managing projects through working with NGOs, government agencies and trade union partners. She has also worked for CIDA as a Governance Advisor where she had to work with Donor partners and the Government in promoting good governance in the country. Fatema’s work with CIDA also included overseeing the Legal Reforms Project of CIDA. Although she has worked for international and development agencies she was always associated with the legal NGO s in Bangladesh including BNWLA and ASK, as a member or from a senior advisory capacity.

One third of her professional life was spent in Australia. She worked for Migrant Resource Centre funded by Department of Immigration and Multi-cultural Affairs. Her work was to assist migrant and refugees from Iraqi, Bosnian, African and Arabic speaking communities with their smooth settlement in Australia.

Her area of expertise includes upholding the rights of women, children, child labor, juvenile justice, human rights and minority groups including refugees and migrants. Her passion lies in promoting the rights of the communities in need and in promoting access to justice.

MD. KAMRUL HUDA, Senior Monitoring Specialist

Md. Kamrul Huda is a development professional in the field of law and human rights. He graduated (LL.B. Hon’s) and completed Masters (LL.M.) from the Department of Law of the Rajshahi University in Bangladesh in 1986. He has extensive expertise in human rights, legal training and professional legal aid service. He has widespread knowledge on local justice sector institutions and systems in Bangladesh that includes Village Court, Arbitration Council and Salish (ADR), government legal aid etc.

Mr. Huda has extensive professional experience in project management, capacity building and training programme with international and national development organisations. Mr. Huda worked with BRAC as the trainer for 8 years, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association as the Head of Training and Development for 13 years and USAID’s Protecting Human Rights Program at Plan International Bangladesh as the Rule of Law Specialist for about 3 years. He also served as the independent training consultant in many international and national development organisations i.e. UNDP-Bangladesh, GIZ-Bangladesh, Canadian CIDA, BRAC, Nijera Kori, Bangladesh Women Health Coalition (BWHC) etc. He delivered lectures as the resource person in training sessions organised by PATC, CARE Bangladesh, CARITAS and Bangladesh Society for Enforcement of Human Rights.

He attended some international consultations, conferences and training on human rights issues in Hong Kong, Geneva and Washington DC. He has number of publications and developed many training manuals on human rights and legal education, gender sensitive mediation, human rights fact finding, preventing domestic violence etc.

NAFIZ IMTIAZ HASSAN, Projects Coordination Specialist

Nafiz Imtiaz Hassan has graduated (LL.B hons) and completed his Masters (LL.M) from Eastern University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Prior to CLS, hehas worked with different national rights based organizations and UN agencies like IOM.He has over 8 years of professional experience in the development sector. His knowledge and skills have been focused onhuman rights, particularly in safe migration and anti-human trafficking issues. In addition to that, he has developed proficiency in programme planning/ management and policy analysis.

CHRISTINE FORRESTER, Capacity Building Component Lead

Christine Forresteris a UK based Social Development Consultant with substantial experience internationally and in the UK.  Working as a consultant for 18 years, she has undertaken projects in 23 countries, with Bangladesh being the 24th.  The regions in which she has worked include Central and Eastern Europe, countries of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and South Asia. Projects have included major grant fund programmes, partnership projects, skills and capacity development, and evaluations.  In the UK, she has also been involved in quality standards setting, for information and advice providing NGOs and in evaluating quality standards schemes related to legal services providers.   Her background in the UK is in senior management in the NGO sector.   She has also served (and currently serves) as an elected member of local authorities.  Her particular skills and interests are in encouraging and enabling learning – whether through specific capacity building or from evaluations.  She has considerable experience in NGO governance and serves on the Board of a Community Foundation in the UK (of which she is the Founder Trustee) and also on the Board of a training and development social enterprise.

SADIA TASNEEM, Capacity Building Manager

Sadia Tasneem is a lawyer and member of Supreme Court Bar Association in Bangladesh. She completed her LL.B and LL.M under University of Dhaka. She has also accomplished Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the same university. She is one of the founders of Bangladesh Institute of Crime and Justice Studies (BICJS), the institute is a think tank, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, in the field of criminal justice research and policy reform. Her particular skills and interests are in facilitating learning, capacity strengthening, organizational development and upholding gender justice. She cares for children, environment, social justice and social action.

Throughout her professional career, Ms. Tasneem has worked on a variety of legal support, human rights and women’s empowerment programmes throughout Bangladesh with a variety of legal aid and development organizations such as ASK, D.Net, Bangladesh Legal Reform Project-Part B and Plan International Bangladesh. With a wide range of practical experience in project planning, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring of legal aid and human rights programmes. She has also developed modules relating to gender, human rights, personal laws, legal aid and justice issues. While working with Bangladesh Legal Reform Project-Part B, she has worked with Judges, Lawyers and District Bar Associations making court premises women and gender friendly so that women justice seekers have improved access to formal justice system. She has also been actively engaged in developing project proposals, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for partners, strategic plans, project cycle strategy, and evaluation. She has an extensive understanding of community legal services, justice provision, and governance and development issues in Bangladesh.

SHIRIN LIRA, Capacity Building and Research Specialist

Shirin Lira is an experienced legal professional with over 10 years of working experience in the development field. Prior to her work with CLS, she worked in several national and international policy advocacy and right based organizations and undertaken several research consultancies that includes Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD), International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission, OXFAM Bangladesh, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trusts (BLAST), Nagorik Uddyog (NU), Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA), Human Rights Watch, Ben Hoare Bell LLP in the UK. She also worked as a part time faculty member at School of Law, BRAC University. She was awarded for British Chevening Scholarship in Human Rights and Rule of Law field and completed her Specialized LL. M in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2010). Her areas of specialization are indigenous and ethnic minorities’ rights, women human rights and international protection for human rights, Islamic law and human rights, Intellectual property rights and development. She is co-editor of ‘Compendium on National and International Laws and Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh’, Oxfam GB, Dhaka, 2010 and author of several research papers on indigenous and women rights and access to justice.

MD. SALIM REZA, National Fund Manager

Salim Reza is a finance expert, with over 20 years professional experience in finance and administration, working for a variety of development agencies, NGOs, and has vast experience in the private sector. He has obtained M. COM in Accounting and MBA in HRM. He is a Fellow Member of Accounting Technicians of Bangladesh. He has developed skills and expertise in finance management, grant disbursement, administration and support services, capacity building, human resource management; and team leadership. Mr. Reza has been engaged with numerous development agencies, such as DFID, USAID, and DANIDA, providing technical support, financial monitoring, and financial planning essential to expert decision-making.

MD. AKHTER UZ ZAMAN, Administrative and Financial Coordinator

Md. Akhter Uz Zaman is acting as a coordinator for the grants and contract related issues. He holds a BBA in Finance from IUB in Bangladesh and MBA from UK. He also has completed Part –1 of his ACCA qualification. The areas of interestare Finance and Accounts. Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Zaman worked for Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) where he developed skills in Payroll, Fund Disbursement, Using of Accounting Software (QuickBooks), Preparation of Software based report, Internal Control, Contract Management and Procurement.

MD. MOFIZUR RASHID, Accounts Coordinator

Md. Mofizur Rashid is the Accounts Coordinator-Partner Monitoring. He obtained his Master Degree in Accounting from the University of Dhaka and completed CA Articled Course from a renowned chartered accountant firm based in Dhaka named A. Quasem& Co. He has more than 22 years of experience in the areas of financial management, accounting, auditing, fund management, budgeting, internal control & compliance management, preparation of financial statements, and conducting financial & administrative monitoring of group of companies, insurance company, national and international NGOs. He started his career with Sagor Group of Companies as Sr. Accounts Officer. He worked as Manager-Finance & Accounts of Central Insurance Co. Ltd; Head of Finance & Accounts of Jagorani Chakra Foundation; Manager-Administration & Finance of INTERCOOPERATION; and Manager-Finance & Accounts of Terre Des Hommes-Italy.

FARZANA NASRIN, Accounts Coordinator – Partner Monitoring

Farzana Nasrin has gained experience and recognition as an organizer, network-builder, and accounts and financial executive from her last employment with the DANIDA NAST project, her experience with the Sector Policy Support (PSU) for WSSPS-III of GoB / DANIDA, and from her history as an accountant, administrator, and executive secretary. She has learnt and developed her ability to plan, organize, and implement work-plans and strategies under tight deadlines and pressure; to collect, process and apply information using manual as well as computerized systems; to maintain correspondence, both externally and internally; to work as part of a team in a multi-cultural environment; to establish and maintain a good communication system; and to take an efficient part in the general administration, accounting, budgeting and expenditure, reporting, and documentation.

MOHAMMAD NIZAM UDDIN, Accounts Coordinator – Partner Monitoring

Mohammad Nizam Uddin has over 10 years of professional experience in the area of Accounts and finance, working for a number of National and international Organizations. He was working as an Assistant Manager (Audit and Consultancy Service) at ACNABIN Chartered Accountants. Prior to join at ACNABIN, he played an important role as a Principal Accounts Officer at Marian Gate Ltd (an Irish resident Co.). He has developed his experience in the area of Internal Control and Compliance through providing the Consultancy service at Swisscontact- Katalyst, a Development International NGO funded by DANIDA, SDC, GIZand DFID. He has obtained B.Com and M. COM in Marketing from University of Dhaka. He also has completed 11 papers of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountant) from Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland and Sunway University, Malaysia. He has developed skills and expertise in the areas of Financial Management,Audit and Consultancy,Internal Control and Compliance, Budget, and Review and Preparation of Financial Statement. Mr. Nizam has been engaged in providing Auditand Consultancy services with different well reputed organizations, such as RANGS Ltd, Swisscontact-Katalyst, HELVETAS Swiss Intercorp, Shahajalal Islami Bank etc. He developed skills in payroll system, Accounting Software (SAP), Management Information System (MIS) preparation of software based reports, Internal Control, Contract Management and Procurement Procedures.

SHAMSUL AREFIN, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Before joining at CLS, he was engaged in several national policy advocacy and right based NGOs. Mr. Arefin has professional experience over 10 years in the field of Monitoring and Evaluation, Reporting, Documentation, Project planning, Policy Advocacy, Grassroots mobilisation and Legal empowerment. He has been involved in partnership management, alliance building and capacity development of right based organisation.

Arefin has a Masters degree in the discipline of Urban and Regional Planning from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Through his academic knowledge and professional experience, he gained in depth specialization on Land and Agrarian Reforms in Bangladesh, Climate Change, Food Security, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Urban and Regional Planning. Mr. Arefin received several international training and attended workshops in India, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia, Germany and Austria. He has publication on Climate Change Impact in Bangladesh with Reference to Forest and Biodiversity. He is also currently an Associate Member of Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP).

TANIA ISLAM SARA, Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist

Tania Islam Sara is an aspirational communications manager with experience in communications, events management, media campaigns, brand management, and market communications. She has extensive knowledge and experience in working with various development organizations and private sector firms around Bangladesh. She has a proven track record of organizing high profile events for clients, having won several awards for her creative supervision of numerous launch campaigns while working at Carrot Communications Ltd., a sister concern of Market Access Group. Her 7 years of working experience spans a rare gamut of acquired expertise due to work in the leading organizations between both the private and development sectors – for instance Unilever Bangladesh Limited and Maxwell Stamp PLC. Prior to CLS, she has worked in at the world’s largest NGO BRAC as a Communications and Documentation Manager for one of their core programmes called Community Empowerment Programme (CEP).

Academically, Tania has acquired the Advanced Certificate in Business Administration (ACBA), under Management Development Program (MDP) of the renowned Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, with distinction in 2014. This is bolstered by her Executive Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from North South University with a Major in Marketing in 2013. She owes here analytical ability to the degree in Bachelor of Computer Science with a Minor in Business from BRAC University in 2006.