Executive Committee



Saima Wazed Hossain is a licensed School Psychologist, nationally certified in the United States, and a specialist in Clinical Psychology. A graduate from Barry University in Florida, she is an expert on neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health, and an accomplished speaker whose efforts has led to international awareness, policy and program changes, and the adoption of three international resolutions at the United Nations and World Health Organization. Even though she is not a parent of a child with autism, she has been engaged in this field professionally, encouraging others, whether with direct connection to NDDs or not, be supportive of her work.
She is currently the Chairperson of the Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders as well as a Member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. She is the focal Person for Disability for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Planning, Government of Bangladesh. Recently, she has been appointed as an Advisor to the Director General, WHO on Mental Health and Autism, prior to which she was the WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in the South East Asia Regionand was chosen as WHO’s regional champion for autism in South Asia before that. She is also the Chief Advisor for National Mental Health Strategic Plan Working Group. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral degree from Barry University and is also the chairperson of her own NGO – Shuchona Foundation – a not-for-profit advocacy, research and capacity-building organization based in Dhaka. She is the daughter of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina and the mother of three daughters and one son.

Saima Wazed Hossain


Professor of ENT

Former Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka


Dr. Pran Gopal Datta

Vice Chairperson


Consultant of neurology

Managing Director of the Neurology Foundation, Dhaka

Training Coordinator at the Institute of Pediatric Neurodisorder & Autism at BSMMU, Dhaka

Rapporteur of the National Steering Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Bangladesh


Dr. Muzharul Mannan

Executive Member


Managing Director of KJS Enterprises Ltd.


Saifullah Abdullah Solenkhi

Executive Member

  Dr. Ruhal Haque is a politician and the former Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He is a Member of Parliament of the Jatiyo Sangsad of Bangladesh, representing the district of Satkhira. He was made the president Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad, a doctors association, by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.


Dr. A. F. M. Ruhal Haque, MP

Executive Member

  Nazmul Hassan Papon is a Member of Parliament of the Jatiyo Sangsad of Bangladesh, representing the district of Kishoreganj. He is also the President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, a successful businessman and active philanthropist.

Nazmul Hassan Papon, MP

Executive Member

  Ajmalul Hossain is the Senior Partner at A Hossain & Associates, a prestigious international law firm based in Dhaka. He is the only Queen’s Counsel for England & Wales of Bangladeshi origin and a senior advocate of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.


Ajmalul Hossain, QC

Executive Member

  Shirin Munir is an expert on special education for persons with disabilities. She is currently lecturing part-time in the Department of Education & Counseling Psychology at the University of Dhaka.


Shirin Zaman Munir

Executive Member

   Muhammad Shamsuzzaman is an associate professor of government and politics at the Asian University of Bangladesh. He is also a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder.


Muhammad Shamsuzzaman

Executive Member

  Dr. Mehraj Jahan is an Assistant Professor in the College of Sustainability Sciences & Humanities, Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Additionally, she is an Independent Researcher, Sociologist, Consultant Coordinator at Network of Asian Women (NAW), Singapore and Bangladesh, and member of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) in Singapore.


Dr. Mehraj Jahan

Executive Member

   Zain Bari Rizvi’s work experience covers both the development filed and private sector in Bangladesh and the USA. A passionate advocate of raising awareness about Autism in Bangladesh, she took over the role of Treasurer at Shuchona Foundation’s Executive Committee utilizing her academic credentials and expertise in the financial sector.
 Zain Bari Rizvi