Mr. Khalequzzaman is an engineer by education. He got his MS and Ph.D. in Energy Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany. He received his first professional experience in Germany and worked there for eight years. After his return to Bangladesh in 1999, he started his career as a freelance consultant for the power sector. Since 2002 he has been involving himself more and more with renewable energy technologies. In 2005, Dr. Khalequzzaman joined German Development Organization GIZ and was responsible for renewable energy projects. His main contributions were in the fields of solar energy, biogas, improved cookstove, etc. Improved Cook Stove (Bondhu Chula) project is the landmark project of GIZ in Bangladesh. Encouraged by GIZ in 2015, he established “Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation (BONDHU)” and the objectives are to run renewable energy projects on a big scale. During 2015-2020, he was in dual responsibilities - implementing Energizing Development (EnDev) projects of GIZ and coordinating of Bondhu activities. From 2020 he has been concentrating fully on BONDHU.Read More
Suchitra Hajong is the co-founder of the Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation (BONDHU). She was born in a Hajong family of Lengura village of Kalmakanda Upazila under Netrokona District. She was the youngest among her 10 siblings. She studied at Lengura Govt. Primary School, Lengura High School, and Durgapur Women’s College. She completed her BSc. in Computer Science from BUBT, Dhaka. She was involved in Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum (BIPF). With the inspiration and assistance of Suchitra Hajong, SZ Consultancy Services Ltd. was established in 2008. In 2015, Bangladesh Bondhu Foundation was founded. From then on, she dedicated herself to making Bondhu Chula (Cook Stove) project a success. She coordinated Bondhu Chula activities of 250 NGOs, 6000 entrepreneurs and nearly 1500 staff. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2017. In December 2017, she launched a new project titled “Cancer and Women’s Health” to make people aware of cancer. After fighting cancer, she breathed her last on 17 September 2018.Read More
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