Dr Nilufer Banu

Executive Director Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP)

Nilufar Banu is the Executive Director Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP) and Secretary-General of the Women for Women Research Group, both based in Dhaka. She took her MA in Sociology from the University of Dhaka in 1976 and has recently completed all requirements for PhD degree at the same university. She is active in networking for social development, particularly focusing on women’s issues. She has led a large number of public opinion research works on social, economic, political, environment, and other aspects of development. Internationally she has been a member of the World Values Survey coordinated by the University of Michigan, USA. The Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP) is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of basic as well as action research on socioeconomic development and environment. It was established in 1980 and is registered with the Government of Bangladesh under the Societies Act 1860. The mission of BUP is to foster a people-centred culture of development. In pursuit of this mission, it seeks to generate ideas and policy directions through research and dialogue on a continuing basis. The vision that inspirits BUP’s work is the vision of Bangladesh as a democratic, economically self-reliant, just, and vibrant society in which every citizen will have access to opportunities for achieving their full human potential in an environment of individual and collective security. Internationally, it envisages a sustainable and equitable global order as the collective broader goal of humanity.