Syed Mahbubul Alam
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  • Dhaka
  • Bangladesh
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WBB Trust
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Educational qualifications
Bachelors of Law
Bachelor of Social Science

Current position:
Director for WBB Trust (Work for a Better Bangladesh), March 1999 to present. Job responsibilities include planning, budgeting, report writing, international and national networking, program organizing, training, developing policy, and conducting advocacy with media and government. Also support activities of the Bangladesh Tamak Birodhi Jote (Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance-BATA), Save the Environment Movement.

1. Co-organizer of Bangladesh Tamak Birodhi Jote (Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance -BATA) program taken against Voyage of Discovery (yacht launched by BAT in order to promote its cigarette brand Gold Leaf), 1999.
2. Health our Rights, Not Trade, Health Movement publication 2010
3. User fee Why?
4. I am Pedestrian not Criminal,
5. Government access to pivatize sate property,
6. Co-organizer of BATA program for WHO’s ‘SEAAT (South East Asian Anti-Tobacco) Flame’ program in various places of Bangladesh, 1 February-30 March 2000.
7. Co-organizer of People’s Health Assembly (PHA), Savar, Bangladesh, 4-8 December 2000.
8. Co-organizer and trainer at six divisional workshops on tobacco control, 2001.
9. Co-organizer of National Conference on Environmental Health, 19-20 February 2002.
10. Trainer for Tobacco Control Advocate Training, Organized by Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance, 2002.
11. Participated in 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health, 26-92 October 2001 in Hong Kong.
12. Participated in Bangladesh Nutrition Conference, Organized by Nutrition Society of Bangladesh, 23-25 March 2002 at ICDDR, B.
13. Participated in Inter-Negotiation Body (INB) for the FCTC, Geneva, 2002.
14. Co-organizer of 1st National workshop of Tobacco Control in Bangladesh, April 2003.
15. Participated in 12th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 3-8 August 2003 in Helsinki, Finland and gave two talks: Alam, SM and Deb R, “Accessing the Media in Bangladesh”, and Alam SM, Deb R and Efroymson D, “Bangladesh Children as Target of Cigarette Ads”.
16. Participated in 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health, Seoul, Korea.
17. Co-organizer and trainer of 1st National workshop on Tobacco Control, 2003 Organized by BATA and WBB Trust and funded by CIDA, WHO, PATH Canada, and UICC.
18. Trainer of NGOs on “Capacity Building Workshop on Advocacy” in six divisions of Bangladesh, 2004-05.
19. Co-organizer and trainer of 2nd National Workshop on Tobacco Control, 2005 Organized by BATA and WBB Trust, and funded by CIDA, PATH Canada, and UICC.
20. Participated as Youth Fellow at 13th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Washington, D.C., 9-12 July 2006.
21. Organizer of WHO Inter-Country Meeting on Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 31 July-3 August 2006.
22. Member of Government Rules Drafting Committee, 2006.
23. Researcher for “Tobacco Cultivation and Poverty in Bangladesh, Issues and potential future directions”, case study prepared for WHO, February 2007.
24. Organizer of Course in Management, Finance and Logistics for the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 12-20 March 2007.
25. Co-prepared Bangladesh Shadow Report for the FCTC, 2007.
26. Co-organizer and trainer of 4th National Workshop on Tobacco Control, 2010 Organized by Bangladesh Tamak Birodhi Jote (Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance) and WBB Trust, and funded by The Union under BI.
27. Worked as a facilitator in the Health Professional Training Program organized by National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) 04 November 2009
28. Facilitator of Divisional Civil Society workshops on Smoke-free policy organized by Resource Training and Management International and The Union in 2009

Law and Policy Work
• Working as a Drafting Committee member of Tobacco Control Law Amendment initiate by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
• Worked for Consumers Protection Act, Environmental Act ect
• Work for Prepared National Plan of Action on Tobacco Control 2007-2010
• Worked for include tobacco control lesson in the National Text Book Curriculum.

Attended Training and Courses
• Certificate Course on Secretarial Science, Bangladesh Department of Youth Development, July1997-June 1998.
• Skill Building Workshop on Tobacco Control, Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance 1999.
• Workshop on Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance, 2000.
• Advocacy Workshop on FCTC & the Role of NGOs, PATA Canada & RECPHEC, 2002
• Training on Development Management, WBB Trust 2003.
• Training on Media Planning, WBB Trust 2003 .
• Capacity Building Workshop for FCTC Ratification, PATH Canada & WBB Trust, 2004.
• Training NGOs towards Alternative Communities Using ICT & Networking,World Association for Christian Communication and BNNRC, 11-14 March 2004.
• Training on Amateur Radio Operation, Bangladesh NGOs Networks for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and FAIRS-Bangladesh, 12-15 January 2004.
• Advocacy Capacity Building for Strengthening Good Governance and Human Right Initiative, American Advocacy Institute and ESDO, 16-18 January 2005.
• FCA training on preparation of FCTC Shadow Report, Bangkok, December 2006
• Participated in 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health, 2007 Taiwan
• Attend UICC World Cancer Congress and Organizing Tobacco Control Public Education Workshop - Geneva, Switzerland, 24 – 31 August 2008
• South East Asia Regional Conference on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in New Delhi from 15 - 16 September 2008.
• SEATCA Regional workshop on Implementing WHO FCTC article 6: Tobacco Tax during 1-3 April 2008 in Bangkok
• FCA Regional Workshop on FCTC Guidelines, 15th to 17th December 2009 at Kathmandu, Nepal
• The Union Regional MPOWER/FCTC Workshop Bangkok, 3rd – 8th February 2010

Publications, Reports:
• Debra Efroymson, Saifuddin Ahmed, Joy Townsend, Syed Mahbubul Alam, et al. “Hungry for Tobacco: An analysis of the economic impact of tobacco on the poor in Bangladesh.” Tobacco Control 2001;10:212-217.
• Debra Efroymson, Syed Mahbubul Alam, Parking: Planning Management and Practical Thinking,2009
• Researcher for, translator into Bengali of Hungry for Tobacco: An analysis of the economic impact of tobacco on the poor in Bangladesh. Work for a Better Bangladesh, Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance, and PATH Canada, Dhaka: July 2000.
• Researcher for, translator into Bengali of British American Tobacco’s Youth Smoking Prevention Campaign: What are its actual objectives? Work for a Better Bangladesh, Bangladesh Tamak Birodhi Jote (Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance), and PATH Canada, Dhaka, August 2001.
• Translator into Bengali of Tobacco Control Law. Work for a Better Bangladesh, Dhaka, August 2001.
• Translator into Bengali of Tobacco Control Manual. Work for a Better Bangladesh and PATH Canada, October 2001.
• Co-writer of Quit Advice (a booklet of tips on quitting smoking). WBB, Dhaka, 2000.
• Co-writer of Cancer Awareness (a book on cancer prevention and tobacco control). June 2002.
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, “Creating Smoke-Free Places: Meeting Public Demand.” FCA Bulletin Issue 22, 22 March 2002.
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, “BAT’s Pretence: Youth Smoking Prevention.” Lifeline (a WHO publication) Vol. 7, January 2002.
• Saifuddin Ahmed, Syed Mahbubul Alam, Ratan Deb, “Tobacco Control and Expectation of People”. A survey report of Work for a Better Bangladesh.
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, Amit Ranjan Dey, Gaous Pearee Mukti, et al, It’s our environment, we’ll save it, Work for a Better Bangladesh 2004.
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, Saifuddin Ahmed, An Economic Tool to Increase Government Revenue and Improve Health: Tobacco Tax, Work for a Better Bangladesh, 2005.
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, Syed Anonna Rahman, Addressing Tobacco and Poverty in Bangladesh,2006
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, Walking: its a Human Right 2008
• Debra Efroymson, Syed Mahbubul Alam, Enforcement of Tobacco Control Law : A Guide to the Basics.2009
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, AI sujon, Syeda Anonna Rahman, Strengthening Bangladeshi Tobacco Control Though GO-NGOs Cooperation for Improved FCTC Implementation. 2009
• Syed Mahbubul Alam, AI sujon, Syeda Anonna Rahman: What Should do for Tobacco Control Law Implement, A Guide for NGOs 2009

Working Experience as Volunteer:
1. Three year working experience as a Volunteer of Red Crescent Society.
2. Five year working experience as an Executive Member of Social Welfare Organization Five Star Club, B-Baria. Bangladesh
3. Ongoing work as Policy Analyst for Save the Environment Movement.

Languages: English, Bengali, Hindi

Personal Information
Name : Syed Mahbubul Alam
Father Name : Late Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed
Mother Name : Mahbuba Bagum
Date of Birth : 28/12/1977

Contact Address
Syed Mahbubul Alam
94 Manashar Road, Zigatola,
Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209

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