Rumana is a development practitioner with over 16 years’ experience across Bangladesh, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Switzerland, Thailand and the UK.
Rumana started her career as an architect and as a grassroots researcher in Bangladesh. She has worked for the Grameen Trust and the DFID, conducting participatory action research on low-income housing in flood and cyclone prone rural areas in Bangladesh.
She then worked for Oxfam, developing and managing post-tsunami housing reconstruction programmes in Indonesia and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in relief programme for cyclone response in Bangladesh.
She occupied the position of reconstruction specialist for Save the Children, developing programmes for transitional shelters and schools as well as basic health units in post-earthquake Pakistan. For UN-Habitat, Rumana managed Housing Reconstruction Centres and provided technical support to the Disaster Management Authorities and the Earthquake Reconstruction Authorities in Pakistan flood and earthquake recovery.
In the UK, she worked with East Oxford Action, an urban regeneration charity, with Halcrow, the planning consultant, and with the Oxfordshire County Council on participatory planning.
Before joining IMC, she has been an independent consultant for seven years, undertaking a wide range of assignments for NGOs, academia, training institutions, the UN, governments and the private sector.
She has been a Trustee for RedR UK, an international charity providing training in disaster management.
Rumana likes mentoring young professionals interested to work in disaster management. She is also a guest lecturer and reviewer at the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Oxford Brookes University and at the Development Planning Unit (DPU) and Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR) department at University College London.