Rumana Kabir

Principal Consultant, Urban and Resilient Development

A development practitioner with over 18 years'experience in conflict, emergency and development contexts, programme design and management, strategic and grassroots level research, evaluations, impact assessments and capacity building.

Rumana is a development practitioner with over 18 years’ experience across Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, 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 UK Department for International Development (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. 

At IMC Rumana is leading projects on housing, urban development and disaster risk management, for various clients such as the World Bank and USAID.

She is currently the Trustee for Global Network for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), the largest international network of organisations committed to working together to improve the lives of people affected by disasters worldwide.

Rumana likes mentoring young professionals interested to work in disaster risk 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. 


  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • MSc. Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Member of RedR UK and RedR India