Maheen Sultan is a Visiting Fellow, BIGD and Deputy Coordinator of the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST) in BIGD. CGST is a regional centre on research, teaching and policy related to gender and social transformation. Maheen is engaged in research, policy advocacy and communication. She is currently working in areas related to women’s leadership and organising; local governance; changing gender norms and masculinities; women’s employment and care work. She is a development practitioner, activist and researcher with over 30 years experience working for NGOs, donors, the UN, Grameen Bank and the Bangladeshi government in a range of capacities, from direct programme management to policy formulation and more than ten years experience in the field of research, communications and advocacy. She has worked on issues of social development, poverty, civil society and community participation and gender equality in various capacities. She has worked closely with the Government in the post-Beijing conference period on gender mainstreaming, CEDAW reporting and also for the Beijing Plus Twenty review processes.
Maheen has a License in Sociology from the University of Geneva and has several post-graduate diplomas in development studies and gender and development. She is a member of Naripokkho, a Bangladeshi women’s activist organisation and a board member of Caritas Bangladesh, Marie Stoppes and Utsho Bangladesh. She is also the Chair of the ADB External Forum on Gender, and Development. Her current research interests include women’s organising and movements and women’s work and mobilising. She is the co-editor of ‘Voicing Demands: Feminist Activism in Transitional Contexts’.