Eminences IRB has five members. These members include three academicians, one religious leader, and one beneficiary representative. They meet monthly to review human rights, child rights, etc, and to see if Eminence is maintaining proper ethics in all its endeavors. Every two years the IRB board members are newly appointed.

Institutional Review Board


Dr. Mohammod Shahidullah is now working as a Professor and Chairman in the Department of Neonatology in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). He is appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of BSMMU in March 2009. Currently, he is holding the position of Immediate Past President of Bangladesh Neonatal Forum (BNF), Vice President of Bangladesh Perinatal Society (BPS), Secretary-General of Child Health Foundation, Bangladesh, Secretary-General of Bangladesh Paediatric Association (BPA), and President-Elect of Federation of Asia-Oceania Perinatal Society (FAOPS). He has twenty-eight publications in the National & International journal mostly relating to neonatal health issues. He is the contributor of almost all teaching & training manuals on “Essential Newborn care” available in Bangladesh being used by the Government of Bangladesh and NGOs

Member Secretary

Dr. Shahin Akter is a Public health and child health specialist with a quantitative background. She has over 20 years of experience in research, training, advocacy, and program implementation focusing mostly on public health, maternal health, child health, child development, non-communicable diseases, nutrition, urban health, and HIV/AIDS. Currently, she is working as a Technical Director at Eminence Associates for Social Development, of which she previously served as a Coordinator. She holds an MBBS degree from Dhaka University, a General Diploma in Demography from The Demographic Centre, Cairo, and an MSc in Demography and Health from University of London, UK. She is a member of Bangladesh SUN Civil Society Network for Promoting Nutrition (BCSNPN), International Epidemiological Association (IEA), American Society of Nutrition (ASN). She has been involved with many research, training, advocacy, module, and BCC materials development since the starting of her career.


Prof. Dr. Md. Ridwanur Rahman is the Head of Research at Universal Medical College Research Center, he is also the head of the Department of Medicine, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Previously he was a professor of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH). He was also the Principal Investigator at Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). Dr. Md. Ridwanur Rahman completed his graduation (MBBS) from Chittagong Medical College in 1982 and got his FCPS (Internal Medicine) degree from Bangladesh College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1989. His major skills include internal medicine, clinical research, public health, epidemiology, medical education, clinical trials, medical research, program evaluation, clinical monitoring, etc. In the field of internal medicine, clinical research, and medical education Dr. Ridwanur Rahman has an immense contribution both nationally and internationally.


Mohammad Mushtuq Husain is a Strong healthcare service professional with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. He is also an Adjunct Professor at North South University, an adviser at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), and a Co-Investigator at icddr,b Dhaka. He has got his Master of Philosophy(MPhil) degree from the Institute of Nutrition & Food Science, University of Dhaka. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge, UK. His skills include Clinical Research, Medical Education, Epidemiology, Data Analysis, and Program Evaluation. One of his notable publications is “Evolving epidemiology of Nipah virus infection in Bangladesh: evidence from outbreaks during 2010-2011”. He is a member of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, Cambridge Graduate Students Union, and Dhaka University Central Student Union.


Dr. Muhammod Abdus Sabur is an Adjunct Professor at North South University and Dhaka University. Earlier he was working as a Senior Health Advisor for UNDP in its Bangladesh project titled as Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility. He was the Country Representative of Water Aid Bangladesh and was in the position of the Health and Population Sector Manager at UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Bangladesh. He was the sector Coordinator for Health and Population at Care Bangladesh. He has done his MBBS from Rajshahi Medical College in 1981, and master of Community Health (MCommH) from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, England in 1989. He has worked as a Consultant for many national and international organizations.