Kashfia Nehrin

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Master of Development Practice Candidate 2019

Kashfia Nehrin is a graduate student in the Master of Development Practice (MDP) program at UC Berkeley starting from Fall 2017. She obtained her Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2016. Before starting at UC Berkeley, she worked as a Research Associate at the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes, and Settlements, where she contributed to the design of urban development projects, solid waste management plan, wastewater treatment system, economic analysis, transportation planning in a number of communities in Bangladesh. She also served as a youth advisor to the United Nations agencies in Bangladesh and member of the United Nations Youth Advisory Panel (UNYAP). In her advisory role at the UNYAP, Kashfia advised and added substantial contributions to the UN Agencies like UNDP, UNFPA, UNV, UNIC, UNAIDS. Keeping youth activism and volunteerism in mind she played her national policy advocacy roles on behalf of the youth of Bangladesh. She organized a number of dialogues and discussions with the policy makers and the representatives of youth networks in Bangladesh. One such notable event was a discussion with the mayoral candidates and 500 youth of Bangladesh from where a public transportation solution was undertaken for the densely populated city like Dhaka. During her tenure in UNYAP she performed her research work and surveyed, interviewed youth leaders, activists, refugees (Rohingya) and entrepreneurs from all over Bangladesh to help create a better youth policy for the country. Also on behalf of UNYAP, she organized numerous campaigns and workshops. She represented Bangladesh as delegate and youth advocacy representative at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Kashfia is an environmental activist passionate about solving the challenges of climate change, becoming a Climate Leader for the Climate Reality Project in 2015. As a climate leader, she delivered a number of presentations in different parts of Bangladesh to create awareness of climate change and bring out effective solutions from the local people. Resonating her passion for protecting the environment, she took part in an international competition, “Le Challenge Ville De Demain: Improving a Public Space”, and proposed ideas for designing an environment-friendly university campus. She was awarded the 2nd prize from among 170 teams around the world. As an “Activista” Volunteer under ActionAid Bangladesh, she trained and facilitated climate change victims living in urban slums in Dhaka, campaigns for violence against women and child marriage. She also moderated fundraising events for the fire-starter initiative of Action Aid. On her undergraduate university campus, she was actively involved with the nonprofit organization “Rongin”. From 2013-2015 she designed and led a total of 8 projects for underprivileged communities focusing on access to quality education, public health, and nutrition. She is the founder of a social enterprise, “EIB”, where she is running projects which aim to empower the youth of rural communities and to engender sustainable solutions on the issues of climate change, environmental problems, violence against women, green entrepreneurship, gender equality, education, inequality, conflict, and unrest resonating with the 17 sustainable development goals She is a classically trained dancer. She was involved with multiple cultural organizations and in her university, she was the Vice President of Campus Cultural Organization “Murchhona BUET” and Vice President of Spoken Word Poetry Club “Kantho BUET”. She organized inter-university cultural festivals for 5 consecutive years and raised funds for creating a platform for cultural exchange and for creating a harmonious society to combat intolerance. During her undergraduate years, Kashfia conducted a number of research studies and conducted fieldwork from urban slums to remote villages in Bangladesh. Performing her undergraduate thesis on climate change adaptation, she interviewed multilevel stakeholders and policy makers.  She was the founding president of BUET Entrepreneurship Development Club, which is one of her proudest accomplishments. At UC Berkeley, Kashfia seeks to enhance her knowledge of working with sustainable development with a view to applying that knowledge to solving the challenges of development in Bangladesh. 

Area of interest:

Sustainable Development, Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Climate Change, Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Development Economics, Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Resource Economics, Water and Sanitation

Degree:

MDP, 2019

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