Our Team

Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) is a dynamic team of passionate individuals with proven expertise and influence in areas ranging from academia and the arts to international relations and financial management. Our team members are dedicated to our mission of creating real and lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world.

Meet Our Team

Board of Directors

Dr. Brian DeBroffDr. Brian DeBroff
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Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
Vice President
Dr. Ehsan HoqueDr. Ehsan Hoque
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Dr. Muhammad Musa
nina-150Dr. Nina Hoque
phil-noel-2Phil Noel
Lori SudderthLori Sudderth
Limu ChowdhuryLimu Chowdhury

Past Board of Directors

Dr. Syed WasimDr. Syed Wasim
Elizabeth SwearskyElizabeth Swearsky
Eric PreuduhommeEric Preudhomme

Office Management

Dr. Ehsan HoqueDr. Ehsan Hoque
Founder & Executive Director
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ianIan Burzynski
Development Officer
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asahi-hoqueAsahi Hoque
Program Manager & Communication Coordinator
Ann-Marie FumoAnn-Marie Fumo
Office Coordinator
Sofia HoqueSofia Hoque
DCI Office Associate
Srinath PringleSrinath Pringle
Assistant Development Officer
Ursula VinkeUrsula Vinke
Personal Assistant to Executive Director


Action Committee

  • Dr. Sabina Ahmed
  • Eng. Saleh Kibria
  • Zaidul Hai (Serim)
  • Dr. S. Kaiser Alam

Finance & Fundraising Committee

  • Dr. Mahmudur Rahman
  • Dr. S. Kaiser Alam
  • Saleh Kibria
  • Adnan Nur
  • Dr. Navin Maswood

Promotion & Publicity Committee

  • Media Subcommittee
    • Ashfaq Haque, Daily Star
    • Hassan Abidur Reja Jewel, GreenBee Communications
    • Kowshik Ahmed, Weekly Bangali
    • Tasik Ahmed, ATN Bangla
    • Enamul Hoque, Daily Sun
    • Shawkat Huda, Asian Television
  • Social Media Subcommittee
    • Deanna Tutrani
    • Srinath Pingle
    • Asahi Hoque
    • Sofia Hoque
    • Chandana Lala Jolly
  • Marketing & Advertising Subcommittee
    • Cecelia DeBroff
    • Sofia Hoque
    • Jamie Begum
    • Jannat Chowdhury
    • Recha Saxena
  • Publications Subcommittee
    • Simon Bayley
    • Martin E Cobern
    • Kathleen Reily
    • Donna Went
    • Deb Caswell

IT & Website Committee

  • Adil Faisal
  • Phil Noel
  • Abu Israil
  • Ian Burzynski
  • Ehtesham Haque
  • Nasr Maswood
  • Sofia Hoque
  • Gulen B. Rafiq

Youth Volunteer Leaders

  • Michelle Levine
  • Lamya Sultana (Lisa)
  • Abrar Mamun
  • Zeehan Dewan
  • Teebro Rahman
  • Armana Islam
  • Michelle Levin
  • Caitlyn Chow
  • Shafayet Patwari
  • Keya Saxena

Goodwill Ambassadors & Advocates

DCI Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates are renowned individuals and leaders of their fields who generously use their influence to advance DCI’s mission of protecting child rights and preventing blindness.

Babita-2Babita Akhtar (Goodwill Ambassador)

Babita Akhtar is an internationally acclaimed actress and a great star of Bangladeshi cinema. She is a dedicated child rights activist who has worked with several initiatives to support children’s health, and is now working closely with DCI to help alleviate child poverty.
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Sabina Yasmin, DCI PatronSabina Yasmin (Goodwill Ambassador)

Sabina Yasmin, the legendary singer from Bangladesh, has been active in the Bangladeshi music industry since the 1970s. She has received numerous prestigious awards and is most famous for her patriotic music and film songs. Sabina has now joined DCI as a Patron and has dedicated the rest of her life to benefit underprivileged children through her music.

michael-turcoMichael Turco (Advocate)

Michael Turco is an acclaimed magician and illusionist who is passionate about helping children.

Takaya-TsukadaTakaya Tsukada (Advocate)

Takaya Tsukada is a popular musician in Hokkaido, Japan. He has been a strong supporter of DCI since its inception and uses his music to advocate for child rights.

jewelHassan Abidur Reja Jewel (Advocate)

Hassan Abidur Reja Jewel is a singer, recording artist, filmmaker, and event consultant from Bangladesh. Jewel has been involved with DCI since its inception and is now planning to campaign for DCI’s mission using his many talents.

Past Goodwill Ambassadors

Dr. Syed A. Wadud, DCI PatronDr. Syed A. Wadud

Late Professor Syed A. Wadud was a renowned eye surgeon from Bangladesh. In addition to teaching at numerous universities, he helped establish Islamia Eye Hospital in Bangladesh, received a National Award from the government of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and performed surgery on DCI Executive Director Dr. Ehsan Hoque to treat his congenital cataracts.

Dr. Wadud honored DCI with his presence at the Child Rights & Sight Conference in 2013. In his words, “I operated on Dr. Ehsan Hoque’s eyes over 45 years ago, and it is wonderful to see that today his organization has mushroomed into a worldwide network of volunteers who help restore sight to the needy. The task ahead is enormous, but so is the enthusiasm of all the volunteers of DCI. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish all of you success in your noble endeavor. I am proud to be involved with DCI.”

At DCI, we pray for his departed soul and continue our determination to help restore sight of the disadvantaged. Although today he is not with us, his spirit will live on with us forever though our efforts for blindness prevention in his memory.

Past Advocate

Ayan Bachchu

Ayub Bachchu was a renowned legendary musician in Bangladesh and an advocate for Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI). A pioneer of the blues and alternative rock movement whose music took Bangladesh by storm. He was a member of the bands Souls and Feelings.
Ayub Bachchu made his debut in the music industry in 1978. In 1991, he formed his own band, LRB (Love Runs Blind) where he was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter. LRB is the only Bangla Rock Band which played their music in the famous Madison Square Garden in New York. Ayub Bachchu’s music will always be remembered by the people of Bangladesh.

Ayub Bachchu was an active DCI advocate since 2005 and graciously worked with us to promote a better and happier future for children everywhere. He feels deeply for the underprivileged children and devoted his whole life for them. Ayub Bachchu performed in concerts for DCI initiatives and spoke at press conferences as DCI’s advocate. He was an active leader for DCI’s journey for Child Rights & Sight (JCRS) program.

He passed away on October 18, 2018 at the age of 56. We and all the children we support remain grateful to him for all his passion, dedication, inspiration, encouragement and commitment to our mission. DCI honors the legacy of Ayub Bachchu. Although he is not with us today, his spirit will live on with us forever through our continued effort for less fortunate children throughout the world. We deeply mourn for his unexpected depart and will relentlessly work to fulfill his dream in the future.


  • Dr. Mahmudur Rahman; CT
  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
  • Dr. Muhammad Musa
  • Masud Chowdhury; TX
  • Dr. Shirish T. Dhume; CT
  • Abdul Awwal (Shamim); CA
  • Dr. Salahuddin Ahmed; CA
  • Afroza Huq Dolly; NY
  • Mostafa Golam; MI
  • Dr. Afia Zaman; NY
  • Dr. M. W. Muhiuddin Ahmed; VA
  • Dr. Mohammad G. Saklayen; OH
  • Dr. Muhammad Faizul Islam; VA
  • Dr. Rokeya Hoq; MA
  • Dr. Muhammad Faizul Islam; VA
  • Dr. Shamsad Begum; FL
  • Dr. S. Jakir Ahmed; MI
  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed; PA

International Advisory Board

  • Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC; Bangladesh
  • Dr. A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury, Vice Chairman, BRAC; Bangladesh
  • Prof. A.K. Azad Khan; Bangladesh
  • Simon Bayley; United Kingdom
  • Dr. Bhaskar Kayastha; Nepal
  • Dr. Nileema Deshmukh; India
  • Kaisar Nasrullah Khan; Bangladesh

Professional Partners

Our dedicated professionals provide their services to DCI on a pro bono or discounted basis in the areas of legal, financial, and IT support. We wish to acknowledge their generosity and dedication in providing these essential services, without which DCI could not succeed. On behalf of thousands of underprivileged children and their families we serve, DCI is ever grateful to all these professionals, who have helped us to create and maintain all our systems and infrastructure.

Legal Team

mladenMichael Laden
Attorney at Law

Deanna-LevineDeanna Levine
Attorney at Law

sfarrenSara Farren
loraM. Lora Chowdhury
Attorney at Law

Financial Team

jpurtillJohn Purtill
Certified Public Accountant, Purtill & Company
Zahid RezaZahid Reza
Certified Public Accountant

ashfaqul-wahabAshfaqul Wahab
DCI Financial Advisor

Sam Brown
Certified Public Accountant

Web & IT Team

adil-faisalAdil Faisal
Web Development
Stuart-HallStuart Hall

Ian Burzynski
Nasr Maswood
Sofia Hoque

Chapters & Clubs

chaptersDCI chapters are established by dedicated volunteers across the United States to raise awareness about DCI’s mission and support our programs. Find out how you can start your own DCI chapter in your city or on your campus.

State/Chapter Representatives

  • California; Saleh Kibria
  • Connecticut; Nahid Jabeen
  • Florida; Dr. Shamsad Begum
  • Georgia; Faruque Ahmed
  • Iowa; Rubina Chowdhury
  • Illinois; Atik Rahman
  • Louisiana; Dr. Mostafa Sarwar
  • Maryland; Dr. Sabina Ahmed
  • Massachusetts; Dr. Humaira A. Mahmud
  • Michigan; Ruqsana Ahmed Polly
  • New York; Dr. Afia Zaman
  • North Carolina: Dr. Maleka Zafreen Ahmed (Jappy)
  • North Dakota: Chandana Lala
  • Ohio: Dr. Mohammad G. Saklayen
  • Oregon, Masudur Khan
  • Rhode Island; Dr. Fahmida Hossain Manzur
  • Texas; Salahuddin Chowdhury Mahmood
  • Delaware; Shameen Hasan
  • Pennsylvania; Dr. Nahreen Ahmed
  • South Carolina; Dr. Naima Naheed
  • Wisconsin; Dr. Lopa Kabir
  • Puerto Rico; Shakil B. Shafique

Colleges & Universities/Chapter Representatives:

  • Yale University; Sophia Catsambi
  • Stony Brook University; Meerah Shah
  • Quinnipiac University; Andrew Yanik

International Team


  • Professor A.K. Azad Khan: Country Director and Representative, DCI Bangladesh. President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Abdul Mazid: Advisor, Ex Chairman, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Government of Bangladesh, CEO Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC
  • Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury: Advisor, Vice Chairman, BRAC, and Ex Senior Adviser and Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Salma Qadir: Coordinator, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)–Bangladesh, Chief Coordinator, Rights and Sight for Children (RSC)
  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Amin Mridha:Professor, Pediatrics, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Laila Anjuman Banu (Lipi): Professor, Dept. of Anatomy, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Hossain Shahid Kamrul Alam: Deputy Director, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Professor Dr. Abdul Muhit: Advisor, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Dhaka University
  • Dr. Abdullah Al Jamil: Cardiology Consultant, Square Hospital, Bangladesh
  • Ms. Nasima Akter Jolly: Chief Executive Officer; Hunger Project-Bangladesh
  • Dr. Ferdous Akhter Jolly: Register, Dept. of Ophthalmology, BIRDEM, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Kaisar Nasrullah Khan: Bangladesh , Consultant Cardiologist, United Hospital Limited
  • Dr. Fazle Mahmud,Neurosurgeon, Dept of Neurosurgery,KYAMC&H


  • Samal Sarangadhar: Representative
  • Dr. V Uma: Coordinator
  • R.N. Muthuram: Coordinator
  • Dr. Neelima Deshmukh: Advisor
  • Advocate Amirthalingam: Advisor


  • Sajedun Nahar: Representative
  • Iqbal Lodhy (Shuvro): Coordinator
  • Professor Michael Sider: Advisor
  • Professor Morris Karmazyn: Advisor


  • Simon Bayley: Representative
  • Tanveer I Bostan: Chief Coordinator
  • Faruque Ahmed: Coordinator
  • Khurshid Jahan Shelly: Advisor
  • Mohshin Molla Chunnu: Advisor (Public Health Consultant)

International Coordinators

  • Anita Jahid: Coordinator
  • Shahadat Hossain Tushar: Australia Representative
  • Dr.Khwaja G. Hossain: North America
  • Dr. Julio C Dueñas: South American
  • Mainul Islam: Europe Coordinator