I’m Md Kutub Uddin, also known by my pen-name ‘Mohammad ARJU’. I’m a conservationist, communicator, and social entrepreneur. I was born and raised on the Island of Bhola in the Bay of Bengal. I’ve studied business and law and previously worked for mainstream media as a copy editor. Currently, I’m mostly focused on participatory learning and action for more inclusive and collaborative conservation, strategic communications, and training. Currently, I’m based in the port of Chittagong.
Consultant (Communication and Knowledge Management)
Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment – VOICE
[ Specially focused on VOICE’s Mass-Communication and Climate-Conservation Programs ]
Director (Marine Extension Service), AMR Solutions
A social enterprise in coastal and marine areas of the Bay of Bengal region. Committed to providing research, training and education services to create opportunities for resilient communities and sustainable businesses .
OTHER RECENT WORKS
Investigating the Past and Present of Sawfish in Bangladesh
I’m a team member of this project led by Mahatub Khan Badhon, Lecturer of Zoology, University of Dhaka. The project Supported by NatGeo and the Shark Conservation Fund, and run by the Aquatic Bioresource Research Lab at SAU.
Community Storytelling on Human Dimensions of Climate & Conservation
I have led this capacity-building projects for citizen journalists, MSM journalists, and community storytellers in the Sundarbans mangrove region in 2018. The project was funded by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. We are currently in the preparation phase to re-launch it as a permanent platform supported by a group of collaborating organizations.
Program Lead (Informal Education)
Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy Network
With the vision to create Ocean literate citizenry, the network is currently facilitating knowledge-collaboration and capacity-building activities in the Bay of Bengal countries.
I also volunteer as a Board Member of Society for Conservation Biology’s Marine Section; as the Marine Section Liasion at the Chapter Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology, as a Facilitator of the Bay of Bengal Stewardship Team; and as a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. I was the founding Co-lead of Coastal Communities cluster at Earth System Governance project.
Community Solutions Program Fellow
Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension Service, United States
In 2017 cohort, I was a Community Solutions Program (CSP) Fellow of the U.S. State Department; I was hosted by the NOAA’s Georgia Sea Grant College Program and based at the Athens and Skidaway Island campuses of the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Service. My work as a fellow was mostly related to communications and program development for the Georgia Sea Grant.
SAVE OUR SEA
As the founder and CEO of the now-defunct platform ‘Save Our Sea’ (www.saveoursea.social), I led the planning, organization and strategic communication activities. Save Our Sea facilitated collaborative marine conservation initiatives in Bangladesh from June 2013 to June 2018.
EXPERIENCE AS EDITOR/ REPORTER
I’ve worked as a full-time newsroom editor with Daily JaiJaiDin and Daily Bonik Barta in Bangladesh and also written for several media outlets since 2007. Though I’m no longer a full-time editor, I am continuing to write/report/edit for national and regional media outlets as an independent journalist.