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 Bangladesh.
Communications Coordinator, ICCA Consortium
The ICCA Consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to the territories of life, aka Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs).
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.
EXPERIENCE AS EDITOR/ REPORTER
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. 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.
Consultant (Communication and Knowledge Management)
Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment – VOICE
I was specially focused on VOICE’s Mass-Communication and Climate-Conservation Programs.
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.
Lead Facilitator, Bay of Bengal Stewardship
As the Lead Facilitator, I have facilitated this knowledge exchange and framework collaboration among conservation organizations of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the United States throughout 2018 and 2019.
Community Solutions Program Fellow
Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension Service
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.
- Communications Officer (Board Member), Society for Conservation Biology’s Marine Section
- Marine Section Liaison, Chapter Committee, Society for Conservation Biology
- Program Lead (Informal Education), Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy Network
- IUCN Commission on Education and Communication’s Member
- Co-lead of Coastal Communities cluster, Earth System Governance
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.