About

Arju

I’m Md Kutub Uddin, also known by my pen-name ‘Mohammad ARJU.’ I’m a conservationist, strategic communicator, and writer.

AFFILIATIONS

Communications CoordinatorICCA Consortium

ICCA Consortium is an international association working to secure recognition and support for Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ territories of life.

Director, Sagar Seba

A social enterprise for research and extension services to support resilient communities in the Bay of Bengal region.

Independent Journalism

I’ve worked as a full-time newsroom editor with Daily Sun, Daily Bonik Barta, Daily JaiJaiDin, and other news organizations in Bangladesh. Though I’m no longer a full-time editor, I still write/report/edit for regional media outlets in Asia as an independent journalist.

RECENT PAST

Project Manager

Community Storytelling on Human Dimensions of Climate & Conservation

I have led capacity-building projects for citizen journalists, MSM journalists, and community storytellers in the Sundarbans mangrove region in 2018. Internews’ Earth Journalism Network funded the project. We are currently preparing to re-launch it as a permanent platform supported by a group of collaborating organizations.

Lead FacilitatorBay 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 the 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 mainly related to communications and program development for the Georgia Sea Grant.

VOLUNTARY ROLES

  • Board Member, Society for Conservation Biology’s Marine Section and Social Science Working Group
  • Program Lead (Informal Education), Bay of Bengal Ocean Literacy Network
  • Co-lead of Coastal Communities cluster, Earth System Governance

Founder, 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.