Ancestors

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Parents

My father is an accomplished orthopedic surgeon- Dr. Md. Ainul Islam Joarder, and mother is an obgyn- Dr. Fatema Zohra.

Birthplace

My parents met in Chittagong while they were medical students. I was born in the same city, in Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

Childhood

After Chittagong, my parents moved to Paksey, then to Rangpur. They moved to Iran (first to Kuhdasht and then Alashtar of Lorestan province), where they served under the Ministry of Health for 10 years. I stayed for the first three years, then on and off for a few more years.

Schooling

I completed my high school from Government Laboratory High School, Dhaka; college from Notre Dame College, Dhaka; medical education from Dinajpur Medical College; master in public health (MPH) from BRAC University, Bangladesh. I completed a post graduate diploma from International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, the Netherlands; and DrPH from Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Job

My first regular job was at BRAC University, as a Research Associate. I got promoted up to Assistant Professor level before joining my current position as the Research Director at USAID's Multisectoral Nutrition Project, FHI 360, Bangladesh Office. I am also an Adjunct at Johns Hopkins University, BRAC University, Northern University Bangladesh, and North South University. Apart from these regular jobs, I worked in the media (both print and electronic) during my early career.

My family

I have a loving and supportive family which includes my father, mother, wife (Dr. Fajana Yeasmin) and son (Aiyan Joarder Sheersho). I am also very closely attached with my relatives in my ancestral village and other places.