Engr. Md. Waji Ullah

Executive Director
Contact No.: +88 01715833006
Email: ed@cegisbd.com; wullahcegis@gmail.com

Engr. Md. Waji Ullah holds a master’s degree in Hydrology from the University College of Galway (UCG), the Republic of Ireland, second master’s degree in Water Resources Development from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He attended many international and national training and seminars; his academic studies and professional training cover a wide range of areas like water resources assessment, project planning, development and management, especially related to environmental and social studies, macro and micro level water resources project planning, environmental and social studies, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), hydraulic and hydrological design, construction, monitoring and evaluation and so on.  

He has over than 30 years of experience in analyzing project interventions, conducting IEE/EIA, baseline studies, hydrological analysis, water resource assessment, development of model for water balance assessment, hydrodynamic modeling, rainfall runoff modeling, and salinity model and so on. In his earlier career while working under Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), he was actively involved in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of development projects including food assisted development projects located all over the country.

He has sound commands and long track records of leading and efficiently managing multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams. He undertook the responsibility of Team Leader in many EIA/SIA studies for the Water Resources Management Projects located in coastal zones of Bangladesh. He also conducted many field investigations and applied various social tools to acquire indigenous technical knowledge of local stakeholders in the coastal areas. He has extensive experience of using RS/GIS tools and techniques and modeling tools in various areas and stages of water resource projects.  

Engr. Waji Ullah accomplished writing of many project reports and scientific papers on natural resource management and water resource assessment. He has vast experience of working with national and international development partners such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, JICA and so on. His track records include working as a mission member of Asian Development Bank and Joint Mission of Asian Development Bank – Royal Netherlands-World Bank, which have added a feather to his career. Presently he is an Honorary Member of the Joint River Commission (JRC), Bangladesh.


Leading Projects (to be updated)

Screening, Technical and Environmental Auditing of BWDB Schemes

2005-2006

The benefits expected from the Water Management Improvement Projects (WMIP) are reduced vulnerability and enhanced livelihood opportunities for people living in project areas. This will be achieved through active participation of local stakeholders brought together under Water Management Organizations (WMOs) to manage and monitor water management structures. Malfunctioning structures such as sluice gates, culverts, embankments etc. will be improved also. In this regard, CEGIS is engaged for the period 2008-2013 in assisting the screening of flood control and rehabilitation schemes with an option that considers a participatory approach, as well as conducting E/SIA of selected schemes and providing multi-disciplinary capacity-building training to WMOs.

Convergence of Inland Navigation and Integrated Water Resources Management Goals

2007-2008

In association with partner organizations of India, CEGIS has carried out a research theme titled “Convergence of Inland Navigation and Integrated Water Resources Management Goals” for the IUCN under the “The Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative”. Aiming to promote insight into the riverine ecosystem issues across the Bangladesh-India border, the research is focused on the sustainability of the international navigation route between Ashuganj in Bangladesh and Karimganj in India. The research mainly identified the causes of the deteriorating conditions of the rivers affecting navigation.

SMS Gateway System for Monitoring Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) to Reduce Community Health Risk

2011-2012

Avian Influenza is a hazard for the poultry industry. It causes heavy economic losses to farmers as well as reductions in the protein intake of people. To address this issue, CEGIS has developed an operational SMS gateway system for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to ensure rapid reporting and archiving of suspected Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) cases for the Department of Livestock Services. It is a simple system comprising of a mobile phone and a computer fitted with a modem, and can be easily established anywhere such as at Union Parishad Information Centers.