Our Team

Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI) is a dynamic team of passionate individuals with proven expertise and influence in areas ranging from academia and the arts to international relations and financial management. Our team members are dedicated to our mission of creating real and lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world.

Meet Our Team

Board of Directors

Dr. Brian DeBroffDr. Brian DeBroff
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Affiliation: Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut.

Ziauddin AhmedProfessor Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed
Vice President
Affiliation: Professor of Medicine and Nephrology, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, Professor Emeritus, Drexel University College of Medicine , Philadelphia.

Dr. Ehsan HoqueDr. Ehsan Hoque
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Secretary and Executive Director
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. Muhammad Musa
Affiliation: Executive Director of BRAC International,New York

nina-150Dr. Nina Hoque
Affiliation: Principal Scientist, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

phil-noel-2Phil Noel
Affiliation: IT Senior Manager at Stanley Black & Decker,New Britain, Connecticut.

Lori SudderthLori Sudderth
Affiliation: Professor of Sociology, Director of Criminal Justice, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut.

Limu ChowdhuryLimu Chowdhury
Affiliation: President, Concord Restaurants Inc.,Duncanville, Texas.


Past Board of Directors

Dr. Syed WasimDr. Syed Wasim
Elizabeth SwearskyElizabeth Swearsky
Eric PreuduhommeEric Preudhomme

Office Management

Dr. Ehsan HoqueDr. Ehsan Hoque
Founder & Executive Director
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Asahi HoqueAsahi Hoque
Program Coordinator
ianIan Burzynski

Development Officer

Sofia HoqueSofia Hoque
DCI Office Associate

COVID-19 Activity Coordinator

Srinath PringleSrinath Pingle
Assistant Development Officer
Torsa FioreTorsa Fiore
Personal Assistant to Executive Director
Tahera HoqueTahera Khanam
Personal Assistant to Executive Director
Ursula VinkeUrsula Vinke
Personal Assistant to Executive Director



Action Committee

  • Dr. Sabina Ahmed (Director Orphan Support Program)
  • Eng. Saleh Kibria
  • Zaidul Hai (Serim)
  • Nina Hoque

Finance & Fundraising Committee

  • Dr. Mahmudur Rahman
  • Dr. S. Kaiser Alam
  • Saleh Kibria
  • Adnan Nur
  • Dr. Navin Maswood

Promotion & Publicity Committee

  • Media Subcommittee
    • Ashfaq Haque, Daily Star
    • Hassan Abidur Reja Jewel, GreenBee Communications
    • Kowshik Ahmed, Weekly Bangali
    • Tasik Ahmed, ATN Bangla
    • Enamul Hoque, Daily Sun
    • Shawkat Huda, Asian Television
  • Social Media Subcommittee
    • Srinath Pingle
    • Sofia Hoque
    • Deanna Tutrani
    • Chandana Lala Jolly
  • Marketing & Advertising Subcommittee
    • Cecelia DeBroff
    • Sofia Hoque
    • Jamie Begum
    • Jannat Chowdhury
    • Recha Saxena
    • Srinath Pingle
  • Publications Subcommittee
    • Simon Bayley
    • Martin E Cobern
    • Kathleen Reily
    • Donna Went
    • Deb Caswell

IT & Website Committee

  • Adil Faisal
  • Phil Noel
  • Abu Israil
  • Srinath Pingle
  • Ian Burzynski
  • Ehtesham Haque
  • Nasr Maswood
  • Sofia Hoque
  • Gulen B. Rafiq

Youth Volunteer Leaders

  • Michelle Levine
  • Srinath Pingle
  • Lamya Sultana (Lisa)
  • Abrar Mamun
  • Zeehan Dewan
  • Teebro Rahman
  • Armana Islam
  • Michelle Levin
  • Caitlyn Chow
  • Shafayet Patwari
  • Keya Saxena

Goodwill Ambassadors & Advocates

DCI Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates are renowned individuals and leaders of their fields who generously use their influence to advance DCI’s mission of protecting child rights and preventing blindness.

Babita-2Babita Akhtar (Goodwill Ambassador)

Babita Akhtar is an internationally acclaimed actress and a great star of Bangladeshi cinema. She is a dedicated child rights activist who has worked with several initiatives to support children’s health, and is now working closely with DCI to help alleviate child poverty.
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Sabina Yasmin, DCI PatronSabina Yasmin (Goodwill Ambassador)

Sabina Yasmin, the legendary singer from Bangladesh, has been active in the Bangladeshi music industry since the 1970s. She has received numerous prestigious awards and is most famous for her patriotic music and film songs. Sabina has now joined DCI as a Patron and has dedicated the rest of her life to benefit underprivileged children through her music.

michael-turcoMichael Turco (Advocate)

Michael Turco is an acclaimed magician and illusionist who is passionate about helping children.

Takaya-TsukadaTakaya Tsukada (Advocate)

Takaya Tsukada is a popular musician in Hokkaido, Japan. He has been a strong supporter of DCI since its inception and uses his music to advocate for child rights.

jewelHassan Abidur Reja Jewel (Advocate)

Hassan Abidur Reja Jewel is a singer, recording artist, filmmaker, and event consultant from Bangladesh. Jewel has been involved with DCI since its inception and is now planning to campaign for DCI’s mission using his many talents.

Past Goodwill Ambassadors

Dr. Syed A. Wadud, DCI PatronDr. Syed A. Wadud

Late Professor Syed A. Wadud was a renowned eye surgeon from Bangladesh. In addition to teaching at numerous universities, he helped establish Islamia Eye Hospital in Bangladesh, received a National Award from the government of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and performed surgery on DCI Executive Director Dr. Ehsan Hoque to treat his congenital cataracts.

Dr. Wadud honored DCI with his presence at the Child Rights & Sight Conference in 2013. In his words, “I operated on Dr. Ehsan Hoque’s eyes over 45 years ago, and it is wonderful to see that today his organization has mushroomed into a worldwide network of volunteers who help restore sight to the needy. The task ahead is enormous, but so is the enthusiasm of all the volunteers of DCI. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish all of you success in your noble endeavor. I am proud to be involved with DCI.”

At DCI, we pray for his departed soul and continue our determination to help restore sight of the disadvantaged. Although today he is not with us, his spirit will live on with us forever though our efforts for blindness prevention in his memory.

Past Advocate

Ayan Bachchu

Ayub Bachchu was a renowned legendary musician in Bangladesh and an advocate for Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI). A pioneer of the blues and alternative rock movement whose music took Bangladesh by storm. He was a member of the bands Souls and Feelings.
Ayub Bachchu made his debut in the music industry in 1978. In 1991, he formed his own band, LRB (Love Runs Blind) where he was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter. LRB is the only Bangla Rock Band which played their music in the famous Madison Square Garden in New York. Ayub Bachchu’s music will always be remembered by the people of Bangladesh.

Ayub Bachchu was an active DCI advocate since 2005 and graciously worked with us to promote a better and happier future for children everywhere. He feels deeply for the underprivileged children and devoted his whole life for them. Ayub Bachchu performed in concerts for DCI initiatives and spoke at press conferences as DCI’s advocate. He was an active leader for DCI’s journey for Child Rights & Sight (JCRS) program.

He passed away on October 18, 2018 at the age of 56. We and all the children we support remain grateful to him for all his passion, dedication, inspiration, encouragement and commitment to our mission. DCI honors the legacy of Ayub Bachchu. Although he is not with us today, his spirit will live on with us forever through our continued effort for less fortunate children throughout the world. We deeply mourn for his unexpected depart and will relentlessly work to fulfill his dream in the future.


  • Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executuve Director, BRAC International
  • Dr. Mahmudur Rahman; CT
  • Masud Chowdhury; TX
  • Dr. Shirish T. Dhume; CT
  • Masudur Khan; OR
  • Dr. Mohammad G. Saklayen; OH
  • Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed; PA
  • Dr. Navin Maswood; CT
  • Dr. Humaira A. Mahmud(Sheila); MA

International Advisory Board

  • Dr.Prof. A.K. Azad Khan; Bangladesh, President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Abdul Mazid: Advisor, Ex Chairman, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Government of Bangladesh
  • Dr. A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury, Former Vice Chairman, BRAC; Bangladesh
  • Prof. A.K. Azad Khan; Bangladesh
  • Simon Bayley; United Kingdom
  • Professor Dr. Nileema Deshmukh; India
  • Kaisar Nasrullah Khan; Bangladesh
  • Dr. Kaisar Nasrullah Khan: Bangladesh , Consultant Cardiologist, United Hospital Limited
  • Dr. Ferdous Akhter Jolly: Register, Dept. of Ophthalmology, BIRDEM, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Amin Mridha:Professor, Pediatrics, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Sayek Khan, Australia
  • Masud Hakim, Canada

Professional Partners

Our dedicated professionals provide their services to DCI on a pro bono or discounted basis in the areas of legal, financial, and IT support. We wish to acknowledge their generosity and dedication in providing these essential services, without which DCI could not succeed. On behalf of thousands of underprivileged children and their families we serve, DCI is ever grateful to all these professionals, who have helped us to create and maintain all our systems and infrastructure.

Legal Team

mladenMichael Laden
Attorney at Law

Deanna-LevineDeanna Levine
Attorney at Law

sfarrenSara Farren
loraM. Lora Chowdhury
Attorney at Law

Financial Team

jpurtillJohn Purtill
Certified Public Accountant, Purtill & Company
Zahid RezaZahid Reza
Certified Public Accountant
Samuel BrownSamuel Brown
Certified Public Accountant

ashfaqul-wahabAshfaqul Wahab
DCI Financial Advisor

Web & IT Team

adil-faisalAdil Faisal
Web Development
Engr. Tareq Obaida

Ian Burzynski
Sofia Hoque

Chapters & Clubs

chaptersDCI chapters are established by dedicated volunteers across the United States to raise awareness about DCI’s mission and support our programs. Find out how you can start your own DCI chapter in your city or on your campus.

State/Chapter Representatives

  • California; Saleh Kibria
  • Connecticut; Nahid Jabeen
  • Florida; Dr. Shamsad Begum
  • Georgia; Faruque Ahmed
  • Iowa; Rubina Chowdhury
  • Illinois; Atik Rahman
  • Louisiana; Dr. Mostafa Sarwar
  • Maryland; Dr. Sabina Ahmed
  • Massachusetts; Dr. Humaira A. Mahmud
  • Michigan; Ruqsana Ahmed Polly
  • New York; Dr. Afia Zaman
  • North Carolina: Dr. Maleka Zafreen Ahmed (Jappy)
  • North Dakota: Chandana Lala
  • Ohio: Dr. Mohammad G. Saklayen
  • Oregon, Masudur Khan
  • Rhode Island; Dr. Fahmida Hossain Manzur
  • Texas; Salahuddin Chowdhury Mahmood
  • Delaware; Shameen Hasan
  • Pennsylvania; Dr. Nahreen Ahmed
  • South Carolina; Dr. Naima Naheed
  • Wisconsin; Dr. Lopa Kabir
  • Puerto Rico; Shakil B. Shafique

Colleges & Universities/Chapter Representatives:

  • Yale University; Sophia Catsambi
  • Stony Brook University; Meerah Shah
  • Quinnipiac University; Andrew Yanik

International Team


  • Professor A.K. Azad Khan: Country Director and Representative, DCI Bangladesh. President, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Abdul Mazid: Advisor, Ex Chairman, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Government of Bangladesh, CEO Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC International
  • Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury: ,Former Vice Chairman, BRAC, and Ex Senior Adviser and Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Salma Qadir: Advisor Rights and Sight for Children (RSC)
  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Amin Mridha:Professor, Pediatrics, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Tariq Reza Ali: Associate Professor, Vitreo-Retina.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
  • Dr. Abida Sultana (Baby):, Professor, Gynecology, Dhaka Medical College
  • Dr. Hossain Shahid Kamrul Alam: Deputy Director, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Professor Dr. Abdul Muhit:Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Dhaka University
  • Dr. Abdullah Al Jamil:Consultant Interventional Cardiology & Heart Rhythm at  Asgar Ali Hospital
  • Ms. Nasima Akter Jolly: Chief Executive Officer; Hunger Project-Bangladesh
  • Dr. Ferdous Akhter Jolly: Register, Dept. of Ophthalmology, BIRDEM, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Dr. Kaisar Nasrullah Khan: Bangladesh , Consultant Cardiologist, United Hospital Limited
  • Dr. Fazle Mahmud,Neurosurgeon, Dept of Neurosurgery,KYAMC&H


  • Samal Sarangadhar: Representative
  • Professor Dr. Neelima Deshmukh: Advisor
  • Advocate Amirthalingam: Advisor


  • Shahid Khandker: Representative
  • Sajedun Nahar: Representative
  • Masud Hakim
  • Professor Michael Sider: Advisor
  • Kausar Shahab


  • Simon Bayley: Representative
  • Tanveer I Bostan: Chief Coordinator
  • Faruque Ahmed: Coordinator
  • Khurshid Jahan Shelly: Advisor
  • Mohshin Molla Chunnu: Advisor (Public Health Consultant)


  • Anita Jahid:Coordinator
  • Dr. Sayek Khan
  • Dr. Mirjahan Maju
  • Dr. Moti Rahman
  • Dr. Sabbir Siddique
  • Dr. Shahadat Hossain Tushar
  • Dr. Fahima Satter

International Coordinators

  • Anita Jahid: Coordinator
  • Shahadat Hossain Tushar: Australia Representative
  • Dr.Khwaja G. Hossain: North America
  • Dr. Julio C Dueñas: South American
  • Mainul Islam: Europe Coordinator