Mr. Arif Hossain is currently working as the lead for the Bangladesh Alliance for Science and is a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. Earlier he worked for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a Senior Specialist in Outreach & Communication. For more than seven years, Arif’s expertise in communication has included hands-on experience in international development organizations, human rights, civil society and community engagement, media, and advertising. His area of professional convergence is the intersection of strategic and development communication, advocacy, policy, and good governance reform.
Prior to IRRI, Arif worked as a Communications Coordinator at Plan International where he coordinated communications activities with a holistic approach working with policy makers, service providers, national and international partners, and local NGOs. Prior to that, he worked at Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) as assistant manager of Outreach & Communications. Arif also worked as a copywriter for A Positive Advertising Ltd, newsroom editor for Banglanews24.com, and as an organizer for the Association for Culture and Education (ACE).
Arif completed his MA and BA in English from the University of Rajshahi in Bangladesh. He has a post graduate diploma in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. He is interested in music and has received a number of national level awards as a vocal artist. He also likes to explore his passion for theater and has performed in several dramas and musical shows.