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Rumana has a long track record as a development practitioner working globally in conflict, emergency, and development contexts.

She started her career as an architect and participatory action researcher working on low-income housing in Bangladesh. She then turned into an aid worker for Oxfam, Save the Children rebuilding after the Tsunami in Indonesia and the earthquakes in Pakistan. Rumana then became a consultant for the United Nations, the World Bank, and many other international agencies, to help governments and people in disaster-prone countries to deliver housing, community development, and disaster risk governance strategies and programmes.

Currently, Rumana works as a civil servant in the UK, and as a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. Rumana gives lectures at various universities worldwide on housing, urban development, disasters and climate change.








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