Governance apprenticeship

“YPF Governance Apprenticeship” is our flagship program, designed to create a platform for symbiotic exchange of knowledge between the youth and incumbent policymakers or policy advocates. A team of young researchers will be recruited from YPF’s expansive policy networks and appointed as apprentices for a business community leader, politician, member of parliament, civil servant, or bureaucrat. They will provide day-to-day policy support for their respective mentors, catering to their agendas. This agenda can be personal or institutional depending on the mentor’s preference. 

Currently we have 48 youths from different parts of the nation working under this apprenticeship program.

Current Mentors


Mr. Ahasanul Islam Titu is an MBA graduate from Pittsburgh State University. He is an Awami League Member of Parliament from Tangail-6. He has served as the Vice President of Bangladesh Insurance Association, Founding President of Dhaka Stock Exchange Brokers Association of Bangladesh, and the President of Dhaka Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. His YPF GA team is developing policies for the private sector, healthcare sector, and constituency development.


M A Mannan is the incumbent Minister of Planning. He is a veteran civil servant, having served as the State Minister of Finance, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office, Director General of the NGO Bureau, Joint Secretary of the Home Ministry and the DC of Kishoregonj District. At YPF GA, his team is working on developing policies for improving public procurement, addressing cost overrun, and more.


M Nawshad Zamir (Barrister Lincoln’s Inn 1999 and Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh 1996), is the International Affairs Secretary at BNP. He has worked as legal adviser to commercial entities and banks (including Islamic banks), insurance companies, IT firms, telecom companies, shipping companies. He acted as a Specialist Contract Adviser to the Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Company(IIFC). In addition to his court practice, Nawshad regularly conducts international arbitration. 


Nahim Razzaq is the incumbent Member of Parliament from Shariatpur-3. He is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, and has previously served in the Standing Committees on Youth and Sports, and Disaster Management and Relief. As the Founding Convener of Young Bangla, he is a staunch advocate for Youth Engagement. His YPFGA team is working on Rohingya Advocacy, Environmental Policy, anti-Gender Based Violence, and Foreign Policy.


Saber Hossain Chowdhury is a veteran politician. He is the incumbent Member of Parliament from Dhaka-9. He served as the 28th President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the first Bangladeshi to hold this post. He was also the Organizing Secretary of the Awami League. As the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment, Forests & Climate change – his apprentices from YPF GA are conducting focused research on environmental policies such as Renewable Energy, Urban Biodiversity, and more. He also has a YPFGA team working on Budget Overrun.


Barrister Farhad has been a well known political analyst and an important addition to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s think tank. Mr. Farhad has in-depth understanding of policymaking and experience of serving CRI in several capacities, including as a senior analyst and political analyst. Barrister Farhad brings with him the experience of serving the Prime Minister of Bangladesh as a Special Assistant in various matters of policy concern. Barrister Farhad is currently serving at the Executive Member of International Affairs Committee, Bangladesh Awami League.


Barrister Shameem is now the Presidium member, and Additional Secreatry General of the Jatiya Party and a Member of Parliamemt (MP) from Gaibandha-1. Apart from his political role, he is the head of the chamber of Patwary Jurist and Associates. He serves as the Chairman of DIU and ten other vocational and charitable educational institutes across the country. His YPFGA team is conducting research on Judiciary Reform, Discrimination in Resource Allocation, and GBV.


Tabith Awal is a Central Committee Member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and was the Mayoral Candidate of the Dhaka North City Corporation Election 2020. His political manifesto focused on combating mosquito menace, traffic congestion and pollution, improving public transport and waste management. His GA team is working on the critical loopholes existing in the current education system of Bangladesh and recommending solutions on how the young minds of this country can be more engaged for their individual and economic progression.


Zonayed Saki is a politician, a Firebrand who’s voice is known throughout the nation. He is the Chief Coordinator of Ganosamhati Andolon Bangladesh. He was a candidate for the 1st mayoral election of Dhaka North City Corporation. As an advocate for Democracy, he is working with his YPFGA apprentices to conduct research on Democratic Institutions, Gender Based Violence, and more.

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