Shamsin Ahmed 2019-09-13T18:00:40+06:00

Shamsin Ahmed

Designation: CEO & Lead Consultant

Expertise: Disability Inclusion, Financial Inclusion, Development, Social Entrepreneurship

About:  

Shamsin started her career at BRAC’s Social Innovation Lab in 2011 and on a disability inclusion project, when she realized that disability is not intuitive. Realizing there was a need for social services that help make institutions inclusive for people with disabilities, she founded the Identity Inclusion in 2015. The aim was to break mental health stigma, promote community based services and social inclusion of people with psychosocial disabilities. She organized youth volunteers, facilitated their training on psycho-social support and arranged for them to support people with psychosocial disabilities at the National Institute of Mental Health Bangladesh and the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP). She was the only Bangladeshi among a group of 64 development practitioners from 16 countries worldwide, as a co-creator of the Barefoot Guide on Inclusive Development in 2016, a publication developed in the framework of the SDGs adopted within the UN framework. She was also a member of the Global Shaper’s Dhaka hub; an initiative of the World Economic Forum, where she led a project on disability inclusion called Odommo. Through this project she advocated and facilitated for public spaces to ensure disability accessibility of their buildings. On 23rd February 2017, Shamsin was honored as one of the ten young change makers of Bangladesh, by the Daily Star Newspaper; the largest circulating newspaper in Bangladesh for her work on disability inclusion. Shamsin’s passion for working on psychosocial disability also stems from her close experience with her elder sister who struggled with Epilepsy and Schizophrenia. 

Shamsin has been featured in various national and international publications, some are given below:

The Daily Star; Changing people and Institutions. April, 2017

The Daily Star; Why we need a disability inclusion revolution. February, 2017

The Ajala Project; Shamsin Ahmed, an inclusion activist shares how she is changing the perspective of mental disabilities in Bangladesh. September, 2016

September 11, 2015, Newage Xtra, Too proud to Ask for help: http://xtra.newagebd.net/733/too-proud-to-ask-for-help

September 16, 2015, bdnews24, The ‘Normal’ Ones?: http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2014/09/16/the-normal-ones/