Country Director of Bangladesh

Samaresh Nayak is the Country Director of Bangladesh at Food for the Hungry (FH) and serves out of FH’s office in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has 10 years of academic experience as an assistant professor teaching development to postgraduate students. He also has 21 years of experience practicing development in various leadership roles with World Vision International in six different countries. These roles included being a Country Director in Timor-Leste, an Operations Director for Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, and the Director of Program Quality and Resource Development in Myanmar. Samaresh joined FH in 2018 as the Country Director for Bangladesh. In this current role, he develops and executes a country relevant strategy, ensures quality programs aimed at lifting people out of poverty, manages staff and their development, and cultivates strong stakeholder relationships. Samaresh is committed to aligning this work to the broad framework of the FH Heartbeat.

He earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Devi Ahaliya University in India and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern University in Pennsylvania. He specialized in International Development and NGO Leadership.

He says, “The great opportunity which I get to be part of God’s story, in sharing His love towards restoring broken relationships inspires me the most while working with Food for the Hungry. FH enables me to be a living witness and servant in a world of desperate need, working with a true holistic approach of changing the distorted worldviews in the communities we are engaged in.”



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