Zia Uddin is currently serving as the Technical Adviser at the Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), Brac University. Since 2015, he has been working with the centre’s both the research and project team together with other activities, such as, fund-raising, documentation, communication and advocacy. He is currently involved with two projects namely; (1) Empowered Women Peaceful Communities Project funded by the UN Women; (2) AHA! Awareness with Human Action Project funded by the European Union. Zia is facilitating an innovative and pioneering student-led initiative titled ‘Women Peace Café’ as hubs that promote civic engagement and experiential learning for a just, peaceful and inclusive society. He also coordinates the ‘Bangladesh Peacebuilders’ Network’ at CPJ.
At CPJ, Zia supported the compilation of the Bangladesh Justice Working Paper Series project funded by DFID, now FCDO. He co-organised international events, such as (1) International Conclave on Justice and Accountability for Rohingya in The Hague, the Netherlands (2) Regional Research Workshop on Access to Justice in Asia at Bangkok, Thailand (3) the Asian Leadership Colloquium on Legal Empowerment and Access to Justice at Bangkok, Thailand (4) International Conference on Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Towards Sustainable Solutions at Dhaka, Bangladesh among others. He participated in the Cross Culture Synergy Programme funded by IFA in Germany; and the 8th Asia Pro bono Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Prior to joining CPJ, Zia was employed by a joint venture between BRAC and the Cambridge Judge Business School (University of Cambridge, UK) as a Research Analyst. He coordinated the establishment of the Human Rights Support Society, and the Centre for Inclusive Society and Development. He received his Bachelor and Master’s Degree from the University of Dhaka in Public Administration, and an LL.B from National University, Bangladesh. His research interest includes civic engagement of students in higher education, experiential learning, youth for peace and social cohesion among others.