Board Members

Misba Abdin

Founder & President


Misba Abdin is the founder and president of Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services (BACDYS). Abdin started BACDYS in 2009 to help Bangladeshis in East New York, Brooklyn get the services they need to succeed. His vision for success focuses on education, family entertainment, low-income housing and youth programs.
Under Abdin’s leadership, BACDYS has become a resource for immigrant communities who need assistance with everything from afterschool school tutoring to finding housing for seniors. Programs for women and youth have also been created to address their unique needs.
In addition to his commitment to Brooklyn Bangladeshis, Abdin has been a board member of the Highland Park Local Development Corporation and a program committee member of the North Brooklyn YMCA.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York City.

John C. Whitehead

Board member since 2015


John Whitehead is the Chair of the Board. He works in the Sanitation Department. He is educated  in NYC Public School System. Whitehead has been in US Army/Reserves previously and honorably discharged in 1989 after 6 years of his service. He has been a licensed paralegal and a former NYS correction officer assistant. He is Co-Founder and President of Black Men Who Care Inc, Co-Founder and member of Brooklyn Postal Customer Advisory Council, Co- Founding member of Black Watch and associated with a number of  other social organizations in NYC.  Whitehead is committed to work for the underprivileged community.

Walter H. Campbell

Board member since 2013


Walter H. Campbell has worked to improve the lives of Brooklyn residents for more than 30 years. He was the district manager at Community Board Five (CB5) and a president of the North Brooklyn YMCA. Campbell was also vice president of the Brownsville Multi-Service (BMS) Family Health Center Advisory Board and is a board member for the African American Planning Commission in Brooklyn.
Campbell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Brooklyn College. He’s lived in Brownsville with his family since the ‘60s.
Campbell has been a BACDYS board member since 2013.

Mafuzur Rahman, MD

Board member since 2014


Mafuzur Rahman, MD, is a clinical assistant professor and director of hospital medicine at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Dr. Rahman earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. He completed his residency at the Brooklyn campus of the Veteran Affairs (VA) New York Harbor Healthcare System where he was chief resident.
He has been a board member at BACDYS since 2014.

Burhan Uddin Kofil

Board member since 2013


Burhan Uddin Kofil has been dedicated to improving the lives of Bangladeshis in Brooklyn since he came to the United States in the ‘80s. He is a past president of the Bangladesh Beanibazar Social and Cultural Association USA and vice president of the Democratic Club of East New York. Kofil has organized many popular Bangladeshi sports and cultural events in Brooklyn, including a mela festival.
Kofil joined the BACDYS board in 2013.

Waliur Rahman

Board member since 2014


Waliur Rahman has been a police officer and a detective with the New York Police Department for more than 10 years. Rahman most enjoys mentoring and helping youth in the community.
Rahman has been a board member of BACDYS since 2014.

Krishna Tiwari

Board member since 2015


Krishna Tiwari has owned a business in Brooklyn since 1995.
Tiwari was born in Guyana where he was a member of a local chapter of the Lions Club, an international service organization. As a member, he was involved in organizing many charitable activities and programs for the club.
He is a Hindu priest and founder of Jyoti Mandir, the first Hindu temple in Cypress Hills, New York.
Tiwari joined BACDYS as a board member in 2015.

Zahed A. Patwary

Board member since 2016


Zahed A. Patwary is Treasurer of the Board . He is manager on Duty / Personal Banker / Small-Business Specialist / Assistant Vice President JP Morgan Chase Brooklyn. He is experienced in Accounting and banking. Patwary attended middle school and high school in East New York neighborhood. After graduating from high school he attended John Jay College of criminal justice in Manhattan, where he majored in International criminal justice and minor in Police Investigation. has 8 years of financial and professional experience.  Patwary is committed to promote positive community and economic growth in the low income immigrant community in NYC.

David Valentin

Board member since 2016


David Valentin is the director of Sales/Business development / Marketing in Momentum Solar. He has more than 15 years of work experience in sales, marketing and client relations. He has good expertise in networking, relationship building, sponsorship and fundraising. He coached Basketball at PS 197, Queens, NY. Also, he is active in Meals on Wheels program, local community affairs and in Annual Toys for Tots program. Valentin attended Apex technical school and a certified Auto mechanic.

He has been board member at BACDYS since 2016.