The work of Symbiosis in Bangladesh is carried out under the overall management and oversight of Symbiosis International, an NGO registered in Australia and based in Brisbane, Australia.  Our dedicated staff working in our local organisation, Symbiosis Bangladesh, are essential to our success. The local transfer of knowledge and experience in all walks of life enables Symbiosis to facilitate change without destroying the culture or sense of identity of village communities.  Symbiosis International undertakes projects in Bangladesh through its implementing division, Symbiosis Bangladesh, which is registered in Bangladesh as an NGO.  Symbiosis International has a range of funding partners that have agreements with either Symbiosis International or directly with Symbiosis Bangladesh.

Symbiosis Executive Leadership


Founder and Patron | Symbiosis International


CEO | Symbiosis International


Country Director | Symbiosis Bangladesh

Dr. Morris Lee lived in Bangladesh for 14 years to 1991 and has since divided his time between Australia and Bangladesh. Fluent in Bengali and with a background in rural technology and religious studies, he has spent most of his career working among the poor in Bangladesh to find sustainable and empowering solutions to poverty there. After years of planning, Dr. Lee stepped down as CEO in June 2020 but remains a vital part of the ongoing work in Bangladesh.

Lisa West-Newman joined the team as a Director of the Symbiosis Board in 2015 with a focus on communications and fundraising. With an undergraduate degree in Business, she also brings a breadth of experience in policy research, development and coordination, and everything she has learned from working cross-culturally for nine years in Cambodia. Lisa took over the reigns from Morris in July 2020 and is a part of the team effort to ensure the vision of Symbiosis International continues into the future.

Dr. Abdur Rahman is a Medical Doctor with 34 years of experience with the Government Health Ministry in Bangladesh. With expertise in training, leadership, research and community development, Dr. Rahman has worked in senior level management for many years. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor for the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences at James Cook University in Australia. Dr. Rahman has been a friend and supporter of Symbiosis since it began in 1995, and in 2014 became Country Director of Symbiosis Bangladesh.

The Symbiosis International Board


Lecturer and researcher with expertise in agriculture and environment.

NEIL PARKER Deputy Chair

Doctor specialising in public health medicine.


Marine Research Scientist with extensive experience travelling and working in Bangladesh.


Management consultant with experience in the public and private sectors.


Qualified Chartered Accountant and CPA specialising in business development.


Director of an NGO with extensive experience working cross-culturally.