Adnan works at Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is an anthropologist and development professional with experience in gender equity (third gender rights), alternative agriculture, child health and nutrition, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and liaison with UN organizations, government agencies and the non-government sector.

Adnan has a particular interest in the promotion of agro-ecology for achieving food sovereignty, and is pursuing post-graduate studies in climate change and atrocity prevention.