Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury
Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury is the vice-chairperson and advisor to the chairperson and founder of BRAC. Previously, he was its executive director, founding director of the Research and Evaluation Division and founding dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. He is also a professor of population and family health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York. During 2009-2012, he served as a senior advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also worked as a MacArthur/Bell Fellow at Harvard University.
Dr Chowdhury is the first Bangladeshi to hold a professorial position in an Ivy League university in the East Coast of USA. He is one of the founding members of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch. He is on the board and committees of several organisations and initiatives, including the Advisory Board of the South Asia Centre at London School of Economics, Lead Group for Scaling Up Nutrition Movement at the UN, Leaders’ group of Sanitation for All at UNICEF Headquarters, Founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy in London and is the current chair of the AsiaPacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH). Dr Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by former Secretary General Kofi Annan. Dr Chowdhury is also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of Compact2025 at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC, Expert Group on scaling up in Education at the Results for Development (R4D), Washington DC, Leaders Group of Sanitation and Water for ALL (SWA) at Unicef Headquarters, Member of Bangladesh Medical Research Council, core member of the Citizens’ Platform for Implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh, and President of Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association.
Dr Chowdhury has received a number awards, including Humanitarian Award from the Distressed Children International at Yale University in 2013, Most Impactful Book Award from the University Press Limited in 2018, and Senior Fellowship from the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies in 2018. He is also a recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA, the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal in 2008 and Outstanding Leadership Award from Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association. In 2017 he received the Medical Award of Excellence from Ronald McDonald House Charities in the United States of America.
Dr Chowdhury has published several books and over 200 articles in peer -reviewed international journals, including The Lancet, the Social Science & Medicine, Journal of International Development, The International Journal on Education, The Scientific American and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Chowdhury holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Dhaka.
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