Accountability: Governing Body

 

BRAC USA Board of Directors
BRAC UK Trustees

BRAC Governing Body


Fazle Hasan Abed 
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He was educated both at Dhaka and Glasgow universities. He was a professional accountant in his thirties, working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, when the 1971 liberation war had a profound effect on him, dramatically changing the direction of his life. He left his job, moved to London and devoted himself to Bangladesh’s war of independence. There, he helped initiate a fundraising and awareness campaign called Help Bangladesh.

When the war was over, he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh to find the economy in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started returning to the country and their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. It was then that he established BRAC to rehabilitate the returning refugees in a remote area in north-eastern Bangladesh. He directed his policy towards helping the poor develop their capacity to better manage their lives. Thus, BRAC’s primary objectives emerged as alleviation of poverty and empowerment of the poor. Under his leadership, in the span of four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.

Sir Fazle has received numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the Open Society Prize (2013), the WISE Prize (2011), the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award (2009), the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), the Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), the Gates Award for Global Health (2004), the UNDP Mahbub ul Haq Award for outstanding contribution in human development (2004), the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award (2002), the Olof Palme Award (2001), UNICEF’s Maurice Pate Award (1992) and the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the ‘global greats’  and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2010, he was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Eminent Persons Group for the Least Developed Countries. Sir Fazle has received numerous honorary degrees including Doctor of Humane Letters from Yale University (2007); Doctor of Laws from Columbia University (2008); Doctor of Letters from the University of Oxford; Doctor of Humane Letters from Rikkyo University, Japan (2009); the Doctor of Laws from the University of Bath (2010) and from the University of Manchester (2012). In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) by the British crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally.


 

    
Mushtaque Chowdhury
Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury
Vice-Chairperson and Interim Executive Director, BRAC

Dr Chowdhury is the vice-chairperson and interim executive director of BRAC. He is also the advisor to the founder and chairperson. Previously, he was the deputy executive director of BRAC, the founding director of the research and evaluation division and the founding dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University.

He is also a professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, New York. During 2009-2012, he worked as a senior advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also served as a MacArthur Fellow at Harvard University.

Dr Chowdhury is a founder of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch, two civil society watch-dogs on education and health respectively. He is on the board and committees of several organisations and initiatives, including the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable International Development at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former Secretary General Kofi Annan.

He is a co-recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA. He also received the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal in 2008. He has a wide interest in development, particularly in the areas of education, public health, poverty eradication and environment. Dr Chowdhury has published books and more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals including the International Journal on Education, the Lancet, the Social Science & Medicine, 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.




 Tahrunnesa-Abdullah 
Tahrunnessa Abdullah
Member

Active in the women’s development movement since the early sixties, Ms Abdullah worked at the Comilla Academy for Rural Development for nine years as an instructor in charge of the Women’s Education and Home Development programme. She served as chairperson of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and Bangladesh Jatiyo Mohila Sangstha. She also worked as the chairperson of core groups in the preparation of the National Plan of Action for Children from 1997 to 2002. She was also a member of the team assigned to prepare the National Action Plan for Women’s Development: Implementation of Beijing Platform for Action, and a member of the Local Government Commission.

Ms Abdullah served as a member of the Board of trustees of the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines (1984-88), and Aga Khan University, Pakistan (1991-1994). At present, she is the chairperson of Gono Bishwabidyalay, chairperson of ASA, and member of the Board of Directors of the Polli Karma Shahayk Foundation, as well as BRAC.

She received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1978. She has written a number of papers and articles on her work and in 1982 published a book, titled Rural Women of Bangladesh - Prospects for Change, co-authored by Dr Sondra Zeidenstein.

Ms Abdullah received her MA from Dhaka University and MS from Michigan State University.
 

Martha Alter Chen
Martha Alter Chen
Member

Dr Chen is a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and an international coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialisation are employment, gender and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy.

Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had two decades of resident experience in Bangladesh working with BRAC and in India, where she served as field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh. Dr Chen received a PhD in South Asia Regional Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books including Bridging Perspectives: Labour, Informal Employment, and Poverty (co-edited with Namrata Bali and Ravi Kanbur), The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty (co-authored with Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz, Renana Jhabvala and Chris Bonner), Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction (co-authored with Joann Vanek and Marilyn Carr), Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (co-authored with Joann Vanek) and Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India. 

Dr Chen was awarded a high civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the Government of India in April 2011 and a Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War award by the government of Bangladesh in December 2012.



Faruq A. Choudhury
Faruq A Choudhury
Member

Mr Choudhury was born in Assam, India. Following his graduation from Dhaka University, he entered the Pakistan Foreign service in 1956. As a Foreign Service trainee, he studied International Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School in Boston, and received training at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC and the British Foreign Office in London. Upon completion of his training in 1959, he was posted to the Pakistan Embassy in Rome. For the next 10 years, till l969, he served in various capacities at the Pakistan embassies in Rome, Beijing, The Hague, and Algiers. Later, he was posted to the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad as a director and subsequently to the Branch Foreign Office in Dhaka. In 1971, he played a significant role in establishing the new Bangladesh Foreign Office and was the first chief of protocol. He subsequently served as the deputy high commissioner for Bangladesh in London and as Ambassador in Abu Dhabi and Brussels. He returned to the Dhaka Foreign Office in 1982 as an additional secretary and was promoted to foreign secretary in 1984. As foreign secretary, he played a significant role in the creation of SAARC, acting as Secretary General of the first SAARC summit held in Dhaka in 1985. He subsequently served as Bangladesh high commissioner to India.

Since his retirement from the government in 1992, Mr Choudhury has been involved with BRAC as an adviser till 2000, and currently as a member of the governing board. He is also a member of the governing body of the BRAC University.

Mr Choudhury is the chairman of Delta-Brac Housing, the first private sector housing financing company of Bangladesh. He is a regular columnist in the national dailies and is the author of a number of books in Bengali. He has served as an international election observer during elections in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives.
 


Luva Nahid Choudhury
Luva Nahid Choudhury
Member


Ms Choudhury is an architect and heads the Abashan Upodeshta Ltd, an architecture practice in Dhaka. She is the director general of Bengal Foundation, a trust that supports and promotes the arts in Bangladesh. She also heads the ICE Media Ltd, a leading publishing concern.

Ms Choudhury completed her Bachelor of Architecture from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology in 1986.
 


 Kazi Aminul Huque
Kazi Aminul Huque
Member

Mr Huque was the senior partner of Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants. The firm is a Bangladeshi partnership and a member firm of KPMG International, which today is ranked worldwide as one of the largest international accounting firms renowned for the quality of its client service. Mr Huque was a partner of this firm for more than 35 years and participated in several KPMG conferences and seminars abroad on audit techniques and tools. He was also a Founder Trustee of Transparency International, Bangladesh Chapter, established in 1996.

His involvement with BRAC started as a general member in 1979. He later became a member of BRAC’s governing body in 1987.



Syed Humayun Kabir

Syed Humayun Kabir

Member

Mr Kabir was chairman and managing director of Pfizer in Bangladesh for 21 years. He also served as chairman and president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Bangladesh Employers Association, Foreign Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industries, American- Bangladesh Economic Forum and Transparency International- Bangladesh. He has been a member of the board of several banks and an insurance company. He is a trustee of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and currently the chairman of Renata Ltd.

He has had board level association with BRAC since 1972, and he served as the chairperson for over 20 years. He is the founder of Sajida Foundation, an organisation founded to serve the poor in peri-urban areas.

Mr Kabir has an honours degree in Chemistry from Dhaka University.


 
Latifur Rahman

Latifur Rahman
Member

Mr Rahman is the chairperson and CEO of Transcom Group . He is also the chairperson of Nestlé Bangladesh Ltd., Holcim Cement (Bangladesh) Ltd., and National Housing Finance & Investments Ltd. He is the vice-president of the International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh. 

Formerly, Mr Rahman served as the president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (premier trade body in Bangladesh) for seven terms, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation for two terms and as a member of the executive committees of Bangladesh Jute Mills Association and Bangladesh Tea Association. He was the member of the executive board of Bangladesh Bank and Bangladesh Better Business Forum. He has been closely involved with fiscal and trade policy-making bodies of the government as the chairperson of the trade body reforms committee, the member of WTO’s advisory committee and the member of national committee on export promotion of Foreign Trade Institute. 

Mr Rahman is the recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2012) and of the Business Executive of the Year Award (2001) by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh.  

 



 Rokia Afzal Rahman
Rokia Afzal Rahman
Member

Ms Rahman was a former minister in the caretaker government of Bangladesh, former director in the Central Bank of Bangladesh, and is currently the chair of Airlinks Group of Companies and R. R. Group of companies. She is involved in the media as the chair of Mediaworld Ltd, director of Mediastarand ABC Radio. As chair of Midas Financing Ltd, Ms Rahman has initiated loan facilities to several thousand women. She is also a director at Reliance Insurance and Mercantile Securities Ltd.

She is the founder of Women Entrepreneurs Association, Bangladesh, which works for women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship development, facilitating access to collateral free credit, and organising management and skills training for women throughout Bangladesh. Ms Rahman founded Dhaka’s Presidency University as well as several marketing outlets owned and managed by women under the name of Mini Marts. She is also the Founder-President of Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs.

Ms Rahman was elected president of Bangladeh Employers’ Federation in 1997-1998. She was a director on the Board of the Central Bank of Bangladesh in 1999-2001. Her commitment towards development brings her to several boards including BRAC and the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of which she was elected the president for 2013. She is a member of the Business Advisory Council of ESCAP based in Thailand and member of Women’s Business Network of WIEF based in Malaysia. She is also a board member of Asian University for Women.

Some of the awards received by Ms Rahman include the Priyadarshani Award in Delhi for her contribution towards development, Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World Award in Monte Carlo in 1999, Amcham’s Business Person of the Year Award, 2003, and Bangladesh Shilpa Bank’s award for Good Business Management.




Stichting BRAC International Governing Body 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He was educated at Dhaka and Glasgow Universities. He was a professional accountant in his thirties, working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, when the 1971 Liberation War had a profound effect on him, dramatically changing the direction of his life. He left his job, moved to London and devoted himself to Bangladesh’s War of Independence. There, he helped initiate a campaign called ‘Help Bangladesh’ to organise funds in raising awareness about the war.

When the war was over, he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started returning to the country and their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. It was then that he established BRAC to rehabilitate the returning refugees in a remote area in north-eastern Bangladesh. He directed his policy towards helping the poor develop their capacity to better manage their lives. Thus, BRAC’s primary objectives emerged as alleviation of poverty and empowerment of the poor. Under his leadership, in the span of only four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.

Sir Fazle has received numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the WISE Prize (2011), Conrad Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Award (2009), the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), the Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Social Development and Poverty Alleviation (2007), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), UNDP Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution in Human Development (2004), Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award (2002), Olof Palme Award (2001), UNICEF’s Maurice Pate Award (1992) and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the “global greats” and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2010, he was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Eminent Persons Group for the Least Developed Countries. Sir Fazle has received several honorary degrees including Doctor of Humane Letters from Yale University in 2007, Doctor of Laws from Columbia University in 2008, Doctor of Letters from the University of Oxford and Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Rikkyo University, Japan in 2009, the Doctorate of Laws from the University of Bath in 2010, and Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The University of Manchester, UK, in 2012. In February 2010, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) by the British crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. 

 


  
Mahabub Hossain
Secretary
Dr Hossain is an internationally renowned development economist. He is currently an advisor to the interim executive director on research activities in BRAC and BRAC International and responsible for the agriculture and food security programme. Prior to joining BRAC as the executive director in 2007, Dr Hossain was the head of the social sciences division and programme leader of the rainfed ecosystems programme of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines. From 1989 to 1992, before joining IRRI, he worked as the director general of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). Dr Hossain is known for his substantial contributions to research on rural development and agriculture policy in South and South-East Asia.

He is the founding member of the North South University Foundation, and a member of the BRAC University board. Dr Hossain is a member of technical review committee of the Global Fund for Agricultural and Food Security, project advisory council of the HarvestPlus Challenge Programme of CGIAR, and rice advisory board for Syngenta Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

Dr Hossain obtained his master’s in economics in 1969 from Dhaka University, Bangladesh and PhD in economics in 1977 from the University of Cambridge, UK. During the course of his career, he has authored and co-authored 13 books and research monographs and contributed to more than 150 papers in refereed journals and edited books. He was awarded the first gold medal from the Bangladesh Agricultural Economist Association in 1985 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to understanding the operation of the rural economy in Bangladesh. He is president-elect of the Asian Society of Agricultural Economics for 2011-2014.

 
 




Muhammad A (Rumee) Ali
Treasurer
Mr Ali has served at different levels of the local and international banking sectors. He is currently an advisor to the executive director of BRAC and provides oversight of BRAC and BRAC International’s financial institutions. Previously, he was the managing director of BRAC Enterprises and Investments. Prior to joining BRAC, he served as the deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank. With his appointment as country head and general manager of ANZ Grindlays Bangladesh in March 1997, Mr Ali became the first Bangladeshi to head a major international bank in Bangladesh. In July 2000, following the takeover of ANZ Grindlays by Standard Chartered Bank, Mr Ali was appointed the CEO of the Standard Chartered Group in Bangladesh, heading both Standard Chartered Bank and Standard Chartered Grindlays Bank. His banking experience includes stints in India, United Kingdom and Australia. Mr Ali was elected a Fellow of the Bangladesh Institute of Bankers in 2001.

He is the chairman of BRAC EPL Investments Ltd, BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage Ltd, bKash Ltd, BRAC Sajaan Exchange Ltd, BRAC IT services Ltd, BRAC Lanka Finance Ltd  and also the director of several organisations, including BRAC Bank, BRACNet and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Mr Ali is a member of the global steering committee of the performance-based grants initiatives of the International Finance Corporation, and the technical advisory committee of Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund, International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh and CEOs Forum for inclusivity. He also served as a member of the governing body of PKSF and as a vice-president of Bangladesh Association of Banks and of the Employers Federation of Bangladesh.

He has received a number of awards including C R Das, Atish Dipanker and Sarajani Naidu Gold Medal for Banking in 1995, 1999 and 2009 respectively, and the ‘CEO of the Year’ award by Junior Chamber International, Bangladesh.

Mr Ali received his BA and MA in economics from the University of Dhaka.

 


 
Shabana Azmi
Director

Ms Azmi is an internationally acclaimed actress who was a member of the Indian Parliament and a UN Goodwill Ambassador. She is at present SAARC’s Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. She is a committed social activist, having relentlessly worked for the rights of slum dwellers, women and children.

In 2012, Ms Azmi was the recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award given by the government of India. She is also the recipient of the Gandhi International Peace Prize 2006, the first Indian to receive this prestigious award at the House of Commons in London. She received the prestigious Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in 2006 for achieving outstanding excellence in the field of culture. In 1989, she received the International Human Rights award along with Mother Theresa. 

In a career spanning 35 years, Ms Azmi has acted in more than 140 films and in the words of world renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray “is India’s finest dramatic actress”. She is also the winner of an unprecedented five National Awards for Best Actress in India. She won the Best Actress Award at Chicago Film Festival for Fire, and Taormina Arte for Patang and Phnom Penh for Libaas.

 



Sylvia Borren
Director

Ms Borren is presently the director of Greenpeace Netherlands. She is also the chair of EEN, the Dutch chapter of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP). She is a member and former chair of Worldconnectors, a Dutch transformative multi-stakeholder think tank.  

Previously, she was a member of the advisory council on international affairs for the Dutch government. She also chaired a programme with the global trade union Education International and Oxfam Novib to accelerate quality teacher training for informal and formal teachers in developing countries, including creating a competency profile and life skills curriculum. She was a part of the International Women’s Commission for a just and sustainable peace in Palestine and Israel. In 2006, she wrote the Poverty Requiem with the composer/conductor Peter Maissan.

In 1994, Ms Borren joined Oxfam Novib – a part of Oxfam International – as a project director. Later, from 1999 to 2008, she served as the executive director of the organisation. She was also on the board of governors of Altrecht, a mental health institute, and she co-founded civil society initiatives such as the New Dialogue and the Dutch Social Forum.

Before that she worked as a health educator and as a consultant and trainer for De Beuk. She was an active volunteer in the Dutch and international feminist and LGBTI movements. 

Ms Borren holds a BA degree in education and religious studies and an MA degree in education from Canterbury University.

 


 
Susan Davis
Director

Ms Davis is a thought leader in international development and civil society innovation. She is the founder, current president and CEO of BRAC USA, serves on the board of BRAC International and chairs the microfinance company boards for BRAC in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In addition, she is a founding board member and past chair of the Grameen Foundation and a senior advisor to New York University’s Reynolds Program on Social Entrepreneurship.

Previously, she led Ashoka’s Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship, co-founded the University Network for Social Entrepreneurship and oversaw Ashoka’s expansion to the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. In addition, she served as a senior advisor to the director general of the International Labour Organization. Before that, she led the global advocacy group, Women’s Environment and Development Organization.

She has extensive micro-credit experience from her years with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and from her work with Women’s World Banking. She also served as a funder and volunteer representative to start Ashoka Bangladesh. Earlier, she was the assistant director of the export trading company of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Ms Davis serves on numerous boards including the United Nations Fund for International Partnership and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was educated at Georgetown, Harvard and Oxford universities.

 


 
Irene Zubaida Khan
Director

Ms Khan, an expert on international law and a human rights advocate, is director-general of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), an inter-governmental organisation which enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and institutions to promote peace, justice and sustainable development.

Between 2001 – 2009, Ms Khan was the secretary general of Amnesty International. Prior to joining Amnesty International, she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at its Geneva headquarters and various field operations for 21 years.

She is the chancellor of Salford University (UK), and sits on the board of several international organisations, including Save the Children International, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice and the Centre for Economic and Social Rights. Ms Khan has been the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006 for her work on women’s human rights, and the UK Asian Award for Public Servant of the Year in 2011. She studied law at the University of Manchester and Harvard Law School. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights has been translated into seven languages.

 



 
Debapriya Bhattacharya
Director

Dr Bhattacharya, a macro-economist and public policy analyst, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), where he was its first executive director (1999-2007). He was the ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the WTO, UN office, and other international organisations in Geneva and Vienna (2007-2009). He was the president of UNCTAD’s governing board as well as the coordinator of the LDC Group in the UN system in Geneva.  He served as the special advisor on LDCs to the secretary general, UNCTAD (2009-2010). Dr Bhattacharya was also the general secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association for three consecutive terms.

He has been member of the macro-economic policy advisory committee, Ministry of Finance; banking sector reform committee; Gas Utilization Committee, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources; national committee for Vision 2020, Prime Minister’s Office; Director Janata Bank and many other distinguished offices in Bangladesh. On behalf of international development agencies, he has undertaken overseas assignments, among others, in Nepal, China, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Tanzania, and Sri Lanka. He is a member of the global agenda council of the World Economic Forum. He is currently chairing two global initiatives, the LDC IV Monitor, a partnership to assess the implementation of the Istanbul programme of actions for the least developed countries, and the Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, a network of 48 think tanks from Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

He holds a PhD (Economics) from the Plekhanov Institute of National Economy, Moscow and did his post-doctoral research at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford. He was a senior Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for Global Development in Washington DC.  Dr Bhattacharya held a number of visiting positions in different universities, including UN-INTECH (Maastricht), University of Manchester and IDE (Tokyo). He is a regional editor of the Oxford Development Studies, member of the editorial board of South Asia Economic Journal, Colombo, and Trade Insights, Kathmandu. 

 



Parveen Mahmud FCA
Director

Ms Mahmud FCA, is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust, which facilitates Social Business activities for employment generation in addressing social issues and poverty alleviation. She is a chartered accountant and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). In her varied professional career, Ms Mahmud worked substantial time with national and international development agencies and has practiced chartered accountancy.

Ms Mahmud started her career with BRAC, and was the deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), an apex funding institution of microfinance activities for poverty alleviation. She was a partner at ACNABIN, Chartered Accountants. She was the first female president of ICAB in 2011. She is also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), an apex accounting professional body of the SAARC. Ms Mahmud was a working group member of the Consultative Group on Social Indicators, UNCTAD/ISAR. She serves in various boards, and was the chairperson of Acid Survivors Foundation.

 


 
Quais Shafiq ul Hassan
Director

Mr Hassan is a businessman who has been involved in the marketing of garments produced in Bangladesh to Europe since 1986. He is the managing director of Echo Sourcing Ltd UK, and Echotex Ltd Bangladesh. Echo Sourcing was made Supplier of the Year in 2003 by New Look Retailers Ltd UK and Echotex received both Bangladesh National Environmental Award and MCCI Environmental Award in 2010. Echotex has also been awarded CSR 2010, CSR and Clothing Supplier of the Year in 2011, and Best Clothing Supplier and Supplier of the Year in all categories in 2012 – all of them from Sainsburys plc.  

He is the co-founder of Children’s Hope, established in 2000, which deals with education of slum children in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The organisation also delivers healthcare to the sponsored children and their entire household, as well as provides nutrition, micro-credit,  sustainable livelihood and community development programmes and a disability support centre. 

Mr Hassan obtained his undergraduate degree from City University, London, and his postgraduate degree from Aston University, Birmingham.