Leadership: Executive Body

 Dr Muhammad Musa

Muhammad Musa 
Executive Director

Dr Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations at international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and a public health specialist, he has specialised training in maternal and child nutrition, and disaster management.

Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. He spent 20 of those years working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region.

He has long experience in strategic leadership, governing board management, executive-level management of large-scale operations, and humanitarian and social development programme management. He specialises in people management, leadership development, conflict resolution, and organisational change management. He also has proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been a successful professional in bringing convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies in creating sustainable development programming for achieving impact at large scale.

In the professional field, he is known for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. He is also known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals into humanitarian and social development leaders. He is also an internationally recognised senior management trainer and an experienced coach.



Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed
Executive Director
BRAC International

Mr Ahmed currently serves as the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee, the organisation’s management decision-making committee. Prior to this, he was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years and played a critical role in shaping its overall health strategy and scaling up several community-based health and nutrition interventions. Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked for the health nutrition and population team of the World Bank office in Bangladesh as senior operations officer. He started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Mr Ahmed serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch – a civil society initiative, and a member of World Bank civil society consultative group on health, nutrition and population. Formerly, he represented the civil society for the GAVI Alliance board. Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka.



Shib Narayan Kairy

SN Kairy
Chief Financial Officer
BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Kairy is the chief financial officer of BRAC and BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee, the organisation’s management decision-making committee. Following the completion of his MCom in accounting from the University of Dhaka, he joined the accounts section of BRAC in April 1982.

At BRAC, he progressed through the roles of chief accountant, finance manager, head of finance, director of finance and accounts, and was appointed to his current position in May 2011.

Mr Kairy supervises the overall financial control and management over the sources and applications of funds for BRAC activities, both development and commercial. His responsibilities include ensuring effective financial control, transparency and accuracy of financial data and reporting. Mr Kairy is responsible for ensuring the effective procurement and asset management of BRAC.

He is currently serving on the board of BRAC Bank Limited and BRAC Lanka Finance Plc (Sri Lanka) as a director nominated by BRAC.


Asif Saleh

Asif Saleh
Senior Director
Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Saleh is the senior director of strategy, communication and empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International. He oversees strategy, communications, advocacy, ICT and social innovation lab, and in charge of empowerment cluster, which includes gender justice and diversity, migration and human rights and legal aid services. Prior to joining BRAC, he was an executive director at Goldman Sachs and also worked for Glaxo Wellcome, NorTel and IBM. Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded project access to information (a2i) programme at the prime minister’s office. 

Mr Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organisation with chapters across the world focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshi people. He contributes regularly to local and international dailies. 

Mr Saleh was recognised for his work by Asia Society’s Asia 21 programme in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business. He is currently a mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, a member of the advisory board of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and a board member of Institute of Informatics and Development (IID). He was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2013.



Tamara H. Abed

Tamara Hasan Abed
Senior Director
Enterprises, BRAC

Ms Abed joined BRAC in 2002 and is currently the senior director of BRAC Enterprises. She heads two of BRAC’s most successful social enterprises, namely, Aarong and BRAC Dairy. Ms.Abed is a member of BRAC’s executive management committee.

Ms Abed serves as director on the board of BRAC Bank Limited since April 2008. She is also a member of the board of trustees of BRAC University and the BRAC University syndicate.

Tamara is the executive trustee of Ayesha Abed Foundation and the director of BRAC Banskhali Tea Co. Ltd, BRAC Karnafuli Tea Co. Ltd, BRAC Kaiyacherra Tea Co. Ltd, BRAC Kodala Tea Co. Ltd and BRAC Services Ltd. 

She started her career in 1995 as an investment banker in corporate finance at Peregrine Capital Ltd., Dhaka and then worked in Goldman Sachs in New York in Mergers and Strategic Advisory. She also worked in BRAC’s urban development programme and managed a small business of her own in the hospitality industry. She has 18 years of experience in multiple sectors including retail, finance, social enterprise, development, dairy and hospitality, both locally and internationally. Tamara is an Asia 21 Young Leader and was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2010 as a Young Global Leader.

Ms Abed has a BSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, where she graduated as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honour society for business students.




Abdul Bayes

Abdul Bayes
Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC

Abdul Bayes joined BRAC in June 2015. Before joining BRAC, Mr Bayes has been working as professor in the Department of Economics at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka since 1991. Earlier, he served at Jahangirnagar University in various capacities, most notably as vice chancellor, 2000-2001; pro vice chancellor, 1999-2000; dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, 1994-1996; director, Centre of Human Resources Development, 1997-1999. He began his long career as assistant research officer at Bangladesh Bank in 1974.

He also served as chairman of Bangladesh NGO Foundation from 2010-2014. He was also a member in the panel of economists for fifth, sixth and seventh five-year plans constituted by the Government of Bangladesh from 1996-2015. Presently, he is a member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists; Asian Society of Agricultural Economists and Bangladesh Economic Association. He is known for his substantial contributions in research on agriculture, international trade and rural development.

He did his masters in economics from University of New England, Australia, and from University of Dhaka. He did his post-graduate diploma in economics from Australian National University, Australia.  

He has more than 37 years of experience in research and consultancy with IRRI, Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh of Development Studies (BIDS), World Bank, Mott Macdonald International, Danish Embassy and the Netherlands Embassy.

During the course of his career, Professor Bayes has authored 15 books, Bish Geramer Golpo and Leading Issues in Rural Development, Bangladesh Perspective being the most recent titles. He writes extensively in English and Bangla national dailies. At present, he is a weekly columnist at The Financial Express.


Ahmed Najmul Hussain

Ahmed Najmul Hussain
Administration, BRAC
Road Safety, BRAC

Mr Hussain is the director of administration and road safety. A graduate of Police Staff College, UK, Mr Hussain worked in a variety of law enforcement capacities. He was the superintendent of police in seven districts, as well as the additional inspector general of Bangladesh Police and commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. Previously, he served as lieutenant to major in the Pakistan and Bangladesh armies. Mr Hussain’s previous positions include chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and the team leader of the community road safety initiatives project of World Bank.

While at BRAC, Mr Hussain has been responsible for procurement, advocacy, estate, logistics, transport, security, construction, IT systems, telecommunications, road safety and the central store.

He has received different awards, including the Good Service Badge of Bangladesh Police (1994), and the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, UK (2002). 


Anna Minj

Anna Minj
Community Empowerment, BRAC
Integrated Development, BRAC

Targeting the Ultra Poor, BRAC

Ms Minj joined BRAC in April 2009 and she is the director of Community Empowerment Programme, Integrated Development Programme and Targeting the Ultra Poor Programme. She has obtained her Master’s degree (MSc) in Zoology and completed her postgraduate level diploma in Project Planning and Management from IDPM, Manchester University, UK. She started her career with Caritas Bangladesh as programme officer of Child Care and Orphanage Management programme from August 1987 to January 1991, after which she served as the project coordinator of Integrated Women’s Development Programme for about 12 years (January 1991-April 2002) in the same organisation.

Thereafter, she joined with CARE Bangladesh and served in different promoted positions with different capacities, such as gender advisor – Programming, Coordinator for Gender Equity and Diversity, and finally as the head of Human Resource and Gender Equity and Diversity during April 2002 - March 2009 . In between, she also served as a social worker with Camden Cross Roads, London and volunteer support to CAFOD, UK.

Ms Minj affiliated with a number of national and international level forums and networks in the field of development, gender and indigenous peoples right. She also serves as board member of several national and international development organisations and foundations.




Faustina Pereira

Faustina Pereira
Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC

Dr Pereira joined BRAC in September 2007 as the director of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Services programme.

She is a lawyer, a human rights activist and an author. She obtained her doctorate in International Human Rights Law in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and completed her post-doctorate in 2002 from the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a Bank of Ireland Fellow. Prior to joining BRAC, Dr Pereira served as the director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

Dr Pereira, an internationally established writer has authored the book “The Fractured Scales: The Search for a Uniform Personal Code”, which was awarded a Gold Medal by the Asiatic Society. In 2006, she was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.


Kaosar Afsana

Kaosar Afsana
Health, Nutrition and Population, BRAC

Dr Afsana has been working for BRAC, for over 21 years. Currently, she is the director of health, nutrition and population. She is a professor in James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. Dr Afsana is an MD with an MPH from Harvard University, USA and a PhD from Edith Cowan University, Australia. 

She has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Woman of Distinction Award 2011 by the NGO Committee of the Women Status, New York for her contribution to maternal health and women’s empowerment; Presidents' Prize for the best thesis on an Asian topic by Asian Studies Association of Australia; D.K. Agencies India’s award for the best Australian doctoral thesis on an Asian subject;  the 2003 University Research Medal and the Faculty Research Medal for the best PhD thesis from Edith Cowan University. 

Dr Afsana authored two books, Disciplining Birth: Power, Knowledge and Childbirth Practices in Bangladesh and Discoursing Birthing Care: Experiences from BRAC, Bangladesh and published articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. Dr Afsana is the section editor of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. She represents BRAC at national and global levels and plays a special role in policy-making, planning and technical guidance, particularly, in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health and nutrition.


Kaosar Afsana

Md Akramul Islam
Tuberculosis and Malaria Control, BRAC
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), BRAC

Md Akramul Islam is the director of tuberculosis and malaria control; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). He is an adjunct professor of James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University. Dr Islam completed his Masters on Primary Health Care Management at the Mahidol University of Thailand and his PhD on International Community Health at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr Islam joined BRAC in 1993 and served in different capacities.

Dr Islam has contributed over 30 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is a co-author of Making Tuberculosis History: community based solution for millions.  He also wrote a chapter in From one to Many: Scaling Up Health Programs in Low Income Countries. In 2009-2010, he served as a technical consultant of the International Union against TB and Lung Disease for South East Asia Region.

Dr Islam is serving as chair of Working Group on Evidenced Based Research on Tobacco Control at the International Union against TB and Lung Disease. Dr Islam is also serving as Technical Working Group Member of WHO SEARO and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) member on TB at Geneva.

Dr Islam was nominated for Award of Global Development Network of the World Bank in 2002 for his PhD Research Work on Cost-effectiveness on TB control programme in Bangladesh. In 2008, the International Union against TB and Lung Disease South East Asian Region recognised him for his leadership in public and private partnership model on TB control.  Dr Islam was a visiting lecturer of the University of Tokyo from 2002-2005 and at Harvard University in 2008-2009. 




Nanda Dulal Saha

Nanda Dulal Saha
Internal Audit, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Saha FCA currently holds the position of director of internal audit for BRAC and BRAC International. He also serves on the board of BRAC EPL Investments Limited, having received his nomination by BRAC in 2009. Mr Saha joined BRAC in 2007 as head of internal audit, having more than 13 years of working experience in internal control system, assurance, accounting, compliance management, risk management services, tax matters, and legal affairs.

Prior to joining BRAC, he worked with Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants, a member firm of KPMG International, in audit and assurance services for about four and half years.

Mr Saha is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), USA and IIA Bangladesh. He is also a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA and ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter. He has been nominated as Director – Membership of the ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter for the period 2011-2013.


Rachel Kabir
Chairperson's Office, BRAC

Ms Kabir joined BRAC as the director of the chairperson’s office in November 2013. Prior to this, she was responsible for coordinating the labour welfare activities of one of Bangladesh’s leading tea companies for three years. This encompassed the provision of housing, safe water, sanitation facilities, primary healthcare, health education, primary education and crèches for pre-school children.

She has worked for 17 years as a freelance writer and researcher on children’s issues in Bangladesh, principally for UNICEF, Save the Children and the Government of Bangladesh. Her writing assignments covered a wide range of topics, including child rights, child protection, adolescents, early childhood development, nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation. She drafted a number of national-level documents including the national programme of action to achieve child survival and development goals for 1990-95, the national plan of action against sexual exploitation and abuse of children, and the government of Bangladesh’s first periodic report to the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child.

Ms Kabir was the principal researcher in the consultations with children on various forms of sexual abuse and exploitation and in a qualitative study on child abuse in Bangladesh. She also acted as an advisor to a national study on child abuse and domestic violence in Turkey.

Ms Kabir started her career as a solicitor in London, working for a long-established private client firm in Lincoln’s Inn and a West End specialist media/entertainment firm, after completing a BA in law at the University of Cambridge and the Law Society’s Final Examination.



Safiqul Islam

Safiqul Islam
Education, BRAC

Dr Islam is the director of BRAC’s education programme. He received his PhD in economics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1985.

Prior to joining BRAC in 1987, Dr Islam was a research associate at the Centre for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP), a multi-government research organisation. At BRAC, he held different positions, including the position of a senior research economist at the research and evaluation division and of a programme coordinator at the monitoring department until1995. He also worked for UNICEF in Pakistan from 1997-1998, as a consultant to the government of North-West Frontier Province on different aspects of non-formal education. He was seconded to SIDA to work for the directorate of non-formal education of the Government of Bangladesh during 2001-2002. In 2011, he was invited by the Qatar Foundation as a panelist on the 11-member international committee responsible for short-listing the recipients of the WISE Prize. Dr Islam is also the member of different inter-departmental, senior level committees that comprises of government and NGOs, including EFA country review committee. 


Saieed Bakth Mozumder

Saieed Bakth Mozumder
Tea Estates, BRAC

Mr Mozumder serves as the director of BRAC’s Tea Estates division. He joined James Finlay & Co Ltd while studying History at Dhaka University.

Prior to joining BRAC in 2003, Mr Mozumder worked as assistant manager, divisional manager, and subsequently promoted into the office of the superintendent of James Finlay, Doloi and Noyapara Tea Companies incorporated in the U.K. He was visiting superintendent and then a general manager in National Tea Co Ltd. In 1993, Mr Mozumder was appointed as general manager of Tea Holding (Transcom Group). He was also employed by HRC Group to develop two estates under Tea, Rubber & Afforestation as general manager, and subsequently as executive director of Plantation.

Mr Mozumder was secretary of Balisera Planters’ Club, and represented the Bangladeshiyo Cha Sangshad on a variety of Boards and Committees. He was also director of the Board & Executive Committee of One Bank Ltd and was also director in the Board of National Tea Company Ltd. 



Sayeda Tahya Hossain

Sayeda Tahya Hossain
Chief People Officer
Human Resources Division, BRAC
Learning Division, BRAC

Ms Hossain joined BRAC in December 2013 as director of the human resource division; and is currently supervising BRAC Learning Division. As of March 2014, she was appointed chief people officer. Prior to joining BRAC, she worked as the director of human resources and corporate affairs at Lafarge Surma Cement Limited.

She has more than 17 years of experience in human resource management in both corporate and development sectors of different organisations, including Citibank NA Bangladesh Limited, Unilever Bangladesh Limited, Concern Worldwide Bangladesh and Nestle Bangladesh.



Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed
Microfinance, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Abed manages BRAC’s microfinance operations, which serves more than five million clients and has total assets exceeding USD 1 billion. He also serves on the boards of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and the Delta BRAC Housing Finance Corporation. Additionally, he sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee. Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Abed was a journalist and wrote primarily on political issues.

Mr Abed is a lawyer by training, having been made a barrister by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in the United States, majoring in economics and minoring in political science.


Sheepa Hafiza

Sheepa Hafiza
Gender Justice and Diversity, BRAC
Migration, BRAC

Ms Hafiza joined BRAC in 1990 and is currently the director of the gender justice and diversity and the migration programmes. Ms Hafiza is widely recognised for her expertise in areas ranging from social communication and policy advocacy, organisational change process, human resource management and development, gender justice and empowerment, and on the rights of labour migrants. She also has expertise in the area of cross-cutting organisational development, and programme development. 

She serves in a number of national and international leadership roles, for example as an advisor to the UN secretary general on the Peace Building Fund; member of the civil society advisory group of UN Women, Bangladesh; member of the governing body of Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC); a trustee board member of the government’s national women and children development implementation and evaluation committee.

Ms Hafiza received the Communication for Sustainable Social Change Award in 2010 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA for her groundbreaking work on sustainable social communication on extreme poverty and public health challenges like TB. She was also awarded for her contribution in gender work in 2007 and on human development management in 2008. She co-authored the BRAC technical manual and has also facilitated numerous seminars, workshops, and lectures related to organisational culture and development, ethical fitness, public policy, VAWG, rights of migrants, institution-level management and leadership courses nationally and internationally. She has been published in several national dailies, magazines and books on organisational development, gender and rights.

Ms Hafiza obtained an MA in intercultural and international management as well as a post-graduate diploma in NGO leadership and management from SIT Graduate Institute, USA. She also completed an MA with honours in public administration from the University of Dhaka.



Tahsinah Ahmed
Skills Development, BRAC

Ms Ahmed joined BRAC in March 2015. She graduated from Dhaka University with a Masters in Public Administration. She has over 20 years experience working in the development sector. Prior to BRAC, she was with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland for 14 years, leading and managing its work in education, migration and skills development. She served as Ombudsperson, Gender Resource Person and Security Warden at the Embassy.

Within the Local Consultative Group, she was the 1st national to be elected as Chair of the Local Consultative sub Group on Education. She served as its Co-Chair from March 2003 to April 2005 and Chair from 2005 April to May 2007. She set up the Skills Development Working Group in June 2006 and served as Chair from January 2009 to August 2013 and as Co-Chair from February 2007 to December 2008 and from  September  to  December 2013. She was Chair of the Working Group on the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and member of the Non Formal Education (NFE) Task Force.

She played a key role to develop the NFE Policy and the Skills Development Policy; and contributed to develop the PRS, the Education Policy, the Strategy for Gender Mainstreaming in Technical Vocational Education, the National Skills Development Council (NSDC) Act etc. She served as member of the Executive Committee of the NSDC and other networks. She facilitated to set up institutions like the Bureau of NFE and the NSDC Secretariat. 

She has also worked for UNESCO, Save the Children and Action Aid.

She developed the Life Oriented Education Module for Grameen Bank which was replicated in Africa by UNESCO. She developed learning materials for neo-literates which were translated into Hindi by the Rajasthan Adult Education Association for its programmes. Besides other publications, she contributed to develop the Shikkhakosh: a compendium of education & development terminologies and  lead DFID’s  ‘Reading for Children’ research, which has been replicated in different countries by Save the Children.

She is best known for  her leadership over a  decade to shape the skills development sector of the country. 



Tanwir Rahman

Tanwir Rahman
Finance, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Rahman is the director of finance for BRAC and BRAC International. He obtained his bachelors of business administration in accounting from Boise State University. He is also a licensed CPA (certified public accountant) since 1999. He started his career in finance and accounting in 1995 while working as an intern in the accounting department in Morrison Knudsen Corporation (now URS Corporation). After his graduation, he worked as a full-time accountant in the same organisation and received a certificate of appreciation. After passing his uniform certified public accounting examination and completing four years of service, he was promoted to senior accountant.

Later and throughout his 15-year career in the financial management and reporting arena in the USA, he also worked in various capacities, as the divisional controller for HBG (Hollandsche Beton Groep) Royal BAM, assistant controller for Mitchell engineering, and senior project accounting manager for Bovis Lend Lease. Before joining BRAC in 2009, he worked as the controller for Allied Container System, a defence contractor for the US Army and the Navy. 

He was ranked 165 in the world per ITF (International Tennis Federation) 1986 Junior Tennis Ranking. He brought trophies for Bangladesh from Brunei Darussalam and Sri Lanka while representing Bangladesh internationally. He was offered a full tennis scholarship to attend Boise State University and he competed in divisional tennis with various universities in the USA representing his university.

Mr Rahman is a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and IMA (Institute of Management Accountants).



Taufiqur Rahman Mollick
BRAC Dairy and Food Enterprises

Mr Rahman is the director of BRAC’s dairy and food enterprises. He oversees BRAC Dairy, BRAC Chicken and BRAC Artificial Insemination. Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Rahman worked as the corporate head of marketing of Rahimafrooz (Bangladesh) Ltd – one of the most highly respected industrial groups in Bangladesh. He is a veteran business management professional and a reputed business consultant with over 18 years of experience in FMCG and consumer durable industries. Mr Rahman started his career as a management trainee of Toyota Motors (USA) Inc in 1996. Upon his return to Bangladesh, he worked at various well known organisations like Mutual Group, COMMUNIC Group, Bengal Meat Processing Industries Ltd and Rahimafrooz (Bangladesh) Ltd.

He is a noted researcher and trainer in the areas of brand management and market communication, strategic marketing and corporate re-engineering in Bangladesh and abroad. Mr Rahman has taught BBA and MBA level courses at North South University and IUBAT as a part-time lecturer for several years. He is a member of the American Management Association, USA, and American Alumni Association, Bangladesh.

Mr Rahman has received his MBA from the University of New Haven and BBA from the University of Mississippi, USA.