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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Mohamed Foysol Chowdhury, PhD


Director
Social Innovation Lab
BRAC

Dr Mohamed Foysol Chowdhury is the director of innovations at BRAC. He also serves as a professor and director of research and development at BRAC University. Dr Chowdhury has a passion for cutting-edge science and technology innovations. In line with BRAC’s vision, his long-term desire is to exploit technological and innovative social enterprise solutions as a means of eradicating extreme poverty around the world.

Dr Chowdhury has extensive business development experience of innovative technology development in the field of low-cost sensors for environmental air quality monitoring and low carbon emission energy-efficient solutions. Before joining BRAC, Dr Chowdhury worked as a director of research and development projects for Cambridge CMOS Sensors, University of Cambridge (UCAM). He has been working in collaboration with UCAM academics and researchers on technology transfers and early-stage business development for more than 12 years. His career in technology and research innovations spans more for than 25 years. Previously he has held senior positions with large multi-national companies, start-ups, research and academic organisations, including Ai4sense (founder), Cambridge University, University of Warwick, Cambridge Semiconductor Limited (UCAM spin-off), TinyVisions Limited (founder), Micron Europe Limited, LSI Logic, University of Kent, University of Essex and Marconi Defence Systems Limited.

Dr Chowdhury received his PhD in electronic systems engineering (thesis on artificial intelligence/expert systems) from the University of Essex. He pursued his MSc in information engineering from City University, London and BSc honours in electronic engineering from the University of Essex.

Dr Chowdhury grew up in Colchester, UK, where he received his school and college education.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Md Akramul Islam, PhD


Director
Tuberculosis and Malaria Control
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
BRAC

Dr Md Akramul Islam is the director of BRAC’s communicable diseases and water sanitation and hygiene programme. He joined BRAC in 1993 and has served in various capacities since then. Dr Islam was the interim director of BRAC’s disaster management and climate change programme twice, in 2014-2015 and 2017-2018, and headed major humanitarian response activities for the Nepal earthquake disaster and Rohingya refugee crisis. Dr Islam leads The Global Fund grant in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for tuberculosis control and malaria elimination in Bangladesh. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University. Dr Islam served as the technical consultant to the International Union against TB and Lung Disease for South East Asia Region in 2009-2010. He was also a member of WHO’s technical advisory group (STAG) on TB in Geneva in 2013-2017. He chaired the working group on evidence-based research on tobacco control at the International Union against TB and Lung Disease from 2010-2017. He is also a member of the Technical Working Group of WHO SEARO, and the vice- chairman of Bangladesh TB Technical working group.

Dr Islam completed his Master’s in primary health care management at Mahidol University of Thailand, and PhD in international community health at University of Tokyo, Japan. His PhD research on the cost-effectiveness of Bangladesh’s TB control programme was nominated for the Global Development Network award from the World Bank in 2002.

Dr Islam has contributed to over 40 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and is a co-author of Making Tuberculosis History: Community-based Solution for Millions and contributed to From one to Many: Scaling Up Health Programs in Low-Income Countries.

In 2008, the International Union against TB and Lung Disease South East Asian Region recognised him for his leadership in public-private partnership model on TB control.

Dr Islam served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2008-2009, and at the University of Tokyo in 2002-2005.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Maria Huq


Director
Human Resource and Learning
BRAC

Prior to joining BRAC, Ms Huq worked as the principal human resources officer (head HR of Maharashtra and Goa) at Bharti Airtel Limited. She has more than 17 years’ experience working with various organisations such as HSBC Bangladesh, Paxar Bangladesh Limited and CEMEX Cement Bangladesh Limited.

Ms Huq completed her Master’s in business administration from Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

M Anowar Hossain


Director
Asia Region
BRAC International

Mr M Anowar Hossain is the director in charge of the Asia Region at BRAC International. He is responsible for strategising and overseeing country programmes and operations, as well as resource mobilisation for the region.

Mr Hossain has more than 16 years’ diverse experience in global development. His track record includes providing strategic, operational and technical leadership to the team, managing programmes and projects, designing and rolling out strategies, managing people from multi-cultural backgrounds, building strong networks, influencing policy, mobilising funds, inspiring shared vision, and enabling others to act.

Mr Hossain served as the country representative of BRAC International in Afghanistan for more than three years. Prior to joining BRAC, he worked in Concern Worldwide in different capacities including as an advocacy expert and head of technical unit. Mr Hossain designed, developed and managed a policy advocacy project with the Bangladesh Parliament which facilitated the forming and functioning of two All-party Parliamentary Groups. He also held the position of coordinator of the ‘Assessment of Impacts of Sustainable Environment Management Program (SEMP)’, and facilitated multiple campaigns in South Asia with ActionAid Bangladesh.

After obtaining a BSc in environmental science from Khulna University, Mr Hossain completed dual Master’s in development studies and economics from University of Dhaka.

He has authored four books and various publications in international journals.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Lamia Rashid


Director
Africa Region
BRAC International

Ms Lamia Rashid is the director in charge of the Africa Region at BRAC International. She led the development of the BRAC Africa Strategy 2017-2021, Transforming for Sustainable Impact at Scale. She is currently implementing the Strategy, providing direction on programmatic priorities, operating models and required organisational changes related with resource mobilisation, communications and knowledge management. She is also leading the establishment of a new Office of the Africa Region in Nairobi to provide dedicated support for the Africa programmes.

Previously, Ms Rashid served as the country director of Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh. Prior to this, she was the associate director of BRAC International, where she led strategy formulation for the BRAC International countries, as well as large-scale country and multi-country programmes. She identified fundraising, business development and partnership opportunities for countries, regionally and globally.

Ms Rashid has worked in international development for 25 years in several countries in Asia and Africa, and in organisations including Save the Children and the World Bank. Her expertise lies in the areas of strategy development, programme management, technical support and policy analysis. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and a Master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

KAM Morshed


Director
Advocacy for Social Change
Technology
Partnership Strengthening Unit
BRAC

Mr KAM Morshed leads BRAC’s advocacy, technology and partnership teams. He is responsible for effective delivery on BRAC’s policy portfolio and spearheading technology adaptation. He is also responsible for fostering BRAC-Government of Bangladesh partnership.

Having received both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Department of Finance and Banking of the University of Dhaka, he established the country’s first GIS and data visualisation company. Later, in 1998, he joined his alma mater as a teacher, teaching MIS and public/development finance.

Before joining BRAC in October 2015, Mr Morshed led Bangladesh’s Policy, Innovation and Communication teams at UNDP for over a decade.

Mr Morshed assisted in the formulation of national policies such as the e-Payment Policy (2005), Bangladesh ICT Policy (2005, 2010 and 2015), PPP Policy (2010), Bangladesh Social Safety Net Policy (2015), 6th Five Year Plan (2011-2016), and 7th Five Year Plan (2016-2020).

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Anna Minj


Director
Community Empowerment
Integrated Development
Gender Justice and Diversity
BRAC

Ms Anna Minj joined BRAC in 2009 and since then has served as a director in various programmes. She is currently the director of the community empowerment, integrated development and gender justice and diversity programmes.

She started her career with Caritas Bangladesh in 1987 where she served as a programme officer in the child care and orphanage management programme. She later became the project coordinator of the integrated women’s development programme in the same organisation, a position which she held for 12 years and successfully managed its three phases. She completed her Master’s in zoology and postgraduate diploma in project planning and management from IDPM, Manchester University, UK.

In 2002, Ms Minj joined CARE Bangladesh where she served in various positions, eventually becoming the head of human resource and gender equity and diversity. She also served as a social worker with Camden Cross Roads, London and volunteer support to CAFOD, UK.

Ms Minj is affiliated with a number of national and international level forums and networks in the field of development, gender and indigenous peoples’ rights. Currently, she is the convener for Girls Not Brides, Bangladesh Chapter and Engaging Men & Boys Alliance, Bangladesh, vice-chair of National Coalition of Indigenous People in Bangladesh, and the chairperson of Bangladesh Community Radio Association. She also served as the executive board member of Stromme Foundation, Norway for two terms until 2017.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Ahmed Najmul Hussain


Director
Administration
Road Safety
BRAC

Mr Ahmed Najmul Hussain is the director of the administration and road safety programme. BRAC’s Driving Training School was created under his leadership. He has also been responsible for procurement, security, transport, road safety programme, estates, logistics, telecommunications, and the central store.

A graduate of the Police Staff College, UK, Mr Hussain has worked in different law enforcement, road safety and transport regulatory capacities of the Bangladesh government. He was elevated to the prestigious position of the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. After his three-year tenure, he was seconded to the Ministry of Communication and served as the chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority. Before joining BRAC, Mr Hussain was the team leader of the World Bank’s Community Road Safety Initiatives project.

Commissioned from the Military Academy, he previously served in the Pakistan and Bangladesh armies before his secondment to police service while he was a major.

He has received various awards, including the Good Service Badge of Bangladesh Police and the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, UK.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Zulfikar Hyder


Chief People Officer
BRAC

Mr Zulfikar Hyder is the chief people officer at BRAC. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of human resources with extensive exposure in aligning HR to business priorities and delivering results in enhancing organisational capabilities. He has progressive HR leadership experience in complex business environments such as start-ups, small, medium and large companies in various industries such as oil and gas, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food, agro, fertiliser, banking, shoes and textile.

Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Hyder served as the human resources director for Coats Bangladesh, human resources director for Chevron Bangladesh, human resources manager for Olayan Kimberly-Clark (Saudi Arabia), head of recruitment at Al Rajhi Bank (Saudi Arabia), senior vice-president HR for Eastern Bank Ltd., organisational development manager and operations human resources manager at British American Tobacco, and in many other national and multinational companies in Bangladesh and abroad.

Mr Hyder is a certified professional in assessing skills. He has accomplished various projects on organisational reengineering and building a winning culture working with McKinsey, Oliver Wight, Hay Group and Hewitt Associates in numerous organisations.

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BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Tel: 880-2-9881265.
Fax: 880-2-9843542

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Shameran Abed


Senior Director
Microfinance and Targeting the Ultra Poor
BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Shameran Abed is the senior director in charge of BRAC’s microfinance and ultra poor graduation programmes and is a member of BRAC’s executive management committee. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than 6.5 million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 2.5 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor graduation programme has graduated more than 1.8 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation approach’ to tackle extreme poverty.

Mr Abed also chairs the board of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and serves on the boards of the BRAC UK, IPDC Finance and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). Additionally, he is the chairperson of the Microfinance Network and is also a member of the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI) and the World Economic Forum’s Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.

Mr Abed is a lawyer by training, having been called to the Bar as a member of 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.

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