Dr Muhammad Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations in international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and public health specialist, he has a 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. Twenty of those years were spent 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 a proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been successful in bringing about convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies to create sustainable development programming that achieves impact on a large scale.
In the professional field, Dr Musa has established a reputation for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. In addition, he is 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 is 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.
Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.
Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.
Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on 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.
Mohammad Mamdudur Rashid
Chief Financial Officer
BRAC and BRAC International
Mohammad Mamdudur Rashid is the chief financial officer of BRAC and BRAC International.
Prior to joining BRAC in 2017, he served as the additional managing director and head of wholesale banking at BRAC Bank Limited. He previously held various important roles at BRAC Bank including those of chief financial officer and strategic leadership for SME business.
Mr Rashid has been in the financial service industry for 25 years, the majority of which was spent in banking, a career that began in 1995 with Citibank-Bangladesh. His banking career spanned across Bangladesh, India and Australia. He managed a number of functional areas covering finance, operations, compliance, credit administration, HR and general services.
Prior to joining BRAC Bank, Mr Rashid served as the head of strategic planning for Citibank-Australia and New Zealand for its institutional banking business. He also held numerous other senior positions in Citibank, including that of chief operating officer of Citibank-Bangladesh during 2001-2005.
Mr Rashid completed his MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of University of Dhaka as vice chancellor’s gold medalist, and his MA in international economics and finance as a fulbright scholar from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, USA. In his multifaceted career, Mr Rashid was also a lecturer of finance at IBA, a Merchant Mariner and won the President’s Gold Medal of Marine Academy in 1985.
Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International
Asif Saleh is the senior director of strategy, communications and empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International. He oversees advocacy, information and communications technology, communications and the social innovation lab. He also leads the empowerment cluster, which includes migration, human rights and legal aid services, the urban development programme and the skills development programme.
Prior to joining BRAC in 2011, Mr Saleh was an executive director at Goldman Sachs and also worked at GlaxoWellcome, NorTel and IBM.
Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded Access to Information Programme (A2i) at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organisation with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis. He 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 was selected to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Mr Saleh holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business.
He is a member of the board of director for BRAC Net and IPDC, one of the oldest financial institutions in the country. He also chairs BRAC IT Services Limited. He is a board member of multiple non-profits, such as 1 Degree Initiative, Spreeha, Institute of Informatics and Development. Mr Saleh is a member of the advisory council of the Public Interest Registry and a 2013 mentor of the Unreasonable Institute.
Tamara Hasan Abed
Tamara Hasan Abed is the senior director of BRAC Enterprises. She heads BRAC’s 16 social enterprises including Aarong, BRAC Dairy and BRAC Seed and Agro Enterprise.
Tamara is part of BRAC’s executive management committee. She is a member of the board of trustees of BRAC University and the BRAC University Syndicate. She is the executive trustee of Ayesha Abed Foundation and director of BRAC EPL Investments Limited, BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage Limited, BRAC Karnafuli Tea Company Limited, BRAC Kaiyacherra Tea Company Limited, BRAC Kodala Tea Estate, BRAC Services Limited, Bangladesh Netting Factory Limited, BRAC Industries Limited, and BRAC Environmental Enterprises Limited. She also served on the board of BRAC Bank Limited for eight years until June 2016.
Tamara started her career in 1995 as an investment banker in corporate finance at Peregrine Capital Limited, Dhaka and 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 20 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 as a Young Global Leader 2010. She received the Outstanding Women Leadership Award from the World Women Leadership Congress in 2014.
She has a BSc in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. In 2014, she attended an executive course on transformational leadership at Said Business School in Oxford University.
Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC
Abdul Bayes joined BRAC in June 2015. Prior to this, he worked as a professor in the Department of Economics at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka. He served in various capacities at the university, most notably as vice chancellor, 2000-2001; pro vice chancellor, 1999-2000; dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, 1994-1996; and director, Centre of Human Resources Development, 1997-1999.
Mr Bayes began his career as an assistant research officer at Bangladesh Bank in 1974. He served as the chairman of Bangladesh NGO Foundation from 2010-2014. He was also a member in the panel of economists for the 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 to 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.
Mr Bayes has more than 37 years of experience in research and consultancy with IRRI, Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, World Bank, Mott Macdonald International, Danish Embassy and the Netherlands Embassy.
Mr Bayes has authored 15 books during the course of his career. Bish Geramer Golpo and Leading Issues in Rural Development, Bangladesh Perspective are two of his 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
Road Safety, BRAC
Ahmed Najmul Hussain is the director of the administration and road safety programme. A graduate of the Police Staff College, UK, Mr Hussain has worked in a variety of law enforcement capacities. He was the superintendent of police in seven districts, as well as additional inspector general of Bangladesh Police, and commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
He previously served as lieutenant to major in the Pakistan and Bangladesh armies. Mr Hussain’s earlier positions include chairman of the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and team leader of the World Bank’s community road safety initiatives project.
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 various awards, including the Good Service Badge of Bangladesh Police (1994), and the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, UK (2002).
Community Empowerment, BRAC
Integrated Development, BRAC
Gender Justice & Diversity, BRAC
Anna Minj joined BRAC in 2009 and since then has served as a director in various programmes. She is currently the director of community empowerment programme, integrated development programme and gender justice and diversity.
She started her career with Caritas Bangladesh in 1987 where she served as the programme officer of child care and orphanage management programme. She later became the project coordinator of 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 masters in zoology and postgraduate level 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. She serves as the executive board member of Stromme Foundation- Norway, Vice Chair of National Coalition of Indigenous People in Bangladesh, and as chair person of Bangladesh Community Radio Association.
Gawher Nayeem Wahra
Disaster Management and Climate Change, BRAC
Gawher Nayeem Wahra joined as the director of BRAC’s disaster management and climate change programme in July 2015. He has over 28 years of experience, managing complex emergencies and natural disasters at local, regional, national and international levels. He has played managerial roles in developing community-focused humanitarian response and human rights-based resources for right-based humanitarian actions, monitoring and coordinating in various development organisations.
In the early 1990s, Mr Wahra was actively involved in developing the country’s first national disaster management training manual. He has worked on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation programmes, with focus on child protection in emergencies in various humanitarian organisations such as Oxfam, CARE, ActionAid, Save the Children, PLAN, Swiss Development Cooperation and UNICEF. He has worked in Kurdistan (northern Iraq), India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Somalia, with specific assignment on disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response.
In 2011, Mr Wahra was elected as independent member of Certification and Review Board of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, a Geneva-based humanitarian organisation, following which he became the chair of the board. As chief editor, he has made immense contributions to translations of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies of the Sphere Hand Book in Bangla. He also disseminated the standards through co-writing training manuals and providing the training. He is the founder editor of Bangladesh Disaster Year Report, an annual report on disaster and environmental hazards.
Mr Wahra is the founder convener and currently a member secretary of Foundation for Disaster Forum, a national membership organisation of 67 agencies and individuals working in the field of humanitarian response in Bangladesh. He is also the founder member of the south Asian disaster network, Duryog Nivaran.
Mr Wahra is an adjunct faculty at the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka. He assisted in developing the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula for disaster management courses at public universities.
Director, Asia Region
Jalaluddin Ahmed is the director for Asia Region of BRAC International. He is responsible for the development and implementation of country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and the quality of country operations.
Mr Ahmed has over 30 years of experience in the development field and has worked in several programmes including health, microfinance, education, agriculture and women’s empowerment. He joined BRAC in 1980 in the research and evaluation division and since then, has held various positions including associate director at BRAC International, associate director of BRAC’s health programme, country head of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and country representative of Afghanistan.
He is also a member of Public Health Association, Bangladesh.
Mr Ahmed completed his MSc in community health from London School of Tropical Medicine, University of London, and completed a certified programme on managing health from Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University. Prior to this, he completed his graduation and post-graduation in economics from University of Chittagong.
Advocacy for Social Change
Information and Communication Technology
Partnership Strengthening Unit
KAM Morshed leads BRAC’s advocacy, partnership, and technology teams. He facilitates BRAC’s policy engagements and stimulates technology adaptation to help reimagine BRAC’s internal processes and programme interventions. He is also responsible for fostering partnership between BRAC and the government to help expand BRAC’s impact.
Before joining BRAC in October 2015, Mr Morshed led Bangladesh’s Policy, Innovation and Communication teams at UNDP for over 10 years. In that role, he managed UNDP-government partnerships and supervised various programme interventions in the areas of ICT4D, MDGs, aid effectiveness, trade, and south-south cooperation.
Mr Morshed has contributed, in various capacities, in the formulation of a number of policies, such as the e-Payment Policy (2005), the Bangladesh ICT Policy (2005, 2010 and 2015), the PPP Policy (2010), Bangladesh Social Safety Net Policy (2015), 6th Five Year Plan (2011-2016), and the 7th Five Year Plan (2016-2020).
Mr Morshed sponsored four successful start-ups, including the country’s first GIS Data Management/BPO company (1993), the first chain supermarket (2001), and the first Business Process Reengineering Consulting House (1999).
He joined his alma mater as a teacher in 1998, teaching MIS and public/development finance. As a professor and specialist, he led and participated in several notable process reengineering projects. He has published in peer-reviewed journals, newspapers and periodicals.
Mr Morshed received both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees with honours from the Department of Finance and Banking of the University of Dhaka. His interests include innovation, behavioural insights, future casting, and social enterprises.
Health, Nutrition and Population, BRAC
Kaosar Afsana has been working at BRAC for 24 years. She is also a professor in the James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University. She is an MD with a MPH from Harvard University, and holds a PhD from Edith Cowan University, Australia. She is the author of two books; Disciplining birth: Power, Knowledge and Childbirth Practices in Bangladesh and Discoursing Birthing Care: Experience from BRAC, Bangladesh, and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and books.
Dr Afsana has received many prestigious awards, including the Presidents’ Prize for the best thesis on an Asian topic by the Asian Studies Association of Australia; DK 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 was also awarded with 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.
In 2013, BRAC’s project, manoshi, which Dr Afsana designed, received the Global Innovation Award from Save-GSK. 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.
Director, Africa Region
Lamia Rashid is the director of the Africa Region, BRAC International. She is responsible for developing and implementing country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and quality of country operations.
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 over 22 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 programme management, strategy development, technical support and policy analysis. She has a master’s in development studies from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Md Akramul Islam
Tuberculosis and Malaria Control, BRAC
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), BRAC
Dr Md Akramul Islam is the director of communicable diseases and water, sanitation and hygiene. He is also an adjunct professor at James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University.
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. He joined BRAC in 1993 and has served in various capacities since then.
Dr Islam has contributed over 40 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.
Dr Islam served as a technical consultant to the International Union against TB and Lung Disease for South East Asia Region from 2009-2010. He was a technical advisory group (STAG) member of WHO on TB in Geneva from 2013-2015. He now serves as chair for the Working Group on Evidence-based Research on Tobacco Control at the International Union against TB and Lung Disease. He is also a member of Technical Working Group of WHO SEARO.
Dr Islam was nominated for the Global Development Network award from the World Bank in 2002 for his PhD research 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-private partnership model on TB control.
Dr Islam was a visiting lecturer at the University of Tokyo from 2002-2005, and at Harvard University from 2008-2009.
Mohammad Anisur Rahman
Dairy and Food Enterprise, BRAC
Mohammad Anisur Rahman joined BRAC in October 2016 as director of dairy and food enterprises. Prior to joining BRAC, he was working as chief operating officer of PRAN Dairy Limited. He has also worked for Rahimafrooz Gastech Limited, AC Nielsen Bangladesh Limited and United Nations Mission in Georgia. He has over 20 years of experience in business development strategy.
Mr Rahman brings with him a wealth of leadership experience, especially in the areas of marketing, sales, customer care, supply chain, human resources, production, and research and analytical skills. He completed his MBA from MIST, Dhaka University and obtained special training from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Mr Rahman specialises in orchestrating large projects, start-ups, turnarounds and growth ventures. He is driven to improve the bottom line, while ensuring staff compliance to business policies and procedures. He received special accolade for turning around PRAN’s losing business concern and transforming it into a leading profitable venture in less than four years.
Mr Rahman has special interests in business research and writing, movies and golfing.
Chief People Officer
Munmun Salma Chowdhury is the chief people officer of BRAC International. Before joining BRAC, she was the global HR generalist in CARE USA (based in Bangladesh), covering 13 countries in Asia and the Middle East. She led the HR network of CARE in Asia and the Middle East, developed policy guidelines for an empowered and equitable workforce, and led the female leadership programme of CARE in Asia. Prior to that, she was the regional human resources business partner for Asia at CARE USA.
Prior to that, Ms Chowdhury served as the general manager of HRD, programme coordinator of education, and held several other positions at CARE Bangladesh. She also worked for Unity for Social and Human Action and the Association for Development Agencies of Bangladesh. Ms Chowdhury holds a master’s and PhD in psychology from the University of Dhaka.
Nanda Dulal Saha
Internal Audit, BRAC and BRAC International
Nanda Dulal Saha FCA is the director of internal audit for BRAC and BRAC International. He also served on the board of BRAC EPL Investments Limited from 2009 to 2014. He joined BRAC in 2007 as the head of internal audit. He has over 14 years of experience in internal control system, assurance, accounting, finance, compliance, risk management , tax matters, and legal affairs.
Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Saha worked in audit and assurance services with Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants, a member firm of KPMG International.
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 served as director– membership of the ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter for the period 2011-2015. He is currently a member of the Technical and Research of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh.
Chairperson's Office, BRAC
Rachel Kabir joined BRAC as the director of the chairperson’s office in 2013. She is also secretary to the BRAC Governing Body and Stichting BRAC International Governing Board and is in charge of the internship and visitors’ units. 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 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 (for solicitors).
Dr Safiqul 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 has held various positions, including that of senior research economist in the research and evaluation division and of programme coordinator at the monitoring department until 1995.
Dr Islam also worked for UNICEF in Pakistan from 1997-1998, as a consultant to the government of North-West Frontier Province on various 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 a member of different inter-departmental, senior-level committees comprising government and NGOs, including the EFA country review committee.
Saieed Bakth Mozumder
Tea Estates, BRAC
Saieed Bakth Mozumder serves as the director of BRAC’s tea estates division. He joined James Finlay Limited while studying history at the University of Dhaka. Prior to joining BRAC in 2003, Mr Mozumder worked as assistant manager, divisional manager, and was subsequently promoted into the office of superintendent at James Finlay, Doloi and Noyapara Tea Companies incorporated in the UK. He was visiting superintendent and then the general manager in National Tea Company Limited.
In 1993, Mr Mozumder was appointed as general manager of Tea Holding of Transcom Group. He was also employed by HRC Group to develop two estates under tea, rubber and afforestation as general manager, and subsequently as executive director of plantation.
Mr Mozumder was the secretary of Balisera Planters’ Club, and represented the Bangladeshiyo Cha Shangshad on a variety of boards and committees. He was also the director of the board and executive committee of One Bank Limited, and a director in the board of National Tea Company Limited.
Saif Md Imran Siddique
Finance, BRAC International
Saif Md Imran Siddique joined BRAC in January 2016 as the director of finance for BRAC International. Previously, he worked as the assistant vice president in Total Access Communication PCL (DTAC) in Bangkok, Thailand, under the Financial Planning and Analysis Division. Prior to that, he was the head of financial planning and budgeting at Robi Axiata Ltd in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
He began his career at Grameenphone Limited in 2001. After a brief study break, he joined Grameenphone again in 2004 and worked for nine years, where he served last as the general manager and head of business performance reporting.
Mr Saif brings with him a wealth of leadership and managerial experience in the telecommunications sector, especially in the areas of strategic financial management and cost efficiency initiatives, business planning, dynamic forecasting, business performance analysis, financial statements and management reporting. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a BBA from North South University, Dhaka.
Sayeda Tahya Hossain
Chief People Officer
Human Resources Division, BRAC
Learning Division, BRAC
Sayeda Tahya Hossain joined BRAC in December 2013 as the chief people officer, leading the human resources and learning division. She is also a member of BRAC’s executive management committee, and represents BRAC globally as a board member of the CHS Alliance in Geneva.
Ms Hossain has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resource management in both the corporate and development sectors. Prior to joining BRAC, she worked as the director of human resources and corporate affairs at Lafarge Surma Cement Limited. She has also worked at Citibank NA, Unilever Bangladesh Limited, Concern Worldwide Bangladesh and Nestle Bangladesh.
Microfinance, BRAC and BRAC International
Shameran Abed is the director of BRAC’s microfinance and ultra poor programmes. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than five million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 1.7 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor programme has graduated more than 1.7 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation model’ to tackle extreme poverty.
Mr Abed also serves as the chairman of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and is on the boards of IPDC Finance Limited and Guardian Life Insurance Limited. Additionally, he is a member of the Microfinance CEO Working Group and sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.
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.
Skills Development, BRAC
Tahsinah Ahmed joined BRAC in March 2015. She has over 20 years of experience in the development sector. Prior to joining 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, Ms Ahmed was the first 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 April 2005 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 the chair of the Working Group on the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and member of the Non-formal Education (NFE) Task Force.
Ms Ahmed played a key role in developing 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 Act, etc. She served as a member of the executive committee of the NSDC and other networks. She facilitated setting up institutions such as the Bureau of NFE and the NSDC Secretariat.
Ms Ahmed 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 Shikkhakosh- a compendium of education and development terminologies and led DFID’s ‘Reading for Children’ research, which was replicated in different countries by Save the Children.
Ms Ahmed is best known for her leadership in shaping the skills development sector of the country for over a decade. She graduated from University of Dhaka with a master’s in public administration.