Mr 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 to 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 Bangladesh Tea Association 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.
BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
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 in the monitoring department until 1995.
Dr Islam also worked for UNICEF in Pakistan, in 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 nominees for the WISE Prize.
Dr Islam is a member of Global Board of Generation Unlimited and various interdepartmental, senior-level committees comprising government and NGOs in Bangladesh.
Ms 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 Supervisory Boards 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 previously worked for 17 years as a freelance writer and researcher on childrelated development 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 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 in London, after completing a BA in law at the University of Cambridge and the Law Society’s Final Examination (for solicitors).
BRAC and BRAC International
Mr Nanda Dulal Saha is an experienced professional with 15 years’ specialised work experience in areas of corporate governance, internal control, compliance, accounting, risk management and IT. He joined BRAC as head of internal audit in 2007 and continues to serve the organisation as an internal audit leader. Under his leadership, the internal audit function plays an important role in providing risk-based assurance, advisory and insights to management of BRAC and BRAC International. Prior to joining BRAC, he worked for audit and assurance services with Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants (KPMG Bangladesh).
He served on the board of BRAC EPL Investments Limited from 2009 to 2014. Mr Saha provided assurance services for Asian University for Women, BiTS, BRACNet, BRAC University and its institutes. He was a board member of Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter from 2012 to 2015 and chairperson of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee of ISACA Dhaka Chapter during 2014-15. He served as a member of Quality Assurance Board, Review Committee for Best Published Accounts & Reports (RCBPR), Professional Accountant in Business, Technical and Research Committee (TRC), Information & Communication Committee, Members Services and Welfare Committee (MSWC) under ICAB.
Mr Saha was a faculty member of BRAC University and is a resource person for training courses on internal audit and risk management organised by IIAB. He developed the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework of BRAC International in the Asian and African countries by providing extensive capacity building training and consultation.
At present, he serves on the board of The Institute of Internal Auditors of Bangladesh (IIAB) as the Treasurer and chairs the Standards Implementation Sub-Committee of IIAB. Besides, he is currently a member of multiple committees under ICAB.
Mr Saha is closely affiliated with a number of national and international-level forums and networks such as the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA, USA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) and has attended many training, seminars and conferences organised by these bodies in the country and abroad.
Mr Saha is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), USA and IIA Bangladesh, and also a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA and member of ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter.
Chief People Officer
Ms 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.
At an early stage in her career, 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.
Communications and Outreach
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Ms Moutushi Kabir joined BRAC in January 2018. She has over 18 years’ international, senior leadership experience in diverse sectors, namely advertising, telecommunications, tobacco and healthcare. Prior to joining BRAC, she was heading Global Leadership and Associate Communications at Sandoz International, a division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, based in Germany.
She brings in-depth experience spanning the full spectrum of reputation management, internal communications, cultural transformation, executive communications, public relationship, crisis management, and sustainability. She has partnered with global senior leadership team members to shape their messaging and communications style, and has designed and executed multicountry employee engagement and cultural change campaigns within complex, matrix environments.
Ms Kabir started her career in the advertising industry and has taken progressively senior roles in leading multinational companies such as British American Tobacco, Telenor Bangladesh, Nokia and Novartis. She was the Regional Communications Head of Nokia Emerging Asia overseeing five countries (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan), the Head of Corporate Affairs of Novartis Bangladesh and the Global Head of Quality Communications of Sandoz International for their 40 plus manufacturing sites across the world.
She completed her Bachelor’s in business administration specialising in marketing from Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka and Master’s in business administration specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility from University of Nottingham, UK.
Dairy and Food, Social Enterprises
Mr Mohammad Anisur Rahman joined BRAC in October 2016 as the director of dairy and food enterprises. Prior to this, he was working as the chief operating officer of PRAN Dairy Limited. He has also worked for reputed local and global organisations - Rahimafrooz, AC Nielsen and the United Nations. He has over 15 years’ experience in business management.
Mr Rahman is a trained and tested leader, hands-on experience in managing the entire value chain of multiple businesses with forward and backward linkages of livestock, agriculture, food processing and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). He completed his MBA from Dhaka University and obtained special training from the Indian Institute of Management Kolkata (IIMC).
Mr Rahman specialises in orchestrating large projects, start-ups, turnarounds and growth ventures. He strives to enhance business growth and improve profitability, while ensuring staff compliance with business policies and procedures. He received appreciation 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.
BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Social Innovation Lab
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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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
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.
BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.
Human Resource and Learning
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.
BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212.