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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

M Anowar Hossain

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.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Lamia Rashid

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

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

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.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Ahmed Najmul Hussain

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.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Zulfikar Hyder

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

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

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Tamara Hasan Abed


Managing Director
Enterprises
BRAC

Tamara Hasan Abed has been heading BRAC's 13 social enterprises, including Aarong, BRAC Dairy, and BRAC Seed and Agro Enterprise as Senior Director since 2014. She was redesignated as the Managing Director, Enterprises, effective August 1, 2019. Ms Abed brings with her extensive experience in investment banking, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise with a career spanning over two decades, across diverse sectors. Leading by example, she has carved a respectful position as a senior leader in the traditionally male-dominated industries and has inspired more women to come forward and make a mark. She is passionate about driving value-based business models, operating at the intersection of social good, sustainable business and inclusive growth. Ms Abed began her career in the corporate finance sector in 1995, at Peregrine Capital Ltd, a Hong Kong-based investment bank in Dhaka. Later she moved to New York and worked for Goldman Sachs in Mergers and Strategic Advisory. She joined Aarong as the General Manager, Design and Product Development in 2002. She later took charge of its export division and established the Marketing Department. In 2005, she was promoted as the Head of Aarong and Ayesha Abed Foundation. Under her leadership, Aarong has gone from strength to strength, celebrating 40 years in 2019, as Bangladesh’s most popular lifestyle retail chain. She has been instrumental in driving the expansion of Aarong to 21 national outlets, multiple brands, e-commerce and digital platforms. In 2006, she was given the charge of BRAC Dairy and since then has built a strong team to take the dairy business in Bangladesh into new heights. BRAC Dairy is currently the third highest dairy processor in Bangladesh with a diverse portfolio of products. Ms Abed served on the Board of Directors of BRAC Bank for eight years from 2008 to 2016. She currently serves on the Boards of IPDC Finance, BRAC EPL Investments, BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage, edotco Bangladesh and BRAC Tea Estates. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of BRAC University and Chairs the Board Finance Committee. She chairs the Board of BRAC Services Ltd. and is the Executive Trustee of Ayesha Abed Foundation. Ms Abed has represented Bangladesh globally and was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a 'Young Global Leader' in 2010. She also represented Bangladesh during the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington in 2010. Ms Abed is an Asia 21 Young Leader. She received the Outstanding Women Leadership Award from the World Women Leadership Congress in 2014. Ms Abed has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. She completed her BSC in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2014, Ms Abed attended an executive course for Young Global Leaders on Transformational Leadership at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Contact

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

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Dirk Booy

Dirk Booy


Senior Director
Programme Development, Resource Mobilisation and Learning
BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Dirk Booy is the senior director responsible for Programme Development, Resource Mobilisation and Learning at BRAC and BRAC International and is a member of BRAC’s executive management committee. Mr Booy brings to BRAC more than 37 years of end-to-end experience in international development. He has worked at the village level, run a national field office, managed a large fundraising support office in Canada, and provided global programme leadership across more than 96 countries. As a global executive, Mr Booy has a proven track record of leading transformational change in complex, multi-cultural organisations.

Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Booy worked as a global consultant serving in various advisory roles, interim executive assignments and consultancies. Before that, he held global roles at World Vision International including Partnership Leader Global Programs, as well as Global Field Operations based out of London, UK. In addition, he has served as vice president and executive vice president of World Vision Canada and led World Vision Tanzania as its national director. Mr Booy has served on the boards of various microfinance institutions, including as chairman of SEDA Tanzania and board member of Vision Fund International.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Asif Saleh


Executive Director, BRAC

Asif Saleh was appointed the Executive Director of BRAC, effective August 1, 2019. He brings with him a diverse multi-sectoral experience in senior leadership roles in private, public and non-government sectors with proven track record of effectively managing interfaces of development programming, operational and financial sustainability and building effective partnerships, both within and outside BRAC. Mr Saleh has been deeply anchored in driving the strategic direction of BRAC. He joined the organisation in 2011, and took up an increasingly important role in leading advocacy for social change, information technology, communications and social innovation. He has been instrumental in BRAC’s concentration on emerging development challenges in the areas of urban poverty, youth skills development, inclusive growth and migration. As the senior director of the empowerment programme cluster, he led BRAC's new programmatic areas, namely, the Urban Development Programme, Human Rights and Legal Services, Skills Development Programme and Migration Programme. He also led the development of BRAC’s five-year strategic plan in 2016, and is a key member of the Global Strategy Development process. Prior to joining BRAC, he worked as a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office. As part of the Government’s Digital Bangladesh initiative, he led the policy effort to expand affordable broadband connectivity across Bangladesh and devised the Government's m-governance strategy. He was also a key part of the Union Digital Centre team that created digital service centres in every union in Bangladesh. Since then, he has actively promoted the role of technology and frugal innovation in the development sector. He spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs in different fin-tech roles and institutional client sales in New York and London, ending his term there as an Executive Director. He has also worked in Glaxo Wellcome, IBM and Nortel.He is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organisation with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis. 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 was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013. He is an active member in a range of international networks and alliances, advocating inclusive achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of the Millions Learning International Advisory Group, Brookings Institute, which addresses the question of how to scale quality education for all children and youth. He is also a member of the South Africa-based Innovation Edge, an institution promoting early childhood development.Mr Saleh chairs BRAC IT Services Limited and is on the Board of BRAC Bank and BRAC Net. He is also a Board member of multiple non-profits, such as 1 Degree Initiative, Spreeha, Institute of Informatics and Development, and Maya. Mr Saleh holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA in management and marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University.

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