Dr. Muhammad Musa has been appointed as the new Executive Director of BRAC International, BRAC’s international programme outside Bangladesh, operating in 11 countries across Asia and Africa. His appointment is effective from May 1, 2019.
Dr. Musa is a veteran development practitioner with extensive experience of working in social development and humanitarian organisations in international, cross-cultural settings. Before joining BRAC Bangladesh as its Executive Director in 2015, 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 the Asia region. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of CARE India and represented the country at the global board of CARE International.
During his tenure as Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh, Dr. Musa has succeeded in maintaining BRAC's focus on the many dimensions of poverty in Bangladesh. Under his leadership, BRAC launched the Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox's Bazar in south-eastern Bangladesh in August 2017.
Dr. Musa obtained his Master's degree in public health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University, USA, and post graduate diploma from The Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Development. He did his MBBS from Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh.
He succeeds Faruque Ahmed, who is retiring after a dedicated and distinguished 17-year career at BRAC and BRAC International.
The recruitment of a new Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh is in progress. Until the new Executive Director is appointed, Asif Saleh, currently Senior Director, Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International, will assume the role of Acting Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh with effect from May 1, 2019. He will continue to discharge his current responsibilities alongside this additional leadership role.
“I am honoured and excited to continue moving forward BRAC’s vision of building an equitable world jointly with our talented staff spread across the world and global network of partners and supporters,” said Dr. Musa.
“I am eager to dive in and build on the excellent foundation laid by the inspired work of the BRAC International team to further BRAC’s global reach and potential for even greater impact,” he added.