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Supervisory Board Members
Ms Ameerah Haq is the former UN under-secretary-general for the Department of Field Support. She held the position of under-secretary-general from 2009 till her retirement and was the senior-most Bangladeshi national in the United Nations during those years. She most recently served as the vice chair of the high-level independent panel on peace operations for the UN. She has over 39 years of UN experience including 19 years of field experience. She was the last special representative of the secretary-general (SRSG) in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. She has also held the positions of deputy SRSG and UN resident coordinator in Sudan, as well as deputy SRSG and UN resident coordinator in Afghanistan. In addition, Ms Haq has held senior positions within the UN development programme and has served as UN resident coordinator in Malaysia and Laos.
Ms Haq currently serves on the Board for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, on the secretary-general’s senior expert group on Human Rights Up Front, on the Board for the Peace Operations Training Institute, Williamsburg, Virginia. She is also a special advisor to the United Nations Foundation in Washington and a member of the Special Advisory Group of the Challenges Forum of the Folke Bernadette Academy of Sweden. Ms Haq lectures frequently at many universities and speaks at seminars hosted by think tanks and non-governmental organisations.
During her service in the UN, Ms Haq was awarded the highest Presidential Medal in East Timor by President Jose Ramos Horta, the highest civilian medal of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Malalai Medal of Honor from President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, which is among the highest civilian honors given for courage and dedication. She is also the recipient of the Julia Taft Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award during the time she served as humanitarian coordinator for her work in Darfur, Sudan.
Ms Haq received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio in 1969. She subsequently went on to receive a master of science degree in Community Organization and Planning from Columbia University, New York in 1972, and a master in business administration from New York University in 1974.
Sylvia Borren has worked all her life within and for civil society organisations, both professionally and as a volunteer.
She was part of the Dutch and global women’s and sexual rights movements (COC, ILGA, IWC for a Just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace) and is now advisor to the UN Women National Committee Netherlands and ATRIA (the Institute on gender equality and women’s history).
Sylvia was part of the anti-poverty movement (director of Oxfam Novib 1994-2008, co-chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and EEN) and is now on the boards of BRAC International.
She was on two national governmental advisory commissions (for Youth Policy, and the Advisory Council on International Affairs), co-chair of the Worldconnectors (a Dutch think tank), on the board of a large Mental Health Institute (Altrecht), worked as an organisational consultant with De Beuk for many years, lead the project Quality Educators for All with the trade union Education International and continues to be a member of the Worldconnectors.
Sylvia was recently director of Greenpeace Netherlands (2011-2016), part of the Forest Stewardship Council Netherlands and is now on the advisory commission of Staatsbosbeheer, which manages nature reserves.
Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya
Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, a macro-economist and public policy analyst, is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka. He is a former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organization offices in Geneva and Vienna, and the special advisor on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the secretary general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is associated with a number of leading institutions, networks and editorial boards of reputed journals. Dr Bhattacharya has studied in Dhaka, Moscow and Oxford, and held a number of visiting positions, including at the Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC. He is the chair of two global networking initiatives, LDC IV Monitor and Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals.
Shabana Azmi is an internationally renowned film and theatre actress. She is also a highly respected social activist.
As chairperson of Nivara Hakk, she has worked for the rights of slum dwellers in Mumbai for the last 30 years. She undertook a 5-day hunger strike and courted arrest demanding alternative accommodation for a slum that had been demolished, forcing the Government to agree. Nivara Hakk, in concert with the Government and a private builder, has built homes for 50,000 slum dwellers at no cost.
As chair of Mijwan Welfare Society she works for the rights of girls and women. Ms Azmi is opposed to religious fundamentalism of all hues and is highly respected as a progressive liberal activist. She has been a former member of the Upper House in India’s Parliament.
Ms Azmi is a recipient of the International Gandhi Peace Prize and has been given countless awards for her work as an actor and an activist.
Parveen Mahmud FCA
Parveen Mahmud is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust. Over the course of her professional career, Ms Mahmud has invested substantial time in working with national and international development agencies. She was the deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). She is the first female council member (2007) and, the first female president (2011) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of SAARC. Presently, she is serving her third term as council member in ICAB and is the chairperson of the review committee for Published Accounts & Reports (RCPAR). She sits on several boards including BRAC International, Grameenphone Limited, Linde Bangladesh Limited, MIDAS, Manusher Jonno Foundation and chairs the finance and audit committee of several organisations. She is the chairperson of Shasha Denims Limited. She has served as the member of the National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding board member of SME Foundation. Ms Mahmud served as a Working Group Member of Consultative Group on Social Indicators at UNCTAD/ISAR. She was also the vice chairperson of Underprivileged Children’s Education Program, Bangladesh and Chairperson of Acid Survivors’ Foundation.
Victoria Sekitoleko is a former Minister of Agriculture in the Ugandan government. She was a representative for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in China, Mongolia, and South Korea and previously served as the FAO’s representative in Ethiopia to the African Union, and to the Economic Community for Africa.
Victoria is currently the chair of the governing board of Uganda Agribusiness Alliance, which unites all those involved in the industry to best optimise their ability to profitably and sustainably pursue the many global opportunities that present themselves as part of competing in the world’s largest industry.
In 2010, Victoria founded the Uganda Community Cultural Center which trades as Speakers Forum. Under the Speakers Forum, she does public speaking and community libraries.
Victoria was educated at Makerere University in Kampala, where she attained a BSc in Agriculture majoring in Farm Management and Extension.
Marilou van Golstein Brouwers
Marilou van Golstein Brouwers is a former Chair of the Management Board and Founder of Triodos Investment Management B.V., a subsidiary of Triodos Bank.
Marilou is an international entrepreneurial impact investment banker, with more than 30 years’ experience in values-driven business and banking and extensive international Board experience. Her focus and expertise is on impact investing in a broad range of sectors, through which she promotes and influences how money can work for lasting positive change.
Marilou studied Business Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She started working for Triodos Bank in 1990 and was involved in the founding of Triodos Investment Management, of which she became Managing Director in 2003. She was the Chair of the Management Board from January 2015 to December 2018.
She is currently active in a variety of roles. Within Triodos Bank, she is a member of several Boards and involved in the start-up of the Triodos Regenerative Money Centre. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Impact Investing Network and the Special Working Group on the Impact Economy by the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. She is Chair of the Supervisory Board of B Lab Europe and the Supervisory Board of Qredits, The Netherlands, one of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative Leadership Champions.
Marilou has served on the Board of Directors of banks in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. She was a member of the Group of Advisors for the United Nations Year of Microcredit in 2004 and 2005, of the Executive Committee of CCAP (2003-2008), the Board of Trustees of Women’s World Banking (2003-2012), the Advisory Committee of the Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (2014-2017) and the Advisory Council on International Affairs Committee for Development Cooperation in The Netherlands. She was Chair of SBI Ltd (2011-2013), the Steering Committee of the Principles for Responsible Investment / Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (2011-2013) and the Advisory Board of Women in Financial Services in The Netherlands (2011-2016). She was also Treasurer of the Max Havelaar Foundation (2008-2015).
Dr Muhammad Musa
Dr Muhammad Musa is the executive director of BRAC International. 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 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 Asia region.
During his tenure as executive director of BRAC in Bangladesh, Dr Musa has succeeded in maintaining BRAC’s focus on the many dimensions of poverty. Under his leadership, BRAC launched the humanitarian crisis management programme in Cox’s Bazar in August 2017, which has given the organisation a strong foundation to stand beside people in crisis anywhere in the world.
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.
Shameran Abed is senior director of the BRAC microfinance and ultra poor graduation programmes. 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.
Shameran 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 chairman of the Microfinance Network and is also a member of the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI) and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.
Shameran 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.
M Anowar Hossain
M Anowar Hossain is the director of Asia Region at BRAC International. He is responsible for strategising and overseeing country programmes and operations, and resource mobilisation for the region.
Mr Hossain holds diverse experience of over 16 years in global development. His track record includes 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 advocacy expert and head of technical unit. Mr Hossain designed, developed and managed a policy advocacy project with Bangladesh Parliament through which facilitated forming and functioning two All- party Parliamentary Groups. He also held the position of coordinator “Assessment of Impacts of Sustainable Environment Management Program (SEMP)”, and facilitated multiple campaigns in South Asia with ActionAid Bangladesh.
Following BSc in environmental science from Khulna University, Mr Hossain completed dual masters in development studies and economics from University of Dhaka.
He has authored four books and various publications in international journals.