Asif Saleh is the executive director of BRAC Bangladesh. He brings with him a diverse multi-sectoral experience in senior leadership roles in private, public, and non-government sectors, with a proven track record of effectively managing interfaces of development programming, operational and financial sustainability, and building effective partnerships, both within and outside BRAC.
Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Saleh worked as a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office in Bangladesh. 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 spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs in different fin-tech roles in New York and London ending his term there as an Executive Director. He has also worked in Glaxo Wellcome, IBM and Nortel.
Mr. Saleh is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. He is also 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, a member of the advisory group of South Africa-based Innovation Edge, an institution promoting early childhood development. He is a member of the global board for Generation Unlimited, a global body of UNICEF promoting youth skills, and also a member of the global governing council of Water Resource Group 2030.
Mr Saleh chairs BRAC IT Services Limited, co-chairs BRAC Net, and is on the Board of BRAC Bank, bKash, and edotco Bangladesh Ltd. He also chairs the Institute of Informatics and Development.
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 as 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 and marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University.
Shameran Abed is the Executive Director of BRAC International.
Shameran joined BRAC Bangladesh in 2009 and BRAC International in 2012, and has been instrumental in bringing BRAC’s flagship programmes of microfinance and ultra-poor graduation to global scale. Under his leadership, BRAC International’s microfinance portfolio has seen impressive growth and a renewed focus on client impact. Since 2016, Shameran has also led BRAC’s ultra-poor graduation work and played an instrumental role in setting up the UPGI to spearhead global advocacy and provide technical assistance to governments and other organisations.
Shameran has significant Board experience on several non-profit and corporate entities, chairing the board of bKash, BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary and one of the world’s largest mobile money providers, and serving on the boards of several institutions including BRAC Bank, BRAC Uganda Bank, and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV).
Shameran is also chairman of the Microfinance Network and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Partnership for Economic Inclusion at the World Bank. Shameran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Hamilton College in the United States and is a qualified Barrister in the UK.
Tamara Hasan Abed
Tamara Hasan Abed is the Managing Director of BRAC Enterprises heading BRAC's ten social enterprises including Aarong, BRAC Dairy and BRAC Seed and Agro.
Ms Abed brings with her extensive experience in investment banking, entrepreneurship and social enterprise, with a career spanning two and a half decades. 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 investment banking 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 for 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 2018 as Bangladesh’s most popular lifestyle retail chain. She has been instrumental in driving the expansion of Aarong to 22 national outlets, multiple brands, e-commerce and digital platforms.
In 2006, Ms Abed was also given charge of BRAC Dairy, and since then has built a strong team to take the dairy business to new heights. BRAC Dairy is currently the second highest dairy processor in Bangladesh with a diverse portfolio of products. In 2014, she took charge of all BRAC’s social enterprises. 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 and edotco Bangladesh.
Ms Abed was elected as Chairperson of the BRAC University Board of Trustees in 2019, of which she was a member from January 2011. She chaired the board finance committee from December 2016 to June 2019, and was a member of the BU Syndicate from March 2011 to June 2019. She currently chairs the Board of BRAC Services Limited and is the executive trustee of Ayesha Abed Foundation. She also chairs the board of BRAC Tea Estates since August 2019.
Ms Abed has represented Bangladesh globally and was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a 'Young Global Leader' 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 Business School, Columbia University, New York. She completed her BSC in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2014, Ms Abed completed an executive course on Transformational Leadership at Oxford University’s Said Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Tushar Bhowmik, Chief Financial Officer of BRAC, is an accomplished finance professional with over 20 years of progressive experience in Strategic Leadership, Financial Administration, Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Internal Control in the corporate arena of Bangladesh and UK. Mr Tushar Bhowmik is a member of Board Executive Committee of IPDC, one of the oldest financial institution of the country. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for IPDC Finance Limited, edotco (BD) Co. Limited., BRAC Services Limited and BRAC Industries Limited.
Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Bhowmik worked as the Regional Finance Director of Avery Dennison, South Asia. He also served Functional Head role in reputed local and multinational companies, like Zuellig Pharma Bangladesh, Rahimafrooz Storage Power Division, Transcom Group and Reckittbenckiser, UK and Bangladesh.
Mr Bhowmik is a postgraduate in Accounting from Dhaka University and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB).
Syed Abdul Muntakim
Chief Finance and Risk Officer
Mr Muntakim is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 18 years of experience in the FMCG commercial and corporate financial management.
Prior to joining BRAC, he was a Commercial Finance Controller in the Global Operations function of British American Tobacco (BAT) plc. His previous roles include Senior Commercial Audit Manager, Regional Finance Manager, Europe Region and Management Accountant in BAT London, UK. He also worked as the Corporate Analysis Manager and Leaf Finance Manager for BAT in Bangladesh.
Mr Muntakim is a member (ACMA) of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) of the Association of International Certified Public Accountants, a joint accounting association of AICPA, USA, and CIMA in the UK.
Advocacy for Social Change,
Partnership Strengthening Unit,
Social Innovation Lab,
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
KAM Morshed leads BRAC’s advocacy, partnership, social innovation lab, technology, and monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning 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.
Mohammad Anisur Rahman
Mohammad Anisur Rahman leads social enterprises of BRAC in livestock, agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and other sectors. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (DBH) - the pioneer, largest and specialist Housing Finance Institution in the country. He is also member of the Board of Directors for BRAC Services Limited, BRAC Industries Limited, and Bangladesh Netting Factory Limited.
Mr Rahman has over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in managing multiple businesses with forward and backward linkages in FMCG, Food and Agro Processing. He strives to create an enabling and cohesive environment where people can sell their ideas, get empowered and drive changes. Prior to joining BRAC in October 2016, he was working as chief operating officer at PRAN, one of the largest agro-processors in Bangladesh. He also worked for other reputed organisations - Rahimafrooz, AC Nielsen Bangladesh, United Nations and Bangladesh University of Professionals.
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 value chain integration. He specialises in orchestrating large projects, start-ups, turnarounds and growth ventures. He is driven to provide strategic directions and improve the bottom line, while ensuring staff compliance to business policies and procedures.
He holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Dhaka and obtained special training from Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Mr Rahman has special interests in travelling, movies and golfing.
Global Resource Mobilisation and Partnership(GRP)
BRAC and BRAC International
Nelly Enwerem-Bromson is the Senior Director for Global Resource Mobilisation and Partnership(GRP), BRAC and BRAC International.
Ms Enwerem-Bromson is an accomplished global development leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience in fundraising, developing innovative partnerships, leading change, scaling-up projects, strategic policy development, and implementation, and delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She has years of experience in successfully managing international development programmes and mentoring high-performing teams to tackle development priorities in low and lower-middle-income countries.
Ms Enwerem-Bromson has a longstanding professional and personal commitment to human development, based on gender equality, social inclusion, protection of human rights, and support for vulnerable groups. She has served on several boards, including the Portuguese inter-ministerial panels for the Rights of Women, Ethnic Minorities, and migrant populations under Prime Minister Guterres.
Before joining BRAC, Ms Enwerem-Bromson worked at the United Nations for 18 years, 12 of which at the senior level. Ms Enwerem-Bromson served as a Director of the Technical Cooperation Department of the IAEA, heading the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). Ms Enwerem-Bromson also worked for 12 years at the World Health Organization. She was also the Adviser to the President, the Attorney-General and the Minister of State Reform and Public Administration of Portugal.
Ms Enwerem-Bromson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and African Studies from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, both in the United States.
Arinjoy Dhar is the Senior Director for Microfinance at BRAC.
Mr Dhar has diverse and extensive experience in strategy implementation, large-scale transformation, digital innovation and adaptation, process improvement initiatives, and customer experience improvement initiatives. He has a proven record of developing strong and successful teams and is passionate about talent development and frugal innovation.
Before joining BRAC, Mr Dhar worked for HSBC Hong Kong Commercial Banking as the Head of Operational Excellence. Prior to this, he worked as the COO Commercial Banking for Pearl River Delta at HSBC China. He held strategic management positions and worked for Commercial Banking teams in Hong Kong, Canada, China, and Bangladesh. He also worked for Asia Pacific Retail Banking, Global Trade and Receivable Finance, Global Insurance, Financial Control, Banking Operations, Credit Risk, Learning and Development functions. He did a short time assignment in Vietnam as Country COO and worked on initiatives in Indonesia and Thailand and attended workshops in Mexico, the UK, Canada, and India.
Mr Dhar holds a Master's Degree in Leadership Practice and Responsibility from Lancaster University and is also a Fellow Member of CIMA and CPA (Australia). He attended advanced management programmes at McGill University, the University of Cambridge, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Dr Md Akramul Islam
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH),
Integrated Development, and
Humanitarian Crisis Management
Dr Md Akramul Islam is the Senior Director of communicable diseases, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), integrated development, and humanitarian crisis management programme (HCMP) at BRAC. 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.
AFM Shahidur Rahman
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning
AFM Shahidur Rahman is the Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning at BRAC.
Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Rahman worked as the Director of Organisational Transition at CARE Bangladesh. He brings along over 18 years of experience in programme designing, leading strategic management change processes, managing multi-country, multi-lingual programme and project management. He also served Actionaid Bangladesh and Actionaid International for 16 years in various positions where he provided leadership to one of the largest food security networks present in 35 countries in five continents, working with more than a million people. He also led and managed Livelihoods Security and Risk Reduction sector of Actionaid in Bangladesh.
Mr Rahman pursued his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, and Master’s in Economics from the same university.
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).
Programmes, BRAC International
Anna Minj is the Director of Programmes at BRAC International.
Anna Minj joined BRAC in 2009 and since then has served as a director in various programmes. 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.
Human Resource, BRAC
Ms Maria Huq is the director of human resource at BRAC.
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.
Md Liakath Ali
Climate Change, BRAC and BRAC International
Urban Development, BRAC
Dr Md Liakath Ali is the director of the climate change programme at BRAC and BRAC International, and the urban development programme at BRAC.
Dr Ali has 32 years of working experience with various government, non-government, donor and UN agencies. He started his career with a private company in 1986, and later moved to Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) in 1988, where he worked in the capacity of assistant engineer, sub divisional engineer and executive engineer until 2008. In 2008, he joined Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (DWASA) as deputy managing director (RPD and O&M) and continued there until August 2011. He joined as a climate change adaptation specialist in CDMP-II, UNDP in January 2012. In November 2012, he moved to DFID (now FCDO) Bangladesh as the adviser for climate change and environment. Subsequently he joined WaterAid Bangladesh as the director of programme and policy advocacy, and worked there till August 2019.
Over the period he acquired experience in integrated water resources management, trans-boundary water basin management, climate change adaptation and resilience building, disaster management, risk reduction, urban development, and coastal planning and implementation. He is proficient in dealing with environmental issues including impact assessment and studies and projects management. He has a sound knowledge on many key thematic areas of operation and maintenance, institutional aspects, research works, macro and micro level planning and teaching. His key qualifications also include formulation of policy, strategy development, construction, monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management approach. He has a number of publications on environmental issues as well.
Dr Ali has excellent academic attainments. Academically he is an engineer who completed his BSc in Civil Engineering in 1986, from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He did his MSc in Hydraulic Engineering (Land and Development) from the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (IHE), Delft, The Netherlands in 1995. Later in 2002, he completed his PhD from the Wageningen University and the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (IHE), Delft, The Netherlands.
Dr Morseda Chowdhury
Health, Nutrition and Population
Dr Morseda Chowdhury is the Director of Health, Nutrition and Population Programme (HNPP) at BRAC.
Previously, Dr Chowdhury has been leading the HNPP as the Associate Director of HNPP. During 2014-2018, she held the position of Programme Coordinator in HNPP. She joined BRAC in 2005 as a Medical Officer, and over the course she consistently grew in various roles and responsibilities within HNPP. She has been playing an instrumental role, from programme design to the implementation, especially to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortality among the underprivileged population in Bangladesh. Since the current pandemic broke out in early 2020, she has been providing strategic leadership and hands-on guidance for BRAC COVID-19 health response.
Dr Chowdhury has successfully managed various projects with multiple partners, including the Government of Bangladesh, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK government (FCDO), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian government, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN), etc. She also co-leads the disability inclusion committee, is a member of the young professional (YP) advisory committee, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Values Award committee, grievance management committee, disaster management steering committee and programme coordination committee at BRAC.
In 2018, Dr Chowdhury earned her PhD from the School of Public Health, the University of Sydney, Australia. In her academic career, she received many prestigious awards and scholarships. Some of the key ones include Chancellor's Gold Medal, Vice Chancellor's Gold Medal, and Allan Rosenfield Best Performance Award from BRAC University, and Endeavour Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the Australian Government. In recognition of her commitment and dedication to the organisation, she received the BRAC Values Award in 2012.
Communications, Learning and Leadership Development
Moutushi Kabir joined BRAC in January 2018. She has over 18 years of 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 total 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 have designed and executed multi-country employee engagement and cultural change campaigns within complex, matrix environment.
Ms. Kabir started her career in the advertising industry and has taken progressively senior roles in leading multinational companies like 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.
Nanda Dulal Saha FCA
Internal Audit, BRAC and BRAC International
Mr Nanda Dulal Saha is an experienced professional with 15 years’ of specialized 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 organization 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 board member of Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter from 2012 to 2015 and Chairman of 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 the faculty of BRAC University and is a resource person for training courses on internal audit and risk management organized 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 member of multiple committees under ICAB.
Mr Saha is closely affiliated with a number of national and international level forums and networks such as South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA, USA), The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) and has attended many training, seminars and conferences organized 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 member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA and member of ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter.
Preventing Violence Against Women Initiative, BRAC
Gender Justice & Diversity, BRAC
Nobonita Chowdhury is the Director of Preventing Violence Against Women Initiative and Gender Justice & Diversity at BRAC.
Ms Chowdhury holds over two decades of outstanding experience in journalism,media and communications. Prior to joining BRAC, she was the Editor of DBC News. As a journalist, she has worked for leading electronic and print media organisations at home and abroad, including the BBC in the UK and Ekattor Television in Bangladesh. She became a household name as a presenter of radio and television talk shows and rose to nationwide prominence hosting her own primetime talk show “Rajkahon- Nobonita Chowdhuryr Shathe”. These experiences have helped her master a strong ability to identify, absorb and prioritise complex information and present it to the target audience in the most effective manner to achieve the highest possible impact.
As a member of the communications team at mobile operator Robi, she had the rare opportunity to strategize and execute the external communications for the first and biggest ever merger in Bangladesh’s telecom sector between Robi and Airtel in 2016. She had played a pivotal role in developing the messages and communication materials for UNICEF’s nationwide ‘Quality Education for All’ campaign in her early twenties as a social communication executive of Bitopi Advertising agency.
Ms Chowdhury started her career as a Sub Editor in the Daily Bhorer Kagoj, when she was only 18 after being a regular writer/contributor for few years already. After joining Ekushey Television as a researcher during her university days, she had travelled all over Bangladesh to find out real life stories from the grassroots- from Teknaf to Tetulia, Sundarbans to Chittagong Hill Tracts, including the Chars and Haors. Her travel exposure to rural Bangladesh and the world has given her an unparalleled ability to analyse and understand the obstacles and progression of various societies.
Ms Chowdhury has received the prestigious ‘Anannya Top Ten Award’ in 2017 as a leading woman of her time. She had the honour to seat as a member of the Jury Board for the ‘Nasreen Smrity Padak’ given annually by Action Aid- Bangladesh. Ms Chowdhury has been invited to speak at the Plenary Session of the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference in Addis Ababa, organised by the UNESCO in 2019.
Ms Chowdhury holds an MA in Human Rights Law from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and an LLB (Hons) from University of Dhaka.
Palash Kanti Das
Ultra-Poor Graduation, BRAC
Palash Kanti Das is the Director of Ultra-Poor Graduation Programme at BRAC.
Mr Das is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years of experience in the sector. He brings strong expertise in the fields of sustainable and inclusive development, international relations, gender equality and diversity, and general management in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining BRAC, he served as Programme Management Specialist at UN Women Bangladesh Country Office along with a tenure at Strategic Planning Unit, UN Women Headquarters in New York, USA. Previously, he also served as the Assistant Country Director and Head, Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth, UNDP, and led Christian Aid UK as the Country Director in Bangladesh. He served Oxfam at the South Asia Regional Center and Oxfam Bangladesh in various leadership roles.
Mr Das holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University.
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).
Rear Admiral M Makbul Hossain
Rear Admiral M Makbul Hossain, NBP, OSP, BCGMS, ndu, psc (Retd) is the director of Operations at BRAC.
Rear Admiral Makbul is a military professional who has a very successful naval career of 38 year 5 months. During his long and colourful naval career he has served both home and abroad in military and also outside military. Rear Admiral Makbul commanded all types of Bangladesh Navy ships namely Frigate, Large Patrol Craft, Minesweeper, Patrol Craft, Fast Attack Craft’ Squadrons (both Missile and Torpedo squadrons) and also commanded all Major Bases of Bangladesh Navy. He also served the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in Bosnia & Herzegovina as Chief 5 of the Sector Bihac where he earned very good name and fame for doing outstanding humanitarian aid programme and received letter of appreciation from UNPROFOR HQ. He has served as Principal of Marine Fisheries Academy on deputation under Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and raised the status of the Academy to a great extent. He also worked as Director in Naval Headquarters and Director in Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI).
As Flag Officer Rear Admiral Makbul performed the duties of Commander Chittagong Naval Area (COMCHIT), Commander Special Warfare , Diving & Salvage Command (COMSWADS) Administrative Authority Dhaka and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel). He commanded Bangladesh Coast Guard as Director General. Prior retirement he has served 4 years in Naval Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) who had 13 directorates under his direct control.
Along with his military professional career he has also worked in Bangladesh Scouts as Regional Commissioner. He was the member of Board of Governors of Bangladesh Institute of International Strategic Studies (BIISS). He also supervised the business activities of 3 Shipyards named Chittagong Dry Dock Limited, Narayangonj Dockyard Engineering Works Ltd and Khulna Shipyard Ltd as Member of Board of Directors.
Rear Admiral Makbul joined Bangladesh Navy as an Officer Cadet in January 1979 and completed his UT Officers’ Basic Course along with sub-specialisation of 5 years duration from Marshal Tito Naval Academy, Split, Former Yugoslavia. He was commissioned on 01 August 1981 in Executive Branch of Bangladesh Navy.
Rear Admiral Makbul attended various courses both at home and abroad. He took part in specialisation on Anti-Submarine Warfare from India in 1990 and graduated from Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Dhaka in 1994. He obtained Master in Defence Studies (MDS) from National University, Gazipur, Bangladesh in 1995. He completed Defence and Strategic Studies Course from National Defence University (NDU) of China and received Advance Diploma Degree in 2012. Rear Admiral Makbul also did Officer's Weapon and Junior Officer's Tactics Course (OW & JTC) in SI&T, Sylhet, Deputy President Course, C programming course and also did Crisis Management Course in Hawaii, USA and Transnational Counter Terrorism Course in Washington DC, USA. He also attended many seminars and symposium on national and international security matters especially maritime security related seminars both in home and abroad.
He was awarded with the Noubahini Padak (NBP), Oshamanno Sheba Padak (OSP) of Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard Medal Sheba (BCGMS) by the Government of Bangladesh for his outstanding performance and contribution in his illustrious naval career.
Director, Africa Region
Ms Ruth Okowa is a seasoned development professional with over 17 years of distinguished and illustrious experience in senior management positions in different countries.
Before joining BRAC International, Ruth served as the Deputy Regional Vice President for Living Water International, Africa, where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership to six country offices in areas of partnership building, fundraising, governance, and programme implementation. Prior to this, she served as the Programme Manager, Family Health International; Programme Director, Community and Reproductive Health, World Neighbors East Africa; CEO, The Health NGOs Network; Country Director, SOS Children's Village, Kenya; Director, Strategy for Africa; and Regional Director, Living Water International, Southern Africa. Additionally, she has undertaken a number of consultancy assignments and research projects for different national and international organisations.
Ms Ruth has a BA in sociology from Kenyatta University and an MA in demography from University of Nairobi.
Safi Rahman Khan
Skills Development, and
Safi Rahman Khan is the Director of education, skills development and migration programme at BRAC.
Mr Khan has been the Strategy and Transformation Advisor of BRAC education programme since October 1, 2020 and has been involved in various strategic initiatives of education programme, including the social enterprise wing. Prior to joining BRAC, he was the Advisor (Strategy) in Apex Footwear Limited (AFL) under Apex Group. Earlier, he was the Executive Director, overseeing human resources and compliance at AFL. His initial appointment in the Apex Group was as the Project Director of Blue Ocean Footwear Limited, a Bangladeshi-Taiwanese joint venture, where he led the first phase of the project.
Mr Khan has experience working in the social sector. He was the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Freedom Foundation, an indigenous grant-making organisation, where he guided the Foundation’s revised strategic focus and reduced institutional costs while increasing the grant-making budget. He was also the Country Representative of Ashoka Innovators for the Public in Bangladesh, a US-based international network of social entrepreneurs working on system changing ideas, and was responsible for restarting the country programme and overseeing the election of 28 Ashoka Fellows.
Mr Khan has taught courses on NGOs and Social Entrepreneurship and conducted workshops on corporate governance for NGO Board members. He is currently on the Board of two Bangladeshi not-for-profit organisations, Nagorik Uddyog and Safety & Rights, and was previously on the Boards of The Resource Alliance (UK) and the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (Philippines). He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Lawrence University, USA and an MBA from Victoria University, Australia.
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.
Disaster Risk Management, BRAC and BRAC International
Mr Sajedul Hasan is the director of Disaster Risk Management Programme at BRAC and BRAC International.
Mr Sajedul is a Social Scientist by academic training, is an international humanitarian and development professional with about 30 years of experience in providing leadership, technical and programme assistance in the areas of food security, disaster risk reduction, emergency response, conflict mitigation, and strategic policy formulation. He has extensively worked in Asia and Africa with different programme components around sustainable development, emergency preparedness and humanitarian programme management.
Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Sajedul worked as Chief of Party for Suchana Programme of Save the Children International in Bangladesh. During 2011-2016, Sajedul worked as Director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) based in Bangkok, Thailand and provided leadership and strategic guidance to ADPCs work on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness in the countries in Asia and Pacific. Mr Sajedul also held the position of Chief of Party for the OFDA funded Programme for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) which was implemented in 10 countries in Asia. He has worked with CARE International in Bangladesh, Georgia, Sierra Leone, Jordan/Iraq and Indonesia. Also, he has worked as an active member of CARE International's CERT (CARE Emergency Response Team) and participated in various emergency response (Indonesia Tsunami response, Iraq refugee response, Liberia refugee response, Georgia emergency in 1992). Sajedul also responded to some of the major disasters in Bangladesh (cyclones in 1991 and 2007 and floods in 1988 and 1998).
Mr Sajedul possesses skills and experiences in emergency preparedness and response, conflict mitigation and peace building, refugee camp management, mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development programmes, partnership programming with government, UN agencies and NGOs, training and capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.
Shahriar Hoque leads the organisational Digital Transformation and ICT4D mandates with a strong resolve to create opportunities that empower people and communities. A seasoned Technologist, with 23 years of global experience, he specialises in governance, change management, transformational initiatives, and international project supervision in applied IT.
Prior to joining BRAC in 2016, he worked 17 years in various technical expertise and leadership capacities for the Federal Government of Canada, Nortel Networks & Bombardier Aerospace.
At BRAC, Mr Shahriar Hoque directs portfolios through which clients benefit from information communication and technology enabled services. He plays a vital role, from strategically designing programme digitalisation to up-keeping organisational development agenda and tech infrastructure. He oversees a Project Management Unit, and wide range of implementations like, Enterprise Resource Planning and Information Systems. Cumulatively these facilities contribute to the organisational preparedness for the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world.
Mr Shahriar Hoque was the recipient of several recognitions for contribution as a Canadian Public Servant. In 2002, 2006 and 2010, during his tenure with the Canada Revenue Agency he respectively received Recognition for Outstanding Work on Tax On Net Income, Recognising Excellence award for Two-Dimensional Bar Code Project, and Recognising Excellence award for Dedication & Contribution to the ITB Workplace, Health & Safety. He was then assigned to Shared Services Canada, a newly formed Government department, to streamline IT services and develop governance model for which in 2014 he received another recognition for Exceptional Contribution to the ETI Programme.
Mr Shahriar Hoque has done his Bachelors in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and MBA in Financial Services at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. He is also a holder of Fellowship FICB (Fellow, Institute of Canadian Bankers), a prestigious accreditation which has been bestowed on over 10,000 leaders in the banking sector from Canadian Securities Institute – CSI. He was also named in the Dean's Honours List for remarkable performance towards the completion of Cégep – ‘Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel’, issued by Dawson College, Montreal, Canada.
Sheela R Rahman
Legal and Compliance, BRAC
Sheela R Rahman is the director of Legal and Compliance at BRAC.
Sheela R Rahman is a lawyer who has practised and worked in Bangladesh since 1990, with rich experience as in-house counsel, litigator and trainer. She has expert legal and practical knowledge of banking, corporate finance, corporate and commercial matters, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. Ms Rahman has also been senior counsel at a few law offices, including Rokanuddin Mahmud and Associates and Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed and Associates, and lastly built her own practice, Maxima.Legal. She has worked as a consultant to international development organisations on secured transactions and corporate governance, law reform proposals, training, and a team member for publications on SME governance and connection of best practices with corporate performance. Ms Rahman has also been an adviser to Teach for Bangladesh and Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh.
Ms Rahman holds an LL.M. degree from University College London and is a Barrister-at-Law, having been called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in London. She is an Advocate, Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
SK Jenefa K Jabbar
Social Compliance and Safeguarding
SK Jenefa Khanom Jabbar leads the safeguarding unit and the social compliance unit at BRAC. She is also expanding BRAC’s social compliance work with a renewed focus on the RMG sector. She joined BRAC in January 2019, as the Director of the then human rights and legal aid services (HRLS) and social compliance. She also chairs the sexual harassment elimination committee at BRAC, and is the legal adviser of the organisation’s safeguarding team and BRAC University.
Prior to joining BRAC, she worked as the Regional Responsible Sourcing Director for JCPenney Purchasing Corporation overseeing South Asia, Middle East and Africa. She has a decorated career of 23 years with experience of working with renowned organisations including BRAC University, UNDP, ILO, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), TESCO, Gap Inc and Dr Kamal Hossain & Associates. She practiced law as an advocate in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh for more than nine years and is on the Independent Experts Committee of Keeping Children’s Safe (KCS).
Ms Jenefa is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom. She has several publications and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, United Kingdom and Dhaka Bar Association.
Global Resource Mobilisation and Partnership(GRP)
BRAC and BRAC International
Sonia Wallman is the Director of Grants Management as part of the GRP team.
Prior to joining BRAC, Ms Wallman spent fifteen years with Save the Children within various grants and contract management capacities. She began as emergency management support following the 2004 Indonesian tsunami advising on the new and diverse emergency funding portfolio. After a few years of working with the Children in Emergencies and Crisis Department, she moved to the Regional Financial Controlling team as the Grants and Contracts Manager providing compliance support and contractual reviews and approvals for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa. Most recently, Ms Wallman held the position of Director of Strategic Portfolio and Awards Management, supporting 13 countries across the Middle East and Eastern European region, supporting ongoing and complex crises in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and the broader Mediterranean region. During her time as Director, she supported the growth of the regional annual operating budget from $48M to $250M. She led major projects including supporting the global restructuring and redesign of the award management scope inclusive of new business development, and led the embedding of that change in her region. She supported Country Offices to design and implement funding strategies to realise programmatic ambitions. She advised on donor compliance, business development, and contractual arrangements with local partners and vendors. She also possesses business writing and process management skills to build and manage consortia, and lead large and complex proposal development processes.
Prior to her tenure at Save the Children, Ms Wallman worked at CARE USA in the emergency unit and interned with the US State Department at their embassies in Morocco and Egypt within their political and economics bureaux respectively. She also interned with the World Food Program in Rome drafting content for its global gender policy.
Ms Wallman has a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (major) and City and Regional Planning (minor) from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Regional (Urban) Planning from Cornell University.
Syed Mazbahul Morshad
Construction and Maintenance Department, BRAC
Syed Mazbahul Morshad is the chief engineer at BRAC Construction and Maintenance department. As the head of the unit, Mr Morshad is responsible for the implementation of all construction projects. He has 25 years of expertise in supervising the engineering work of various projects, from cyclone shelters to pre-fabricated steel bridges.
Previously, Mr Morshad served as the general manager at Hamid Construction Ltd. Prior to this, he worked at BRAC as the assistant chief engineer, expanding on the construction of physical infrastructure of BRAC’s development activities throughout the country.
Mr Morshad completed his Bachelor’s of Science in civil engineering from CUET, and holds an MBA from BRAC University.