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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:00

Executive Management

Written by

 Dr Muhammad Musa

Muhammad Musa 
Executive Director

Dr Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations at international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and a public health specialist, he has specialised training in maternal and child nutrition, and disaster management.

Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. He spent 20 of those years working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region.

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 proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been a successful professional in bringing convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies in creating sustainable development programming for achieving impact at large scale.

In the professional field, he is known for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. He is also 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.




Faruque Ahmed
Executive Director
BRAC International

Mr Ahmed currently serves as the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee, the organisation’s management decision-making committee. Prior to this, he was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years and played a critical role in shaping its overall health strategy and scaling up several community-based health and nutrition interventions. Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked for the health nutrition and population team of the World Bank office in Bangladesh as senior operations officer. He started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Mr Ahmed serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch – a civil society initiative, and a member of World Bank civil society consultative group on health, nutrition and population. Formerly, he represented the civil society for the GAVI Alliance board. Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka.



Shib Narayan Kairy

SN Kairy
Chief Financial Officer
BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Kairy has held the position of chief financial officer (CFO) of BRAC and BRAC International since May 2011. Since joining BRAC in 1982, he has served in various notable positions, which included chief accountant, finance manager, head of finance, and director of finance and accounts.  

Mr Kairy supervises the overall financial control and management over the sources and applications of funds for BRAC, both development and commercial. His responsibilities include ensuring effective financial control, transparency and accuracy of financial data and reporting. He is also responsible for ensuring the effective procurement and asset management of BRAC Group.

Mr Kairy was born in June 1957 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He obtained a Masters of Commerce (Accounting) from University of Dhaka in 1981. In the year 1992, he completed Management Skill for Rural Development from Reading University, England. He attended various training and short courses on best practices of microfinance, microbanking internal control practices and market research for microfinance  in USA, Indonesia and India.

Currently, Mr Kairy is a member of BRAC’s executive management committee and management decision-making committee.  He also serves as a secretary in BRAC’s finance and audit committee. He represents BRAC globally by holding an active membership of INGO Accountability Charter, UK and Asia and Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA), Bangkok.

Mr Kairy is also a director of BRAC Bank Limited, BRAC EPL Investment Limited, BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage Limited, and BRAC Tea Company Limited. He was recently nominated as a member of Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM) at Dhaka University.





Asif Saleh

Asif Saleh
Senior Director
Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Saleh is the senior director of strategy, communications and empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International. He oversees advocacy, information and communications technology (ICT), communications and the social innovation lab. He is currently in charge of the empowerment cluster, which includes migration, human rights and legal aid services (HRLS), urban development programme (UDP) and skills development programme (SDP).

Prior to joining BRAC in 2011, Mr Saleh was the executive director at Goldman Sachs and also worked at GlaxoWellcome, NorTel and IBM. Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded Access to Information Programme (A2i) at the Prime Minister's Office. 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 to be a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in 2013.

Mr Saleh holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business.

He is a member of the board of director for BRACNet and IPDC, one of the oldest financial institutions in the country. He also chairs BRAC IT Services Limited. He is a board member of multiple non-profits such as 1 Degree Initiative, Spreeha, Institute of Informatics and Development. Mr Saleh is a member of the advisory council of Public Interest Registry and a 2013 mentor of the Unreasonable Institute.




Tamara H. Abed

Tamara Hasan Abed
Senior Director
Enterprises, BRAC

Ms Abed joined BRAC in 2002 and is currently the senior director of BRAC Enterprises. She heads two of BRAC’s most successful social enterprises, namely, Aarong and BRAC Dairy. Ms.Abed is a member of BRAC’s executive management committee.

Ms Abed serves as director on the board of BRAC Bank Limited since April 2008. She is also a member of the board of trustees of BRAC University and the BRAC University syndicate.

Tamara is the executive trustee of Ayesha Abed Foundation and the director of BRAC Banskhali Tea Co. Ltd, BRAC Karnafuli Tea Co. Ltd, BRAC Kaiyacherra Tea Co. Ltd, BRAC Kodala Tea Co. Ltd and BRAC Services Ltd. 

She started her career in 1995 as an investment banker in corporate finance at Peregrine Capital Ltd., Dhaka and then worked in Goldman Sachs in New York in Mergers and Strategic Advisory. She also worked in BRAC’s urban development programme and managed a small business of her own in the hospitality industry. She has 18 years of experience in multiple sectors including retail, finance, social enterprise, development, dairy and hospitality, both locally and internationally. Tamara is an Asia 21 Young Leader and was honoured by the World Economic Forum in 2010 as a Young Global Leader.

Ms Abed has a BSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, where she graduated as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honour society for business students.




Abdul Bayes

Abdul Bayes
Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC

Abdul Bayes joined BRAC in June 2015. Before joining BRAC, Mr Bayes has been working as professor in the Department of Economics at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka since 1991. Earlier, he served at Jahangirnagar University in various capacities, most notably as vice chancellor, 2000-2001; pro vice chancellor, 1999-2000; dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, 1994-1996; director, Centre of Human Resources Development, 1997-1999. He began his long career as assistant research officer at Bangladesh Bank in 1974.

He also served as chairman of Bangladesh NGO Foundation from 2010-2014. He was also a member in the panel of economists for fifth, sixth and seventh five-year plans constituted by the Government of Bangladesh from 1996-2015. Presently, he is a member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists; Asian Society of Agricultural Economists and Bangladesh Economic Association. He is known for his substantial contributions in research on agriculture, international trade and rural development.

He did his masters in economics from University of New England, Australia, and from University of Dhaka. He did his post-graduate diploma in economics from Australian National University, Australia.  

He has more than 37 years of experience in research and consultancy with IRRI, Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh of Development Studies (BIDS), World Bank, Mott Macdonald International, Danish Embassy and the Netherlands Embassy.

During the course of his career, Professor Bayes has authored 15 books, Bish Geramer Golpo and Leading Issues in Rural Development, Bangladesh Perspective being the most recent titles. He writes extensively in English and Bangla national dailies. At present, he is a weekly columnist at The Financial Express.


Ahmed Najmul Hussain

Ahmed Najmul Hussain
Administration, BRAC
Road Safety, BRAC

Mr Hussain is the director of administration and road safety. A graduate of Police Staff College, UK, Mr Hussain worked in a variety of law enforcement capacities. He was the superintendent of police in seven districts, as well as the additional inspector general of Bangladesh Police and commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. Previously, he served as lieutenant to major in the Pakistan and Bangladesh armies. Mr Hussain’s previous positions include chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and the team leader of the community road safety initiatives project of World Bank.

While 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 different awards, including the Good Service Badge of Bangladesh Police (1994), and the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, UK (2002). 




Anna Minj
Community Empowerment, BRAC
Integrated Development, BRAC
Gender Justice & Diversity, BRAC

Ms Anna Minj joined BRAC in April 2009 and served as the director in various programmes. She is currently the director of community empowerment programme, integrated development programme and gender justice & diversity.

She started her career with Caritas Bangladesh in 1987 where she served as the programme officer of Child Care & Orphanage Management Programme. She later on 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 has Master’s degree (MSc) in Zoology and later she also completed her postgraduate level diploma in Project Planning & Management from IDPM, Manchester University, UK.

In 2002, Ms. Minj joined CARE Bangladesh where she served in different positions with different capacities; and finally she became the head of Human Resource and Gender Equity & Diversity. She also served as a social worker with Camden Cross Roads, London and volunteer support to CAFOD, UK.

Ms. Minj is also affiliated with a number of national and international level forums and networks in the field of development, gender and indigenous peoples’ rights. Furthermore, she serves as the executive board member of Stromme Foundation- Norway, Vice Chair of National Coalition of Indigenous people (NCIP) in Bangladesh and Chair person of Bangladesh Community Radio Association.




Gawher Nayeem Wahra

Gawher Nayeem Wahra
Disaster Management and Climate Change, BRAC

Gawher Nayeem Wahra joined as the Director of BRAC’s Disaster Management and Climate Change programme in July 2015. He has over 28 years experience in the field of managing complex emergencies and natural disasters at local, regional, national and international level. In this context, he has played managerial roles in developing community focused humanitarian response and human resources for right based humanitarian actions, monitoring and coordinating in various development organisations. In the early 1990s, he was actively involved in developing the country’s first national disaster management training manual.

Mr Wahra worked with disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation programmes with focus on child protection in emergencies at different humanitarian organisations such as Oxfam, CARE, ActionAid, Save the Children, PLAN, Swiss Development Cooperation and UNICEF.  He has experiences working in Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Somalia with specific assignment on Disaster Risk Reduction and humanitarian response.   

In  2011, Mr Wahra was elected  as  Independent  Member  of  Certification  and  Review  Board (CARB) of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP; a Geneva based humanitarian organisation) followed by which he became the chair of  the board. His contribution, as the chief editor, to translations of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) of the Sphere Hand Book in Bangla, is immense. He also disseminated the standards through co-writing training manuals and providing the training. Since 1997, he is the founder editor for Bangladesh Disaster Year Report which is an annual report on the disaster and environmental hazards.

Mr Wahra is the founder convener and is currently acting as the member secretary of Foundation for Disaster Forum (DF) which is a national membership organisation of 67 agencies and individuals working in the field of humanitarian response in Bangladesh. He is also the founder member of South Asian Disaster Network “Duryog Nivaran”.

Mr Wahra is an Adjunct Faculty at the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka. He assisted in developing the under graduation and post graduation curriculum for disaster management courses at public universities.





Jalaluddin Ahmed
Director, Asia Region
BRAC International

Mr. Jalaluddin Ahmed is currently working as the Director for Asia Region of BRAC International. He is responsible for the development and implementation of country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and quality of country operations.

Mr. Ahmed has over thirty years of experience in the development field and has worked in several programmes including health, micro-finance, education, agriculture and women's empowerment. He joined BRAC in 1980 in the Research and Evaluation Division and since then he has taken many different positions including Associate Director at BRAC International, Associate Director of BRAC Health Programme, Country Head of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Country Representative of Afghanistan.

Mr. Jalaluddin Ahmed completed his MSc in Community Health from the London School of Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London, UK and completed a certified programme on Managing Health from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard University, Boston, USA. Prior to this, he did his graduation and post graduation in Economics from the University of Chittagong. He is also a Member of Public Health Association, Bangladesh.





KAM Morshed
Advocacy for Social Change
Information and Communication Technology
Partnership Strengthening Unit

Mr Morshed leads BRAC’s advocacy, partnership, and technology teams. He joined BRAC in October 2015. Previously, he led Bangladesh’s Policy, Innovation, and Communication teams at UNDP as an assistant country director for over 10 years. Additionally, he managed UNDP-Government partnership and supervised various programme portfolios such as MDG, ICT4D, aid effectiveness, south-south cooperation, pro-poor trade, private sector, etc.  Mr Morshed designed and oversaw implementation of many successful projects, among which Access to Information Programme (a2i) at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka is the best known. He worked as a member of several national and international committees of senior leaders on issues such as financial inclusion and innovation to name a few.

He founded one of Bangladesh’s first export-oriented IT company in 1993. He joined his alma mater as teacher in 1998. Before joining UNDP in 2005, Mr Morshed sponsored several start-ups including country’s first supermarket chain and the first consulting house specializing in Business Process Re-engineering. He led and participated in several notable projects of national and international agencies and published in peer-reviewed journals, newspapers and periodicals. His book titled "Let's learn Lotus 1-2-3 by ourself", one of the first such books in Bengali, was published in 1993.

Mr Morshed received his masters and bachelor degree with honours from the Department of Finance and Banking, University of Dhaka in 1994 and 1993 respectively. His interests include innovation, behavioural insights, future casting, and social enterprises, to promote social justice.



Kaosar Afsana

Kaosar Afsana
Health, Nutrition and Population, BRAC

Dr Afsana has been working for BRAC, for over 21 years. Currently, she is the director of health, nutrition and population. She is a professor in James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. Dr Afsana is an MD with an MPH from Harvard University, USA and a PhD from Edith Cowan University, Australia. 

She has been awarded many prestigious awards including the Woman of Distinction Award 2011 by the NGO Committee of the Women Status, New York for her contribution to maternal health and women’s empowerment; Presidents' Prize for the best thesis on an Asian topic by Asian Studies Association of Australia; D.K. Agencies India’s award for the best Australian doctoral thesis on an Asian subject;  the 2003 University Research Medal and the Faculty Research Medal for the best PhD thesis from Edith Cowan University. 

Dr Afsana authored two books, Disciplining Birth: Power, Knowledge and Childbirth Practices in Bangladesh and Discoursing Birthing Care: Experiences from BRAC, Bangladesh and published articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. Dr Afsana is the section editor of the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition. She represents BRAC at national and global levels and plays a special role in policy-making, planning and technical guidance, particularly, in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health and nutrition.





Lamia Rashid
Director, Africa Region
BRAC International

Ms Lamia Rashid is the director of the Africa Region, BRAC International. She is responsible for developing and implementing country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and quality of country operations.

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 over 22 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 programme management, strategy development, technical support and policy analysis. She has a masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Akramul Islam

Md Akramul Islam
Tuberculosis and Malaria Control, BRAC
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), BRAC

Md Akramul Islam is the director of tuberculosis and malaria control; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). He is an adjunct professor of James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University. Dr Islam completed his Masters on Primary Health Care Management at the Mahidol University of Thailand and his PhD on International Community Health at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Dr Islam joined BRAC in 1993 and served in different capacities.

Dr Islam has contributed over 30 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. In 2009-2010, he served as a technical consultant of the International Union against TB and Lung Disease for South East Asia Region.

Dr Islam is serving as chair of Working Group on Evidenced Based Research on Tobacco Control at the International Union against TB and Lung Disease. Dr Islam is also serving as Technical Working Group Member of WHO SEARO and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) member on TB at Geneva.

Dr Islam was nominated for Award of Global Development Network of the World Bank in 2002 for his PhD Research Work 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 and private partnership model on TB control.  Dr Islam was a visiting lecturer of the University of Tokyo from 2002-2005 and at Harvard University in 2008-2009. 


Anisur Rahman

Mohammad Anisur Rahman
Dairy and Food Enterprise, BRAC

Mr Rahman joined BRAC in October 2016 as director of dairy and food enterprises. Prior to joining BRAC, he was working as chief operating officer of PRAN Dairy Limited. He has also worked for Rahimafrooz Gastech Limited, AC Nielsen Bangladesh Limited and United Nations Mission in Georgia. He has over 20 years of experience in business development strategy.

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 research and analytical skills. He completed his MBA from MIST, Dhaka University and obtained special training from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

Mr Rahman specialises in orchestrating large projects, start-ups, turnarounds and growth ventures. He is driven to improve the bottom line, while ensuring staff compliance to business policies and procedures. He achieved special accolade 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.





Munmun Chowdhury
Chief People Officer
BRAC International

Ms. Munmun Chowdhury is the Chief People Officer of BRAC International. She was most recently the global HR generalist in CARE USA (based in Bangladesh) where she accomplished amongst other things, talent reviews for 13 country offices, led the HR network of CARE in Asia and Middle-East and developed policy guidelines for an empowered and equitable workforce. Prior to that, she was Regional Human Resources Business Partner for Asia Region at CARE USA.

Ms. Chowdhury has worked in many senior positions during her career, spanning 21 years including General Manager-HRD, Programme Coordinator, Education and several other positions at CARE Bangladesh, Unity of Social and Human Action (USHA) and Association for Development Agencies of Bangladesh. She holds a Masters and PhD in Psychology from University of Dhaka.





Nanda Dulal Saha

Nanda Dulal Saha
Internal Audit, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Saha FCA currently holds the position of director of internal audit for BRAC and BRAC International. He also serves on the board of BRAC EPL Investments Limited, having received his nomination by BRAC in 2009. Mr Saha joined BRAC in 2007 as head of internal audit, having more than 13 years of working experience in internal control system, assurance, accounting, compliance management, risk management services, tax matters, and legal affairs.

Prior to joining BRAC, he worked with Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants, a member firm of KPMG International, in audit and assurance services for about four and half years.

Mr Saha is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), USA and IIA Bangladesh. He is also a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA and ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter. He has been nominated as Director – Membership of the ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter for the period 2011-2013.



Rachel Kabir
Chairperson's Office, BRAC

Ms Kabir joined BRAC as the director of the chairperson’s office in November 2013. 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 the 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.



Safiqul Islam

Safiqul Islam
Education, BRAC

Dr 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 held different positions, including the position of a senior research economist at the research and evaluation division and of a programme coordinator at the monitoring department until1995. He also worked for UNICEF in Pakistan from 1997-1998, as a consultant to the government of North-West Frontier Province on different 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 the recipients of the WISE Prize. Dr Islam is also the member of different inter-departmental, senior level committees that comprises of government and NGOs, including EFA country review committee. 



Saieed Bakth Mozumder

Saieed Bakth Mozumder
Tea Estates, BRAC

Mr Mozumder serves as the director of BRAC’s Tea Estates division. He joined James Finlay & Co Ltd while studying History at Dhaka University.

Prior to joining BRAC in 2003, Mr Mozumder worked as assistant manager, divisional manager, and subsequently promoted into the office of the superintendent of James Finlay, Doloi and Noyapara Tea Companies incorporated in the U.K. He was visiting superintendent and then a general manager in National Tea Co Ltd. In 1993, Mr Mozumder was appointed as general manager of Tea Holding (Transcom Group). He was also employed by HRC Group to develop two estates under Tea, Rubber & Afforestation as general manager, and subsequently as executive director of Plantation.

Mr Mozumder was secretary of Balisera Planters’ Club, and represented the Bangladeshiyo Cha Sangshad on a variety of Boards and Committees. He was also director of the Board & Executive Committee of One Bank Ltd and was also director in the Board of National Tea Company Ltd. 




Saif Md Imran Siddique
Finance, BRAC International

Mr Siddique is currently working as Director, Finance at BRAC International. He was most recently AVP in Financial Planning and Analysis Division, heading the Management Reporting team at Total Access Communication PCL (Dtac) in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to that, he was General Manager and Head of Financial Planning and Budgeting at Robi Axiata Ltd. in Bangladesh. 

He began his career with Grameenphone Ltd. in 2001, and after a brief study break, he joined Grameenphone again in 2004 and spent nine years, where his last position was General Manager and Head of Business Performance Reporting. 

Mr Siddique brings with him a wealth of leadership experience in the telecommunications sector, especially in the areas of business planning, budgeting, business performance analysis and management reporting. He holds an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, a BBA from North South University and has completed his HSC from Notre Dame College, Dhaka.



Sayeda Tahya Hossain

Sayeda Tahya Hossain
Chief People Officer
Human Resources Division, BRAC
Learning Division, BRAC

Ms Hossain joined BRAC in December 2013 as director of the human resource division; and is currently supervising BRAC Learning Division. As of March 2014, she was appointed chief people officer. Prior to joining BRAC, she worked as the director of human resources and corporate affairs at Lafarge Surma Cement Limited.

She has more than 17 years of experience in human resource management in both corporate and development sectors of different organisations, including Citibank NA Bangladesh Limited, Unilever Bangladesh Limited, Concern Worldwide Bangladesh and Nestle Bangladesh.



Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed
Microfinance, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Abed manages BRAC’s microfinance operations, which serves more than five million clients and has total assets exceeding USD 1 billion. He also serves on the boards of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and the Delta BRAC Housing Finance Corporation. Additionally, he sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee. Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Abed was a journalist and wrote primarily on political issues.

Mr Abed 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.



Tahsinah Ahmed
Skills Development, BRAC

Ms Ahmed joined BRAC in March 2015. She graduated from Dhaka University with a Masters in Public Administration. She has over 20 years experience working in the development sector. Prior to BRAC, she was with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland for 14 years, leading and managing its work in education, migration and skills development. She served as Ombudsperson, Gender Resource Person and Security Warden at the Embassy.

Within the Local Consultative Group, she was the 1st national to be elected as Chair of the Local Consultative sub Group on Education. She served as its Co-Chair from March 2003 to April 2005 and Chair from 2005 April to May 2007. She set up the Skills Development Working Group in June 2006 and served as Chair from January 2009 to August 2013 and as Co-Chair from February 2007 to December 2008 and from  September  to  December 2013. She was Chair of the Working Group on the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and member of the Non Formal Education (NFE) Task Force.

She played a key role to develop the NFE Policy and the Skills Development Policy; and contributed to develop the PRS, the Education Policy, the Strategy for Gender Mainstreaming in Technical Vocational Education, the National Skills Development Council (NSDC) Act etc. She served as member of the Executive Committee of the NSDC and other networks. She facilitated to set up institutions like the Bureau of NFE and the NSDC Secretariat. 

She has also worked for UNESCO, Save the Children and Action Aid.

She developed the Life Oriented Education Module for Grameen Bank which was replicated in Africa by UNESCO. She developed learning materials for neo-literates which were translated into Hindi by the Rajasthan Adult Education Association for its programmes. Besides other publications, she contributed to develop the Shikkhakosh: a compendium of education & development terminologies and  lead DFID’s  ‘Reading for Children’ research, which has been replicated in different countries by Save the Children.

She is best known for  her leadership over a  decade to shape the skills development sector of the country.


Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:00

Governing bodies

Written by

BRAC Governing Body

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed 
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC


Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He was educated at both Dhaka and Glasgow Universities. He was a professional accountant in his thirties, working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil when the 1971 Liberation War had a profound effect on him, dramatically changing the direction of his life. He left his job, moved to London and devoted himself to Bangladesh’s war of independence. There, he helped initiate a fundraising and awareness campaign called HELP Bangladesh.

When the war was over, he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started returning to the country and their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. It was then that he established BRAC to rehabilitate the returning refugees in a remote area in north-eastern Bangladesh. He directed his policy towards helping the poor develop their capacity to better manage their lives. Thus, BRAC’s primary objectives emerged as alleviation of poverty and empowerment of the poor. Under his leadership, in the span of only four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.

BRAC University, founded in 2001, is integral to BRAC’s work to create a more just and peaceful world by providing relevant, high-quality education and equipping its students with the knowledge and skills to address contemporary and future challenges. BRAC University is the embodiment of BRAC’s fundamental conviction that education and training are forces for positive change.

Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. He was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In 2014, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

Sir Fazle has received many honorary degrees, including from Yale University (2007), Columbia University (2008), the University of Oxford (2009) and Princeton University (2014).



Mushtaque Chowdhury
Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury

Vice-Chairperson, BRAC and
Advisor to the chairperson

Dr Chowdhury is the vice-chairperson of BRAC. He is also the advisor to the founder and chairperson. Previously, he was the interim executive director of BRAC, the founding director of the research and evaluation division and the founding dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University.

He is also a professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, New York. During 2009-2012, he worked as a senior advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also served as a MacArthur Fellow at Harvard University.

Dr Chowdhury is a founder of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch, two civil society watch-dogs on education and health respectively. He is on the board and committees of several organisations and initiatives, including the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Sustainable International Development at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former Secretary General Kofi Annan.

He is a co-recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA. He also received the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal in 2008. He has a wide interest in development, particularly in the areas of education, public health, poverty eradication and environment. Dr Chowdhury has published books and more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals including the International Journal on Education, the Lancet, the Social Science & Medicine, the Scientific American and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr Chowdhury holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Dhaka.

Tahrunnessa Abdullah

Active in the women’s development movement since the early sixties, Ms Abdullah worked at the Comilla Academy for Rural Development for nine years as an instructor in charge of the Women’s Education and Home Development programme. She served as chairperson of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy and Bangladesh Jatiyo Mohila Sangstha. She also worked as the chairperson of core groups in the preparation of the National Plan of Action for Children from 1997 to 2002. She was also a member of the team assigned to prepare the National Action Plan for Women’s Development: Implementation of Beijing Platform for Action, and a member of the Local Government Commission.

Ms Abdullah served as a member of the Board of trustees of the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines (1984-88), and Aga Khan University, Pakistan (1991-1994). At present, she is the chairperson of Gono Bishwabidyalay, chairperson of ASA, and member of the Board of Directors of the Polli Karma Shahayk Foundation, as well as BRAC.

She received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1978. She has written a number of papers and articles on her work and in 1982 published a book, titled Rural Women of Bangladesh - Prospects for Change, co-authored by Dr Sondra Zeidenstein.

Ms Abdullah received her MA from Dhaka University and MS from Michigan State University.




 Latifur Rahman

Latifur Rahman

Mr Rahman is the chairperson and CEO of Transcom Group . He is also the chairperson of Nestlé Bangladesh Ltd., Holcim Cement (Bangladesh) Ltd., and National Housing Finance & Investments Ltd. He is the vice-president of the International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh. 

Formerly, Mr Rahman served as the president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (premier trade body in Bangladesh) for seven terms, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation for two terms and as a member of the executive committees of Bangladesh Jute Mills Association and Bangladesh Tea Association. He was the member of the executive board of Bangladesh Bank and Bangladesh Better Business Forum. He has been closely involved with fiscal and trade policy-making bodies of the government as the chairperson of the trade body reforms committee, the member of WTO’s advisory committee and the member of national committee on export promotion of Foreign Trade Institute. 

Mr Rahman is the recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2012) and of the Business Executive of the Year Award (2001) by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh. 




 Rokia Afzal Rahman
Rokia Afzal Rahman

Ms Rahman was a former minister in the caretaker government of Bangladesh, former director in the Central Bank of Bangladesh, and is currently the chair of Airlinks Group of Companies and R. R. Group of companies. She is involved in the media as the chair of Mediaworld Ltd, director of Mediastarand ABC Radio. As chair of Midas Financing Ltd, Ms Rahman has initiated loan facilities to several thousand women. She is also a director at Reliance Insurance and Mercantile Securities Ltd.

She is the founder of Women Entrepreneurs Association, Bangladesh, which works for women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship development, facilitating access to collateral free credit, and organising management and skills training for women throughout Bangladesh. Ms Rahman founded Dhaka’s Presidency University as well as several marketing outlets owned and managed by women under the name of Mini Marts. She is also the Founder-President of Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs.

Ms Rahman was elected president of Bangladeh Employers’ Federation in 1997-1998. She was a director on the Board of the Central Bank of Bangladesh in 1999-2001. Her commitment towards development brings her to several boards including BRAC and the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of which she was elected the president for 2013. She is a member of the Business Advisory Council of ESCAP based in Thailand and member of Women’s Business Network of WIEF based in Malaysia. She is also a board member of Asian University for Women.

Some of the awards received by Ms Rahman include the Priyadarshani Award in Delhi for her contribution towards development, Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World Award in Monte Carlo in 1999, Amcham’s Business Person of the Year Award in 2003, and Bangladesh Shilpa Bank’s Award for Good Business Management.


Luva Nahid Choudhury
Luva Nahid Choudhury

Ms Choudhury is an architect and heads the Abashan Upodeshta Ltd, an architecture practice in Dhaka. She is the director general of Bengal Foundation, a trust that supports and promotes the arts in Bangladesh. She also heads the ICE Media Ltd, a leading publishing concern.

Ms Choudhury completed her Bachelor of Architecture from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology in 1986.



Martha Alter Chen
Dr Martha Alter Chen

Dr Chen is a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and an international coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialisation are employment, gender and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy.

Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had two decades of resident experience in Bangladesh working with BRAC and in India, where she served as field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh. Dr Chen received a PhD in South Asia Regional Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books including Bridging Perspectives: Labour, Informal Employment, and Poverty (co-edited with Namrata Bali and Ravi Kanbur), The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty (co-authored with Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz, Renana Jhabvala and Chris Bonner), Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction (co-authored with Joann Vanek and Marilyn Carr), Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (co-authored with Joann Vanek) and Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India. 

Dr Chen was awarded a high civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the Government of India in April 2011 and a Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War award by the government of Bangladesh in December 2012.


Adeeb H Khan
Adeeb H Khan 



Adeeb Khan is a Chartered Accountant and the Senior Partner of Rahman Rahman Huq (Member Firm of KPMG International). He was elected to the BRAC Governing Body in 2015.

He is a Council Member (elected position) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh. He is also a Committee Member (elected position) of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), the oldest and one of the most prestigious trade chambers of Bangladesh.

Adeeb’s past directorships include Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier of Bangladesh.



Advocate Syeda Rizwana Hasan
Advocate Syeda Rizwana Hasan 


Syeda Rizwana Hasan is an enrolled lawyer with the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In professional life, she is working for the cause of environment as the Chief Executive of a reputed national Non Governmental Organisation named Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). Her main focus is to promote the notion of environmental justice in Bangladesh.

Rizwana did her masters and graduation in law from the University of Dhaka with distinction. She started her career with BELA in 1993 and till today is continuing with the same organisation.

As the Chief Executive of BELA, Rizwana is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the activities of BELA that include research, awareness raising, public interest litigation (PIL) and advocacy. Rizwana has filed PILs on various environmental issues most of which have received favourable orders/judgments. She has fought against vehicular pollution, river pollution, industrial pollution, ship breaking, grabbing of wetlands, cutting of hills, unregulated mining, unplanned urbanisation, commercial shrimp cultivation, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and so on. Her cases are redefining the current notion of development that is devoid of environmental consideration. Since she is an anthropocentric environmentalist, her efforts are adding values to conventional human rights movement by bringing in the elements of environmental justice. She places people’s legitimate rights at the center of her activism.

BELA, the organisation that Rizwana runs has received the Global 500 Roll of Honors of the UNEP in the year 2003. BELA has won the Environmental Award in 2007 given by the Department of Environment for popularising environmental law.

Rizwana is a recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. She has been named as one of the 40 Environmental Heroes of the World by the TIME magazine. Recognising her impassioned leadership, hard-driving skill, and uncompromising courage in the campaign of judicial activism that has demonstrated that the right to environment is nothing less than a people’s right to dignity and life, Rizwana has been awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012.




Syed S Kaiser Kabir
Syed S Kaiser Kabir 

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015 00:00

Who we are: Governance Good Practices: Ombudsperson

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BRAC has established an office of the Ombudsperson with a comprehensive mandate to investigate any incident of misadministration and misuse of power within BRAC. This includes grievances such as corruption, abuse of power or discretion, negligence, oppression, nepotism, rudeness, arbitrariness, unfairness and discrimination. BRAC's current ombudsperson is Mr Ahmed Ataul Hakeem FCMA, ex-controller & auditor general.

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Governance & Good Practices

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BRAC's internal control system is designed to get reasonable assurance about effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability of financial data and compliance of applicable rules, regulations and procedures. Management's integrity, attitude, actions, and ethical values help raise consciousness control among the staff. BRAC management believes that controls are important to achieve the objectives and to communicate its view to staff at all levels. Clear policies and procedures, documentation process, table of authority, segregation of staff duties, supervision and accountability have made the organisation transparent. Considering the internal control a continuous process BRAC periodically reviews and modifies the system in the changing circumstances. At the top of its control mechanism, there exists the willingness of BRAC governing body to ensure internal control and transparency.

BRAC's affiliate organisations, BRAC USA and BRAC UK, also have their own accountability and governance systems that operate independently of BRAC.

BRAC became a full charter member of the INGO Accountability Charter in December 2013. The INGO Accountability Charter was incorporated in 2008. It is registered as a company in the UK and having its secretariat in Berlin, Germany. The objective is to create and develop a charter relating to the accountability of non-governmental organisations. At present there are 26 full charter members. Please visit the link to the Charter website for details:

The Accountability Reports submitted by BRAC are available in the website of INGO Accountability Charter at this link: