Asif Saleh was appointed 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 proven track record of effectively managing interfaces of development programming, operational and financial sustainability and building effective partnerships, both within and outside BRAC.
Mr Saleh has been deeply anchored in driving the strategic direction of BRAC. He joined the organisation in 2011, and took up an increasingly important role in leading advocacy for social change, information technology, communications and social innovation. He has been instrumental in BRAC’s concentration on emerging development challenges in the areas of urban poverty, youth skills development, inclusive growth and migration. As the senior director of the empowerment programme cluster, he led BRAC's new programmatic areas, namely, the urban development programme, human rights and legal aid services, skills development programme and migration programme. He also led the development of BRAC’s five-year strategic plan in 2016.
Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Saleh worked as a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office. As part of the Government’s Digital Bangladesh initiative, he led the policy effort to expand affordable broadband connectivity across Bangladesh and devised the Government's m-governance strategy. He was also a key part of the Union Digital Centre team that created digital service centres in every union in Bangladesh. Since then, he has actively promoted the role of technology and frugal innovation in the development sector. He spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs in different fin-tech roles and institutional client sales in New York and London, ending his term there as an Executive Director. He has also worked in Glaxo Wellcome, IBM and Nortel.
Mr Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organisation with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis. 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 is an active member in a range of international networks and alliances, advocating inclusive achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of the Millions Learning International Advisory Group, Brookings Institute, which addresses the question of how to scale quality education for all children and youth. He is also a member of the South Africa-based Innovation Edge, an institution promoting early childhood development.
Mr Saleh chairs BRAC IT Services Limited and is on the Board of BRAC Bank and BRAC Net. He is also a board member of multiple non-profits, such as 1 Degree Initiative, Spreeha, Institute of Informatics and Development, and Maya.
Mr Saleh holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA in management and marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University.
Dr Muhammad Musa
Dr Muhammad Musa is the Executive Director of BRAC International. He comes with an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations at national, international, and cross-cultural settings. Previously, Dr Musa served as the Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh, where he successfully upheld BRAC’s mission to eliminate poverty and inequality. Under his leadership, BRAC launched the Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, in August 2017, which has given BRAC a strong foundation to stand beside people in crisis anywhere in the world.
Prior to joining BRAC, Dr Musa worked with CARE International for 32 years. Twenty of those years were spent working in Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh. He also worked as the Asia Regional Director for CARE International for five years. Dr Musa has been successful in bringing convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies to create sustainable development programming that achieves impact on poverty at large scale.
Dr Musa has a proven track record in strategic leadership, governing board management, and successfully chairing a financial institution and an information technology company in Bangladesh for four years. His expertise lies in external relationship management, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for development projects.
Being adept at people management and conflict resolution, Dr Musa has established a reputation for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. He is known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals for humanitarian and social development leadership roles. He is also an internationally recognised senior management trainer.
Dr Musa holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, USA, and a post-graduate diploma in Maternal and Child Nutrition from the Netherlands. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh.
Tamara Hasan Abed
Tamara Hasan Abed is the managing director of BRAC Enterprises. She has been heading BRAC's 13 social enterprises, including Aarong, BRAC Dairy, BRAC Seed and Agro Enterprise as a senior director since 2014.
Ms Abed brings with her extensive experience in investment banking, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise with a career spanning over two decades, across diverse sectors. Leading by example, she has carved a respectful position as a senior leader in the traditionally male-dominated industries and has inspired more women to come forward and make a mark. She is passionate about driving value-based business models, operating at the intersection of social good, sustainable business and inclusive growth.
Ms Abed began her career in the corporate finance sector in 1995, at Peregrine Capital Ltd, a Hong Kong-based investment bank in Dhaka. Later she moved to New York and worked for Goldman Sachs in Mergers and Strategic Advisory.
She joined Aarong as the general manager 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 2019, as Bangladesh’s most popular lifestyle retail chain. She has been instrumental in driving the expansion of Aarong to 21 national outlets, multiple brands, e-commerce and digital platforms.
In 2006, she was given the charge of BRAC Dairy and since then has built a strong team to take the dairy business in Bangladesh into new heights. BRAC Dairy is currently the third highest dairy processor in Bangladesh with a diverse portfolio of products. Ms Abed served on the board of directors of BRAC Bank for eight years from 2008 to 2016. She currently serves on the boards of IPDC Finance, BRAC EPL Investments, BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage, edotco Bangladesh and BRAC Tea Estates. She also serves on the board of trustees of BRAC University and chairs the board finance committee. She chairs the Board of BRAC Services Limited and is the executive trustee of Ayesha Abed Foundation.
Ms Abed has represented Bangladesh globally and was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a 'Young Global Leader' in 2010. She also represented Bangladesh during the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington in 2010. Ms Abed is an Asia 21 Young Leader. She received the Outstanding Women Leadership Award from the World Women Leadership Congress in 2014.
Ms Abed has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. She completed her BSC in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2014, Ms Abed attended an executive course for Young Global Leaders on Transformational Leadership at Oxford University’s Said Business School.
Microfinance, BRAC and BRAC International
Ultra poor graduation, BRAC and BRAC International
Shameran Abed is senior director of the BRAC microfinance and ultra poor graduation programmes. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than 6.5 million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 2.5 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor graduation programme has graduated more than 1.8 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation approach’ to tackle extreme poverty.
Shameran also chairs the board of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and serves on the boards of the BRAC UK, IPDC Finance and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). Additionally, he is the chairman of the Microfinance Network and is also a member of the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI) and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.
Shameran is a lawyer by training, having been made a barrister by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in the United States, majoring in economics and minoring in political science.
Programme Development, Resource Mobilisation and Learning
Dirk Booy is the senior director of BRAC Programme Development, Resource Mobilisation and Learning. Dirk brings to BRAC more than 37 years of end-to-end experience in international development. He has worked at the village level, ran a national field office, managed a large fundraising support office in Canada, and provided global programme leadership across more than 96 countries. As a global executive, Dirk has a proven track record of leading transformational change in complex, multi-cultural organisations.
Prior to joining BRAC, Dirk worked as a global consultant serving in various advisory roles, interim executive assignments and consultancies. Before that, he held global roles at World Vision International including Partnership Leader Global Programs, as well as Global Field Operations based out of London, UK. In addition, he has served as vice president and executive vice president of World Vision Canada and led World Vision Tanzania as its national director. Dirk has served on the boards of various microfinance institutions including chairman for SEDA Tanzania and board member of Vision Fund International.
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).
Advocacy for Social Change, BRAC
Partnership Strengthening Unit, BRAC
Social Innovation Lab, BRAC
KAM Morshed leads BRAC’s advocacy, migration, partnership, social innovation lab and technology 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.
AFM Shahidur Rahman
Director, Programme Development - Asia
Programme Development, Resource Mobilisation and Learning (PRL)
BRAC and BRAC International
AFM Shahidur Rahman is the Director, Programme Development - Asia, BRAC and BRAC International, and the Monitoring and Evaluation department in 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).
Community Empowerment, BRAC
Integrated Development, BRAC
Anna Minj joined BRAC in 2009 and since then has served as a director in various programmes. She is currently the director of community empowerment programme, integrated development programme and gender justice and diversity.
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.
Director, Programme Development
Programme Development, Resource Mobilisation and Learning (PRL)
BRAC and BRAC International
Ms Audrey Ahwan is the Director of Programme Development within BRAC International’s PRL Unit.
Ms Ahwan is a seasoned development professional with 11 years of management experience in development, including: development and oversight of education, women's economic empowerment, WASH, nutrition and livelihood programmes; developing strong partnerships to bid for institutional funding; a comprehensive background in assessing development needs, and designing appropriate rights-based solutions.
Before joining BRAC, Ms Ahwan served as interim Senior Programme Development Manager for Plan International UK. She worked as a Programme Development Specialist, supporting resourcing and design of quality programmes in the country offices of Plan’s East Africa and Asia Regions. During her time in the development sector, she has led the design and implementation of multiple high-value programmes for institutional donors such as DFID, EU, Global Affairs, USAID and AusAID.
In her previous roles, first as Business Development Manager with the UK-based Education Development Trust, Director of Programmes and Planning for ADRA in the Pacific and East Africa, and then as CARE International’s Manager for Programme Quality and Strategic Partnerships in West Africa, Ms Ahwan developed operational tools and systems, resource mobilisation strategies and communities of practice to support programmes across multiple country offices.
Ms Ahwan has a BA (Hons) in History/English and an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from St. Mary's College, UK. She did her second MA in International Development and Education from the University of Sussex, UK.
M Anowar Hossain
Director, Asia Region
M Anowar Hossain is the director of Asia Region at BRAC International. He is responsible for strategising and overseeing country programmes and operations, and resource mobilisation for the region.
Mr Hossain holds diverse experience of over 16 years in global development. His track record includes strategic, operational and technical leadership to the team, managing programmes and projects, designing and rolling out strategies, managing people from multi-cultural backgrounds, building strong networks, influencing policy, mobilising funds, inspiring shared vision, and enabling others to act.
Mr Hossain served as the country representative of BRAC International in Afghanistan for more than three years. Prior to joining BRAC, he worked in Concern Worldwide in different capacities including advocacy expert and head of technical unit. Mr Hossain designed, developed and managed a policy advocacy project with Bangladesh Parliament through which facilitated forming and functioning two All- party Parliamentary Groups. He also held the position of coordinator "Assessment of Impacts of Sustainable Environment Management Program (SEMP)”, and facilitated multiple campaigns in South Asia with ActionAid Bangladesh.
Following BSc in environmental science from Khulna University, Mr Hossain completed dual masters in development studies and economics from University of Dhaka.
He has authored four books and various publications in international journals.
Human Resource and Learning, BRAC
Ms Maria Huq is the director of human resource and learning 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 Akramul Islam
Tuberculosis and Malaria Control, BRAC
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), BRAC
Dr Md Akramul Islam is the director of communicable diseases and water, sanitation and hygiene. 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.
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 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.
Mohammad Anisur Rahman
Dairy and Food Enterprise, BRAC
Mohammad Anisur 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 received 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.
Communications and Outreach
BRAC and BRAC International
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.
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).
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.
Dr Safiqul 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 has held various positions, including that of senior research economist in the research and evaluation division and of programme coordinator at the monitoring department until 1995.
Dr Islam also worked for UNICEF in Pakistan from 1997-1998, as a consultant to the government of North-West Frontier Province on various 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 a member of different inter-departmental, senior-level committees comprising government and NGOs, including the EFA country review committee.
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.
Humanitarian Programme, BRAC and BRAC International
Mr Sajedul Hasan is the director of humanitarian programme at BRAC and BRAC International. He is also the overall director for Cox’s Bazar programme which includes FDMN(Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals) programme and the corresponding host community programme.
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.
Human Resource, BRAC International
Sharmin Sultan is the Director of Human Resources at BRAC International. She has an overall 14 years of professional experience in HR, including resourcing and employer branding, engagement and culture, business partnering, performance management, change management, and HR transformation.
Previously, Ms Sultan was looking after Robi's talent management and development initiatives as the Vice President (Head) with a special focus on digital learning and HR analytics. She was responsible for creating a learning and high-performing culture.
Prior to this, she worked as the Vice President of resourcing and employer branding, and led employer branding for Robi where she contributed significantly in transforming the recruitment process by enhancing talent acquisition. She also worked as the Resourcing and Country Graduate Programme Manager, HR, with Standard Chartered Bank.
Ms Sharmin was an adjunct faculty at BRAC University for the EMBA programme. She is also a certified life coach and mentor.
She started her career with BRAC Bank as an Officer for recruitment and training.
Sharmin Sultan has a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St Cloud State University of Minnesota, USA.
SK Jenefa K Jabbar
Human Rights and Legal Aid Services and
Social Compliance, BRAC
SK Jenefa Khanom Jabbar joined BRAC in January 2019 as the Director of Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) and Social Compliance. Prior to joining BRAC, she worked as the Regional Responsible Sourcing Director for JC Penney Purchasing Corporation overseeing South Asia, Middle East and Africa. She has a decorated career with over 22 years of experience in working with renowned organizations such as BGMEA, BRAC University, UNDP, ILO, 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. She is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom. She has several publications and is a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn, United Kingdom, Dhaka Bar Association, and Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
Programme Development, Resource Mobilisation and Learning (PRL)
BRAC and BRAC International
Sonia Wallman is the Director of Grants Management as part of the PRL 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 Abdul Muntakim
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.
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.