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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Member, CPD Board of Trustees;
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC

Educational Qualification

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the Chartered Institute of Cost and Management Accountants, London, UK

Major Professional Involvement

1972-date Founder and Chairperson, BRAC. The largest Non-Governmental Development Organisation in Bangladesh. (Executive Director from 1972 to 2001)
1968-71 Treasurer and Head of Finance, Pakistan Shell Oil Company Ltd.
1965-68 Management Accountant, Aircraft Marine Products (GB) Ltd.
1963-65 Budget Accountant, The Bramber Engineering Co., Ltd.
Mr Abed is the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980), the inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007) and the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008)

Others Professional Involvement

2005 – Commissioner, UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP)
2002 – Global Chairperson, International Network of Alternative Financial Institutions (INAFI) International
2001 – Chairman, Board of Directors, BRAC Bank Limited
2001 – President, The Governing Board of BRAC University
2000 – Chairman, Governing Body, BRAC
1998 – Member, Policy Advisory Group, The Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), The World Bank, Washington, DC
1994 – Member, Board of Trustees, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka
1993 – Chairperson, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation
1992 – Chairman, NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation
1990 – Chairman, ‘Campaign for Popular Education’ (CAMPE), an NGO network on education

Previous Professional Associations

2000 – 2006: Chair, Finance & Audit Committee, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines
1999 – 2006: Member, Board of Governors, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines
1998-2004 Member, Board of Governors, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University, U.K
1992 – 1993 Member, Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation
1990 – 92 Member, Task Force on Health Research, Geneva, Switzerland
1986 – 1991 Member, World Bank NGO Committee, Geneva, Switzerland.
1987 – 1990 Chairman, South Asia Partnership
1987 – 1990 Member, International Commission on Health Research for Development, Harvard 1982-90 Member, President`s Council on Women and Children.
1982 – 1986 Senior Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
1982 – 1986 Member, Board of Trustees, BIDS
1982 – 1986 Chairman, Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB)
University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1981 – 1982: Visiting Scholar, Harvard Institute of International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


“Beyong lending: How microfinance creates new forms of capital to fight poverty”, F H Abed, Imran Matin, Volume – 2, Issue – 1-2 , July – 2007, Innovations

“Coping with Disasters: From Diarrhea to Cyclone,” In K.M. Cahill (ed.). A Framework for Survival, New York, Basic Books and Council on Foreign Relations, 1993.

“Household Teaching of ORT in Rural Bangladesh”, Assignment Children (New York), volume 61/62 (UNICEF), 1993.

Privatisation, NGOs and National Development: The Case of BRAC in Bangladesh”, Paper presented at the Encounter – 1992, University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1992.

“Promoting Popular Participation: Some Issues,” in: Participatory Development and the World Bank: Potential Directions for Change, Washington, D.C., The World Bank, 1992.

“Social Mobilization for EPI in Bangladesh”, In M. Haq, (ed,) Near Miracle in Bangladesh, University Press Ltd., Dhaka, 1991 (Co-author).

“Credit for the Rural Poor: The Case of BRAC in Bangladesh”, Small Enterprise Development: Vol-2, No.3, 1991.

“Controlling a Forgotten Disease: Using VHWS for Tuberculosis Control in Rural Bangladesh,” Bulletin of the IUALTD, 1991 (Co-author).

“Scaling up in Health: Two Decades of Learning, In J. Rohde et al. (eds.): Reaching Health for All, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1991 (Co-author).

“Oral Dehydration Therapy: A Community Trial Comparing the Acceptability of Home Made Sucrose and Cereal-based Solutions”, Bulletin of World Health Organisation, 1991 (Co-author).

“Extension Services of NGOs: The Approach in BRAC”, Paper presented at the National Seminar on GO-NGO Collaboration in Agricultural Research and Extension, Dhaka, August, 1991.

“Decision Making at BRAC”, Paper presented at the Institute of Management, Manila, October, 1990.

“Education for Girl Child in South Asia”, Paper presented at the World Conference on Education For All, Bangkok, March, 1990.

“Role of NGOs in International Health”. In M Reich and E. Marui (eds.), International Cooperation for Health, Auburn House Publishing Company, Dover, Massachusetts (USA), 1989 (Co-author).

Email: abed.fh@brac.net

Telephone: +8802 8824180-87, 9881265

Fax: +8802 8823542