The Bangladesh Bank has promoted its Secretary's Department Director SM Rezaul Karim as executive director. The promotion became effective on January 1, the central bank said in a statement Wednesday. Rezaul started his Bangladesh Bank career in 1993 as an assistant director. After completing basic training, he was posted at the central bank's Bogura office. Read more: Bangladesh Bank names Mezbaul Haque as new spokesperson Later he served the central bank in different capacities – in inspection, foreign exchange policy, human resources, payment system departments and Microcredit Regulatory Authority (Dispatch). The new Bangladesh Bank executive director is from Bogura and completed his graduation as well as post-graduation in geology from Dhaka University.
Tahsinah Ahmed has been appointed as the new executive director of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country’s first leadership institute. The new appointment will be effective from Wednesday, said a press release of BYLC. Tahsinah brings to BYLC nearly three decades of professional experience in the development sector. She has effectively led some of the most successful youth-serving and workforce focused institutions in Bangladesh, including UCEP Bangladesh where she served as its first female executive eirector and BRAC where she established and led the BRAC Skills Development Program. Prior to UCEP Bangladesh and BRAC, Tahsinah worked for the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Save the Children USA, Action Aid Bangladesh and UNESCO. Read: BYLC Career Expo 2022: Learn Leadership Skills, Use Them, and Move Up in Your Career Among other key roles, she served as an advisor of Generation Unlimited Bangladesh, a dynamic platform for the advancement of young people in the country. “We conducted an extensive search for an executive director with the right kind of skills, values, and expertise to lead the next chapter of BYLC’s growth,” said Ejaj Ahmad, President and Founder of BYLC. “I am confident that Tahsinah Ahmed, with her stellar track record of institution building and leadershipin nonprofit organizations, is the ideal executive eirector to lead BYLC into the future.” “We are delighted to welcome Tahsinah Ahmed to BYLC. She is an outstanding choice as an executive director, bringing with her a wealth of management and leadership experience,” said Akhter Matin Chaudhury, Chairperson of BYLC’s Governing Board. Also read: BYLC Ventures: Cohort 4 winners announced “I am inspired by the work that BYLC does to build a better Bangladesh by training the next generation of leaders. I will do my best to take the institution to new heights as a Center for Excellence through which today’s youth become the change agents that the nation seeks,” said Tahsinah Ahmed.
Shameran Abed has been appointed the new Executive Director of BRAC International (BI), one of the leading development organisations in the world, with effect from August 1, 2021. Shameran succeeds BI’s current Executive Director, Dr Muhammad Musa, who will step down on July 31. As Executive Director, Shameran will oversee and guide BI’s strategies, programmes and organisational development for scaled impact and sustainable growth, contributing to BRAC’s Global Strategy to reach 250 million disadvantaged women (and their dependents), youths, and people living in poverty by 2030. He will also continue to lead BI’s microfinance operations and oversee the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI). Read Islami Bank holds 38th AGM; approves 10% cash dividend “The Board of BRAC International is confident that Shameran is the right person to steer BI at this time, driving innovation and positive transformation while ensuring continuity. We believe Shameran’s extensive experience at BRAC and his strong strategic and collaborative skills will help us to further align our goals and objectives to achieve the vision of our late founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, to make BRAC a global force for poverty eradication and empowerment of the poor,” said Irene Khan, Chair of the Supervisory Board of Stichting BRAC International. Shameran joined BRAC Bangladesh in 2009 and BRAC International in 2012, and has been instrumental in bringing BRAC’s flagship programmes of microfinance and ultra-poor graduation to global scale. Also read: BRAC to strengthen advocacy on protecting employees from sexual exploitation Under his leadership, BI’s microfinance portfolio has seen impressive growth and a renewed focus on client impact. Since 2016, Shameran has also led BRAC’s ultra-poor graduation work and played an instrumental role in setting up the UPGI to spearhead global advocacy and provide technical assistance to governments and other organisations. Shameran also comes with significant board experience on several non-profit and corporate entities, including the boards of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), BRAC Bank and bKash. Also read: Brac to work on protecting employees from exploitation, abuse “As we confront unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic, we’re reminded once again of the urgent need to build resilience and create sustainable pathways out of poverty for the world’s most marginalised,” commented Shameran. “BRAC holds a truly unique position, as an organisation from and for the Global South, to continue to demonstrate the same commitment and tenacity in designing and delivering practical, scalable, community-led solutions as we have done for almost 50 years. I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead BRAC International at this critical juncture, working alongside thousands of fearless co-workers and with millions of programme participants, whose courage and enterprise inspire us every day to accelerate and further amplify our impact.” Read After 11 years of losses, Maddhapara mining company turns profitable Shameran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Hamilton College in the United States and is a qualified Barrister in the UK.