About Managing Director


Md. Abdul Karim

Short Biography of Md. Abdul Karim, Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Bangladesh

Mr. Md. Abdul Karim, a former Principal Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, is the Managing Director of PKSF. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation and also an ex-officio member of both General Body and Governing Body of PKSF. Earlier he worked as Secretary to the Government in the Ministries of Commerce, Fisheries and Livestock, Home Affairs, Communications (Bridge Division) and Finance (Internal Resource Division). He was Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR). He also served as the Economic and Commercial Minister/Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Belgium. Mr. Karim was Chairman/Director of a number of state-owned companies including Padma Oil Company Limited, Eastern Refinery Limited etc. He was ex-officio Chairperson of a number of national level committees of various Ministries while working as Principal Secretary.

Mr. Karim obtained Master of Social Science degree in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Chittagong. He participated in many professional training programmes at home and abroad and attended many international Conferences, meetings and seminars.

Mr. Karim is the Secretary General of the South East Asian Cooperation (SEACO) Foundation, Bangladesh and he is working at the civil society level for trade and investment promotion among five countries of the South and South East Asian region. Mr. Karim is a Board Member of the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM), Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), Social Development Foundation (SDF), Small Farmers Development Foundation (SFDF) etc. He is a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Rotarian and contributes towards improvement of the socio-economic condition of the disadvantaged people of society. Mr. Karim is the President of Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation and immediate past President of Bangladesh Scouts (Boy Scouts and Girl Guides). He has received the highest Scout Award of the country. He is now the Advisor of Bangladesh Scouts and President of Bangladesh Scouts Foundation. Besides, he is involved with many other socio-economic organisations.

Mr. Karim is a member of the Honorary Advisory Board for developing Country Programme Document (CPD) of UNDP Bangladesh for the 2017-2021 cycle. He is the Advisor Board Member of the Center for Education and Community Development (CECD) under Viet Nam Association for Education Psychology Science. He is also the Strategic Advisor to Shanghai Changing Oriental Hongqiao Microloan Company of China.

Mr. Karim has lectured as guest speaker at various Universities and training institutions including North South University, Public Administration Training Center, National Defence College of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Military Academy, Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy etc. He has authored books and articles on local government and other subjects. He has travelled to 45 countries of the world. He is married with three children.

Mr. Karim is leading PKSF toward implementation of holistic, people-centered integrated poverty alleviation activities as well as inclusive financing programmes for sustainable development of Bangladesh.