Governing Body

The Governing Body of PKSF, in accordance with the general guidance and authorization of the General Body, holds the responsibility to pursue and carry out the programmes as per the vision and mission of the Foundation. It determines the direction and scope of the activities of the organisation in order to achieve its pronounced objectives. The Governing Body holds the financial control of the organisation, including approval of projects, grants, donations, loans or other financial assistances to the Partner Organisations (POs).

The Governing Body consists of 7 members. The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) nominates the Chairman and two other members from amongst individuals having a record of service in activities of poverty alleviation and income generation and/or interests in such activities. The General Body, in its AGM, elects three other members representing Partner Organisations and/or individuals having demonstrated contribution in the development sector. The Governing Body, in consultation with and approval of the Government, appoints the Managing Director who is the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation and an ex-officio member of the Governing Body and the General Body of PKSF. As on December 31, 2014, there are 7 members in the Governing Body.

The Members of the Governing Body
(as on December 31, 2014)



Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, a renowned economist and development thinker and a reputed specialist on Climate Change, is the Chairman of PKSF. He is also the current Chairman of the governing council of Dhaka School of Economics and a member of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board under Kyoto Protocol of UNFCCC.

He is a former President of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), the founder Chairman of Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), and a former Research Director at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He was the President of Kuala Lumpur-based Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific (ADIPA) during 1979-83 and the Vice-President of Rome-based Society for International Development (SID) during 1988-91. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He received the Ekushey Padak 2009, one of the highest Bangladesh National Civilian Awards, presented by the Government of Bangladesh.

Dr. Ahmad’s vision of development centres around the establishment of human rights and human dignity for all by ensuring basic education, training on basic skills and primary healthcare. He has played the pivotal role in formulating the Bangladesh National Education Policy 2010, which focuses, among many other aspects, on inclusiveness and quality of education.

He has been keenly promoting comprehensive sustainable development. Dr. Ahmad has played a lead role at the national level, in the case of both the government initiatives and civil society efforts, in the formulation of proposals and recommendations relating to the Post-2015 Development Agenda from Bangladesh perspective. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is expected to formulate a global Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda by the end of 2015, and the process has started in September 2013 UNGA session.

Dr. Ahmad has produced several pioneering research works on South Asia regional water issues, with particular reference to Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna region. In addition, there are a number of publications on water resource by Dr. Ahmad. Dr. Ahmad was also a member of the National Water Resources Council, Government of Bangladesh (GoB), 1997-2001; and Honorary Adviser to GoB National Water Policy and National Water Management Plan formulation processes, 1998-2001.

Dr. Ahmad has to his credit some very important publications that won national and international acclaim. In an approximate estimate, he has authored, co-authored and edited more than 35 books and over 250 articles on diverse areas that include development economics, education, environment, regional cooperation and global issues. These publications have come out at home and from abroad.



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 Foundation and also an ex-officio member of both General Body and Governing Body of PKSF. Earlier he served as the 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) and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC). He also served as the Economic/Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Belgium. He was Chairman/Director of a number of companies including Eastern Refinery Limited. Mr. Karim was Chairperson of a number of national level committees of various ministries.

Mr. Karim obtained Master of Social Sciences degree in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK. He obtained his Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1974. He participated in many professional training programmes at home and abroad.

Mr. Karim is the Secretary General of the South East Asian Cooperation (SEACO) Foundation, a Board Member of the Institute of Microfinance (InM), Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA), Social Development Foundation (SDF) etc. He is a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Rotarian and contributes towards improvement of the socio-economic condition of the disadvantaged people. He is the President of Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation. He is the immediate past President of Bangladesh Scouts (both Boy Scouts and Girl Guides) and received the highest Scout Award of the country. 

Mr. Karim has lectured as a guest speaker at various Universities and other institutions including National Defence College of Bangladesh. He authored books and articles on local government and other subjects. He has travelled to 45 countries of Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa and Australia. 



Dr. Pratima Paul-Majumder is one of the former Senior Research Fellows of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). She conducted an intensive research on Cooperative Way of Agricultural Development in Bangladesh for which she was awarded PhD degree from the University of Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Paul-Majumder is the pioneer researcher who undertook studies on the prevailing working conditions of the garment sector since 1990. She is seriously and continuously engaged with the issue of gender budgeting for over a decade. She has strong command over action research on the state of women of the religious minority communities. 



Professor A.K.M. Nurun Nabi, a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar and a former Professor of Sociology and of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka, is currently the Vice-Chancellor of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur. He obtained his PhD degree in Demography from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1991. He is the Founder Chairman of the Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka. Prof. Nabi has published and co-authored books with national and international scholars and authored a large number of research articles in reputed national and international journals and books. Apart from being the member of Bangladesh National Population Council, a member of the Governing and General Bodies of PKSF and Institute of Microfinance (InM), he also holds an important position in many professional bodies.


Mr. Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled has a very widely acclaimed career in commercial banking as well as inBangladesh Bank, the central bank of Bangladesh. He is a former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank. He is also the former Chairman of Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB). During his long banking career, he served as the Managing Director of BKB, Agrani Bank, Sonali Bank and Pubali Bank Limited. He also served as a General Manager of PKSF. He secured M.B.A. degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Mr. Khaled has been actively associated with various professional and social organizations. 



Dr. M.A. Quassem is the former Director General of Water Resources Planning Organisation. He has also served in many high positions related to water management in Bangladesh. Currently he is the Chairman of National Disaster Management Advisory Committee of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He is also the member of the National Water Resources Council and the Governing Council of Bangladesh Water Development Board. Mr. Quassem obtained his PhD on Participatory Water Management from the University of Barrington, USA in 2000. He completed his Post-Graduation in Hydraulic Engineering from UNESCO-IHE and Rural Policy & Planning from ISS, the Netherlands.



Nihad Kabir is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. She is the Senior Partner of Syed Ishtiaq Ahmad and Associates, a leading law firm of the country. She was the Vice-President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is a Committee Member of the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation. She is a member of the Company Law Reforms Committee; and was a member of the National Education Policy Committee of Bangladesh. Nihad is an Independent Director on the Board of BRAC Bank Limited, Apex Adelchi Footwear Limited, and Square Pharmaceuticals Limited. She is on the Board of, among others, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and BKash. Nihad was called to the Bar from Grays Inn in England. She has a BA (Hons) degree in law, an LLM and an MA degree from the University of Cambridge, England.