Governing Body

The Governing Body, subject to the general control and supervision of the General Body, is responsible for pursuing and carrying out the goals of PKSF. It determines the direction and scope of PKSF activities in order to steer PKSF towards its intended goals. The seven-member Body holds the financial control of PKSF, including approval of projects and making grants, donations, loans or other financial assistance to Partner Organizations (POs). The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) nominates the Chairman and two other members. The General Body elects three other members representing the POs and/or individuals having demonstrated contribution in the development sector. The Governing Body, in consultation with the GoB, appoints the Managing Director, the Chief Executive Officer of the organization, as the ex-officio member of the Governing Body and the General Body of PKSF. 

The Members of the Governing Body

Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad 

Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, a renowned economist, development thinker and specialist on Climate Change, is the chairman of PKSF. He is also currently the chairman of the Governing Council of Dhaka School of Economics (DScE).

Dr. Ahmad’s vision of development centres around the establishment of human rights and human dignity for all, and the starting point for moving towards that goal is to focus on ensuring basic education, skill training and healthcare for all without exception. He was the co-chair of the committee that formulated Bangladesh National Education Policy 2010, which focuses, among many other aspects, on inclusiveness and quality of education. Dr. Ahmad is a well known expert on climate change, and is an advocate on the concerns about its adverse impacts on both natural and human systems and how to address them.

He has for years been strongly promoting sustainable development in all its aspects. He 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 perspectives, submitted to the United Nations. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a global Sustainable Development Agenda for 2016-30 on 25 September 2015.

Regional cooperation for mutual benefit has been another major focus of his research, dialogues, and advocacy activities since the late 1980s. On the management of water resources in particular, he has, in cooperation with other experts in the field from Bangladesh and other South Asian regional countries, produced several pioneering research works on South Asia regional water issues, with particular reference to the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna region. He has to his credit several other publications on water issues.

Dr. Ahmad has conducted a wide range of research works on policy planning, food and agriculture, environment and climate change, water resources, rural development and employment generation, poverty alleviation, human development, women in development and gender issues etc. He has written (alone or jointly with others) 38 books and over 250 learned articles, published at home and abroad.

He is a former president (elected for three consecutive terms) 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 Lampur-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 also a member of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board under Kyoto Protocol of UNFCCC (2009-2014). He served as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, having been the Lead Author for the 3rd and the 4th Assessments, published respectively in 2001 and 2007. He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2009, one of the highest national civilian awards, presented by the Government of Bangladesh.

He was a member of the National Water Resources Council, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), 1997-2001; and Honorary Adviser to the GoB’s National Water Policy and National Water Management Plan formulation processes, 1998-2001.

Mr. Md. Abdul Karim
Managing Director

Mr. Md. Abdul Karim, a former Principal Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, is the Managing Director of PKSF. He is also an ex-officio member of its General Body and Governing Body. Earlier, Mr. Karim worked in the administrative service as Assistant Commissioner, Magistrate and Chief Executive Officer of a number of local bodies. He served as the Economic and Commercial Minister/Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. He served the Government as a Secretary in the Ministries of Commerce, Fisheries and Livestock, Home Affairs, Communications (Bridges Division) and Finance (Internal Resources Division) before his appointment as Principal Secretary. He was Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) and a number of state-owned companies including the lone refinery of the country, the Eastern Refinery Limited. He was the ex-officio Chairperson of a number of national-level committees of various Ministries while serving as Principal Secretary.

Having completed his M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Chittagong, Mr. Karim obtained Master of Social Science degree in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK. He participated in many professional training programs at home and abroad and attended many international summits, conferences, meetings and seminars including the United Nations General Assembly, LDC Summits, D-8 Summits, the UN Conference of Parties (COP) on Climate Change etc.

Mr. Karim is the Secretary General of the South East Asian Cooperation (SEACO) Foundation, Bangladesh which is working at the civil society level for trade and investment promotion among five countries of the South and South East Asian region. He 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. A Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Rotarian, Mr. Karim is the Immediate Past President (IPP) of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Buriganga. He is the President of Bangladesh Deaf Sports Federation and past President of Bangladesh Scouts (Boy Scouts and Girl Guides). Mr. Karim has received the highest Scout Award of the country. He is now the Advisor of Bangladesh Scouts and President of Bangladesh Scouts Foundation, and is involved with many other socio-economic organisations.

Currently, the Chairman of Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd, Mr. Karim is an Independent Director of Union Capital Ltd. He is the President of Bangladesh Chemical Society (BCS) and member of the Board of Advisors of the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Mr. Karim is a member of the Honorary Advisory Board of Country Programme Document (CPD) of the UNDP Bangladesh for the 2017-2021 cycle. He is the Advisory Board Member of the Center for Education and Community Development (CECD) under Vietnam Association for Education Psychology Science. He is also the Strategic Advisor to Shanghai Changing Oriental Hongqiao Microloan Company of China.

As a guest speaker, Mr. Karim has lectured at various universities and training institutes including North South University, Public Administration Training Center, National Defence College of Bangladesh, National Academy for Planning, Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy etc. He has authored books and articles on local government and other subjects.

Mr. Karim has travelled to 46 countries of the world. He is a member of various elite social clubs of the country. He is married and has three children.

Mr. Karim is leading PKSF towards implementation of holistic, people-centered integrated programmes and projects for poverty alleviation, inclusive financing and sustainable development of Bangladesh.


Dr. Pratima Paul Majumder

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 a pioneer researcher who undertook studies on the prevailing working conditions in the garment sector since 1990. She has been sincerely and continuously working on the issue of gender budgeting for over a decade. She has very commendable action research on the state of women of the religious minority communities. She served as a consultant to numerous research projects conducted by various national and international organisations.


Ms. Parveen Mahmud, FCA

Ms. Parveen Mahmud is the founding Managing Director of Grameen Telecom Trust. She was the first woman to become the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) in 2011 and is now serving the third term in the ICAB Council. She also was the first female Board Member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of the SAARC. Starting her career with Brac, she served as a Deputy Managing Director at Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). Ms Mahmud was a practicing accountant and a Partner at ACNABIN, Chartered Accountants. She was a member of National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding Board Member of SME Foundation. She serves on various Boards and chairs Audit Committees. She is the Chairperson of Micro Industries Development and Assistance Services (MIDAS), a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Bangladesh

Ms. Nazneen Sultana

Ms. Nazneen Sultana is a former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank, the Central Bank of Bangladesh. She has versatile experience on central banking for 36 years in managing critical supervisory issues. She is also an ICT specialist. She played a key role in implementing ERP, Banking Software, Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), CIB online, National Payment Switch and developing many in-house software for Bangladesh Bank. She led the team for digitization of Bangladesh Bank and other Financial Institutions. She is the co-author of first Textbook on Computer Science for secondary schools, approved by the government. She is also the question moderator and head examiner of Institute of Bankers, Bangladesh (IBB). Before joining as Deputy Governor, she served Bangladesh Bank as an Executive Director. She obtained her Master’s degree with Honours in Physics from the University of Dhaka.

Dr. Toufic Ahmad Choudhury

Dr. Toufic Ahmad Choudhury is the Director General of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) since 2010. After his graduation in Economics in 1980 from Jahangirnagar University, he started his career as a junior analyst of Rural Industries Study Project of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He joined BIBM in 1981. Dr. Toufic obtained his PhD in Economics from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India in 1991. He is associated with various professional organizations. He served as the elected General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) for two consecutive terms during 2010-2014. He is a Board Member of Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM). He was a Board Member of Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation. He is a Member of Banking Committee of International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICCB). Dr. Toufic has a number of publications on inclusive finance, international banking and finance, SME banking etc.

Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad

Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad is the present chairman of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS). It is a state owned autonomous national research institute and think tank that carries out research on security and strategic issues in Bangladesh. Ambassador Ahmad is well-known for his significant role in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. He started his career as an Assistant Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, GoB in March 1979. Later he only stepped forward to prove his eminence and to serve the international purposes of our country. After maintaining different duties in the UK, Qatar and New York and the UN, he was appointed as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore in 2003 and as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the People’s Republic of China during 2007-2012.

Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad was born in 1952. He obtained his M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Dhaka. He attended numerous conferences and training during his service period in the Foreign Ministry.