The Governing Body, subject to the general control and supervision of the General Body, holds the responsibility to pursue and carry out the goals of the organisation. It determines the direction and scope of the activities of the organisation in order to steer the PKSF towards its intended goals. The Governing Body holds the financial control of the organisation, including approval of projects and making grants, donations, loans or other financial assistance to the Partner Organisations (POs). The Governing Body consists of seven 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 inclusive development and/or an interest in such activities. The General Body, in its AGM, elects three other members representing the Partner Organisations and/or individuals having demonstrated contribution in the development sector. The Governing Body, in consultation with 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 the PKSF. As on 01 July 2019, there are 7 members in the Governing Body.
The Members of the Governing Body
(As on 1 July 2019)
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 centers 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 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 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/Coordinating Author for the 3rd and the 4th Assessments, published respectively in 2001 and 2007.
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.
He was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 2009 for his outstanding poverty alleviation activities, one of the highest national civilian awards, presented by the Government of Bangladesh.
Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah
A former Senior Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah has joined Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) as the Managing Director on July 1, 2019. As per rule, he also becomes an ex-officio member of its General Body and Governing Body.
Prior to this, Mr Abdullah has a bright and very successful career in Bangladesh Civil Service for long 35 years. He joined the public services in 1983. He began his public career as Magistrate, National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) in October 1983. And in August 2018, he retired as a Senior Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. He served as the Secretary of this Ministry too. Earlier, he was the Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Secretary/Secretary In-Charge in the Ministry of Industries.
He served in different regions of Bangladesh in field administration of multiple responsibilities that also includes the post of Divisional Commissioner of Dhaka Division.
From May 2009 to May 2010, he looked after the affairs of the Prime Minister’s Office in the capacity of the Director General. His critical experience as the Joint Secretary in the Cabinet Division earlier helped him in delivering very important public services. He earlier served as the Assistant Private Secretary to Honorable Chief Advisor’s office.
Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah served as the Secretary of the Zila Parishads of Narayangonj, Gazipur and Tangail, through which he gained substantial experience as a public servant who needs to have adequate knowledge at the field level, where the central concern is dealing with the problems of the large disadvantaged populace of the country, and this also teaches one to cope with the challenges of development of the left behind people.
He also served in the Ministries of Environment and Forests; Public Administration; Finance (Economic Relations Division: ERD); Housing and Public Works; Industries.
He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (KAFCO). He was appointed as the Director to the Board of Directors of British American Tobacco Bangladesh in October 2012.
Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah obtained his Honors and M Sc degrees in Soil Science from the University of Dhaka. Throughout his professional life, he participated in numerous capacity development programs at home and abroad. Among those, he received international training on ‘Planning & Appraisal of Rural Development Project’ in the UK. He traveled to many countries of Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia and took part in many trainings and seminars related to state affairs.
He participated in a significant number of bilateral and multilateral international negotiations and events of high national interest that took place in countries like- USA, Russia, Italy, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Tunisia, Morocco, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Japan, and Vietnam. Number of times, he travelled as one of the members of entourages of the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah’s working experience extends to administration of educational institutions too. He was a Member of the Syndicate of Jahangirnagar University, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University and Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET). He was also appointed as the Regent Board Member of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science & Technology University. He is a member of Dhaka University Soil Science Alumni Association. Throughout his career, he was involved in scouting, sports and various socio-cultural activities.
In 2017, he was honored with ‘Rupali Ilish Award (Silver Hilsa Award)’ by Bangladesh Scouts. He was the Secretary-General and Vice-President of the Bangladesh Administrative Service Association.
Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah was born in 1959 in Cumilla. He joined as The Managing Director of PKSF on 01/07/2019 and now he holds the highest responsibility to lead PKSF, Bangladesh’s apex organization dedicated to poverty alleviation and employment generation of the poor with focus on rural development. PKSF is tirelessly working in implementing holistic, people-centered integrated programs and projects for innovation, micro-enterprise, inclusive financing and sustainable development. Mr Abdullah’s leadership is supposed to accelerate these initiatives of PKSF.
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 is also a pioneer researcher who undertook studies on urban poverty. She has been sincerely and continuously working on the issue of gender budgeting for over a decade. She has a very commendable action research on the state of women of the religious minority communities. She served as consultant to numerous research projects conducted by various national and international organisations.
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 international affairs, security and developmental 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 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March 1979. He served in different capacities in the Head Quarter and in Bangladesh Missions in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Qatar, New York and the UN, before 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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ms Parveen Mahmud, FCA
Ms Parveen Mahmud, FCA, has a varied professional career including working substantial time with national and international development agencies. Currently, she is the Chairman of Under Privileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Bangladesh. She was a partner of ACNABIN, Chartered Accountants. She started her career with BRAC, and was the Deputy Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). She was the founding Managing Director (MD) of the Grameen Telecom Trust (GTT). Ms Mahmud served three terms in the council of theInstitute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was the first woman council member and the President of the ICAB. She was also, the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of the SAARC. She is the Chairperson of CA Female Forum- Women in Leadership Committee, ICAB and is the Vice Chairperson of the Women in Leadership Committee of SAFA. She sits in numerous boards including Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), BRAC International, PKSF, RDRS, Manusher Jonnyo Foundation (MJF), Grameenphone Ltd., Linde Bangladesh Ltd., etc. She is the member of the think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Bangladesh. Ms Mahmud is the Chairperson of Micro Industries Development and Assistance Services (MIDAS) and Shasha Denims Ltd. She was the Chairperson of Acid Survivor’s Foundation. She was the member of National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding board member of SME Foundation as well as the convener of SME Women’s Forum. Ms Mahmud was also a Working Group Member of Consultative Group on Social Indicators at UNCTAD/ISAR. She is the recipient of “Joya Alokito Nari-2018” award from RTV, “Women at Work-2017” award from Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and “Women of Inspiration Awards”-2017 from the Bangladesh Organization for Learning & Development (BOLD). Ms Mahmud was awarded “Begum Rokeya Shining Personality Award- 2006” for women’s empowerment by the Narikantha Foundation.
Ms Nazneen Sultana
Ms Nazneen Sultana is the former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank. In fact, she was the first female Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank. As a Deputy Governor she performed her responsibilities in the Human Resources Departments, Information Systems Development Department, IT Operation and Communication Department, Credit Information Bureau, Foreign Exchange Investment Department, Foreign Exchange Operation Department and Foreign Exchange Policy Department. Before this position Ms Sultana served the Bangladesh Bank as an Executive Director. She was also the Project Manager for Bangladesh Bank of Standard Hardware and Software Package and ERP Package financed by the World Bank. She has versatile experience on central banking over 30 years in managing critical supervisory issues of the country. She acted as the key leader in developing the automation system in Bangladesh Bank. Ms Sultana obtained her Master’s degree with Honours in Physics from the University of Dhaka.She is also the member of the governing bodies of InM.
Dr Toufic Ahmad Choudhury
Dr Toufic Ahmad Choudhury was the Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM). He served as the elected General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) for the consecutive two terms during 2010-2014. Dr Toufic is serving as a Board Member of Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM), Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) as well as Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation. He is the General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), the Member Secretary, Governing Body, Dhaka School of Economics and a Member of Banking Committee of International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh (ICCB). Dr Toufic prepared a background paper on Financial Market for the Planning Commission with the purpose of formulating Perspective Plan of Bangladesh. Dr Toufic, a 1980 economics graduate of Jahangirnagar University, obtained his PhD from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India. Now-a-days he has been associated with various professional organisations.