The Governing Body, subject to the general control and supervision of the General Body, holds the responsibility to pursue and help achieve 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 organization, 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 to 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.
The Members of the Governing Body
Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad
Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, a renowned economist, development thinker and Climate Change expert, is the chairman of PKSF. He is also the chairman of the Governing Council of Dhaka School of Economics (DScE) under the University of Dhaka. During Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971, he worked in the Planning Cell of the then Bangladesh Government-in-exile.
Dr Ahmad’s vision of development centres around the establishment of human rights and human dignity for all, and the starting point of moving towards that goal is to focus on ensuring basic education, skills training and basic healthcare for all with no exception. Under his conceptualization and leadership, the PKSF has been transformed from a financing institution for micro-credit into a development organisation, focusing on human-centric multidimensional, integrated approach for poverty eradication and sustainable development. A basic element in this approach is human capability development through education, skills development and health services. Also, a major focus is on enterprise development. Financing is no longer in terms of microcredit. It is appropriate to the circumstances and purposes of the borrowers and is provided (20-25 thousand to 10 lakh) along with necessary non-financial services such as skill training, support for access to technology, market information, marketing support, social capital formation, climate change awareness and possible climate actions.
He was the co-chair of the committee that formulated Bangladesh National Education Policy 2010, which focuses, among many other aspects, on morality, inclusiveness and quality of education. Dr Ahmad is a well-known expert on climate change, and is an ardent advocate regarding 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. He also actively participated in the UN Open Working Group that debated and prepared the draft 2030 – Agenda for Sustainable Development for the consideration and adoption by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The UNGA adopted the Agenda 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 countries including India and Nepal, produced several pioneering research works on the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) region water issues. He has to his credit a number of the publications on water issues.
Dr Ahmad has conducted a wide range of research works including 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. He has written (alone or jointly with others) 40 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 Lumpurbased Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific (ADIPA, now renamed APISA) during 1979-83 and the Vice-President of Rome based Society for International Development (SID) during 1988-91. He was also a member of the Executive Board (2011-14) of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol of UNFCCC. He was at 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 1999 and National Water Management Plan formulation processes, 1998-2001.
Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad was a member of the Syndicate of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. Currently he is a member of the senate of the University of Dhaka.
Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad was awarded the Swadhinata Puroshkar 2019 (the highest civilian award in Bangladesh) for his outstanding services promoting human and social welfare and the Ekushey Padak in 2009 (second highest civilian award in Bangladesh) in recognition of his pro-poor development thinking and poverty alleviation activities by the Government of Bangladesh. He was also awarded the National Environment Award 2019.
Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad
Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad is a former Chairman of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), which is an autonomous national research institute and think-tank that carries out research on international affairs, security and development 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 being appointed as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore in 2003 and then as the Ambassador of Bangladesh to the People’s Republic of China from 2007 to 2012.
Born in 1952, Ambassador Faiz obtained his M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Dhaka. He attended numerous conferences and training courses during his service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr Arijit Chowdhury
Mr Arijit Chowdhury is an Additional Secretary to Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He is on the Board of Directors of Rupali Bank Ltd., Bangladesh Municipal Development Fund and Social Development Foundation. Mr Arijit Chowdhury is also a Member of Bangladesh Administrative Service Association, Dhaka University History Department Alumni Association, Financial Inclusion Strategy Peer Learning Group, Neuro-Development Disabled Protection Trust and Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation. He also served on the board of the IFIC Bank Ltd, Ansar-VDP-Unnayan Bank and Nepal Bangladesh Bank Ltd. He did his Honours and Master’s in History from the University of Dhaka. He also obtained M.Sc. in Development Finance from Birmingham University, the United Kingdom. Mr Arijit Chowdhury was born in 1962 in Chattogram.
Ms Parveen Mahmud, FCA
Ms Parveen Mahmud, FCA, has a diverse professional career as a changemaker for sustainable development and professional accountant. Currently, she is the Chairperson of Under-Privileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP)-Bangladesh and Her Story Foundation. She started her career with BRAC, and later served the PKSF as its Deputy Managing Director. She was the founding Managing Director of the Grameen Telecom Trust (GTT). Ms Mahmud was partner of ACNABIN, Chartered Accountants. She was the first female Council Member and served three terms in the council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was the first female 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 on numerous boards, including Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), BRAC International, RDRS, Manusher Jonnyo Foundation (MJF), Friendship, Ghasful and Grameenphone. She is the Independent Director of the Apex Footwear and Berger Paints Bangladesh. She is also a member of the think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Bangladesh. Ms Mahmud was Chairperson of Micro Industries Development and Assistance Services (MIDAS), Acid Survivor’s Foundation and Shasha Denims Ltd. She was also a member of the 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 received a number of accolades for her service and contribution to the society, including “Ananya Top Ten Women-2018” award in 2019, “Joya Alokito Nari-2018” award from RTV, “Women at Work-2017” award from Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), “Women of Inspiration Awards-2017” from the Bangladesh Organisation for Learning & Development (BOLD) and “Begum Rokeya Shining Personality Award-2006” for women’s empowerment by the Narikantha Foundation.
Ms Nazneen Sultana
Ms Nazneen Sultana was the first female Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank. As a Deputy Governor, she performed her responsibilities in the Human Resources Department, 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. Prior to this, she was an Executive Director of the central bank. 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 a vast experience of over 30 years in managing critical supervisory issues at the Bangladesh Bank, where she was a key leader in developing the automation system. Currently, she is a member of the Governing Body of InM. Ms Sultana obtained her Honours and Master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Dhaka.
Dr Toufic Ahmad Choudhury
Dr Toufic Ahmad Choudhury is a former Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM). He served as an elected General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) for two consecutive terms from 2010-2014. Currently, he is on the board of the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM), Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) as well as Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation. He is also the General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA); Member Secretary, Governing Body, Dhaka School of Economics; and a Member of Banking Committee of the 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. An economics graduate from Jahangirnagar University in 1980, Dr Toufic obtained his PhD from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India.