General Body

The General Body provides overall policy directives to the PKSF management in order to help the organisation undertake meaningful activities in fulfilling its objective of alleviating poverty of the under-privileged people through employment generation. It oversees and advises on measures and initiatives that seek to establish and ensure the human dignity of the poor. Among other functions, the General Body approves the annual budget and the audited accounts of the organisation. It also reviews the annual report presented by the Governing Body of the organisation.

The meeting of the General Body is required to be held at least once a year. However, in 2012, the General Body decided to meet twice a year: the regular Annual General Meeting (AGM) would preferably be held during the month of December and the other General Meeting (GM) during the month of June. The General Body may consist of a maximum of 25 members. Out of them, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) nominates a maximum of 15 members, including the Chairman, from amongst persons associated with government agencies, voluntary organisations or private individuals having recognition in playing important roles in poverty alleviation and/or some visible interest in such activities. The Chairman must not be in the service of the Republic. The General Body, in the AGM, nominates the remaining 10 members from the PKSF’s Partner Organisations (POs) and/or private individuals. Description of current members of the General Body is given below:


Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad
Chairman, PKSF
Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),
which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007

Mr Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah
Managing Director, PKSF
Former Senior Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh

Ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad
Former Chairman
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS)

Mr Arijit Chowdhury
Additional Secretary
Financial Institutions Division
Ministry of Finance, Government of Bangladesh

Ms Parveen Mahmud, FCA
Under Privileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Bangladesh.
Former President, Institute of Chartered Accountatnts of Bangladesh (ICAB)

Ms Nazneen Sultana
Former Deputy Governor
Bangladesh Bank (the Central Bank of Bangladesh)

Dr Toufic Ahmad Choudhury
Former Director General
Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM)

Mr Md. Fazlul Haque
Additional Secretary (now in PRL)
Financial Institutions Division, Ministry of Finance, Government of Bangladesh

Mr Mohsin Ali
Executive Director
WAVE Foundation (a Partner Organisation of PKSF)

Dr R M Debnath
Economic Columnist.

Ms Monowara Begum
Executive Director
PROTTYASHI (a Partner Organisation of the PKSF)

Dr Niaz Ahmed Khan
Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka

Dr Sharifa Begum
Former Senior Research Fellow
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Mr Helal Ahmed Chowdhury
Supernumerary Professor
Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM)
Former Managing Director & CEO, Pubali Bank Ltd

Mr Md Raisul Alam Mondal
Senior Secretary (now in PRL)
Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Government of Bangladesh