Barrister, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Dr. Kamal Hossain, was born on 20 April, 1937. He did his BA (Economics) from University of Notre Dame, Indiana (1955), BA (Honours in Jurisprudence) (1957), Bachelor of Civil Law (1958) and Doctor of Philosophy (International Law) (1964) all from University of Oxford. He was enrolled as a Barrister from Lincoln’s Inn in 1959 and as an Advocate in the High Court at Dhaka in the same year. He is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
Dr. Kamal Hossain taught Constitutional Law and International Law at Queen’s College, Oxford (1957-9). He was a Research Student (1958-9, 1964) and Research Fellow (1977-9) of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Visiting Fellow (1976-7) of All Souls College, Oxford. He taught International Law and Constitutional law in the University of Dhaka (1962-7). He was a Visiting Professor at the Free University of Amsterdam (1997).
He was Minister of Law (1972-3), Minister of Petroleum and Minerals (1973-5) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1973-5) for the Government of Bangladesh. He was a member of the UN Compensation Commission for two terms (1994-6 and 1999-2005) and was Chairman of two of its Panels. He was also the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Afghanistan from 1999-2003.
He is a member, Panel of Arbitrators, ICSID and served as Chair and Member of a number of international arbitral tribunals (ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL). He was appointed as a Judge ad hoc by Malaysia for the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea in the case Malaysia v Singapore (2003) and also as a Member of International Law of the Sea Annex VII Tribunal in the same case, and also in the case of Guyana v Suriname (2005-2007).
Dr. Kamal is currently Vice Chairman of the International Law Association (London), Chairman of both the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS), Honorary Fellow of the Institute of United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law www.un.org/law/avl Mineral and Petroleum Law, University of Dundee and Advisory Council Member for Transparency International.
Law and Policy in Petroleum Development (London and New York, 1979);
Legal aspects of the New International Economic Order (New York: Nichols, 1980), and;
Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources in International Law (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1984), co-edited with Subrata Roy Chowdhury.
“Choice of Petroleum Development Regime in Joint Development of Offshore Oil and Gas” in Joint Development of Offshore Oil and Gas, Vol. II, edited by Hazel Fox (London, 1990);
“Evolving Principles of Sustainable Development and Good Governance” in Sustainable Development and Good Governance, edited by KonradGinther et al (London, Leiden, 1995);
“Regional and Multicultural Investment Agreements: Development Dimensions” in Liber Amicorum for GuntehrJaenicke (Berlin / New York, 1998);
“Globalization and Human Rights: Clash of Universal Aspirations and Special Interests” in The Future of International Human Rights, edited by Burns H. Weston et al (New York, 1999), and;
Preface, “Are Stabilization Clause a Threat to Sustainable Development” ?pp330-1 in Sustainable Development in World Investment Law, ed. Marie-Claire CordonierSegger et al (Wolters Kluwer, 2011).
“State Succession, the Commonwealth and International Law”, British Yearbook of International Law (1961), and;
“The Dispute that Never Was”, Kamal Hossain (with Jeremy Carver), ICSID Review of Foreign Investment Law Journal, 1990, Vol 5, Issue 2, p31
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG
Chair Emeritus, BRAC
Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He studied Accountancy in London, qualifying as a Cost Management Accountant in 1962. While he was working as a senior corporate executive at Pakistan Shell, the 1970 cyclone and 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh dramatically changed the direction of his life. He left his job and moved to London, where he helped initiate Action Bangladesh and HELP Bangladesh in support of the Liberation War.
Early in 1972, after the war was over, he returned to the newly-independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. The return of 10 million refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, called for urgent relief and rehabilitation efforts. Sir Fazle established BRAC to address the needs of refugees in a remote area of north-eastern Bangladesh, guided by a desire to help the poor develop their own capacity to better manage their lives.
Today BRAC is one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating across eleven countries in Africa and Asia. Its primary objectives are to alleviate poverty and empower the poor. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, BRAC was ranked first among the world's top 500 NGOs by Geneva-based 'NGO Advisor' in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability.
Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the LEGO Prize (2018), Laudato Si' Award (2017), Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Award, South Asia Region (2016), Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP MahbubulHaq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).
He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. Sir Fazle was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In both 2014 and 2017, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
The many honorary degrees received by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed include those from Princeton University (2014), the University of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007).
Mr. Salahuddin Ahmad
Mr. Salahuddin Ahmad is a Bangladeshi jurist, former Attorney General of Bangladesh and a prominent practicing lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He completed his B.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics in 1969; MA from the University of London in 1970 and LL.M from the Columbia School of Law in 1984.
Mr. Ahmad taught economics at the University of Dhaka in the 1970s and has been associated with Dr. Kamal Hossain and Associates. He was acting as the Director of School of Law, University of Asia and Pacific.
Dr. Shamsul Bari
Chairman of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB)
Dr. Sharif Bhuiyan
Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh
National Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury
Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury received his B.Sc. from what was then the East Pakistan University of Engineering & Technology (EPUET, now BUET), and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from University of Southampton (UK). His academic awards include a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship and an honorary doctorate from Manchester University.
Having begun his academic career in 1963 as a lecturer in civil engineering at EPUET, Dr. Choudhury rose to the rank of Professor at BUET in 1976. He held several administrative positions at BUET before joining BRAC University as its first Vice Chancellor and remained in that position for nine years. In 2012, he joined the University of Asia Pacific as its VC. In 2018, the Bangladesh Government recognized his numerous academic contributions by bestowing upon him the title of “National Professor.”
The author of some 70 papers in international journals and conference proceedings on a vast range of topics, Professor Choudhury gained prominence early with his important 1967 article in American Concrete Journal. This article presented a simplified method for the analysis of shear walls in high-rise buildings, known since then as “Coull and Choudhury method,” that has been used in the design of a large number of high-rise buildings all over the world. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Bangladesh), the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), Bangladesh Computer Society, and the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences.
Professor Choudhury has served as consultant to a large number of national and international agencies on projects related to tall buildings, industrial buildings, transmission towers, aircraft hangars, stadiums, ports and jetties, and the computerization of public and private sector organizations. He has served on the panel of experts to the Bangladesh Government and international donors for the Bangabandhu (Jamuna) and the Padma Bridges, and led Bangladesh Government taskforces on cyclone shelters, earthquakes, IT policy, and voter lists. He has served as Chair, Board of Directors, Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (Industrial Bank of Bangladesh) and as Chair, Board of Governors, Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Chittagong, now renamed CUET. He was appointed Adviser (Minister) in the 1996 Bangladesh Caretaker Government, with responsibility for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Ministry of Water Resources.
Professor Choudhury has been widely recognized by numerous organizations, including the Rotary Club Foundation, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, and Lions International. He has received the Sarojini Naidu Medal, the Ahsanullah Gold Medal, and Dr. Md. Ibrahim Gold Medal. In 2017, the government of Bangladesh awarded him the EkusheyPadak for his contribution to Science and Technology. In 2018, the government of Japan conferred upon him the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon,” one of its highest civilian awards. He is the recipient of the 2017 BDI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Manzoor Hasan OBE
Executive Director, BRAC
ManzoorHasan is a public policy reform specialist with nearly two decades of experience in capacity building and institutional strengthening aimed at strengthening governance in Bangladesh. Barrister Hasan is a lawyer-cum-economist trained at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and the London School of Economics & Political Science, London, England.
Mr.Hasan is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Centre for Peace and Justice and the Institutional Adviser of BRAC Institute of Governance & Development (BIGD), BRAC University, Bangladesh. He was instrumental in establishing BIGD (former Institute of Governance Studies) in 2005 and from 2006 he was the Director of the then IGS. Previously worked as the Deputy Executive Director, BRAC, the largest NGO in the world. He was the Regional Director (Asia-Pacific) of Transparency International, Berlin, Germany and previously the Founding Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) to Mr.Hasan in 2003 for his promotion of transparency in Bangladesh.
Specialties: Governance - Barrister Hasan’s expertise also includes in-depth knowledge and understanding of institutional reform priorities. He is a legal and policy expert who is also well versed with compliance requirements of international statutes and conventions. He has also demonstrated his competencies in engaging civil society organizations and community groups in promoting good governance. He is currently serving on a number of boards of non-governmental organisations and companies.