Sajida Humayun Kabir

PATRON, SAJIDA FOUNDATION

Sajida Humayun Kabir, patron of SAJIDA Foundation, has vast experience in philanthropic work. When her late husband, our founder, Syed Humayun Kabir, founded SAJIDA Foundation as a gift to his wife on the occasion of their 25th anniversary, the founding symbolized both a personal thought and a unique model of NGO financing. Funded by a majority shareholding of Renata, what was so remarkable about the founding of SAJIDA Foundation in 1993 was the explicit joining of a private enterprise (Renata) to a public purpose.

Sajida Humayun Kabir

Governing Body

Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury
Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury
Chairperson

Mr. Chowdhury is the Founder, first Chairman, and current CEO of Tiger Tours Ltd. Upon completion of his MA with First Class in Modern History from University of Dhaka, he started his 33-year-long career in Civil Service. He served as Secretary to the Government in various Ministries including Communication, Finance and was ex-officio Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR). Assigned as Deputy Commissioner of greater Faridpur and Dhaka district, and Commissioner of Chittagong Division, Mr. Chowdhury served as an Adviser to the caretaker Government of Bangladesh. He is also the Founder Chair of the SME Foundation and Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB), Mr. Chowdhury has previously served as the Executive Director of BRAC for seven years.

Mr. Chowdhury attended the University of Tennessee as a Fullbright Scholar to study Public Administration.

Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar
Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar
Member

Mr. Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar has been the Chairman of BURO, a reputed national NGO. Prior to this he was the Treasurer of BRAC University. He was also the Director of Administration, Monitoring and Audit at BRAC, further overseeing the Partnership Strengthening Unit and Transport departments. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to several important projects including the Oral Therapy Extension Programme, Child Survival Programme, Women’s Health Development, the Rural Credit Programme and the Management Development Programme. He was the founding Chairperson of Credit and Development Forum (CDF). Apart from being a member of SAJIDA Foundation’s governing body, Mr. Sarkar is also a member of the general committees of BRAC, CDF and Srizony and a member of the Governing Body of Nova Consultancy Bangla. Mr. Sarkar earned his Masters in Management from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, and his Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.) and Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) degrees from Rajshahi University.

Barr Junayed A Chowdhury
Barr Junayed A Chowdhury
Member

Mr. Barrister Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury is the managing partner of Vertex Chambers, a leading law firm in Bangladesh. He is a Barrister and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and a Registered Foreign Lawyer under the Law Society of New South Wales, Australia specializing in Corporate and International Taxation, Oil and Gas law, Infrastructure and Construction, M&A, Structuring Venture Capital and Private Equity Transactions, International Finance, and International Environmental Law. He completed his LLB degree from the University of London and went on to earn a Post Graduate Diploma from the Inns Court School of Law under City University, London, and an LLM degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Iresh Zaker
Iresh Zaker
Member

Mr. Iresh Zaker is the Managing Director of Asiatic 3sixty, a leading marketing communication conglomerate in Bangladesh. In addition to his work as a marketeer, he has also been involved with the television and film industry as an actor and producer. Mr. Iresh obtained his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in 2001, and his master’s degree in development economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 2002.

Rabeya Yasmin
Rabeya Yasmin
Member

Ms. Rabeya Yasmin has 24 years’ experience in policy, strategy and implementation of financial and social inclusion, livelihoods and social protection programmes in Bangladesh; advising government and non-government agencies in countries across Asia, Africa and Caribbean belt in their poverty reduction programmes. Currently she is working at Nathan Associates, London managing and leading the task of establishing the first ever Credit Information Bureau (CIB) for the Micro Finance industry in Bangladesh. She was a Director in BRAC, served the organization for 19 years in different capacities; played a key role in designing, developing and leading BRAC’s Flagship Graduation programme for the Ultra Poor. From 2015 to 2016 she worked with Maxwell Stamp PLC as the Director of Partnerships, Policy and Governance for DFID’s Char Livelihoods Programme (CLP). Ms. Yasmin also served on the Boards of a number of organizations including – Executive Board Member of Coalition for Urban Poor (CUP), Governing Body member of Bangladesh silk Foundation, Chair of Economic Development Cluster- Bangladesh Urban Forum, Member of Programme Advisory Committee in Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM). She acquired her MSS in Political Science from the University of Dhaka and MA in Poverty and Development from Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK

Zareen Mahmud Hosein
Zareen Mahmud Hosein
Member

Ms. Zareen Mahmud Hosein is the Founder and Executive Director of HerStory Foundation. The organization focuses on empowerment of women and girls in Bangladesh through art, story-telling and capacity building. She is also the Founding Partner of Snehasish Mahmud & Co., Chartered Accountants. Ms. Hosein serves on the Board of the Aga Khan Foundation Bangladesh and is the Treasurer of Ghashful, an NGO focusing on women and child welfare and microcredit. Ms. Hosein has a BA in Economics from Smith College and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh.

Mohammed Bin Quasem
Mohammed Bin Quasem
Member

Mr. Quasem is a member of the governing body of SAJIDA Foundation. He also holds the post of Director of Operations of Fareast Group Knitting and Dyeing (FEKDIL). He started his career at MM Ispahani Ltd and then worked as a banker in various senior management capacities with an international Bank in Hong Kong. In 1991, he joined a buying house in Hong Kong where he gained experience in textile and garments. He has been engaged in social work with Impact Foundation and Children’s Hope. Mr. Quasem is a shareholder director of well-established 5 manufacturing concerns in and around Dhaka with cumulative turnover of over US $150 million: Equity Resources Ltd., Echotex Ltd., Echo Sourcing (Pvt) Ltd., Far East Yarn Dyeing Industries Ltd., National Tea Co. Ltd.

He completed his post-graduation degree in Economics from Northern Eastern University, Boston, USA.

General Body

Sajida Humayun Kabir
Syed S. Kaiser Kabir
Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury
Dr. Erum Mariam
Mujtaba Rahman Khan
Dr. Sarwar Ali
Md. Shafiul Alam
Asadot Daullah
Barr Junayed A Chowdhury
Rabeya Yasmin
Zareen Mahmud Hosein
Junaid K. Doja
Kaiser Tamiz Amin
Mridul Chowdhury
Mohammed Bin Quasem
Iresh Zaker
Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar
Sayeda Tahya Hossain
Tanya Tazeen Karim
Safi Rahman Khan

Executive Management Committee

Zahida Fizza Kabir
Zahida Fizza Kabir
CEO
Mrs. Zahida Fizza Kabir is the Chief Executive Officer of SAJIDA Foundation. Mrs. Kabir has been a part of the Foundation since its beginning, previously serving as its Executive Director and Head of Programs. She is simultaneously the board member of Renata Limited, Credit Development Forum (CDF), and International Network for Alternative Financial Institutions (INAGI). She is also the Chairperson of Psychological Mental Health and Wellness Clinic and Managing Director of Home and Community Care Limited.

Mrs. Kabir holds a Masters Degree in International and Intercultural Management from Vermont, USA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organizational Leadership, from Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Ishtiaq Mohiuddin
Ishtiaq Mohiuddin
Senior Advisor

Mr. Mohiuddin is the Senior Advisor at SAJIDA Foundation. He has extensive experience in Bangladesh and abroad with financial institutions and non government organizations. Before joining SAJIDA, Mr. Mohiuddin worked as Deputy Managing Director of BRAC Bank. He has also worked as Director, Microfinance Program of BRAC & BRAC International. His international experience includes working for FINCA, USA as Country Manager in Malawi and Operations Manager in South Africa. He has also managed portfolio in Saint Lucia and Grenada for Caribbean Microfinance Limited.

Mr. Mohiuddin holds MBA and Bachelors in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana, USA.

Mr. Shib Narayan Kairy
Mr. Shib Narayan Kairy
COO

Mr. Kairy is the Chief Operating Officer at SAJIDA Foundation. A prominent name in the field of organizational accounting, Mr. Kairy has a glorious career, contributing to numerous successes of the organizations he has worked in.

Mr. Kairy began his career in the Accounts Section of BRAC in April 1982 and served there for 35 years. Upon reaching 60 years of age in June 2017, he retired as the Chief Financial Officer of BRAC and BRAC International, a role he has carried out with distinction for close to a decade. In July 2017 Mr. Kairy was appointed as the Treasurer of BRAC University upon approval of the Chancellor (President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh). He provided oversight to the building of a US$ 100 million state-of-the-art campus and ensured that the university continues to be financially sustainable. Mr. Kairy serves as honorary Chairperson of Dhaka Handicrafts Ltd., The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB), INAFI Bangladesh, and RDRS Bangladesh.

Along with publishing a number of articles in national newspapers Mr. Kairy, in the last 23 years has provided lectures in different training institutes on Accounting and Financial Management. Mr. Kairy attained his Master of Commerce in Accounting from Dhaka University.

MD. Fazlul Hoque
MD. Fazlul Hoque
DED

Mr. Hoque has decades of experience in the NGO sector. Beginning his journey in the 80’s, he served in the Development Program Management at BRAC, Bangladesh working directly with the grassroots people. Mr. Hoque’s tenure at BRAC saw him operate as the Country Representative of BRAC International in Afghanistan, where he led the program supported by UNICEF, CIDA, USAID, World Bank, EU, UNDP, WFP, and various Ministries of the Afghan Government.

Later he served as the Program Head of Integrated Development Program at BRAC. Mr. Hoque subsequently joined SAJIDA Foundation where he serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Development programs , overseeing the development programs and projects including primary health, WASH, education, urban development program, humanitarian response and livelihood development.

Dr. Md. Tariqul Islam
Dr. Md. Tariqul Islam
Director

Dr. Tariqul Islam is the Director of Health at SAJIDA Foundation. He has more than 32 years of working experience in managing and providing technical support to hospitals and community based health services.

Dr. Islam has worked for government and non-government projects at nine national, international organizations in Bangladesh with funding from USAID, UNICEF, DFID, CIDA, Save the Children, Sight Savers International, CARE-Bangladesh and many more. Prior to joining SAJIDA Foundation he served as the Director for Medical Colleges and Health Projects at Ad-din Foundation where he provided technical and managerial support to hospitals, medical colleges, nursing institutes, community based programs, training programs and health projects.

Dr. Islam completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Dhaka in 1987 and attained his post-graduate training in Management for Primary Health Care (MPHC) from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK in 1994.

MD. Monerul Islam Khan
MD. Monerul Islam Khan
Director

Mr. Khan serves as the Director of support departments, namely: Admin, Compliance, Capacity Building, External affairs, Emergency response and Agriculture Value Chain. Mr. Khan has amassed vast experience and expertise in the field of NGO executives.

Before joining SAJIDA in his current position Mr. Khan served as Managing Director of ASA Sierra Leone, a subsidiary of ASA International. Mr. Khan served as Head of Operation, Microfinance in PAGASA Philippine Lending Company Inc. (PPLCI), he also served as the Director of operation at Association for Social Improvement & Economic Advancement, (ASIEA) a subsidiary of ASA International, incorporated in Nigeria. Mr. Khan, in his previous role in SAJIDA Foundation served as the Deputy Director of Microfinance, Micro insurance, Innovation, Training and MIS.

Mr. Khan holds a Master’s Degree from Asian University of Bangladesh and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Annamalai University, India.

Amiya Bhousan Bhowmik
Amiya Bhousan Bhowmik
Director

Mr. Bhowmik is the Director of Finance and Accounts at SAJIDA Foundation. He has more than 10 years of experience working in Bangladesh and Afghanistan where he provided his expertise in financial reporting and accounting, covering a variety of both profit seeking and non-profit organization; from start-up business to financial management and establishment of sound accounting and internal control systems. He served as the Head of Accounts & Budget, BRAC Bangladesh, Bangladesh before joining SAJIDA Foundation in his current role.

Mr. Bhowmik is a qualified Chartered Accountant, under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). He also holds a Bachelors and a Master’s Degree in Accounting & Information Systems, from University of Dhaka.