LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE

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

Farooq Sobhan
Farooq Sobhan
Chairperson

As a former Bangladeshi diplomat, Farooq Sobhan had an extensive career in the diplomatic service of Bangladesh and had served in various capacities for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh. He was Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, High Commissioner to Malaysia, High Commissioner to the Republic of India and the Foreign Secretary for the ministry. He additionally served as the Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Board of Investment and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister. His experience had also helped him play a pivotal role in the establishment of SME Foundation.

Mr. Sobhan is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility. He co-founded the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in 2000 and continues to serve as its President.

Mr. Sobhan attended the University of Dhaka and the University of Oxford and in 2003, served as a visiting professor at George Washington University. He has written extensively on international relations and Bangladesh’s foreign relations and has been a key-note speaker in various international conferences. His entire career path demonstrated his notable presence in international panels and advisory committees.

Dr. Md. Abdul Karim
Dr. Md. Abdul Karim
Vice Chairperson

Dr. Md. Abdul Karim holds 43 years of experience in field administration, Foreign Service, Secretariat, as well as development and corporate sectors. Currently he is serving as the Executive Director of UCEP Bangladesh. Priorly he was the Managing Director of PKSF, President of Bangladesh Deaf Sports Association, and Secretary General of the Southeast Asian Cooperation (SEACO) Foundation, Dhaka. Prior to this, Mr. Karim was twice the Chairman of Green Delta Insurance Limited and served as a Senior Adviser of BRAC. He previously served as the Principal Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Commerce, Fisheries and Livestock, Finance (Internal Resources Division) and Communications (Bridges Division).  

His experience saw him serve as the Economic/Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Belgium; Chairman of the National Board of Revenue and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation and as Chairperson of several national level committees of various ministries. He is playing a pivotal role to promote trade and investment among five countries of the South and South East Asian region including Bangladesh. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Rotarian where he contributes towards improvement of socio-economic condition of the disadvantaged people. His diplomatic attachments had led him to attend many international summits, conferences, meetings and seminars including the United Nations General Assembly.  

For his education, Mr. Karim attended the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh and obtained his M.Sc. in Chemistry, and went on to study Master of Social Science degree in Development Administration at the University of Birmingham, UK. He received his PhD degree from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), Dhaka for his research work on Sustainable Poverty Alleviation Approach for Bangladesh.  

Nihad Kabir
Nihad Kabir
Member

Nihad Kabir, Barrister-at-Law, business magnate and educator, is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. She is the Chairperson of the Trustee Board of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) for the year 2022-23. She formerly served as the resident of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI). Ms. Kabir has also been a member of the National Pay and Services Commission and the National Education Policy Committee, Government of Bangladesh.

With over 25 years of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer, Ms. Kabir is a Senior Partner of Syed Ishtiaq Ahmad and Associates. She is also a Senior Fellow and Board member of BIDS, a member of the Board of Governors of the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, and Chairperson of Ain o Salish Kendra. Aside from these roles, she is also the independent director of on the board of Square Textiles Limited, and the director of the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL). She has formerly chaired the Boards of BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage Limited and BRAC EPL Investment Limited and has been a board member of Bkash and BRAC Bank.

Ms. Kabir obtained her BA degree in Law from the Cambridge University in 1988 joined the Bar of England and Wales in the same year. She completed her LLM from the Cambridge University as well.

Sara Zaker
Sara Zaker
Member

Sara Zaker is a Bangladeshi theatre and television actor, director, business entrepreneur and social activist. She has been the advocate of many campaigns and projects related to both male and female rights, women health, family planning and environmental issues, including projects with UNICEF, Save the Children, WHO, UNFPA, IOM and many more.

She is the Co-Chairperson of Asiatic 3sixty, having formerly served as the Managing Director. She is also a Member Secretary of the Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh.

For her education, she completed her BA and MA from English Literature and Language from University of Dhaka.

Ms. Zaker was awarded the Ekushey Padak by the Government of Bangladesh in 2017. For her right-based activism, she was also honoured with Effie Award for Ending Child Marriage Campaign and Accolade Award for Ending Child Marriage Campaign in 2018.

Dr. Rumana Dowla
Dr. Rumana Dowla
Member

Dr. Rumana Dowla is a Research Investigator at Amader Gram Breast Cancer Centre (Affiliate of International Breast Cancer Research Foundation). She is the co-founder of NICRH Pain and Palliative Clinic in 2006 and the founder of Bangladesh Palliative Care Network. She was the first certified and trained Palliative Care physician in the country.

Her role also includes working as an Advocacy Focal Person Bangladesh at International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and as a Fellow at International Pain Policy and Studies Group (IPPSG).

Dr. Dowla completed MB.BS from Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi India in 1989. She obtained her Masters in Public Health (MPH), Community Medicine from NIPSOM, Dhaka and Core Modules in International Child Health, Research Methodology from CICH, University College of London (UCL) UK.

She was awarded the APHN – Lien Foundation Fellowship Scholarship in 2006 and the Commonwealth Scholarship for Diploma and MSc in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University UK in 2008.

Jahan Chowdhury
Jahan Chowdhury
Member

Jahan Chowdhury is the Global Lead of the Environment and Climate Cluster of IFAD of the United Nations, based in Rome, Italy. Prior to this, Jahan worked at McKinsey and Company in Washington, DC, where he was the lead for Country Climate Transition team. He was responsible to support developing countries and private sector entities to design and execute an appropriate decarbonisation and resilience pathways. For over 4 years, Jahan was the Director of Country Engagement of the Secretariat of NDC Partnership, hosted by WRI and UNFCCC. He was responsible for overseeing operations in 107 developing countries with primary responsibility of connecting the dots between climate and economic development objectives of national and subnational governments.

Jahan worked in various capacities for 15 bilateral and multilateral development partners, as well as Planning and Finance Ministries in over 15 developing countries. He has expertise in the development and implementation of national climate plans; integration of climate in national and sub-national planning, budgeting, and public investment programming. He is one of the pioneers to conceptualize, design, and roll out national level climate funds that are now currently operational in 8 countries, with combined capitalization of over USD 15 billion.

Jahan has an MPhil degree in Development Studies with focus on development economics in Latin America and South East Asia from University of Oxford, UK. He completed MSc degree in development management from University of Birmingham and BSS degree in Development Communication from Independent University, Bangladesh.

Dr. Erum Mariam
Dr. Erum Mariam
Member

Dr. Erum Mariam is the Executive Director of BRAC IED (Institute of Educational Development) BRAC University, in Bangladesh. With extensive experience of scaling up education interventions both nationally and globally, she was involved in the expansion of the unique BRAC run Non-Formal Primary (NFP) Schools in the 1990s. She was one of the key visionaries behind the Play Labs in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania, and the Humanitarian Play Labs in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

She completed her PhD in Education from University of Cambridge in 2008.

Mohammed Bin Quasem
Mohammed Bin Quasem
Member

Mohammad Bin Quasem holds the position of Managing Director at Incredible Fashions Ltd., Managing Director at Stitch Right Ltd., Managing Director at Quality Assured Ltd. and Director & Operations Director at Far East Knitting & Dyeing Industries Ltd. He is also serving as the board member of SAJIDA Foundation. His career began at MM Ispahani Ltd before serving in senior management capacities in an international bank in Hong Kong.

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.

Mushtaq Kamal Mohiuddin
Mushtaq Kamal Mohiuddin
Member

General Body

Sajida Humayun Kabir
Syed S. Kaiser Kabir
Farooq Sobhan
Md. Abdul Karim
Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury
Nihad Kabir
Sara Zaker
Dr. Rumana Dowla
Jahan Chowdhury
Anita Ghazi Rahman
Mushtaq Kamal Mohiuddin
Rabeya Yasmin
Zareen Mahmud
Mridul Chowdhury
Mohammed Bin Quasem
Iresh Zaker
Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar
Junayed Ahmed Chowdhury
Tanya Tazeen Karim
Tahya Hossain
Dr. Erum Mariam
Mujtaba Rahman Khan
Kaiser Tamiz Amin
Dr. Sarwar Ali
Safi Rahman Khan

Executive Management Committee

Zahida Fizza Kabir
Zahida Fizza Kabir
Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Zahida Fizza Kabir is the Chief Executive Officer of SAJIDA Foundation and holds significant leadership experience in financial services, healthcare, and community development programs. She has been a part of the Foundation since its beginning in 1993, previously serving as its Executive Director and Head of Programs.

Ms Kabir is the Managing Director of two specialised healthcare enterprises: Home and Community Care Limited and Inner Circle Limited. She is also the Chairperson of Psychological Mental Health and Wellness Clinic and sits on the board of Renata Limited, and Valor Bangladesh.

Ms. Kabir holds a Master’s 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
Chief Operating Officer - Programs

Mr. Mohiuddin is the Chief Operating Officer of Development Programmes of 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.

Shib Narayan Kairy
Shib Narayan Kairy
Chief Operating Officer - Support Services

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.

Sarder Akhter Hamed
Sarder Akhter Hamed
Chief Operating Officer - Microfinance

Mr. Hamed is the Chief Operating Officer of SAJIDA’s Microfinance Program.

Prior to Joining SAJIDA Foundation, Mr. Sarder Akhter Hamed worked for Bank Asia Limited in different leadership roles and was most recently appointed as Deputy Managing Director Channel Banking Division with the portfolio consisting of agent banking, financial inclusion & financial literacy and alternate delivery channel of the bank. In his decorated career of more than 26 years, he has worked for one of the largest multinational companies and renowned Private Commercial Banks namely British American Tobacco Bangladesh, BRAC Bank Limited, United Commercial Bank and Bank Asia Limited. His experience consists of managing businesses like trade marketing & distribution, retail banking, card business, SME & agricultural business, payment automation, local and international donor management and agent banking business and operations. Mr. Hamed pursued his Masters in Finance & Banking from the University of Dhaka.

Aloke Malik
Aloke Malik
Chief Operating Officer - Social Enterprises

Mr. Aloke is the Chief Operating Officer of Social Enterprises of SAJIDA Foundation. A prominent name in the field of management, marketing, and sales in the FMCG, retail, media, and healthcare sector. Mr. Aloke has a commendable career, initiating and contributing to numerous successes of the organizations he has worked in for the past 35 years.

Mr. Aloke began his career in ITC India in 1986 and after serving there for 13 years he joined Pepsico India as the regional director. His career full of accolades saw him serve as the CEO of Reliance Retail,  President of Peter England Fashion & Retail Limited, COO of Idea Telecom, and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports India & South Asia. He is also the founder and CEO of Doctor 24/7 – a healthcare venture in the telemedicine space. Mr. Aloke’s has also headed and scoped up 4 successful startups. 

Mr. Aloke completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and B COM (Hons) from Punjab University, Chandigarh

MD. Fazlul Hoque
MD. Fazlul Hoque
Senior Advisor - Development Programs

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 Senior Advisor 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
Sr. Director - Head of Hospital

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.

Amiya Bhousan Bhowmik
Amiya Bhousan Bhowmik
Sr. Director - Finance and Accounts

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.

Muhymin Chowdhury
Muhymin Chowdhury
Director - Impact Fund, Partnerships & Communications

Mr. Muhymin Chowdhury is currently serving as a Director at SAJIDA, the leading family foundation in Bangladesh. In his current role, Muhymin heads an impact fund to catalyse the growth of social enterprises, responsible for mobilizing resources to support the growth of sectoral development programs and SAJIDA’s international expansion.

Previously, Muhymin worked as the Deputy Challenge Fund Manager at Nathan Associates. He was responsible for structuring 36 results-based financing agreements worth GBP 27 million with financial market actors. Prior to Nathan, Muhymin managed a USD 10 million performance-based investment in bKash, one of the biggest mobile money service provider globally.

Muhymin has worked extensively in Nepal, Pakistan, and Kenya to support commercial banks, INGOs and bilateral donors with digital financial product development, mobile money agent network rollout and customer acquisition strategy. He also sits on the board of Kaan Pete Roi, a suicide prevention helpline.

Md. Shafiul Alam
Md. Shafiul Alam
Director - Microfinance

Mr. Shafiul Alam is the Associate Director of Microfinance Program of Sajida Foundation. He has started his career as a Young Professional in BRAC and managing different roles and portfolios of BRAC’s Microfinance Program. Prior to joining in Sajida Foundation Mr. Shafiul worked for 9 years in Microfinance Program of BRAC.

Mr. Shafiul has more than 13 years of experience in the field of Microfinance; consists of micro, small & medium enterprise financing, also specialized on agriculture financing, making operational strategy for financial inclusion and women empowerment through economic development, policy reforming and digital transformation of Microfinance Program.

Mr. Shafiul holds his Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance from Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kleve, Germany.