| ফজলে হাসান আবেদ|
World Food Prize
| 27 April 1936 (age 79) (1936-04-27) Baniachong, British India
(now Habiganj, Bangladesh)|
University of Glasgow
Tamara Abed, Shameran Abed
Siddiq Hasan, Syeda Sufya Khatun
Akua Dansua, Muhammad Yunus, Ainun Nishat, Norman Borlaug, Sanjaya Rajaram
BRAC, BRAC Bank
Fazle Hasan Abed Wikipedia
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG (Bengali: ফজলে হাসান আবেদ; born 27 April 1936) is a Bangladeshi social worker, the founder and chairman of BRAC, the world's largest non-governmental organization with over 120,000 employees. For his contributions to social improvement, he has received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the UNDP Mahbub Ul Haq Award, the inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award and the inaugural WISE Prize for Education. In 2015, he received World Food Prize for his “unparalleled” work on reducing poverty in Bangladesh and 10 other countries.
He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2010 New Year Honours for services in tackling poverty and empowering the poor in Bangladesh and globally. In 2017, Abed was ranked 37 in the list of The World's 50 Greatest Leaders prepared by Fortune. In his recent interview for the Creating Emerging Markets project at the Harvard Business School, Abed reveals his strong belief that businesses can positively impact society, that "you can do good also by doing business."
Abed was born into the esteemed Hasan family in Baniachong, British India (now Habiganj, Sylhet, Bangladesh). He passed the matriculation exam from Pabna Zilla School and went on to complete his higher secondary education from Dhaka College.
In 1954, he left home at the age of 18 to attend University of Glasgow, where, in an effort to break away from tradition and do something radically different, he studied naval architecture. He realized there was little work in ship building in East Pakistan and a career in Naval Architecture would make returning home difficult. With that in mind, Abed joined the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in London, completing his professional education in 1962.
Abed returned to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to join Shell Oil Company and quickly rose to head its finance division. His time at Shell exposed Abed to the inner workings of a large conglomerate and provided him with insight into corporate management, which would become invaluable to him later in life.
It was during his time at Shell that the devastating cyclone of 1970 hit the south and south-eastern coastal regions of the country, killing 300,000 people. The cyclone had a profound effect on Abed. In the face of such devastation, he said the comforts and perks of a corporate executive's life ceased to have any attraction for him. Together with friends, Abed created HELP, an organisation that provided relief and rehabilitation to the worst affected in the island of Manpura, which had lost three-quarters of its population in the disaster.
Soon after, Bangladesh's own struggle for independence from Pakistan began and circumstances forced Abed to leave the country. He found refuge in the United Kingdom, where he set up Action Bangladesh to lobby the governments of Europe for his country's independence.
When the war ended in December 1971, Abed sold his flat in London and returned to the newly independent Bangladesh to find his country in ruins. In addition, hundreds of refugees who had sought shelter in India during the war had started to return home. Their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts, and Abed decided to use the funds he had generated from selling his flat to initiate his own such organisation to deal with the long-term task of improving the living conditions of the rural poor. He selected the remote region of Sulla in northeastern Bangladesh to start his work, and this work led to the non-governmental organisation known as BRAC in 1972.
Although the name "BRAC" currently does not represent an acronym, the organisation was formerly known the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee and then as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. In a span of only three decades, BRAC has grown to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions. As BRAC grew, Abed ensured that it continued to target the landless poor, particularly women, a large percentage of whom live below the poverty line with little or no access to resources or conventional development efforts.
BRAC now operates in more than 69,000 villages of Bangladesh and covers an estimated 110 million people through its development interventions that range from primary education, essential healthcare, agricultural support and human rights and legal services to microfinance and enterprise development. It is now considered the largest non-profit in the world – both by employees and people served.
In 2002, BRAC went international by taking its range of development interventions to Afghanistan. Since then, BRAC has expanded to a total of 10 countries across Asia and Africa, successfully adapting its unique integrated development model across varying geographic and socioeconomic contexts and covering an additional 16 million people.
Abed has held the following positions:2013 – present – Chairman, board of directors, BRAC Bank Limited.
2012–present – Member, UN Secretary General's Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement
2010–2011 – UN Secretary General's Group of Eminent Persons for Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
2005–present – Commissioner, UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP)
2002–08 – Global Chairperson, International Network of Alternative Financial Institutions (INAFI) International.
2001–08 – Chairman, board of directors, BRAC Bank Limited.
2001–present – Chairperson, Board of Trustees, BRAC University.
2000–present – Chairman, Governing Body, BRAC.
2000–2005 – Chair, Finance & Audit Committee, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines.
1999–2005 – Member, Board of Governors, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines.
1998–2005 – Member, Policy Advisory Group, The Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), The World Bank, Washington, DC.
1994–present – Member, Board of Trustees, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka
1993–2011 – Chairperson, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation
1992–2009 – Chairman, NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation
1990–2009 – Chairman, 'Campaign for Popular Education' (CAMPE), an NGO network on education.
1981–82 Visiting Scholar, Harvard Institute of International Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
1982–86 Senior Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).
1982–86 Member, Board of Trustees, BIDS.
1982–86 chairman, Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB).
1986–91 Member, World Bank NGO Committee, Geneva, Switzerland.
1987–90 chairman, South Asia Partnership.
1987–90 Member, International Commission on Health Research for Development, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
1992–93 Member, Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation
1998–2004 Member, Board of Governors, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University, UK
1972-2001 Executive director, BRAC
The Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, 1980
The Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award, 1990
The Maurice Pate Award by UNICEF, 1992
The Olof Palme Prize, 2001
The Social Entrepreneurship Award by the Schwab Foundation, 2002
The International Activist Award by the Gleitsman Foundation, 2003
The UNDP Mahbub ul Haq Award, 2004
The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership, 2007
The inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award, 2007
Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Lifetime Achievement in Social Development and Poverty Alleviation, 2007
The David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, 2008
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), 2010
The WISE Prize for Education, 2011
Open Society Prize, 2013
Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal by The Russian Children Foundation (RDF), 2014
World Food Prize, 2015
Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health, 2016
2014 – Honorary Doctor of Laws, Princeton University, US
2012 – Doctor of Laws honoris causa, University of Manchester, UK
2010– Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, University of Bath, UK
2009 – Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of Oxford, UK
2009 – Honorary Doctorate in Humane letters, Rikkyo University, Japan
2008 – Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Columbia University, US
2007 – Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Yale University, US
2003 – Honorary Doctorate of Education, University of Manchester, UK
1994 – Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Queen's University, Canada