Md. Abdul KarimChairman
Md. Abdul Karim, former Principal Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, is the Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). Earlier he served as the Secretary to the Government in the Ministries of Commerce, Fisheries and Livestock, Home Affairs, Communications (Bridges Division) and Finance (Internal Resources Division). He also served as the Economic/Commercial Counselor of Bangladesh Embassy in Belgium. Mr. Karim was Chairman of the National Board of Revenue and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. He was Chairperson of a number of national level committees of various Ministries.
Mr. Karim obtained M.Sc.degree from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh and Master of Social Science degree in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK. As the Secretary General of the South East Asian Cooperation (SEACO) Foundation, Mr. Karim is working at civil society level to promote trade and investment among five countries of the South and South East Asian region including Bangladesh. He is a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Rotarian and contributes towards improvement of socio-economic condition of the disadvantaged people. Mr. Karim promotes sports and is the President of Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation. He is immediate past President of Bangladesh Scouts (Boy Scouts and Girl Guides) and obtained highest Scout award of Bangladesh. Mr. Karim has traveled to 46 countries. He has lectured at various Universities as guest speaker and authored books and articles on local government and other subjects. Mr. Karim is leading the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) to implement sustainable, holistic, people centered poverty alleviation and rural development programs in Bangladesh.
Shamsun Nahar Begum ChowdhuryVice Chairman
By virtue of her exposure to several national and global seminars and symposiums, Mrs. Begum Chowdhury brings to the Board cutting-edge international practices that has not only resulted in the establishment of several innovative customer-centric products but has also helped reinforce company systems and protocols. An avid traveler, Mrs. Begum Chowdhury is also involved with multiple social and welfare organizations across Bangladesh.
Before joining the Board of Directors of GDIC, Mrs. Khurshida Chowdhury played important roles as the Director of Union Capital Ltd and NASCOM (PVT) Ltd. With a rich and diverse corporate experience, she brings forth valuable insights to GDIC which has helped enhance the quality of the business. Mrs. Chowdhury has also played a vital role in initiating various social activities and has contributed to enhancing the life quality of several of her countrymen.
Has obtained BA (Hons) International Business Degree with double major in Finance and French from Regents’ University, University of London, United Kingdom in the year 2008.
Currently she is serving the post of Director (Corporate Planning) and Head of Human Resource and Administration at East Coast Group of Companies. She is also the Managing Director of Parkesine Products Ltd. and a permanent Director of Tiger Tours Ltd.
Apart from being a Director on the Board of Green Delta Insurance Co. Ltd., currently Ms. Dilruba Chowdhury is the Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Iqbal Khan (Jamal)Director
Iqbal Khan (Jamal), a renewed business man in Bangladesh. He was born in a respected Muslim family of Barisal. Mr. Jamal was very brilliant throughout his student life. He has obtained Diploma in Management from paris, Franch and also obtained a degree on International Marketing from The Hague, Paris. He is presently the Managing Director and CEO of JANN Group. The concern of JANN GROUP are as follows:
- NafisaInt’t Trading (BD) Ltd. (100% Export oriented Garments Buying House).
- JANN Composite Mills Limited (A knit composite mills).
- Arshad Embroidery Ltd. (100% exports oriented embroidery manufacturing company for Europe and USA)
- Emon Fashion Limited (A largest knit composite mills)
- Amstel Fashion Group (100% Export oriented Garments Buying House)
- Jann Printing and Embroidery (Textile printing solution).
He is a member of German Chambers of Commerce, Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Bharidhara Cosmopolitan Club Limited in Bangladesh.
A.Q.M. Nurul AbsarDirector
After graduating in Civil Engineering from BUET in the year 1964, he completed his post graduation in Hydraulic Engineering from DELFT University in The Hague, Netherlands. He served the Water and Power Development Authority – WAPDA, in Bangladesh for 10 years. His professional experience included designing and constructing hydraulic structures like regulators, pump station and sluice gates. Mr Absar served in reservoir section under the Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait, for 10 years where he was involved in the construction of water reservoirs. Mr. Absar is also the Director of Delta Medical College & Hospital and Delta Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
Kamran Idris ChoudhuryDirector
Was educated at the prestigious Rugby School in the UK and qualified in London as a Chartered Accountant in 1981. He is a fellow member (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB).
He worked for Touche Ross in London (currently Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu), prior to returning to Bangladesh in 1988 and joining A Qasem& Co, Chartered Accountants, the member firm of Ernst and Young International in Bangladesh. He was a partner in A Qasem & Co from 1992 up until December 2014 when he retired from partnership, although still maintaining links with the firm.
He has attended many national and international conferences including the Bangladesh Investment Summit Europe in 2013 and has traveled to various countries in Europe, USA and Asia on business. He is also involved with many social work and welfare organizations, both in the UK and Bangladesh.
He has two sons who were educated at private boarding schools in the UK, where they both also graduated. They are working in the International Hospitality Industry and Investment Banking Sectors respectively, both currently being based in London.
Mesbah Dilwar Rahman
Mr. Mesbah Dilwar Rahman completed his BSc (Hons) from the reputed Goldsmiths College, University of London, and serves as the Marketing Director at ELSATEX Ltd, a firm that is engaged in textile import and onward supply to Europe. Mr. Rahman possesses deep knowledge in international trade and cross-border transactions and hence brings an international exposure to GDIC’s Board.
Mrs. Marufa Anwar completed her BA in 1994 and MA (Preliminary) subsequently in 1995. Mrs. Anwar’s focus on simplicity and creativity in solving some of the challenges facing our country has helped developed several unique and beneficial product models. Well- known in the social circuit, she is an important member of many social and welfare organizations across the country.
Mrs. Razia Rahman completed her studies from Sylhet Government Girls High School and Sylhet College for Women. Belonging to a reputed family (her father, the Late Khan Saheb M.A. Latif Chowdhury, was a civil servant in the Assam-Bengal region in the British and Pakistani periods), Mrs. Rahman has travelled extensively to the UK, the US, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Singapore. She is a compassionate social worker in Sylhet and has been working together with her husband Mr. M. Muhibur Rahman, a business and social leader, for well over five decades.
Faisal Ahmed ChoudhuryIndependent Director
Faisal Ahmed Choudhury completed his Masters in Political Science from the University of Dhaka in 1966. Thereafter, he went through a foundation training course in financial services in Lahore in 1970-71, after which he was trained with German customs in 1978 and completed an academic course on international taxation from Harvard University in 1983-84. Earlier, he served as an
Officer at United Bank in1967-69 and also as a Lecturer in Political Science in Dhaka College in1969-70. Mr. Choudhury is an experienced bureaucrat with 35 years of experience in various ministries/public departments, including water resources, shipping, finance, export promotion, customs, excise and VAT, etc. His various career engagements include, Secretary in the Ministry
of Water Resources, 2001-03;Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping, 2000-01;Additional Secretary E.R.D in the Ministry of Finance, 1998-99; Managing Director, Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha, 1998-99;Vice Chairman, Export Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Commerce, 1996-98;Commissioner,Custom House, Dhaka, 1993- 96.Joint Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, 1992-93;Director General, Duty Exemption of Drawback Office, N.B.R, 1990-92.Commissioner, Customs, Excise & VAT Commissionerate, Dhaka and in N.B.R, 1987-90;Assistant/Deputy Commissioner, Customs & Excise, Second Secretary and First Secretary, N.B.R, 1973-87. Other principal appointments: Mr. Choudhury also served as a government appointed Director on the
Boards of several prestigious institutions spanning two decades. These include Bangladesh Gas Field Ltd, Agrani Bank Ltd, Shilpa Bank Ltd, Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha, IFIC Bank Ltd and Investment Corporation of Bangladesh. Mr. Choudhury served as an Independent Director on the Board of Golden Harvest Agro Industries Ltd for a period of six years ending December 2018.
Mr. Abul Hasan ChowdhuryIndependent Director
Mr. Abul Hasan Chowdhury was born in Dhaka on April 15, 1951. His father Mr. Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury was President of Bangladesh after independence. Mr. Abul Hasan Chowdhury, popularly known as Kaiser, matriculated from St. Gregory’s High School in 1968 and obtained M.A. from Oxford University in 1976. He was elected for the first time in the Parliament in 1991 as a candidate of Bangladesh Awami League. Mr. Chowdhury was re elected by popular vote as a member of the Parliament from Tangail-1, Madhupur constituency on June 12, 1996. Thereafter he was inducted in the cabinet as State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, a position he held up to 2001. In 2004 Mr. Abul Hasan Chowdhury visited Washington DC and addressed seminar participated by Congressmen and leading officials of the State Department of USA. During this visit he also spent two weeks as a visiting scholar at the Penn State University. He was one of the original signatories of BIMSTEC sub regional grouping. He did not participate in the Elections held in 2001. Since then he is heading a consultancy firm, known as KNS Consultants Ltd, an associate of Nitol Group. He is married to Mrs. Nahid Chowdhury and has one son and one daughter.