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.
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.
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.
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.
Asif A. Choudhury
Asif A. Choudhury studied at the American International School/ Dhaka where he completed his junior high school and later on completed College Preparatory Diploma (high school graduation from TASIS England American School in Surry, UK. He did his Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) majoring in Management Information Systems from The American College in London where he graduated with honors (Magna Com Laude) and then completed Master of Business Administration (MBA) majoring in International Business from The George Washington University in Washington DC, USA. After completing his MBA, he worked for Continental Grain Company, USA at their offices in New York, New Orleans and Minneapolis as merchandiser in training. He also worked for Chase Manhattan Bank as a Financial Analyst in New York, USA. Mr. Asif Choudhury is presently working in his family business in Bangladesh as Managing Director of Transcon Securities Ltd. (Member Dhaka Stock Exchange) and Executive Director of Continental Travels Ltd. and also Director of Albert David Pharmaceutical Company as well as Director of Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd. He has travelled to many countries and attended various International Conferences including Bangladesh Investment Summit 2012 held in Singapore. Mr. Asif Choudhury was awarded International Honorary Citizen certificate from the Mayor of New Orleans, USA in 1993. He was given the status of CIP (Commercially Important Person) from Ministry of Finance, Govt. of Bangladesh in 2015.
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.
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.
Arif A. ChoudhuryDirector
Mr. Arif A. Choudhury studied at the American International School/Dhaka (AIS/D) for his junior high school and completed high school graduation from TASIS England American School in United Kingdom. He completed Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) with a major in Management Information Systems (MIS) from The American College in London in 1992 (with Magna Cum Laude honors). Mr. Arif Choudhury did his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a major in International Business in 1995 and Master of Science (MS) in Project Management in 1998 from The George Washington University, USA. He worked as merchandiser in training for Continental Grain Company in New York, Minneapolis and New Orleans and also worked as financial analyst for Chase Manhattan Bank and American Express Bank in New York. Mr. Arif A. Choudhury is Executive Director of Transcon Securities Ltd (Member Dhaka Stock Exchange) and Continental Travels Ltd. He is a Director of Albert David (BD) Ltd. pharmaceutical company and Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd. He has travelled to many countries of the world and has attended various international conferences such as Bangladesh Investment Summit 2012 held in Singapore. Mr. Arif Choudhury was awarded the certificate of International Honorary Citizen for the City of New Orleans by the Mayor of New Orleans, USA in May 1993. Mr. Arif A. Choudhury was given CIP (Commercially Important Person) status by Ministry of Finance, Govt. of Bangladesh in 2015.
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.
Nurul Husain KhanIndependent Director
Started the working career when he joined in the Erstwhile Pakistan Taxation Service in 1957. He was Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of Pakistan, when Bangladesh was liberated. On return to Bangladesh in 1973, he had held many important positions, home and abroad, which included Secretary to the Govt. in different Ministries, Economic Minister, Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia, Consul general of Bangladeshin Karachi, Pakistan. He retired from government services as Secretary, Internal Resources Division and Chairman, National Board of Revenue in 1992. In the same year he was made founder chairman of Eastern Bank Ltd., a Govt. sponsored private Bank and continued for 8 years till 2000. He subsequently became founder chairman of Sapporo Dental College and General Hospital in 2002 and continuing till date. He is one of the founder Members of North South University, where he also acted as its first Treasurer. He also acted as Independent Director of M/s. Union Capital Ltd. from 2009 to 2014. He is currently an Independent Director of Green Delta Insurance Company Limited since December 2012.