Bangladesh Study Trust (BST)

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The Trust will be run as public welfare, non-political and research organization on non-governmental basis and perform any lawful act and service for greater interest and welfare of the country and peoples for advancement of quality education and learning in accordance with values of our Liberation War, ethics, and Justice.

Establishing the spirit of great liberation war and inspiring the citizen of the country by the same ideal, conducting economic, social and human welfare and research activities to identify problems and limitations,informing the citizen about information on development activities and also history and heritage, culture and values, law and orders plus opportunities, arranging programs relating to digital Bangladesh, maintain and implement human rights and carry out programs to enhance the awareness of the citizen, arranging for publication of the programs and information regarding research activities and others regularly, establishing academy, institution and training centre on expansion of further research activities and public welfare, researching on the national development, help achieve the SDGs. Time to time inform the nation through various media, researching on climate change and its effect on Bangladesh. Invent the sustainable technology and policy to overcome the climate change effect on Bangladesh, opening Branches and appoint Representatives or Coordinators for the purpose of expansion of organizational activities and collection of important information at Home &Abroad are their aims and objectives.

Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen

Chairman,BST

Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Emeritus Professor is the former Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in New York (2009-15) with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Chile and Peru. While at the UN, he was elected as the President of UN High-level Committee of the South-South Cooperation, Vice-President of the UN General Assembly,  Acting President of the General Assembly, Chair of the Second Committee of the UN, Chair and also Vice-Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), President of the UNICEF Executive Board, Coordinator for NAM Peacebuilding Caucus, Facilitator for the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Chair of Asia-Pacific Group, Vice President of ECOSOC, as VP he played a critical role at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012 that adopted ‘Future we Want’ and he also played critical role in developing consensus on SDGs. He successfully served as the UN Secretary General’s Member of Senior Advisory Group. As LDC Chair and as a Bureau member, he played critical role at the LDCs Summit in Istanbul. He helped inclusion of Bangladesh as a Champion country for “Secretary General’s Education First Initiative”, “SG’s Health and Nutrition Champion”, “SG’s Public-Private Partnership”, “UN-Women’s He & She program”, etc. programs.

Prior to joining the UN, he was the Chairman of the Business Administration and Economics Department at the Framingham State University, Massachusetts. Until Riyadh was rocked by successive bomb blasts in 2003, he was working there as an expert (Economic Adviser) under the Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy for five years.

Professor Momen is a columnist, a researcher and an activist. He has published over 250 papers and articles both in professional journals as well as in others. He authored few books and visited all continents and major capitals. He served as a faculty at the Harvard University, Northeastern University, MIT, University of Massachusetts, Merrimack College, Salem State College, and Cambridge College and as junior economist/researcher at the World Bank, HIID, UNDP, etc. for many years (1981-97). He was a founding member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and worked as South Asia Advisor of the Dukakis Presidential Campaign in 1988. He was the President of the Women & Children International (WCI), Inc., a humanitarian organization of Boston and was a Director of the American Anti-Slavery organization.He was also involved with many philanthropic and social community organizations in USA and Bangladesh. He was Co-Chair of the ‘Committee for Democratic Bangladesh’ (1986-90) in USA for restoration of multi-party democracy in Bangladesh. He was instrument in arranging a Congressional Hearing on Bangladesh in 1988.

Dr. Momen testified before the US Congress and the US Labor Dept in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 (1) to end Asian Slave Trade, (2) to end Sexual Exploitation, (3) to Stop Sexual Mutilation of young girls, and also (4) to end Child Labor.

Dr. Momen helped in sending nearly $2 million worth of ‘used and usable’ medical equipment to Bangladeshi hospitals through the American Medical Resources Foundation, Boston. At his insistence, the U. S. government waived substantial debt burden of Bangladesh after the Gulf War and in 1989 after the devastating flood, the Massachusetts State Legislature passed a resolution asking US President to help Bangladesh flood victims and the U. S. government sent ‘sea angels’ to Bangladesh. In addition, it donated $150m to the Bangladesh flood disaster improvement programs.

Professor Momen was Chairperson of the 3rd FOBANA Convention in Boston in 1989. He was also President of the Bangladesh Association of New England, Boston. Prior to coming to the Harvard University as a Ford Foundation and Mason Fellow to pursue higher education in 1978, he worked in the Bangladesh government jobs and he introduced the ‘Wage Earners Scheme” (WES) in 1974, one of the most successful policy strategy of Bangabandhu government. In 1971 he was captured and tortured by the Pakistani occupation army. In 1982 he was forcibly retired from Bangladesh government service under Martial Law Order No. 9 (that has been declared null and void by the Bangladesh High Court in 2005).

Professor Momen has a PhD in economics, an MBA in business administration from the Northeastern University (Boston), an MPA in public administration and public policy from the Harvard University, a LLB in Law, an MA and a BA (Honors) in Economics from the Dhaka University.

 Ishtiaque Ahmed Chowdhury
Vice Chairman, BST

Ishtiaque Ahmed Chowdhury, a renowned Banker of the Country has been working as the Senior Vice Chairman of Bangladesh Study Trust.
He was appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Trust Bank Limited on February 04, 2013. Prior to assuming this office, he served the Bank as Deputy Managing Director since 2003. Immediate before joining Trust Bank Limited, Mr. Chowdhury worked in Oriental Bank Limited for one year (now ICB Islamic Bank) as EVP and Regional Manager of Dhaka city branches of the Bank.
Having started his career with Rupali Bank Limited as Probationary Officer in 1977, Mr. Chowdhury gained grounded experiences in many field ranges from rural banking, SME banking, Wholesale Banking, client acquisition, to roll out of loss incurring branches into profitable ones within target time.
Mr. Chowdhury spent half of his career time in AB Bank Limited, first private commercial bank of the country, through 1984 to 2002. He headed major corporate branches of the Bank including Kawran Bazar, Uttara and Motijheel Corporate Branch. He also worked in Financial Control Department of the Bank for almost four years. He won the best manager award and appreciation for his outstanding performance at the Bank.

Mr. Chowdhury believes in inclusive banking and has always put effort to bring banking services to the doorstep of people at large. He strongly holds that banker has to be trustworthy and dedicated towards serving people in order to uplift their livelihood and socio economic status.Over the last 29 years, Mr. Chowdhury’s career evolved as a well-rounded banker with adequate exposure in Strategic Risk Management, Revenue Growth, Client Acquisition and Operations Management.

He has also proven to be an effective team player and can get things done by ensuring coherent and integrated management atmosphere. He is one of the proponents of situational leadership approach and can pursue tough goals in any market scenario.

Mr. Chowdhury was born in Sylhet in 1953. His father was a member of Assam Legislative Council of British Period in Assam, India. Mr. Chowdhury is married to SyedaLatifaIshtiaque. Their only son, Chowdhury Ahmed TausifIshtiaque has graduated from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka and completed MBA from INSEAD Singapore and now working in BCG (Boston Consulting Group) as Management Consultant.

With a distinctive academic track record, he passed S.S.0 and H.S.0 in 1968 and 1970 respectively. He holds MSS degree with Honors in Political Science and Law from the University of Dhaka. He is a DiplomaEd Associate of Institute of Bankers, Bangladesh.

He is a dreamer, humanitarian, organizer and an art connoisseur. He is involved in Rotary club and held position of President of Jahangirnagar, Dhaka unit of Rotary District. He was also Lt. Governor of R.I. Dist 3281 from July 2015 to June 2016. He is also Treasurer of Combat Hunger Project Committee of Rotary International District. He is a member of Uttara Club, Kurmitola Golf Club and Childhood Cancer Foundation, Dhaka. He is presently Executive Member of Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB). He is a “Tax Card” holder, a very prestigious status provided by NBR for 2011-2013. Mr. Chowdhury has also won the 13th Rapport Award for Excellence in Human Resource Development — 2013.

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