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Mushtaque Chowdhury elected DBH chairman

TBP Desk
23 May 2024 20:34:07 | Update: 23 May 2024 20:46:30
Mushtaque Chowdhury elected DBH chairman
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DBH Finance PLC has announced the election of Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury as the chairman of its Board of Directors (BoD). The decision was made at the 149th BoD meeting.

Chowdhury has served the vice chair of BRAC, world’s largest non-governmental organisation, and is a professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, reads a press release issued on Thursday.

He has been serving as a director of DBH, nominated by BRAC, since February 2015.

During 2009-12, he worked as the senior adviser and acting managing director for the Rockefeller Foundation. He also served as a MacArthur fellow at Harvard University. Recently, he worked for the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA as a visiting scholar. He was the founding dean of the BRAC University James P Grant School of Public Health.

Mushtaque Chowdhury holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hon’s) from the University of Dhaka.

He was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. He is a co-recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA and in 2017, he received the ‘Medical Excellence’ award from the Chicago-based Ronald McDonald House Charities, the release added.

Chowdhury has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and also received the ‘Best impactful book’ award given by the University Press Limited. His biography “Amar Brac Jibon” was recently published by Prothoma Prokashon.

Mushtaque Chowdhury is a founder of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch, two civil society watchdogs on education and health, respectively. He is on the boards and committees of several organisations and initiatives, including BRAC University, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Social Marketing Company, London School of Economics and the Management Sciences for Health.