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Board of Trustees

icddr,b’s Board of Trustees comprises 12 professionals and researchers representing both developed and developing countries.

The Board was created by an Ordinance of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Three members are nominated by the People’s Republic of the Government of Bangladesh, with the World Health Organization and UNICEF nominating one member each. icddr,b’s Executive Director serves as the Member-Secretary.

The Board operates under the icddr,b Ordinance and follows the Rules of Procedure. The Board of Trustees’ roles and responsibilities include fund oversight; approving and monitoring the budget; setting broad institution-wide policies, as well as monitoring adherence to the Strategic Plan; employing, evaluating and supporting the Executive Director; maintaining the line between governance and management; and evaluating the Board’s own performance.

 


CHAIR


Nancy Cheng is a former Assistant Auditor General at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

Nancy Cheng has an extensive experience as a senior practitioner in legislative auditing. She served as Assistant Auditor General from 2003 to the fall of 2018 when she retired from the public service.

Prior to retirement, she co-led the Performance Audit Practice which supported the Auditor General in producing Reports to Parliament. In addition to managing and overseeing the Practice, her area of responsibility for performance audit included a wide portfolio of departments and agencies as well as a number of management functions. This included audits focusing on the central agencies; finance and revenue; industry and economic development; science and technology; public safety; law and order; foreign affairs, immigration, and international/border activities; transportation and agriculture; and government-wide functions such as human resources management, service delivery and information technology, financial management and control, internal audits, and program evaluation.

Before that, Ms. Cheng was the Assistant Auditor General responsible for the audit of the Public Accounts of Canada, the Canada Pension Plan, the Employment Insurance Account, and a number of Crown corporations and federal entities, notably the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Canada Post Corporation, Marine Atlantic Inc., the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, five public sector pension plans, the Royal Canadian Mint, and Via Rail Canada Inc. She also oversaw the Office’s operations in Montréal and Halifax, and was responsible for the audit of two UN agencies: UNESCO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Prior to her appointment as Assistant Auditor General, Ms. Cheng was seconded to the Communications Security Establishment for 18 months as the Associate Deputy Chief for Information Technology Security.

She currently serves as a Director on the Board of the CAAF, the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees for icddr,b, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.

In 2017, Ms. Cheng was appointed to the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB) of CPA Canada. The AASB sets authoritative standards and guidance for audit and other assurance engagements in Canada.

Before joining the Office, Ms. Cheng was a Computer Audit Manager with EY, where she articled and qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). In March 2000, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (FCPA).


MEMBER SECRETARY


Dr Tahmeed Ahmed has been working for the last three decades in simplifying the management of childhood malnutrition, childhood tuberculosis, and diarrheal diseases. He leads the BEED (Bangladesh Environmental Enteric Dysfunction) study that attempts to discover non-invasive biomarkers of environmental enteric dysfunction, an important cause of stunting in children. Together with Dr Jeffrey Gordon of Washington University in St. Louis he discovered microbiota directed complementary food (MDCF) - a novel intervention for childhood malnutrition. This discovery was highlighted by the prestigious journal Science as one of the scientific breakthroughs of 2019. He is continuing the research on MDCF with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  

Dr Ahmed studied in St. Gregory’s High School and Notre Dame College, Dhaka and then obtained his medical degree from Mymensingh Medical College. He received residential training in Dhaka Children’s Hospital and subsequently studied at the University of Tsukuba in Japan for his PhD. He has recently been appointed the Executive Director of icddr,b where he has been working for the last three decades. As a member of the Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group of the WHO, Dr Ahmed revised the global guidelines for management of childhood acute malnutrition. He advises the Global Task Force on Cholera Case Control (GTFCC) on case management of cholera in children. Dr Ahmed was awarded the Bangladesh Academy of Science - Dr Sultan Ahmed Choudhury Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in Medical Science in 2003. He received from the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, the Islamic Bank Development Transformers’ Roadshow Award in 2018. Dr Ahmed works closely with the Ministry of Health of Bangladesh, WHO, UNICEF and the International Atomic Energy Agency in research, policy issues and training on nutrition. He has more than 400 papers published in international journals and books. Dr Ahmed was the President of the Commonwealth Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN), an association of professionals in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition from the 54 Commonwealth nations.  He is Professor of Public Health Nutrition of James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka and also Affiliated Professor of School of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr Ahmed has recently been appointed Honorary Senior Fellow of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

Read more about Dr Ahmed's illustrious career in The Lancet.

 


GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES


Sharifa Khan, a career civil servant, joined as the Secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance on 17 July 2022. Prior to this position, she was the Member (Secretary), Planning Commission, Bangladesh for about one and a half year.

Ms. Sharifa Khan belongs to 9th Batch of BCS Administration Cadre who joined at Bangladesh Civil Service on 26 January 1991. In her colourful career, she held various positions in the Ministry of Agriculture, BPATC, Deputy Commissioner's office, Dhaka, WTO Cell and the Ministry of Commerce. She served for about five years at the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). She also served as the Commercial Counselor, Bangladesh High Commission, London from 2012 to 2017 with high reputation.

Ms. Sharifa Khan obtained her Bachelor (Honors) and Masters degrees in Economics from Dhaka University. She also holds Diploma and Masters degrees in Development Economics from the Australian National University (ANU), Australia. She published a number of articles on global trade, LDC graduation, intellectual property rights and agriculture negotiations in various local and international journals.


Md. Anwar Hossain Howlader has joined Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as Secretary on 14 June, 2022. Prior to that, he held the post of Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Bangladesh. In last 31 years, Mr. Howlader worked in numerous vital positions of the govt. including Secretary, Divisional Commissioner, Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Assistant Commissioner (Land), Magistrate, Assistant Commissioner etc.

Mr Howlader worked as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary at the undivided Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and also at Health Education and Family Welfare Division. During his journey of excellence, he worked notably as Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Satkhira District and Commissioner of Khulna Division. Mr. Howlader also worked in numerous Ministries and Departments including Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Local Government Division, Bangladesh Parjatan (Tourism) Corporation, Department of Environment etc.

Mr. Howlader was born in a renowned Muslim family of Barishal District. He studied Bsc in Agriculture and Msc in Agronomy from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), and later achieved his PhD from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University.          

 


Dr Abbas Bhuiya was the Deputy Executive Director and Division Director of Health Systems and Population Studies Division (HSPSD) until 2016 after working in various scientific and managerial positions for 37 years as a highly accomplished researcher at icddr,b.

Dr Bhuiya has a PhD and MA in Demography from Australian National University, Canberra and an MA in Statistics from University of Chittagong. He was the second Deputy Executive Director of icddr,b and the first Bangladeshi to be in this position. His research interests were around social determinants of health, and developing and testing interventions to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health. He established icddr,b's Chakaria campus and Chakaria Health and Demographic Surveillance System (CHDSS). He served on the Board of Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) and was interim chair for more than a year. He was a member of the first Executive Committee of the Asian Population Association.

During his tenure at icddr,b, Dr Bhuiya worked as the Interim Executive Director in 2012 and contributed enormously in mentoring and retaining staff and developing the physical infrastructure. He was instrumental in initiating the Dr Mujibur Rahman Memorial Lecture and establishing the Dr Stan D' Souza Fellowship.His book icddr,b: A Star in the South captures his decade-long observations about the organisation.


UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE


 


WHO REPRESENTATIVE


 


INDEPENDENT MEMBERS


Amol Khisty holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and MBA from Nagpur University. He is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from AICPA, USA as well as Cost Accountant (ICWA). He also holds MBA from TRIUM – a degree program jointly issued by London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), HEC School of Management Paris and NYU Stern School of Business.

Amol has over 22+ years of experience in financial management, strategy development and implementation as well as risk management with established record of success in varies sectors such as Auto, knowledge process outsourcing, International NGO as well as Intergovernmental Organization. Amol served on the Board of Overseas School of Colombo and was appointed on the Board of Association of International Agricultural Research Centers (AIARC).

In his current role, he oversees the finance and accounting operations of an intergovernmental Organization to ensure provision of effective services to the stakeholders. In the past, Amol served as Director of Finance & Administration of International Water Management Institute for almost 10 years, responsible for financial management and administration of the Institute to deliver the results that meet the strategic goals and needs. Responsible for financial management, internal controls and financial information system of the organization with multiple offices across the globe. During his tenure, the Institute implemented an Enterprise resource planning system (SAP) that was awarded “Best implementation in Public Sector” by SAP, AG and achieved the strongest financial position by more than tripling its reserves.

Amol also held the following positions:

·        Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis, GE Capital International Services (nka GENPACT)

·        Officer, budget & MIS, TATA AutoComp Systems Ltd

·        Executive – Finance, L&T John Deere Ltd

·        Officer – Costing, PMT Machine Tool Automatics Pvt Ltd


Andrea is an external-relation professional with 20-year track record of increasing reach in health diplomacy, policy development and fundraising. She is an accomplished executive leader, able to both build new functions and reorganize existing functions to meet new challenges.

Andrea is a Creative relationship manager, known for careful stewardship of organizations and coalitions. Andrea has a MFA Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, USA and BA Art History from Oberlin College, USA. Currently she is working as the Executive Vice President, External Relations in Medicines for Malaria Venture, Geneva, Switzerland since 2010.

Andrea also held the following positions:

  • Director of Development, April 2006-September 2010 International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Colorado College (private university), 1996-2006 and Multiple Progressively Responsible posts
    • Assistant Vice president of Development, 2004-2006
    • Special Assistant to the President (50%) / Faculty Grants Coordinator (50%) 2003-4
    • Senior Development Officer, Capital Gifts, 1999-2003
    • Development Officer for Foundation and Agency Relations, 1996-1999

Dr Ragama is the Chief Research Officer at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Senior Clinical Trialist at the INDEPTH-Network. He is also a Lead Scientist at Centre for Research in Therapeutic Sciences (CREATES), Strathmore University - a consortium of KEMRI, Strathmore University, African Centre for Clinical Trials (ACCT), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

 

A malaria expert, Dr Ragama served in different capacities at WHO technical Committees and has been a peer reviewer of the East Africa Medical Journal, Tropical Medical and International Health and Malaria Journal, Malaria Journal, Vaccine Journal, Clinical Pharmacology Journal, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine. He has over 25 years of experience in hospitals and clinical research.

 

He received his PhD in Clinical Pharmacology from University of Nairobi after getting a Masters of Medicine in Paediatrics previously graduating as a medical doctor. He has over 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals and three books on malaria, management of coma and prolonged seizures to his credit.


Dr Fred Binka has a DSc (Honoris Causa) University of Health and Allied Sciences Ho. Ghana and PhD in Epidemiology (Summa cum laude) from University of Basel, Switzerland. He is now appointed as a professor of clinical epidemiology at University of Health and Allied Sciences, and has previously served as a coordinator with WHO Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in the Greater Mekong Sub-region in Asia.

Dr Binka is a recipient of Rudolf Geigy Award and Ronald Ross Medal among other accolades. He has authored around 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been involved in public health system revamping in Sierra Leone, worked as the executive director of INDEPTH Network, conducted a number of clinical trials in Africa other than working as a public health specialist with the Ministry of Health, Ghana and as a medical officer with WHO.

He has served as a board of trustees member of different national and international organisations based in Ghana, Switzerland, UK and Burkina Faso and also as an editorial board member of different scientific journals. He is currently a member of Malaria Consortium UK BoT and has previously served WHO committees, IVCC and IVI among others.