Dr Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury
Mushtaque Chowdhury is the Vice Chair of BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental organization. Dr Chowdhury is also a Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University in New York. During 2009-12, he worked as the Senior Adviser to the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also served as a MacArthur Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. 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.) in Statistics from the University of Dhaka.
Dr. Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former Secretary General Kofi Annan. He has wide interest in development, particularly in the areas of education, public health, poverty eradication and humanitarian issues. Dr. Chowdhury has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Bangladesh cyclones.
Dr Chowdhury is a founder of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch, two civil society watch-dogs on education and health respectively. He is on the board and committees of several organizations and initiatives in Bangladesh and overseas.