Mr. Asif SalehChairperson
Mr. Asif Saleh has been appointed the Executive Director of BRAC Bangladesh with effect from 1 August 2019. Previously, he was the Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International.
He brings with him a diverse multi-sectoral experience in senior leadership roles in private, public and non-government sectors with proven track record of effectively managing interfaces of development programming, operational and financial sustainability and building effective partnerships, both within and outside BRAC.
He was appointed as Director to the board of BRAC IT Services Limited in 2015. Prior to joining BRAC, he was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and also worked at GlaxoWellcome, NorTel and IBM. Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP funded project Access to Information Program (a2i) at the Prime Minister’s Office.
He is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organization with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis, and co-founder of Drishtipat Writers' Collective. He contributes regularly to local and international dailies. He was also recognized for his work by Asia Society’s Asia 21 program in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012.
Mr. Saleh was selected to be a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in 2013. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and an MBA in Management from NYU Stern School of Business. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, board member of Institute of Informatics and Development, trustee board member of Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation and a 2013 mentor of the Unreasonable Institute.
Mr. Shameran AbedDirector
Mr Shameran Abed has been appointed as the Senior Director of the BRAC microfinance and ultra-poor graduation programmes. Before, he was the director of the BRAC microfinance programme.
BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than 6.5 million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa and has total assets exceeding USD 2.5 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra-poor graduation programme has graduated more than 1.8 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation approach’ to tackle extreme poverty. Starting its work in the early 1970s, BRAC was one of the earliest known organizations to use the modern microfinance model of lending small amounts to groups of women. Working alongside several other development programmes, the success of the microfinance programme supported BRAC in its growth to be the largest development organization in the world in terms of staff numbers.
Mr Abed also serves on the boards of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and Guardian Life Insurance. Additionally, he sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee. Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Abed was a journalist and wrote primarily on political issues.
Mr Abed is a lawyer by training, having been made a barrister by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in the United States, majoring in economics and minoring in political science.
Mr. Selim R. F. HussainDirector
Mr. Selim R. F. Hussain joined BRAC Bank Limited as the Managing Director & CEO on November 8, 2015. Mr. Hussain is a career banker and an immediate past CEO & Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited who is widely recognized and highly acclaimed across the financial sector for being the architect of IDLC Finance’s meteoric rise over the past six years. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 of IDLC Finance’s two subsidiaries – IDLC Investments Limited and IDLC Securities Limited.
Mr. Hussain has an Honours degree in Accounting from Dhaka University and an MBA (Major in Finance) from the Institute of Business Administration, also from Dhaka University. He worked in various roles with the two largest multi-national banks in Bangladesh, ANZ Grindlays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, for twenty four years, before moving to the IDLC Group in 2010. He has resided and worked in India and Australia for significant periods of his career and, prior to taking over the helm at IDLC Finance Limited, was the Head of Finance & Strategy for Standard Chartered Bank's Consumer Banking Division in Mumbai, India. Mr. Hussain was also CFO for Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh, from 2002 to 2007. Hussain was also a Director at the Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) and the Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Leasing & Finance Co Association (BLFCA) since 2012.
Hussain is married with one son and aside from enjoying reading and traveling, he is a keen cricket and football enthusiast.