Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

July 29, 2021

Jamdani and Aarong: A love affair spanning half a century

A jamdani saree graced the French Riviera this month, as actress Azmeri Haque Badhon represented Bangladesh at the Cannes Film Festival. While jamdani is a symbol of sophistication, beauty and grace, and has always travelled across the world, the story behind the weaving technique is not well known - the art of weaving jamdani almost became extinct just decades ago.
March 27, 2018

“The idea behind BRAC is to change systems of inequity” says Sir Fazle

As BRAC ranks #1 for the third consecutive year, we revisit an interview with Sir Fazle - the first of a series of interviews with executives of organisations that are part of the rankings, launched by NGO Advisor. "Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, opens the series on behalf of 118,000+ employees working for what we acknowledge as the most influential and impactful for-good organisation worldwide."
April 26, 2016

A tribute to a champion of the deprived

I can think of few people who have done more for the world's deprived population than Fazle Hasan Abed. His contribution spans Bangladesh where BRAC, the organisation he founded in 1972, services close to 10 million of the country's underprivileged households.
July 2, 2015

Honouring 43 years of fighting poverty in Bangladesh

One of the high points of my career was the five years I spent in Bangladesh in the early 1990’s as the Ford Foundation’s country representative, watching the emergence of BRAC as one of the world’s largest and most innovative non-profit organisations. Today, however, I am delighted to join many others who have come to know this organisation, in celebrating BRAC and Fazle Abed, its founder, as the 2015 awardee of the prestigious World Food Prize.
May 7, 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets the “two national treasures” of Bangladesh

Knight Commander, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, have been marked as the creators of the world’s two best organizations – BRAC and Grameen Bank – by the visiting US secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. In an early morning 9 o’clock meeting on 6 May 2012, at the Gulshan Residence of the US ambassador of Bangladesh, Dan W Mozena; Sir Fazle and Dr. Yunus met with Secretary Clinton for an hour long discussion which was primarily focused on the development of Bangladesh and women’s rights and empowerment.
November 4, 2011

Wise Prize for Education Laureate Speech by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Over the ages, the Arabian Peninsula has seen great spiritual and intellectual ferment and served as a vital conduit for the spread of secular knowledge and spiritual values to the wider world, so it is fitting that the WISE summit be held here in Qatar, bringing together experts and decision makers from across the globe.
September 23, 2011

BRAC Founder & Chairperson talks about scaling up at CGI 2011

Yesterday at the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting, Sir Fazle Abed, BRAC's founder and chairperson, joined the conversation on the Girls and Women track as a member of a panel discussion on scaling up, titled "What to Scale; Where to Scale"
June 25, 2011

Address of Sir F. H. ABED, Chairman, Board of Trustees, BRAC University on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of BRAC University

"It is a great pleasure for me to be present at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of BRAC University (BU). It is good to be with you all – members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff Alumni and Distinguished Guests and Friends of the University.
September 30, 2010

Watch BRAC Chairperson in conversation with Amartya Sen

On September 15th, BRAC's Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Amartya Sen had a discussion on "Breakthrough Development: Linking theory and practice."
August 25, 2010

UN chief appoints BRAC Founder and Chairperson to panel of advisors

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed a Group of Eminent Persons to advise on the support needed to help the world’s poorest nations achieve their development targets.