Abul Maal A Muhith, a renowned economist, diplomat, freedom fighter, and language veteran, was born in a respected Muslim family of Sylhet in 1934.
Mr. Muhith is the third child of Advocate Abu Ahmad Abdul Hafiz who was a great leader of Pakistan movement and the founder of the then Sylhet District Muslim League. His mother Syed Shahar Banu Chowdhury was also active in politics and social work.
Mr. Muhith was very brilliant throughout his student life. He secured first place in Intermediate examination in the province in 1951 from Sylhet MC College. He stood first class first in B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature in 1954 from Dhaka University and passed his M.A. with credit from the same university in 1955. During his service period, he studied in Oxford University in 1957-58 and received MPA degree from Harvard University in 1964.
After joining Pakistan Civil Service (CSP) in 1956, he served in different capacities in the government of East Pakistan, Central government of Pakistan, and then Bangladesh. He was appointed as the Secretary of Planning in January, 1972 and Secretary of the External Resources Division of Finance and Planning Ministry in May,1977.
During his service as the Chief and Deputy Secretary of Pakistan Planning Commission, he made a report on the disparity between East and West Pakistan in 1966 and that was the first report submitted on that issue in Pakistan National Assembly in fulfillment of constitutional obligation. He was the first diplomat of Washington Embassy of Pakistan who transferred his allegiance to Bangladesh in June during the Independence War of 1971.
Mr. Muhith has earned outstanding reputation in economic diplomacy. He has been a recognized figure in World Bank, IMF, IDB and in different organizations of the United Nations for quite a long period.
He went for early retirement in 1981 from his service and started his second innings of glorious career as a consultant on economic and development matters in Ford Foundation and in IFAD. He became Finance and Planning Minister from March 1982 to December 1983. Next, he worked as a consultant in different institutions of WB and the UN. He was a Visiting Fellow of W. Wilson School at Princeton University in 1984 and 1985.
Mr. Muhith is equally gifted as a writer. He published 21 books on different subjects including liberation war, economic development, public administration and political problems.
He is a pioneer of Bangladesh Environment Movement and was also the founder President of BAPA as well as its predecessor Porosh.
Mr. Muhith is married. His wife Syed Sabia Muhith is a designer. They are parents of two sons and a daughter. Their daughter Samina Muhith is a banker and specialist in economic and monetary policy in New York. Their elder son Shahed Muhith is an architect and IT expert in Dhaka and youngest son Samir Muhith is a school teacher in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Muhith took oath as the Finance Minister of Bangladesh Government on 6 January 2009.