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Last updated: 7th April 2018

Secretary, Finance Division

A Brief Lifesketch of Secretary, Finance Division.

Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury, Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance is a highly accomplished civil servant with an illustrious career spanning across 32 years. Having an in depth and broad-based knowledge and experience on matters of Public Financial Management, Administration and Governance, he belongs to the Bangladesh Civil Service (Audit and Accounts Cadre) 1984 batch. Prior to assuming the office of Finance Secretary in October, 2017, Mr. Chowdhury has served as Additional Secretary, Joint Secretary and Deputy Secretary to the Finance Division. He has held various positions under the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Controller General of Accounts and Controller General Defence Finance.

Academically, he holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Finance and Accounting with distinction from the University of Birmingham, UK. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Commerce (B Com Hons) and Master of Commerce (M Com) in Accounting from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. 

A Civil Servant with long and illustrious career, Mr. Chowdhury has pioneered the Public Sector Financial Management Reform and was awarded the “Public Administration Award-2017” for his contribution to the improvement of Public Service delivery system. He is passionate about introducing e-Governance in Finance and continues to be engaged in supervisory role at the IFMIS (iBAS++) development and implementation process. He has also been actively involved in the initial formulation and implementation of PPP Framework in Bangladesh and drafted the PPP Strategy and Policy issued by the Government of Bangladesh. 

Presently, he is the Chairman of Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL); Deputy Chairman, Saudi Bangladesh Industrial & Agricultural Investment Company Limited (SABINCO); Vice-Chairman, Committee of Mutawallis of Islamic Development Bank-Bangladesh Islamic Solidarity Educational Wakf (IDB-BISEW); Director, Board of Directors of Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank of Bangladesh); Member, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS); Director, Board of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.; Director, Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (IDCOL); Member, Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission. 

As a Consultant, Mr. Chowdhury has worked in the PFM reform area with World Bank and DFID funded projects. In the past, he has worked as Director on the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Sonali Bank Ltd.(also was acting Chairman),Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd., Eastern refinery Ltd. and Dhaka BRT Company Ltd. He has also figured as the Council Member of ICMAB and National Heart Foundation. He was the first MD and CEO of the Government owned largest Infrastructure Financing Company, BIFFL. He worked as Director to the Board of Directors of SAARC Development Fund (SDF), Headquartered in Bhutan. 

He is a widely travelled person and has visited countries like USA, UK, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal, Japan, Bhutan, Singapore, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, UAE, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Kenya, Morocco. 

Mr. Chowdhury was born in a respected noble Muslim family of Chittagong. In his personal life he is married. His wife Mrs. Sabina Haque is a teacher by profession. They are blessed with two daughters. 

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