San Francisco and Dhaka, December 16, 2009 — The Asia Foundation recently welcomed Hasan Mazumdar as its new Country Representative in Bangladesh. Mr. Mazumdar succeeds Kim McQuay, who served as representative there from 2003 to 2009. With a background in both international development and the private sector, Mr. Mazumdar brings a deep knowledge of development issues in Bangladesh and the region, demonstrated management capabilities, and extensive relationships with bilateral donors and the private sector.
Mr. Mazumdar comes to the Foundation from CARE, where he worked for over 10 years in both Bangladesh and Pakistan. In his role as CARE’s Deputy Country Director in Bangladesh, Mr. Mazumdar managed 800 employees, led 25 projects totaling $40 million, and was responsible for finance, administration, and human resources. As CARE’s Country Director in Pakistan, he oversaw economic, governance, small and medium enterprise (SME) development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and women’s empowerment programs.
From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Mazumdar worked for Cairn Energy, PLC, in Dhaka as Head of Finance and Administration. Prior to that, he worked as Senior Manager with KPMG in Dhaka where he provided audit and business development services to some of the largest multinationals and leading NGOs in the country. He has also held positions with Deloitte & Touche and with Frauenthal & Associates in Ohio.
Mr. Mazumdar is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of The American Institute and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dhaka University.
The Asia Foundation’s programs in Bangladesh promote fair elections and democratic representation, give policy voice to rural small business, assist the poor to access justice, build trust between police and communities, and engage religious and secular leaders of influence to support women’s rights, development, and governance reform. Through its Books for Asia program, the Foundation donates 70,000 books and journals annually to Bangladesh.
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