The Asia Foundation Appoints Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj Country Representative in Bangladesh
Dhaka, October 24, 2019 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj as country representative in Bangladesh. Our Bangladesh office encourages innovation in tackling community challenges, building leadership capacity that reflects the country’s diversity, and facilitating broad-based participation in the country’s development. As country representative, Faisal will oversee all programs and activities, focusing on gender equality, civic accountability, and social cohesion.
Working in the international development field since 2006, Faisal has spent most of his career with BRAC International in Africa and Asia, including Bangladesh and Myanmar. His areas of expertise include women’s empowerment, economic development, microfinance, health and environment, research and evaluation, and technology for development.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Faisal served as country representative for BRAC Myanmar, where he built a team of more than 300 staff providing financial and non-financial services to poor and marginalized clients through 42 branch offices. He also brings previous experience working in Bangladesh as a senior research associate for BRAC, where he managed the poverty and environmental research units, wrote numerous papers and articles, and designed and managed household surveys.
From 2017-2018, Faisal was a Sloan Fellow and completed a full-time mid-career MBA program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following his time at MIT, Faisal designed a digital platform strategy for a financial diary project in Myanmar and advised Misfit Technologies, Ltd. in Bangladesh, a tech-start-up that supports farmers and livestock owners.
Faisal holds a master’s degree in Environmental Economics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
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