Ms Ameerah Haq is the former UN under-secretary-general for the Department of Field Support. She held the position of under-secretary-general from 2009 till her retirement and was the senior-most Bangladeshi national in the United Nations during those years. She most recently served as the vice chair of the high-level independent panel on peace operations for the UN. She has over 39 years of UN experience including 19 years of field experience. She was the last special representative of the secretary-general (SRSG) in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. She has also held the positions of deputy SRSG and UN resident coordinator in Sudan, as well as deputy SRSG and UN resident coordinator in Afghanistan. In addition, Ms Haq has held senior positions within the UN development programme and has served as UN resident coordinator in Malaysia and Laos.
Ms Haq currently serves on the Board for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, on the secretary-general’s senior expert group on Human Rights Up Front, on the Board for the Peace Operations Training Institute, Williamsburg, Virginia. She is also a special advisor to the United Nations Foundation in Washington and a member of the Special Advisory Group of the Challenges Forum of the Folke Bernadette Academy of Sweden. Ms Haq lectures frequently at many universities and speaks at seminars hosted by think tanks and non-governmental organisations.
During her service in the UN, Ms Haq was awarded the highest Presidential Medal in East Timor by President Jose Ramos Horta, the highest civilian medal of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Malalai Medal of Honor from President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, which is among the highest civilian honors given for courage and dedication. She is also the recipient of the Julia Taft Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award during the time she served as humanitarian coordinator for her work in Darfur, Sudan.
Ms Haq received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio in 1969. She subsequently went on to receive a master of science degree in Community Organization and Planning from Columbia University, New York in 1972, and a master in business administration from New York University in 1974.
Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman
Economist and social thinker Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman is a leading policy voice of Bangladesh with over three decades of experience within and outside government. Holding a masters in economics from Dhaka University, and PhD in political sociology from the University of Manchester, UK, Dr Rahman was a leading researcher at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies between 1977 and 2000, and led the internationally renowned Analysis of Poverty Trends project (1989-98). In 1996, he founded the think tank Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and has been its executive chairman since 2000. He was the lead consultant for the preparation of the first poverty reduction strategy paper, Unlocking the Potential, 2005, of the Government of Bangladesh and was a member of the SAARC Poverty Commission. Dr Rahman has also sat on the board of the central bank.
He authored and edited many influential publications on poverty, social protection, governance, urbanisation, inclusive growth, social development and sustainable healthcare. Some of his noted works include Rethinking Rural Poverty (SAGE, 1995); Local Governance and Community Capacities (UPL, 2002); Unbundling Governance (PPRC, 2007); Researching Poverty from the Bottom up (PPRC/Grameen Trust, 2007); Bangladesh 2030: Strategy for Accelerating Inclusive Growth (DCCI/PPRC, 2010); Bangladesh Urban Dynamics (PPRC/World Bank, 2012); Bangladesh: Primary Education Stipends (PPRC/UNICEF, 2013); Social Protection in Bangladesh (UPL, 2014); Road Safety in Bangladesh (PPRC/BRAC, 2014); Realizing UHC Goals: Challenges & Opportunities for Bangladesh (PPRC, 2016); The Urban Spectrum: Metropolitan to Mofussil (PPRC/BBS, 2016); Exploring a more effective pro-poor targeting approach (PPRC/USAID, 2018).
He has been a consultant to international organisations such as The World Bank, ADB, DFID, JICA, JBIC, UNDP, UNICEF, SIDA, SDC, WFP and UNFPA. As a regular resource person at the National Defense College, Dhaka, Dr Rahman lectures on nation-state system, world economic scene, national security and sustainable development. He is also the convener of civic platforms such as Health Bangladesh, and Safe Roads and Transport for All (SROTA).
On 9 January 2008, Dr Rahman was appointed as an advisor to the former caretaker government of Bangladesh and put in charge of the ministries of commerce and education. He served till the end of the tenure of this government on 6 January 2009, and was credited with a lead role in the successful return of electoral democracy to Bangladesh.
He was awarded Dr John Meyer Global Citizenship Award by the Institute for Global Leadership of Tufts University, USA, in November 2009. He became one of the three awardees of the Gold Medal Award 2013 of Rotary International Bangladesh for his services to humanity.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG
Lord Mark Malloch‐Brown is the former deputy secretary general of the United Nations. He also served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world, and remains deeply involved in international affairs.
Lord Malloch-Brown is a senior advisor at Eurasia, engaging with its clients on questions of political risk. He serves on several commercial boards for businesses with global markets and on the advisory boards of two international private equity funds. He also chairs Best for Britain, an advocacy group engaging in debate about Britain’s relations with the EU.
Lord Malloch-Brown served as the deputy secretary‐general and chief of staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. Prior to that, he was an administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He later served as the minister of state in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and sat in Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included vice- chairperson of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as Open Society Institute, vice‐president at the World Bank, and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also served as the vice-chairperson of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.
Lord Malloch-Brown is on the board of a number of non-profits including the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation and the UN Foundation. He formerly chaired the Business Commission on Sustainable Development and the Royal Africa Society.
Lord Malloch-Brown is also a distinguished practitioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and an adjunct fellow at the Queen Elizabeth Programme at Chatham House. He was formerly a visiting distinguished fellow at the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalisation. He has a number of honorary degrees. He was knighted in 2007 for his contribution to international affairs.
He is the author of The Unfinished Global Revolution that casts an autobiographical lens on the state of the world. In 2005 Time Magazine put him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.