BRAC International Holdings B.V.

Supervisory Board Members


Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He studied Accountancy in London, qualifying as a Cost Management Accountant in 1962. While he was working as a senior corporate executive at Pakistan Shell, the 1970 cyclone and 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh dramatically changed the direction of his life. He left his job and moved to London, where he helped initiate Action Bangladesh and HELP Bangladesh in support of the Liberation War.

Early in 1972, after the war was over, he returned to the newly-independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. The return of 10 million refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, called for urgent relief and rehabilitation efforts. Sir Fazle established BRAC to address the needs of refugees in a remote area of north-eastern Bangladesh, guided by a desire to help the poor develop their own capacity to better manage their lives.

Today BRAC is one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating across eleven countries in Africa and Asia. Its primary objectives are to alleviate poverty and empower the poor. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, BRAC was ranked first among the world’s top 500 NGOs by Geneva-based ‘NGO Advisor’ in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability.

Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the LEGO Prize (2018), Laudato Si’ Award (2017), Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Award, South Asia Region (2016), Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbubul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the ‘global greats’ and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. Sir Fazle was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In both 2014 and 2017, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

The many honorary degrees received by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed include those from Princeton University (2014), the University of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007).


Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren has worked all her life within and for civil society organisations, both professionally and as a volunteer.

She was part of the Dutch and global women’s and sexual rights movements (COC, ILGA, IWC for a Just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace) and is now advisor to the UN Women National Committee Netherlands and ATRIA (the Institute on gender equality and women’s history).

Sylvia was part of the anti-poverty movement (director of Oxfam Novib 1994-2008, co-chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and EEN) and is now on the boards of BRAC International.

She was on two national governmental advisory commissions (for Youth Policy, and the Advisory Council on International Affairs), co-chair of the Worldconnectors (a Dutch think tank), on the board of a large Mental Health Institute (Altrecht), worked as an organisational consultant with De Beuk for many years, lead the project Quality Educators for All with the trade union Education International and continues to be a member of the Worldconnectors.

Sylvia was recently director of Greenpeace Netherlands (2011-2016), part of the Forest Stewardship Council Netherlands and is now on the advisory commission of Staatsbosbeheer, which manages nature reserves.


Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations in international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and public health specialist, he has a specialised training in maternal and child nutrition, and disaster management.

Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. Twenty of those years were spent working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region.

He has long experience in strategic leadership, governing board management, executive-level management of large-scale operations, and humanitarian and social development programme management. He specialises in people management, leadership development, conflict resolution, and organisational change management. He also has a proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been successful in bringing about convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies to create sustainable development programming that achieves impact on a large scale.

In the professional field, Dr Musa has established a reputation for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. In addition, he is known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals into humanitarian and social development leaders. He is also an internationally recognised senior management trainer and an experienced coach.


Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust. Over the course of her professional career, Ms Mahmud has invested substantial time in working with national and international development agencies. She was the deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). She is the first female council member (2007) and, the first female president (2011) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of SAARC. Presently, she is serving her third term as council member in ICAB and is the chairperson of the review committee for Published Accounts & Reports (RCPAR). She sits on several boards including BRAC International, Grameenphone Limited, Linde Bangladesh Limited, MIDAS, Manusher Jonno Foundation and chairs the finance and audit committee of several organisations. She is the chairperson of Shasha Denims Limited. She has served as the member of the National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding board member of SME Foundation. Ms Mahmud served as a Working Group Member of Consultative Group on Social Indicators at UNCTAD/ISAR. She was also the vice chairperson of Underprivileged Children’s Education Program, Bangladesh and Chairperson of Acid Survivors’ Foundation.


Management Board Members


Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed is the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.

Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on the GAVI Alliance board.

Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka.


Hans Eskes

Hans Eskes is a retired audit partner of KPMG. Presently he serves as advisor and board member in various international companies.

Previously he worked in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Shanghai for clients located throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.

During these years, his client portfolio became a reflection of most industries and activities that form an important part of society. He was not only responsible for chemical and technical companies listed on the stock exchanges in London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam but also for clients active in financial, education, medical institutions and cultural foundations.

During his career, he was managing partner of KPMG’s department of International Business Support. This department provided advice and support to foreign businesses in the Netherlands.

Mr Eskes holds a master’s degree from the Dutch Institute of Chartered Auditors, and has received training in different accounting frameworks and the INSEAD leadership development programmes.