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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Founder and Chairman, BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee)

Fazle Hasan Abed is a social worker, brilliant and visionary. He left his job to devote himself to Bangladesh's War of Independence. Abed initiated the BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), the largest non-government development organisations in the world in terms of size and diversity of interventions.

BRAC now operates in more than 69 thousand villages of Bangladesh and covers an estimated 110 million people through its development interventions that range from primary education, essential healthcare, agricultural support and human rights and legal services to microfinance and enterprise development.

In 2002, BRAC went international by taking its range of development interventions to Afghanistan. Since then, BRAC has expanded to a total of eight countries across Asia and Africa, successfully adapting its unique integrated development model across varying geographic and socioeconomic contexts.

He has been honoured with many international awards for his achievements within the BRAC, among which: the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980); Unicef's Maurice Pate Award (1992); Olof Palme Award (2001); Gates Award for Global Health (2004); Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), World Entrepreneurship Forum’s Entrepreneur for the World award in the category Social Entrepreneur (2009).