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Prof. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury: Biography

Dr. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury

Prof. Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury, MSc, PhD 

For over four decades, Dr. Chowdhury has contributed enormously to global health research, education, and practice. He has served BRAC, the world’s largest NGO that reaches over 120 million disadvantaged people, as its Vice Chair, Executive Director, and Research Director. He also worked as a Fellow for Harvard University and as Senior Adviser and acting Managing Director for the Rockefeller Foundation. Currently he holds a professorial appointment at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is the Convener of Bangladesh Health Watch and a Senior Fellow of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). With nearly 200 articles and books to his credit, Prof. Chowdhury is a pioneer of ‘implementation research’. His interdisciplinary work into the delivery of the world’s largest Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) program has contributed to saving millions of lives. As an institution builder par excellence, he founded BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Division (RED) and the BRAC University James P. Grant School of Public Health. In addition, he played a key role in creating the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Foundation encompassing Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and the Department of Public Health and Informatics at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Bangladesh. The Lancet published his profile in 2013 recognizing his global contributions. He serves on the Boards/Committees of different organizations including BRAC University, London School of Economics, and UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He is the immediate past Chair of Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH).