Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Founder and Chairperson of BRAC
Introduction: Martha Chen, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing
Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He was educated both at Dhaka and Glasgow universities. He was a professional accountant in his thirties, working as a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil, when the 1971 Liberation War had a profound effect on him, dramatically changing the direction of his life. He left his job, moved to London and devoted himself to Bangladesh’s war of independence. There, he helped initiate a fundraising and awareness campaign called Help Bangladesh.
When the war was over, he returned to the newly independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. Millions of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started returning to the country and their relief and rehabilitation called for urgent efforts. It was then that he established BRAC to rehabilitate the returning refugees in a remote area in north-eastern Bangladesh. He directed his policy towards helping the poor develop their capacity to better manage their lives. Thus, BRAC’s primary objectives emerged as alleviation of poverty and empowerment of the poor. Under his leadership, in the span of only four decades, BRAC grew to become the largest development organisation in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.
Join us at the 12th edition of the India Conference at Harvard to exchange powerful ideas, kindle new partnerships, question the status-quo and push your peers and yourself to shape your idea of what India in the 21st century stands for. The theme of this year’s conference is India, Turning the Page: Prospects and Paradoxes and speakers include Pawan Munjal, CEO of Hero Corp; Gen V.K. Singh, Former Chief of the Indian Army; Barkha Dutt, Group Editor, NDTV; Aruna Roy, Political and Social Activist; Ambassador Shyam Saran, Bollywood Director Shakun Batra and many more. Panel topics cover a wide range of interests such as Tourism and Hospitality, Global Implications of Indian politics, the LGBT rights movement, Women interaction in the corporate world and the Future of impact investing in India, among others.
Jacqueline Bhabha, Director of Research, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Ashish Nanda, Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, Faculty Director of Executive Education, and Research Director at the Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School; Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Registration and High Tea – 6:00 PM; Speaking Program – 7:00 PM
Taj Lands End Hotel – The Classroom (located on Level 2)
Band Stand, Bandra (West), Mumbai 400 050