Md. Sirazul Islam has been appointed the Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) by the Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He took the helm of BIDA — Bangladesh’s principal agency for investment promotion and facilitation – on Sept 4, 2019. A retired secretary, he has been appointed to the position for three years.
Md. Sirazul Islam’s long career is best defined by the many years he spent working from the field. He began his career in the civil service in 1983 and has since served in various capacities.
He spent several years working in the Election Commission Secretariat, first as Additional Secretary and then as Secretary, until October, 2016.
He was then appointed Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare — a position he held before going into retirement in October, 2017.
He has worked in many other vital roles including at the Ministry of Education (1988, 2008, 2010-2011), Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Authority (2003-2007), Tariff Commission (1994-1997) and at the Ministry of Home Affairs (1992-1993).
Md. Sirazul Islam has also headed several projects including the World Bank-funded Secondary Education Quality and Access Enhancement Project (SEQAEP), UNDP-funded Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) and the DFID-funded Better Health in Bangladesh project as National Project Director.
He was also Chief Coordinator of the DG Health Coordination Centre for Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals.
He studied LL.B (Hons.) and LL.M at the University of Dhaka and has an MBA degree from the University of New Orleans, USA. He also has a Graduate Diploma on Administration from the University of Canberra, Australia.
He has visited several countries including USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherland, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Pakistan and Nepal.
He is married and has a son and a daughter.