Md. Ghulam Hussain
Managing Director, IIFC & Former Secretary and Chairman NBR
Md. Ghulam Hussain is the Managing Director (CEO) of Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Company (IIFC). He is the former Secretary and Chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR). He did his Masters in Economics from Dhaka University. Thereafter, he joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 1983 (BCS 1982 regular batch) as Assistant Commissioner (Customs & Excise). Prior to joining government, he worked in DANIDA, USAID and Ford Foundation for more than three years. He has extensive and diverse experience in serving various areas in the public sectors.
Importantly, he was a consultant (2006-2008) in Export Diversification Project of International Trade Centre (ITC, Geneva), founder CEO (Coordinator) of the Business Promotion Council formed under the auspices of Ministry of Commerce (2003-2006). He also served as the Commercial Counselor in Bangladesh Embassy, Washington D.C (USA 1998-2003) and also as Director, Prime Ministers Office (1996-1998). He served the Customs, Excise and VAT department under different capacities during 1983-1996. He served British Council (a DFID project named PROKAS-Promoting Knowledge for Accountable Systems) as Deputy Team Leader before joining IIFC.
During his long service career, he was engaged in different special assignments like member-secretary of the Bangladesh Boarder Guards (BGB) Mutiny Probe Committee constituted by the government, Chairperson of the Jail Irregularities Inquiry Committee and Chairperson of the Probe Committee to investigate the untoward incidents happened to capture the office of Water Transport Coordination Cell Office (WTCC) in Chittagong. Government also assigned him to chair the session on "Trade Facilitation-Cross Border Trade" a seminar organized by ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand (2005). He got the opportunity to attend the trade negotiation round in WTO Ministerial Conferences, and led the trade missions to Dhaka in Russia, Germany, Belarus, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Napel, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Saudi Aribia, Kuweit, tunisia, Kenia, Nigeria, Malawi, Qatar, England, Mexico, Brazil, United States and many others countries. He led the Ministry of Commerce - to break the ground of creating a Public Private Partnership (PPP) through formation of several Boniness Promotion Councils with the objectives of making export entities competitive. He had the rare fit of charring the Committee of the Whole (COW) of the 68th regional conference of ESCAP held in Bangkok in 2012. As Chairperson, he moderated all key meetings including the inaugural and concluding sessions. He visited UNESCAP, Bangkok and many other countries several times to participate in seminars as resource person/panelist/moderators. He wrote many articles on different contemporary economic issues. He visited many counties that include Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Check Republic, United Kingdom, Nepal, Maldives, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Malta, Malaysia, Myanmar, USA, UAE, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Sri Lanka, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Iran, Qatar, Russia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Malawi, Kenya, Tunisia, Turkey to attend short term training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.