Foreign Minister and MP, The People’s Republic of Bangladesh
The Hon'ble Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh since 2019 and as a Member of the National Parliament since 2018. He was Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2009 to 2015 and served as Acting President of the UN General Assembly, President of UNICEF and Vice President of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). During his tenure at the UN, Dr. Momen also served as Chairman of the General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee), as well as the Peacebuilding Commission.
Prior to his diplomatic career, Dr. Momen worked as Chair of the Department of Economics and Business, Framingham State University and taught economics and business at the University of Massachusetts, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge College, Merrimack College, Salem State University and Northeastern University. He has also been a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Saudi Industrial Development Fund.
Dr Momen is a graduate of Dhaka University and earned an MBA and PhD in economics from the US, as well as a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. In addition to holding a law degree, Dr. Momen has also authored several books on Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (the first Prime Minister of Bangladesh, popularly known as Bangabandhu), and the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, exploring the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh and the history and development trajectory of the nation.
Dr. Momen was captured and tortured in 1971, during Bangladesh’s ‘War of Liberation’ and has dedicated his career in public service to the promotion of peace and stability across nations, supported by Economic Diplomacy that seeks to increase cross-border investment, trade, and gainful employment. He has developed a global reputation for his wide-ranging voluntary work on humanitarian causes.