Chairman, BIISS

Brief CV of Ambassaor M. Fazlul Karim

      Ambassador Fazlul Karim belongs to the 1984 batch of BCS (Foreign Affairs) Cadre. He was promoted to the rank of Secretary to the Government/A-grade Ambassador in 2012. He got BSS (Honours) degree from the Department of International Relations of Dhaka University, obtained First Class First position and received Chancellor’s Award. He did Masters in International Relations from the same University and secured First Class First position. Ambassador Karim did a post graduate degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris and pursued a Course on Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law. He attended a number of training programs on different subjects including on International Development Issues, Law of the Seas, Trade Representation and UN Peace Keeping Operations.

      In his long diplomatic career, Ambassador Karim served in various places including in New York, Jakarta, Washington and Hong Kong as First Secretary, Counselor and Consul General. He worked as Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Mexico and China and was Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD, WFP and OIC. Ambassador Karim was elected Vice-Chair of IFAD and Chairman of the Asian Group at FAO. He was intensely involved in the negotiations of the final documents in preparatory committee meetings of UNCED (Rio Earth Summit), ICPD and Social Summit. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served in International Organizations, South Asia, SAARC, UN and Administration Wings in various capacities. He attended a number of UNGA sessions and represented Bangladesh in numerous international and regional meetings, seminars and conferences. He has taken classes on UN, South Asia and Negotiation at various universities and training institutes and written pieces on South-South cooperation, SAARC and economic diplomacy.

      Ambassador Karim is fluent in English and French and speaks some Arabic and Spanish.