AK Abdul Momen
AK Abdul Momen
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Assumed office |
7 January 2019
|Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York of Bangladesh|
26 August 2009 – 30 October 2015
|Preceded by||Ismat Jahan|
|Succeeded by||Masud Momen|
|President of UNICEF|
|Preceded by||Oumar Daou|
|Succeeded by||Sanja Štiglic|
|Born||23 August 1947|
Sylhet, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka|
Abulkalam Abdul Momen (born 23 August 1947) is a Bangladeshi economist and diplomat. He was Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from August 2009 to October 2015. He won the 2018 Bangladeshi general election from Sylhet-1 constituency. He was appointed as the minister for foreign affairs of the Government of Bangladesh.
He became a civil servant, serving as Private Secretary to the Minister of Rural Development, Local Government and Cooperatives from 1973 to 1974; Private Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, and Mineral Resources and Petroleum from 1974 to 1975; Section Officer, South Asia, East Asia and Middle East, Ministry of Commerce from 1975 to 1976; and Director, Office of the President's Advisor on Trade and Commerce from 1976 to 1978. Meanwhile, he completed an LLB in law and jurisprudence from Central College, Dhaka, in 1976. He also received a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.
Momen continued his education in the United States, receiving a PhD in economics from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1988. He taught economics and business administration at Merrimack College, Salem State College, Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In 1998, he became an economic adviser at the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF). He left Saudi Arabia in the wake of the 2003 Riyadh compound bombings, and returned to Massachusetts. There he taught in the Department of Economics and Business Administration at Framingham State College until appointed Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in August 2009.
He was President of the United Nations High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation in 2014.
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