AK Abdul Momen

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AK Abdul Momen
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
7 January 2019
Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York of Bangladesh
In office
26 August 2009 – 30 October 2015
Preceded byIsmat Jahan
Succeeded byMasud Momen
President of UNICEF
In office
Preceded byOumar Daou
Succeeded bySanja Štiglic
Personal details
Born (1947-08-23) 23 August 1947 (age 71)
Sylhet, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
Alma materUniversity 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.[1] He won the 2018 Bangladeshi general election from Sylhet-1 constituency.[2] He was appointed as the minister for foreign affairs of the Government of Bangladesh.[3]


Momen was born on 23 August 1947 in Sylhet. He attended the University of Dhaka and earned a BA in economics in 1969, and an MA in development economics in 1971.[4]

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.[4] He also received a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979.[5]

Momen continued his education in the United States, receiving a PhD in economics from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1988.[4] 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.[6]

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.[4]

He served as President of the UNICEF Executive Board at the international level in 2010.[7][8] He was Vice President and Acting President of the 67th United Nations General Assembly.[9]

He was President of the United Nations High-Level Committee on South-South Cooperation in 2014.[9]

His older brother, Bangladesh's Minister of Finance Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, would like Momen to succeed him as Member of Parliament for constituency Sylhet-1.[10]


  1. ^ "Masud Momen new Bangladesh's UN envoy". The Daily Star. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ "এ কে আবদুল মোমেন". প্রথম আলো (in Bengali). Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  3. ^ "47-member new cabinet announced". The Daily Star. 2019-01-06. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  4. ^ a b c d "His Excellency Abulkalam Abdul Momen". The Diplomat. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.un.org/press/en/2011/bio4320.doc.htm
  6. ^ "Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen". Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations.
  7. ^ Officers of the UNICEF Executive Board 1946–2014, UNICEF
  8. ^ Executive Board, UNICEF
  9. ^ a b "H.E. Abulkalam Abdul Momen". United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Muhith wants brother Momen to contest for his Sylhet constituency". bdnews24.com. 5 June 2016.

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