|Foreign Minister of Bangladesh|
6 January 2009 – 20 November 2013
|Prime Minister||Sheikh Hasina|
|Preceded by||Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury|
|Succeeded by||Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali|
|Political party||Bangladesh Awami League|
|Alma mater||Holy Cross College, Dhaka
Dhaka Medical College
University of London
Johns Hopkins University
Dipu Moni is a Bangladeshi politician who served as the 16th Foreign Minister of Bangladesh from 2009 to 2013. She was appointed the first female Foreign Minister on 6 January 2009 after a landslide victory for the Awami League-led Grand Alliance on 29 December 2008.
Personal life and education
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Moni is a daughter of M.A. Wadud, who was a founding member of the Bangladesh Awami League. She is mother of one son and one daughter. Dipu Moni passed HSC from Holy Cross College, Dhaka. She studied MBBS at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and LLB at Bangladesh National University. She later studied at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and at the University of London.
Early political career
Moni was the Secretary for Women’s Affairs and a Member of the Sub‐Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Bangladesh Awami League before her induction to the cabinet. She represented Chandpur‐3 as a Member of Bangladesh Parliament. She worked for women's rights and entitlements, health legislation, health policy and management, health financing, strategic planning, and health and human rights under the Constitution and law in Bangladesh's economic and social development programmes and foreign policy issues of the region and globally.As a Minister of Foreign Affairs she has represented her party's position to the Cabinet Ministers and public representatives of Asia, Europe and the USA, Ambassadors and Senior Representatives of International Institutions. She writes, teaches, consults, researches, conducts advocacy programmes, organizes and leads health service clinics, promotes legislation on key issues.
As Minister of Foreign Affairs Moni was widely criticized by different news media because of her frequent overseas visits. According to some news reports, she made 187 foreign trips and 600 days of overseas stay in four and a half years. In response, Moni said she went abroad every time with the consent of the prime minister, who gave her approval after studying the pros and cons of every visit. She made 114 foreign tours, including 36 with the president and the prime minister and claimed that the number of her bilateral visits was 62, not 17 as reported.
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Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury
|Minister of Foreign Affairs
A. H. Mahmud Ali