Saida Muna Tasneem

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Saida Muna Tasneem
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20th High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Liberia
Assumed office
November 30, 2018
PresidentAbdul Hamid
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded byMd Nazmul Quaunine
High Commissioner to Thailand and Cambodida
In office
November 14, 2014 – October 23, 2018
PresidentAbdul Hamid
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Succeeded byMd Nazmul Quaunine
Personal details
BornDhaka, East Pakistan
NationalityBangladeshi
Spouse(s)Tauhidul Chaudhury
EducationM.Sc
Alma materBangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
University of London
OccupationDiplomat

Saida Muna Tasneem is a Bangladeshi diplomat. She is the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Liberia, and the first female to hold those positions. Tasneem was formerly the High Commissioner to Thailand and Cambodia and Bangladesh's representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Biography[edit]

Saida Muna Tasneem was born in Dhaka, East Pakistan.[1] Her family moved to Beirut, Lebanon in 1975 in order for her father to complete his Ph.D at the American University of Beirut. They later moved back to Dhaka in 1979 where Tasneem completed high school at the Holy Cross Girls' High School.[1] She attended the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering.[2][3] Her father, a public servant, encouraged her to take the BCS Examinations, in which she excelled.[2] She later completed her Master of Science degree in public policy and management at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.[4]

She is married to Tauhidul Chaudhury.[5]

Career[edit]

Tasneem began working with the Bangladesh Foreign Service in 1993.[3]

While working as a senior consular official to Bangladesh's mission to the United Nations, on October 23, 2003,[6] her husband spent US$129,626 at a strip club in New York City on four credit cards. After news agencies began to report on the incident, the Bangladeshi Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled Tasneem from her position on June 4, 2004, alerting her and Chaudhury to return to Bangladesh immediately.[7][8]

High Commissioner to Thailand and Cambodia[edit]

Tasneem was appointed as the High Commissioner for Bangladesh to Thailand and Cambodia on November 14, 2014.[9] She met with then-Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, representing King Rama IX, on September 4, 2015, to present her credentials.[10]

As high commissioner, it was one of Tasneem's priorities to strengthen religious tourism between the two countries.[11] Md Nazmul Quaunine took over for Tasneem as the High Commissioner to Thailand on October 23, 2018.[12]

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Liberia[edit]

On November 30, 2018, Tasneem was appointed as the 20th High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Liberia, succeeding Md Nazmul Quaunine. She became the first woman appointed to the position.[13][14]

On May 1, 2019, Tasneem attended a reception at Buckingham Palace, where she presented Quaunine's letter of recall and her letter of credence to Queen Elizabeth II. During the meeting, Tasneem wished the Queen for good health and prosperity, and made the request for two forests in Bangladesh (one of which being Lauachhora forest)[15] to be included under the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy — while the Queen praised Bangladesh's economic growth and women empowerment.[16]

On November 21, 2019, Tasneem met with Irish president Michael D. Higgins at the Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin, Ireland. Tasneem thanked Higgins for his support of Bangladeshi diaspora within Ireland, while Higgins professed his admiration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sheltering of 1.1 million Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar.[17] She also openly invited Higgins to open an Irish embassy in Dhaka and to frequently hold bilateral talks to improve relations.[18]

United Nations[edit]

In 2014, Tasneem was appointed as Bangladesh's permanent representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). At the 72nd session of the commission in May 2016, she helped table a resolution titled "Regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific to promote the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development", that was co-sponsored by Australia, India, and Sri Lanka, based upon Sheikh Hasina's blue economy policies.[19] The resolution passed unanimously.[20]

Tasneem is also Bangladesh's representative to the International Maritime Organization.[21]

Awards[edit]

On February 23, 2017, at a ceremony in Dhaka, Tasneem was awarded the Atish Dipankar Peace Gold Award from deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah.[22] She received the award in recognition of her work to promote interfaith dialogue and peace, particularly during her role as High Commissioner to Thailand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wechsler, Maximillian (31 October 2016). "H.E. Saida Muna Tasneem, Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Thailand". The BigChilli. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b Siddiqua, Fayeka Zabeen; Salam, Upashana (7 March 2014). "WINNING IN A MEN'S GAME". The Daily Star. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b "As new High Commissioner , Saida Muna Tasneem joins in Bangladesh High Commission in London". Today's World News 24. 2 December 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Saida Tasneem made new Bangladesh envoy to UK". Dhaka Tribune. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Topless club sued over $130,000 strip". The Guardian. 5 June 2004. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ The Associated Press (5 June 2004). "Topless club sued over $130,000 strip". The Guardian. New York. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Diplomat recalled over strip club row". BBC News - South Asia. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  8. ^ Gregorian, Dareh (11 June 2004). "OUT WITH A BANG – BANGLADESHIS SENT HOME AFTER STRIPPER BASH". New York Post. New York. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Brief Biography of Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem" (PDF). The International Telecommunications Union. 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Bangladesh's ambassador in Bangkok Saida Muna Tasneem presents credentials". Bdnews24. Bangkok. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  11. ^ Rahman, Zahidur (26 August 2015). "বৌদ্ধ ভিক্ষুদের মাধ্যমে দেশে পর্যটনের বিকাশ ঘটাতে চাইঃ রাষ্ট্রদূত সাইদা মুনা তাসনিম - নির্বাণা". Nirvanapeace (in Bengali). Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Saida Tasneem new BD envoy to UK, Nazmul Quaunine to Thailand". The Financial Express. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  13. ^ "দায়িত্ব নিয়েছেন সাঈদা মুনা তাসনিম". প্রথম আলো (in Bengali). 1 December 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  14. ^ "লন্ডনে প্রথম নারী হাইকমিশনার সাঈদা মুনা তাসনিমের যোগদান". Jugantor (in Bengali). 5 December 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Commonwealth SG hails PM's initiatives in achieving SDGs". Daily Sun. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Saida Muna Tasneem presents credentials to Queen Elizabeth II". Dhaka Tribune. London. 5 May 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Saida Muna Tasneem presents credentials to Irish Presiden". Brit Bangla 24. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Tasneem invites Irish President to open embassy in Bangladesh". The Financial Express. Dublin. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  19. ^ "ESCAP adopts BD resolution on oceans economy". The Daily Star. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  20. ^ "UNESCAP adopts Bangladesh Resolution on conservation". Banglanews24. Bangkok. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  21. ^ "IMO lauds Hasina's initiatives to improve ship recycling standard in Bangladesh". The Business Standard. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Ambassador Tasneem receives Atish Dipankar Peace Award". Dhaka Tribune. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2019.