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Dhaka, December 31st, 2009.

Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, Fazle Hasan Abed, is to be knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services in tackling poverty and empowering the poor in Bangladesh and more globally. Abed’s name was included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List released December 31, 2009.

Abed is to be appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG). He is the first person of Bangladesh origin to be honoured with a knighthood by the British Crown since 1947. Abed receives his knighthood for his work spanning four decades in education, health, human rights and social development and for bringing financial services to the doorstep of millions of the poor in an effort to eradicate poverty in Bangladesh and countries in Asia and Africa.

On receiving news of his knighthood Abed said, “I am humbled by the honour to be conferred on me. I thank my colleagues in BRAC, who are at the forefront of the struggle to eradicate poverty in Bangladesh and abroad and I share this honour with them.”

Abed is the second person in his family to be honoured with a knighthood. His grand uncle, Justice Nawab Sir Syed Shamsul Huda, was knighted by the British Crown in 1913.

A biography of Fazle Hasan Abed is in the article above. For further details please contact the following persons:

In Bangladesh please contact:

Tania Zaman, Director Chairperson’s Office, BRAC, cell: 01730013122
Bangla language media: Zia Hashan, Manager, Media Affairs, BRAC, cell: 01714242912

In the United Kingdom, please contact:

Penelope Mawson, BRAC UK, cell: + 44 (0) 7940 705097

In the United States, please contact:

Susan Davis, BRAC USA, cell: + 1- 646-239-4411

Please visit BRAC's website to learn more about them.

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