Sarwar Jahan Chowdhury
Head of Operations
Sarwar Jahan Chowdhury joined the institute in May 2014. At BIGD, he leads the Operations which includes Finance and Accounts, Admin and Logistics units of the institute. He is responsible for directing and overseeing the administrative and financial activities and reviewing, establishing and introducing relevant management policies and procedures and ensure their compliance.
In his career, Sarwar has served Bangladesh Army as a commissioned officer for about fifteen years, until opting for voluntary retirement as a Major in 2011 to pursuit new area of interest. While in the army he was deputed to SSF, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh as Assistant Director for about three years and was a UN peacekeeper in Africa for a year. In UN Peace Mission he was an official in the logistic division of a sector headquarter. In his service career in the army he gained vast experience on HR, Admin, Logistics, IT, Finance and Accounts matters during his various assignments.
While in the army he was often involved in developmental and special project works under ‘in aid to civil power’ role. Those included Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF), Asrayan/Abashan (economic housing scheme for rural homeless), National Identity Card project and Pacification (developmental) Projects; the latter in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Before joining BIGD, he was an Associate Research Fellow in Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS). His past research work involved politics, governance, geo-strategic and social issues.
He did masters in School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2011-12 in the area of political sociology and development with a focus on Government and Politics in modern South Asia. He studied business administration and economics at the post-graduate level. He is a regular op-ed contributor to several Bangladeshi and Indian dailies like The Daily Star, New Age and Dhaka Tribune of Bangladesh and Millennium Post of New Delhi and Frontier Weekly of Kolkata. His op-eds cover issues relating to Bangladesh politics and governance, regional politics, international relations issues etc. which are his areas of interest.