Barrister Manzoor Hasan, OBE
Chair, UNCAC Coalition
South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS)
Barrister Manzoor Hasan OBE is a public policy reform specialist with nearly two decades of experience in capacity building and institutional strengthening aimed at strengthening governance in Bangladesh. Barrister Hasan is a lawyer-cum-economist trained at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London School of Economics.
Barrister Hasan is currently serving as the Executive Director of South Asian Institute of Advanced Legal and Human Rights Studies (SAILS), and the Chair of UN Convention Against Corruption Coalition (UNCAC) since June, 2014. Mr. Hasan is also a member of the Advisory Council of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University. He was instrumental in establishing Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) (now BRAC Institute of Governance & Development ) within BRAC University in 2005 and from 2006 he was the Director of IGS. In March 2011, he relinquished the position of Director to become its adviser. Previously worked as the Deputy Executive Director, BRAC, the largest NGO in the world. He was the Regional Director (Asia-Pacific) of Transparency International, Berlin, Germany and previously the Founding Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh (1996 to 2003). Mr. Hasan was awarded the Officer of Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his work on transparency.
He practiced civil and commercial law in England and Bangladesh. Prior to commencing his legal practice, Mr Hasan was a researcher with BRAC and published The Net: Power Structure in Ten Villages (Dhaka, 1980). Mr Hasan co-authored two books, The Real Politics of Bangladesh: The Inside Story of Local Power Brokers (2015) published by Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the United Nations Development Programme Beyond Hartals Towards Democratic Dialogue in Bangladesh (2005) published by UNDP Bangladesh, in 2015 and 2005 respectively. Also, he has been an active member of civil society in Bangladesh for over two decades.