ICDDR,B’s first Bangladeshi ED takes charge

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:14, Feb 01,2021 | Updated: 01:03, Feb 02,2021


Tahmeed Ahmed

ICDDR,B on Monday welcomed its new executive director Tahmeed Ahmed, the first Bangladeshi to take charge of the international organisation in its history.

Tahmeed, a prominent scientist with a distinguished career in public health nutrition, has been recognised globally for his research and vital contribution to combat childhood malnutrition and simplifying its treatment.

He is preceded by Professor John Clemens, who served as executive director for the past eight years.

ICDDR,B’s international Board of Trustees appointed Tahmeed as the new executive director in September 2020.

Tahmeed is the recipient of a gamut of awards from public health organisations including, among others, the Ambulatory Paediatric Association in the USA, the Commonwealth Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and the Indian Paediatric Association.

In 2018, he was the winner of the Islamic Bank Development Transformers’ Award, which was presented to him by the prime minister of Bangladesh.

Tahmeed is the first Bangladeshi in the organisation’s 60-year history to assume the position of Executive Director.

Graduated from Mymensingh Medical College, Tahmeed joined ICDDR,B in 1985. Over time, he took different roles and in December 2015 was appointed senior director, Nutrition and Clinical Services Division.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tahmeed was the acting executive director to lead ICDDR,B on-site under the direction of Clemens, who had been overseeing the operations remotely.

He is known among his colleagues for his strong work ethics and his care and nurturing for young scientists.

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