Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
Fazle Hasan Abed was born in 1936 in Hobigonj. His father used to work as theDistrict Sub-registrar in Hobigonj. In his childhood when he was studying inHobigonj Government High School, his father got paralysis. At that point of time hewas sent to his uncle who was the district judge in Comilla. He got admitted inComilla Jilla School. After two years, his uncle was transferred to Pabna. Abedmoved with his uncle to Pabna and got himself admitted in Pabna Jilla School. Hepassed his matriculation from that school in 1952.
After that he went to Dhaka andin 1954 he passed his intermediate examination from the famous Dhaka College.
Then he got admitted to University of Dhaka for the Bachelor Degree in Physics. Hedid not complete his degree in this university rather he went to his uncle who wasworking in England. There he again got admitted in Glasgow University to studyNaval Architecture. He had a dream at that time that he will be the first navalarchitect in his country. But after visiting several shipyards in Glasgow, he couldunderstand that he shall not be able to apply his knowledge of naval architecture inhis home country. So, after studying this subject for two years, he left the universityand went to London. There he completed professional accounting course. During hisstudy of professional accounting, his mother died. As a result, he lost interest of coming back to the home country. So he stayed in London and worked there.
Afterthat he went to Canada for another service. Then he went to New York and workedthere. After that he went to several countries with his jobs. In 1968, he came back to his home country and started working as the Head of Finance in Shell Oil Company.In 1971, when the liberation war started, he left the job and joined the war. Afternine months, Bangladesh got independence. At that time Abed started BRAC.
The war dramatically changed the direction of his life. In...