Mr. Md. Abdul Karim is the Nominated Director, BRAC and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IPDC. Mr. Karim is a former Principal Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh and a Senior Adviser of BRAC.Earlier he worked as Secretary in the Ministries of Home Affairs, Commerce, Fisheries and Livestock, Communications (Bridge Division) and Finance (Internal Resource Division). He also served as the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Belgium. He is the Chairman of Green Delta Insurance Co. Ltd and former Chairman of Eastern Refinery Limited. Born and raised in Chittagong, Mr. Karim obtained his Master of Social Science degree in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Chittagong. He attended many international conferences and meetings including UN General Assembly, D-8 Summits, COP Summits and many others. Mr. Karim is the Secretary General of the South East Asian Cooperation (SEACO) Foundation, which is working at the civil society level for trade and investment promotion among five countries of the South and South East Asian region. He is a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Rotarian. Mr. Karim is the President of Bangladesh Deaf Sports Federation and immediate past President of Bangladesh Scouts (Boy Scouts and Girl Guides). He is now the President of Bangladesh Scouts Foundation, President of Chittagong University Alumni Association, Advisory Committee Member of the Asian University for Women (AUW), Chittagong and President of Bangladesh Chemical Society. Mr. Karim is a member of the Honorary Advisory Board for developing the Country Programme Document (CPD) of UNDP Bangladesh. He lectured as a guest speaker at various universities and training institutions including North South University, Public Administration Training Center, National Defense College of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Military Academy, Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy, etc. He has authored books and articles on the local government and other subjects as well. Mr. Karim has travelled more than 50 countries and is married with three children.