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Name: Qader, Akramul
Current Position: Ambassador

A career diplomat with a cabinet rank of state minister, Akramul Qader has served as ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States since November 2009. In December 2010, he also assumed the role of ambassador to Mexico.

Qader received his master’s degree in Islamic history from Dhaka University and worked briefly as a college lecturer in the 1960s.
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the government of Pakistan in 1968 as a section officer.
In 1970, Qader attended a specialized course in organization and methods at the National Institute of Public Administration in Dhaka.
After Bangladesh became an independent nation, Qader joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh in 1972, and the following year he attended a Foreign Service Training Course in Australia.
From 1974-1976, he was posted to the Soviet Union, followed by diplomatic assignments in Burma (1976-1981) and Pakistan (1981-1984).
He was director of the Foreign Secretary’s Office and director of the South East Asia Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka from 1984-1986. He also worked briefly in the personnel and finance directorates of the ministry.
Qader served as deputy chief of mission/ambassador at the embassy of Bangladesh in Brussels, Belgium, with concurrent accreditation to the European Commission, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (1990-1994), as well as counselor and later deputy chief of mission in the High Commission of Bangladesh in New Delhi, India.
He has also served as permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and as director general of multilateral economic affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka from 1994 to 1996.
He was ambassador to Thailand , with concurrent accreditation to Cambodia from 1996 to April 1999, followed by high commissioner to South Africa, with concurrent accreditation as high commissioner to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho until 2002.
Qader also represented the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the board of directors of the Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs, served as director of the board of the Bangladesh Overseas Employment Services Limited and was a member, from 2004 to 2009, of the Sub-Committee on International Affairs of the Bangladesh Awami League political party.
Qader and his wife, Rifat Sultana Akram, have two children.
Biography (The Washington Diplomat)
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