Abdul Karim, Managing Director, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF)
Md. Abdul Karim, former Principal Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, is the Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). Earlier he served as the Secretary to the Government in the Ministries of Commerce, Fisheries and Livestock, Home Affairs, Communications (Bridges Division) and Finance (Internal Resources Division). He also served as the Economic/Commercial Minister/Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Belgium. Mr. Karim was Chairman of the National Board of Revenue and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation. He was Chairperson of a number of national level committees of various Ministries.
Mr. Karim obtained M.Sc. degree from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh and Master of Social Science degree in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK. As the Secretary General of the South East Asian Cooperation (SEACO) Foundation, Mr. Karim is working at civil society level to promote trade and investment among five countries of the South and South East Asian region including Bangladesh. He is a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Rotarian and contributes towards improvement of socio-economic condition of the disadvantaged people. Mr. Karim promotes sports and is the President of Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation. He is immediate past President of Bangladesh Scouts (Boy Scouts and Girl Guides) and obtained highest Scout award of Bangladesh. Mr. Karim has travelled to 46 countries. He has lectured at various Universities and Training Institutions as guest speaker and authored books and articles on local government and other subjects.
Mr. Karim is leading the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) to implement sustainable, holistic, people-centred poverty alleviation and rural development programmes in Bangladesh through financial and non-financial services, training, income generating and employment generation activities.