International Board of Trustees of icddr’b has appointed Dr Tahmeed Ahmed as its new Executive Director.
He is the first Bangladeshi to be appointed in the post in the 60-year history of the health research organisation to be effected from February 2021. Dr Ahmed will succeed Dr John Clemens, who has served as the executive director since 2013, said a press release on Wednesday.A prominent scientist with a distinguished career in public health nutrition, Dr Ahmed has been recognised globally for his research work and vital contribution to preventing childhood malnutrition and simplifying its treatment.
He is the recipient of a gamut of awards from public health organisations including, among others, the Ambulatory Paediatric Association in USA, the Commonwealth Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and the Indian Paediatric Association.
In 2018, Dr Ahmed was winner of the Islamic Bank Development Transformers’ Award, which was presented to him by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Dr Ahmed joined icddr,b in 1985. He has taken on different roles and was appointed as Senior Director, Nutrition and Clinical Services Division in December 2015.
Following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Ahmed was named the Acting Executive Director to lead icddr,b on-site under the direction of Dr Clemens who has been overseeing the operations remotely.