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FS Masud gets two-year extension

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  • 17 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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FS Masud gets two-year extension

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The government has extended the tenure of Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen for two more years on a contractual basis.

The contractual appointment as senior secretary of the government will come into effect on December 6 next or from the date of his joining.

The Ministry of Public Administration issued a notification on Wednesday in this regard.

Masud joined as foreign secretary on December 31, 2019. As a career diplomat, he has long been serving in different capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bangladesh’s missions abroad. 

 Prior to his appointment as foreign secretary, he served as Bangladesh’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York since 2015.

Before that, Masud was Bangladesh’s ambassador to Japan from 2012 to 2015. He also served as ambassador to Italy and permanent representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development from 2008 to 2012.

From 2006 to 2008, he was the director-general at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was responsible for matters related to South Asia, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), human rights and the United Nations.

He served as deputy high commissioner at Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi from 2004 to 2006 after serving as director (Poverty Alleviation) at SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu from 2001 to 2004.

Masud joined foreign ministry as an assistant secretary in 1988. He is Bangladesh Civil Service (Foreign Affairs) cadre of 1985 batch.

He received the Chancellor’s Award for securing First Class First in Master’s from Dhaka University. He also got Rector’s Medal from Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) as the best trainee officer of the foundation training course.

Masud was born in Dhaka on December 6, 1963. He is married and blessed with two children.