Brac founder and its Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has been named as one of the greatest leaders, according to Fortune Magazine’s latest list of “The World 50 Greatest Leaders”.
According to the list, Abed, who chairs the world’s largest nongovernmental organisation, ranked 37 among the top 50 leaders. Chicago Cubs General Manager Theo Epstein ranked first.
The website wrote regarding Abed, “In 1971, Bangladesh won a brutal war for independence, and some 10 million refugees returned to a country in urgent need of rebuilding. In stepped Abed, a former corporate executive who established the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, now the world’s largest nongovernmental organization. BRAC’s fingerprint includes microfinance; its program has given out $1.6 billion in loans to more than 5 million -Bangladeshis—and education, where it has graduated over 11 million students.”
Abed is the only Bangladeshi who got position in the world’s 50 greatest leaders. It is not the first time that he secured such position in the list. He was ranked at 32 in 2015 and 2014 list.
Jack ma, executive chairman of Alibaba group, ranked second in the list while Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, ranked third.
Source: Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh