Board of Directors

General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, SBP, ndc, psc
Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army
Chairman

General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, ndc, psc was born on 01 December 1958 in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh. The General joined Bangladesh Military Academy on 22 July 1977 and was commissioned on 18 June 1978 in the Corps of Armoured. He has taken over the Command of Bangladesh Army as Chief of Army on 25 June 2015.

General Belal for his outstanding performance in the Military Academy, was adjudged as the best all round cadet of his batch and was awarded with “Sword of Honour”. General Belal obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dhaka University, Master degree on “Defence Studies” from National University of Bangladesh and Masters in Philosophy from Bangladesh University of Professionals. Presently he is doing PhD on Regional Connectivity under the same university.

General Belal has attended several professional courses both at home and abroad. His foreign courses include Armoured Officers Basic Course in China, Armoured Officers Advance Course and Airborne Course in USA. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur and Command and General Staff College, USA. He attended National Defense Course and Capstone Course at NDC, Bangladesh.

General Belal has a fine mix of all three types of appointment available in the Army i.e. Staff, Instructor and Command. He commanded Two Armoured Battalion, Two Infantry Brigade, an Armoured Brigade and Two Infantry Division. As a staff he served as the ADC to the Hon’ble President of Bangladesh, Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Colonel Staff of an Infantry Division.

He also served as Military Secretary, Adjutant General of Bangladesh Army and served as Principal Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division. As an Instructor he served in Bangladesh Military Academy and as a Faculty including Chief Instructor in Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur. Besides, the General was commandant of Defence Services Command and Staff College, Bangladesh Military Academy, Armoured Corps Centre & School and had a tour of duty as Director General of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

General Belal was a member of the pioneer Group of Officers sent to UN Peace Keeping Mission from Bangladesh. He was an observer in UNIIMOG in Iraq and Deputy Force Commander of UNMEE.

He is a widely travelled person and a keen golfer. He is happily married to Shoma Huq and the couple is blessed with a daughter and a son.

Besides, abreast his present responsibility he is representing different concerns of Army Welfare Trust (AWT) as Chairman. General Belal was appointed Director of Trust Bank Limited on 25 June 2015.

Major General S M Matiur Rahman, afwc, psc
Adjutant General, Bangladesh Army
Vice Chairman

Major General S M Matiur Rahman, afwc, psc joined the Army Headquarters on 09 February 2016. He held the appointment of General Officer Commanding 55 Infantry Division & Area Commander, Jessore Area for about two and half years before his present posting as Adjutant General of Bangladesh Army. The General was commissioned in the Corps of Infantry in December 1985. As a pioneer member of Special Force and a well-known Paratrooper of Bangladesh Army he attended a good number of professional training courses both at home and abroad. General Matiur in his early career attended Air Borne Course at Fort Benning, USA. He was one of the pioneer officers of Bangladesh Army to complete Jump Master Course and Free Fall Course from the School of Infantry and Tactics. He also attended and successfully completed Jungle Operation Course from Malaysia.

General Matiur graduated from Defence Services Command and Staff College and also from National Defence College. At the same time, he completed his Masters in Defence Studies (MDS) and Masters in War Studies (MWS) in 2000 and 2007 respectively from National University of Bangladesh. In his illustrious service career the General adorned various command and staff appointments at Battalion, Brigade and Division level. Besides, he served as an instructor in Bangladesh Military Academy and in the School of Infantry and Tactics for many years and contributed significantly in making and grooming the future leaders of Bangladesh Army.

General Matiur participated in United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in former Yugoslavia as a Military Observer in 1995-1996 when he was a Major. As Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded an Infantry Battalion and also the 1st Para Commando Battalion of Bangladesh Army. He then successfully commanded a Bangladeshi Military Contingent in Ivory Coast as part of United Nations Peace Keeping Operation in 2008-2009. Being a Colonel he held the appointment of Additional Director General of RAB Forces. Thereafter, as Brigadier General he commanded the prestigious 46 Independent Infantry Brigade located at Dhaka. He then joined the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) as Director, Counter Terrorism Intelligence Bureau (CTIB) to complete his diverse exposure.

Presently as Adjutant General of Bangladesh Army, he is the Chairman of Army Housing Scheme, Governing Body of Cadet Colleges, Trust Transport Services and Trust Technical Training Institute. Besides he is also the Chairman of Management Committee of Sena Kalyan Sangstha and the Vice Chairman of Army Welfare Trust and Sena Hotel Developments Limited.

General Matiur is happily married to Syeda Towhida Aziz and is a proud father of two children namely Minar (20) and Roza (13).

Mr. Ashrafuzzaman Khan
Independent Director

Mr. Ashrafuzzaman Khan has a very sound scholastic record. He passed out from Mirzapur Cadet College and studied Economics at University of Dhaka. He is a very prominent entrepreneur and success driven figure in business community with diversified business portfolio. At present he is the Managing Director of Executive Attire Limited.
Mr. Khan was a civil sponsor of Defence Services Command & Staff College, Mirpur and also served as Executive Committee member of that college. Mr. Khan is deeply engaged with different social work group. He is a permanent member of Dhaka Club Limited, Uttara Club Limited and Cadet College Club Limited. He has visited a good number of countries. Mr. Ashrafuzzaman Khan was appointed as Independent Director of Trust Bank Limited on 23 February 2014.

Mr. Shahedul Islam
Independent Director

Mr. Shahedul Islam, born in 1953, is a Chartered Secretary from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Melbourne, Australia. He is a prominent entrepreneur involved mainly in the industries.

He is the Managing Director of Bengal Pacific (Pvt.) Limited, a manufacturer and exporter of film plastic; Bengal Braided Rugs Limited, a manufacturer and exporter of jute goods and the Chairman of Promises Medical Limited, a center for de-addiction & depression.

Mr. Islam is the President of the Bangladesh Backward Linkage Association. He was the Member of the Board of Investment (BOI), President of the Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI), Chairman of the Bangladesh Jute Goods Association (BJGA), President of the Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BPGMEA) and Director of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI).

Mr. Islam was awarded CIP (Commercially Important Person) status several times by the Government of Bangladesh for his contribution in business sector.

Mr. Shahedul Islam has sound experience in the banking and financial sectors of Bangladesh. He was a Director of the Oriental Bank Limited and was the Managing Director of the Alliance Securities Limited (a stock brokerage house).

Brigadier General Md Jalal Ghani Khan, ndc, psc
Director

Brigadier General Md Jalal Ghani Khan, ndc, psc was born on 9 December 1966. He was commissioned from Bangladesh Military Academy in 1987 in the Bangladesh Infantry Regiment. He served in various Command, Staff and Instructional capacity. He commanded an Infantry Battalion and a Composite Brigade. He performed as a Staff Officer to an Infantry Division as well as to the National Defence College, Bangladesh. He was the Chief Instructor of Weapon Wing of the School of Infantry and Tactics located at Sylhet. He has undergone a number of courses both at home and abroad. His foreign courses include “Military and Peacekeeping Operation in Accordance with the Rule of Law” and “Advance Security Cooperation Course (ASC: 12-2)” in USA.

Brigadier General Jalal obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Chittagong University and Master in Defence Studies (MDS) from National University of Bangladesh. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College and also an alumni of National Defence College, Dhaka. He also completed M Phil (Part: 1).

Brigadier General Jalal participated in UNIKOM in 1993 and UNMIS in 2007. He visited a number of countries like Iraq, Kuwait, KSA, UAE, Nepal, France, Sudan, Uganda, USA and India.

He is married and blessed with one son and three daughters. He leads a very peaceful family life.

Brigadier General Mohammad Omar Zahid, psc
Director

Brigadier General Mohammad Omar Zahid, psc was commissioned in the Corps of Signal on 26 June 1987. He holds Masters Degrees in Defence Studies and Business Administration.

He has attended several professional courses both at home and abroad. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC), Bangladesh. He attended “Stabilization Stage” of Advance Command and Staff Courses at Defence Academy, UK.

Brigadier General Omar Zahid has a mix of command, staff and instructional exposure. He commanded a Signal Battalion and one of the “Protection Wings” of the Special Security Force (SSF). He was the Commandant, Army School of Education and Administration (ASEA).

As staff, he served the appointment of Deputy Director (Communication) of SSF. He also served as the Colonel Staff of an Infantry Division.

His instructional appointments include instructor at Signal Training Center and School (STCS), Platoon Commander and Term/Company Commander at Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA). He was also a Directing Staff at DSCSC.

Brigadier General Omar Zahid served the UN as Operation Officer and Senior Operations Officer at the UNGCI Headquarters in Iraq. He also served as the Sector Commander and Sector Senior Military Observer of “Multinational Sector West” of ONUCI in Ivory Coast.

Brigadier General Md Mohsin, SGP, ndc, psc
Director

Brigadier General Md Mohsin, SGP, ndc, psc was appointed at Army Headquarters as Director, Personnel Services and Provost Marshal in Adjutant General’s Branch on 14 January 2016. He was born on 15 January 1967. He was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery on 26 June 1987. He held different appointments at regimental level i.e. Adjutant, Quartermaster, Observer, Battery Commander, Second in Command of Battalion at Chittagong Hill Tracts in Counter Insurgency Operational area. He also commanded 32 Field Regiment Artillery, a newly raised unit with a challenging environment. As an Extra Regimental Appointment, he served in Special Security Force, Commanded Military Police Unit and Army Security Unit as Chief Security Coordinator of Chief of Army Staff’s Security and as Chief Instructor in Training Regiment, Artillery Centre and School. He was the Sector Commander of Rajshahi Sector in Border Guard Bangladesh. He commanded 55 Artillery Brigade at Jessore. He attended number of courses both at home and abroad. Foreign course includes Dignitary Protection Course from Thailand obtaining the Best Shooter Award. He obtained Masters in Defence Studies from National University of Bangladesh. He is a graduate of Mirpur Defence Services Command and Staff College. He is also an alumni of National Defence College, Mirpur and obtained Masters in Strategy and Development Studies from Bangladesh University of Professionals. Brigadier General Mohsin was selected as a Defence Diplomacy Scholar by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence and successfully completed “The Governance of National Security and Defence Course” from 22nd - 26th February 2015 and “The Strategic Leadership Programme” from 1st - 3rd March 2015 under Cranfield University, UK. He served in three UN missions in Sierra Leone as contingent member, Liberia as Chief Military Public Information Officer in Forces Headquarters and in Democratic Republic of Congo as Forces Provost Marshal in Forces Headquarters. He visited number of countries around the globe. Brigadier General Mohsin is a proud father of one daughter and one son, both are students. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Mohsin is a house wife, who commits herself in upbringing and educating the children. Brigadier General Mohsin’s hobby is mainly reading books, playing games & sports. He is also an occasional golfer.

Brigadier General Md Main Ullah Chowdhury, awc, psc
Director

 

Brigadier General Md Main Ullah Chowdhury, awc, psc began his military career having commissioned in the East Bengal Regiment of Bangladesh Army on 25 December 1987. Besides serving in various capacities at the battalion level in the early years, he commanded an Infantry Battalion both in plains and in the challenging situation of Chittagong Hill Tracts. At the staff level, he served as pioneer Grade 3 Staff Officer (Operation) during the raising process of an Infantry Division, as Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and as Grade 1 Staff Officer (Joint Operations) at Prime Minister’s Office, Armed Forces Division (AFD). He also held the appointments of Instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Platoon Commander and Company Commander at Bangladesh Military Academy as a team member of the makers of the leaders. He served as the first Operations Officer of 1st Para Commando Battalion of Bangladesh Army. He has the honour of commanding two Brigades i.e. an Armoured Brigade and an Infantry Brigade. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) at Mirpur, Dhaka and also has the distinction of graduating from United States of America’s Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. He is awarded with Masters of Strategic Studies from USA and obtained his Masters of Defence Studies from National University of Bangladesh. As a valiant peacekeeper, he served in United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone and during the severe condition of very initial days of peace building in Liberia. In his long and illustrious professional career, he has successfully completed various training curriculum from Fort Benning of United States of America, Nepal, Philippines and attended innumerous seminars and workshops on Disaster Management, peace keeping and on security affairs both at home and abroad. He actively participated in OPERATION MORU PRANTOR, OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM as a member of the contingent that formed the part of the international coalition forces to liberate Kuwait during Gulf War-I in 1990-1991. During his visit abroad, he touched almost all the continents of the world. In Army Headquarters, he served as the PS to the Chief of Army Staff and currently holding the post of Director Military Training. He is married to Dr. Kaniz Fatema Hussain, an MBBS graduate of Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka, who pursued her academic height to achieve Masters in Public Health with distinction. They are blessed with a son and a daughter. He himself is an athlete and a sports enthusiast, who now enjoys playing golf and takes a keen interest in reading and traveling.

Mr. Mohamed Naser Alam
Independent Director

Mr. Mohamed Naser Alam is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh since 1995 and a Barrister at the Bar of England and Wales since 1999. He is currently the Head of Chambers of MNA, Barristers & Advocates. He is an international arbitrator and mediator with specialisation in corporate commercial, cross-border complex mergers and acquisition, telecommunication, aviation, oil and gas, electricity, intellectual property, shipping, mediation, and international commercial and investment arbitration. He previously worked with Huq & Co, a prestigious Bangladeshi corporate law firm; the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague; international arbitration group of Freshfields Brcukhaus Deringer in their Paris office; and taught and supervised distance learning students of LL.M in International Petroleum Law and Policy at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) of University of Dundee, UK. He acted as consultant for International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Department for International Development (DFID). He is the National Commissioner of International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh. He provided legal advice and assistance towards establishing the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre. Mr. Naser holds Bachelor Degrees in Law from University of Dhaka and University of London; LL.M. from Queens’ College, Cambridge and LL.M in Energy Law and Policy, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy from University of Dundee. He regularly speaks nationally and internationally on mediation, arbitration, legal rights and other socio-political issues.

He has special interests in disability rights, environmental issues, political economy and self-governance. He is currently the Chief Advisor of Physically Challenged Development Foundation (PDF), a charity working for the rights of physically challenged people. He is also an Advisor of Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI) and Independent Director of Matin Spinning Mills Ltd.

Brigadier General Mohammad Sumon Reza, psc
Director

Brigadier General Mohammad Sumon Reza, psc was commissioned in Bangladesh Army on 22 December 1989. After commission, he was regimented in one of the most traditional and operational infantry units of Bangladesh Army- “The Senior Tigers”. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command & Staff College, Mirpur and actively participated in nation building activities, disaster management operations and counter insurgency operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts. He participated in Gulf War (Operation Moru Prantor) in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1990. He has also participated in the United Nations Peace keeping assignments in Sierra Leon and East Timor. Brigadier General Sumon is currently serving as the Director, Internal Affairs Bureau at Headquarters, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI). Throughout his career in Bangladesh Army, he served in various capacities of different dimensions. He was an instructor of Weapon Wing in the School of Infantry & Tactics (SI&T), General Staff Officer (Operations)-3 at Brigade Headquarters, Brigade Major at Brigade Headquarters, Commanding Officer of Division Support Battalion, General Staff Officer-1 at Army Headquarters, Colonel Staff at Bangladesh Military Academy and Colonel General Staff in DGFI Headquarters. He is married and proud father of a son and a daughter.

Brigadier General Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury, BSP, ndc, psc
Director

Brigadier General Naquib Ahmed Chowdhury, BSP, ndc, psc was born in Dhaka on 06 January 1968. He did his schooling from Dhanmondi Government Boys’ High School, Dhaka and Adamjee Cantonment College, Dhaka where he was groomed to join the Army since his early days. He was commissioned in the Infantry Regiment on 23 December 1988. In a span of 28 years with Bangladesh Army, he has held a variety of important command and staff appointments. Besides his regimental appointments as Quarter Master, Company Second in Command and Company Commander in three Infantry Battalions, he commanded 5 East Bengal. He served as Adjutant, Operation Officer of Military Police Unit, Staff/Protection officer of Special Security Force, Operation Officer of a Contingent which was deployed for UN Mission in Sierra Leon. He was Director, Special Security Force and commanded 69 Infantry Brigade involved in operational activities in Chittagong Hill Tracts. He attended number of courses both at home and abroad. He has obtained Masters on Defence Studies from National University of Bangladesh, M Phil (Part 1) from Bangladesh University of Professionals and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from a renowned private university in Dhaka. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College and National Defence College, Dhaka. He has served under the umbrella of United Nation in Somalia, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Congo. He was the Force Provost Marshal in MONUSCO (Congo). During his official interactions and meetings, the officer has widely travelled to different countries across the globe. A traditional family man, who is married to Sujana Tarannum Chowdhury and has been bestowed with two sons and two daughters. Brigadier General Naquib’s hobby is traveling and reading books. He is a very keen sportsman with special interests in Golf.

Mr. Ishtiaque Ahmed Chowdhury
Managing Director & CEO

Mr. Ishtiaque Ahmed Chowdhury was appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Trust Bank Limited on February 04, 2013. He was in current-charge of the office of the Managing Director & CEO from December 12, 2012 to February 03, 2013. Prior to assuming this office, he served the Bank as Deputy Managing Director since 2005.

After completing B.A.(Hons), M.A. in Political Science from University of Dhaka in 1976 he started his career with Rupali Bank Limited as Probationary Officer in 1977, He also studied LLB from University of Dhaka. Mr. Chowdhury gained grounded experiences in many field ranges from rural banking, SME banking, wholesale banking, client acquisition to roll out of loss incurring branches of the Bank into profitable ones within target time.

Mr. Chowdhury spent half of his career time from 1984 to 2002 in AB Bank Limited, first private commercial bank of the country. He headed major corporate branches of the Bank including Karwan Bazar, Uttara and Motijheel. He also worked in Financial Control Department of the Bank for almost four years. He won the best manager award and appreciation for his outstanding performance at the Bank.

Over the last 39 years, Mr. Chowdhury’s career evolved as a well-rounded banker with adequate exposure in Strategic Risk Management, Revenue Growth, Client Acquisition, and Operations Management.

Mr. Chowdhury participated in a good number of professional training courses, workshops and seminars both at home and abroad such as Global Conference on ‘FIPS DELHI 2013’ in India, ‘Value Creation in Banking and Strategic Management’ in INSEAD France (Business School for the World) and ‘Leadership Excellence’ Training in Dhaka.

Mr. Chowdhury was born in Sylhet in 1953. He is married to Syeda Latifa Ishtiaque. Their only son, Chowdhury Ahmed Tausif Ishtiaque has graduated from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka and completed his MBA program from INSEAD Singapore Campus on June 2015 now working at Boston Consulting Group in Malaysia, a well reputed global marketing research group.