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Moushumi M. Khan, JD, MPA
Moushumi Khan is an attorney with over two decades of legal, economic development, strategy and governance experience. She is active in non-profits and public advocacy. Since 2014 she has been serving as the Country Director for The Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh (FCAB), an American non-profit that supports Bangladesh’s socio-economic development. She serves on the Board of Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd, a pioneer in Bangladesh’s solar industry, the Board of the Interfaith Center of New York and on the Board of Overseers of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in New York.
Ms. Khan served as the first Director of Legal and Compliance at BRAC from 2010 – 2014 and as Secretary to the BRAC Governing and BRAC International Boards. BRAC, based in Bangladesh, is one of the world’s largest and oldest development organizations, working in microfinance, public health and education. Under Ms. Khan’s leadership BRAC’s first and Bangladesh’s largest in-house legal department of over seventy lawyers and paralegals was created. To support risk management she initiated a compliance review of its Social Enterprises, international programs, land matters, and set up a legal database. She has also advised Grameen Bank and helped form the Grameen Foundation.
She has helped companies design effective employee diversity policies, mediate and resolve conflicts between employers and their employees as well as between companies and stakeholders. Prior to working in Bangladesh, she practiced law in New York. She started her career as an Associate with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Government Relations Practice Group in Washington DC concentrating on lobbying, government contracts, labor and corporate diversity matters for Fortune 500 clients in various industries. Ms. Khan served as Secretary to the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce’s US Bangladesh Business Council as well as consulted on the RMG sector.
Ms. Khan speaks and writes on entrepreneurship, civil society and identity topics. She is listed in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ Global Expert Finder as an expert on religion, human rights and globalization. She has received numerous awards for her public service, including a citation from the New York State Assembly for service to New Yorkers. She actively participates in interfaith and public diplomacy efforts.
Ms. Khan is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She helped found the Muslim Bar Association of New York and was elected its first President. She was appointed a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations where she was asked to serve on Advisory Committees on immigration, national security and public diplomacy topics.
Ms. Khan earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master’s in Public Administration degree at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on full merit scholarship as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and an A.B. degree in Critical Social Thought, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College. She was awarded a Certificate in General Course in the Government Department of the London School of Economics. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.