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Moushumi M. Khan serves as the CEO of Nirapon, a leading safety monitoring initiative of North American brands sourcing readymade garments (RMG) from Bangladesh. Founded in 2019, Nirapon is a successor organization to the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a landmark effort to make the RMG sector safe after the 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza, a garment factory complex in Bangladesh. She brings over two decades of legal, international trade, non-profit, strategy and governance experience to the Nirapon team. Moushumi Khan is passionate about worker safety and, committed to working with all stakeholders to drive impact and effect change in the Bangladesh RMG sector. In her own words, “Workplace safety matters to me because it honors and protects workers and drives the long-term sustainability and success of the local economy. It is the key to increased productivity and innovation in the marketplace.”
Previously, she served as the Country Director from 2014-2018 for The Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh, an American non-profit that supports Bangladesh’s socio-economic development. She serves on the Board of Directors of Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd, a solar pioneer in Bangladesh and of the Interfaith Center of New York. Ms. Khan was recruited by BRAC, the world's largest NGO, to establish an in-house legal department. As the first Director of Legal and Compliance, from 2010 – 2014, she also served as Secretary to the BRAC Governing and BRAC International Boards.
Prior to working in Bangladesh, she practiced law in New York. She started her legal career as an Associate in Washington DC concentrating on lobbying, government contracts, labor and corporate diversity matters for a range of Fortune 500 clients. Ms. Khan served as Secretary to the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce’s US Bangladesh Business Council. 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. Ms. Khan is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She helped found and was elected the first President of, the Muslim Bar Association of New York.
Moushumi Khan earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (on full merit scholarship as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership), an A.B. degree in Critical Social Thought, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College and a Certificate in General Course in Government at the London School of Economics. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.