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Moushumi Khan is an attorney with over two decades of legal, government relations, and economic development experience. She is active in non-profits and public advocacy, as well as advising on public/private partnerships and emerging markets. She serves on the Board of Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd, a pioneer in Bangladesh’s solar industry and the Board of the Interfaith Center of New York.
Most recently Ms. Khan was the founding CEO of Nirapon, a leading safety monitoring initiative of North American brands sourcing readymade garments (RMG) from Bangladesh, until it was restructured into a technical organization to be led by a Chief Safety Officer. 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.
Ms. Khan served as the Country Director for The Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh, an American non-profit that supports Bangladesh’s socio-economic development from 2014-2018. Ms. Khan was recruited as the first Director of Legal and Compliance at BRAC from 2010 – 2014 and served 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.
Prior to working in Bangladesh, she practiced law in New York. She started her legal career in Washington DC with a focus on lobbying, government contracts, labor and corporate diversity matters for a range of Fortune 500 clients. Ms. Khan has advised InterAction and 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.