H.E. RIAZ HAMIDULLAH / High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka

Ambassador RIAZ HAMIDULLAH joined Bangladesh Foreign Service in 1995. Subsequently, served a sizable part of his career in multilateral economic diplomacy at the headquarters. In respect to postings abroad, he first served in Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN (New York) where he primarily dealt with matters related to UN’s administrative and budgetary matters, and economic issues; was a member of Bangladesh Team during Bangladesh membership to the UN Security Council (2000-‘01); served as an (elected) member at the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (2000 -‘02). Later, served as a mid-career political officer in Bangladesh Mission in New Delhi inter alia dealing with water resources related matters.

Over the following six years, he worked on South Asian regional cooperation matters, including a three and half year stint at the SAARC Secretariat (Kathmandu) as a Director where he dealt inter alia with regional agriculture and rural development, transport connectivity. He helped shape and steer emergence of the SAARC Development Fund and development of several regional/sub-regional projects. During this period, he also contributed towards development /re-organisation of SAARC institutions and processes.

Back to the headquarters, throughout 2012, he served as the Director-General in charge of Europe and EU affairs. During that time, he shepherded Bangladesh’s economic engagements with a number of European countries, including Bangladesh’s entry into ASEM process.

Afterwards, he served as the Director General (Multilateral Economic Affairs) (2013–‘16) inter alia covering sustainable development, climate change, migration, development finance, multilateral trade, connectivity, water, blue economy. During this period, he shepherded Bangladesh’s engagement in a range of multilateral processes e.g. Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Agenda 2030, UNFCCC process, Financing for Development, Sendai Framework on Disaster Reduction. Led the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), as Bangladesh held CVF Chair and served in Troika (2012-‘15). Served as the lead interlocutor and negotiator on Bangladesh Sustainability Compact on RMG and Apparel industry vis-à-vis the US, EU and others; and all matters related to Responsible Business Conduct. Remains a key anchor (from Bangladesh side) in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM EC). Served as the national focal point on the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD) process; and was a key anchor within Ninth GFMD (2016) Bangladesh Chairman Task Team.

Following appointment (April 2016) by the Government of Bangladesh as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka, presented Credentials in Sri Lanka on 5 October 2016.

Was the point man for Bangladesh Prime Minister’s participation at the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) (Davos, January 2017).

He is a post-graduate in Economics his professional areas of interest include sustainable development, water, climate change, energy, development diplomacy, global business and work issues.