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MOHAMED MIJARUL QUAYES

 

Career Highlight

Ambassador Mohamed Mijarul Quayes, a career Foreign Service officer, arrived in the United Kingdom on 03 December 2012 and assumed his duties as the High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Court of St. James. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh from 08 Jul2009 to 02 December 2012.

As Foreign Secretary, Ambassador Quayes was actively involved in expanding Bangladesh’s relations with neighbours in South and South East Asia as well as with other major partners globally. He has been credited with shepherding forward movement on longstanding bilateral issues as well as institutionalising platforms and mechanisms for partnership and consultation. One of his seminal contributions has been the drafting and adoption of the SAARC Charter of Democracy.

Mijarul Quayes also brings extensive multilateral experience, covering broadly human rights, migration and refugee related issues, humanitarian law, disarmament, environment and climate change. He has been involved in the drafting of two optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (concerning children in armed conflict and commercial sexual exploitation of children) and the Declaration on the rights of Indigenous People. He has served as an Expert Member on the UN Human Rights Commission’s 5-member Working Group on Migrants and Human Rights (1997-1998), and has served on the bureaus of several UN and other international meetings and conferences.

Mijarul Quayes continues to be active in research and academic work. He has taught at the North South University and BRAC University in Dhaka, and has been a resource for the Foreign Service Academy, the National Defence College and the Public Administration Training Centre. He is associated with the Centre for Alternatives, University of Dhaka.  His major research work include alternative approaches to International Relations theory, a regional project on the State of Democracy in South Asia, Assessment of the Sustainable Environment Management Programme (SEMP), People’s Report on the Bangladesh Environment etc. He has also contributed to the Banglapaedia (Asiatic Society of Bangladesh) and the Thematic Dictionary (Centre for Alternatives, Dhaka University).

Mijarul Quayes writes on the arts and aesthetics, drama, film etc. and cross-disciplinary policy issues; and also teaches aesthetics and the history of art at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Dhaka. He is active in the Bangladesh cultural domain, including the organisation of some of the premier cultural events in Dhaka, viz the Asian Art Biennale-Bangladesh, and the Dhaka International Film Festival. He has served on the International Jury Committee for the Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh, and the jury for several international film festivals. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (World Literature Centre), Dhaka, which he worked to set up with Magsaysay Award winner Abdullah Abu Sayeed. He is an active member of the International Theatre Institute, Bangladesh Chapter.

Mijarul Quayes is a patron of the arts and has an extensive collection of art works and artefacts.

 

Previous Appointments :

 

2009-2012                

Foreign Secretary (Permanent Secretary), Government of Bangladesh

 

2008-2009

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Russian Federation with concurrent accreditation to Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

 

2005-2008

High Commissioner of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Republic of Maldives.

 

2001-2005

Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka

- UNCLOS Programme; Research Wing
- Economic Affairs Wing
- South East Asia Wing
- SAARC Wing
- External Publicity Wing

 

 

 

1998-2000

Counsellor and DCM, Bangladesh High Commission, Singapore

 

1994-1998

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva; Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Vienna.

 

1991-1994

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dhaka
- Secretary, 7th SAARC Summit Cell
- Director, Personnel Directorate

 

1985-1990

Second Secretary, Bangladesh Embassy, Tokyo, Japan.

 

1982-1985

Assistant Secretary (Desk Officer), South Asia Wing,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka

Education:

 

B.A. (Liberal Arts), Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Fellowship, Membership etc.:

 

Edward S. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Life Member:

- Bangla Academy
- UN Association of Bangladesh

Personal information:

 

Date of Birth:

02 April 1960

 

Married to:

Naeema Chaudhury Quayes

 

Children:

02 (two) daughters