Ambassador Masud Bin Momen is the Foreign Secretary (Permanent Secretary) of Bangladesh. He joined as Foreign Secretary on 31 December 2019. As a career diplomat, Ambassador Masud has long been serving in different capacities at the Headquarters and Bangladesh Missions abroad.
Prior to his appointment as the Foreign Secretary, he had been Bangladesh’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 2015. Before that, he served as Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Japan from 2012 to 2015.He also served as Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development from 2008 to 2012.
Ambassador Masud served at the Headquarters in different capacities. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Director-General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka and was responsible for matters related to South Asia, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), Human Rights and the United Nations.
He was Deputy High Commissioner at the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi, India, from 2004 to 2006, prior to serving as Director of Poverty Alleviation at SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 2001 to 2004. From 1998 to 2001, he was Director in charge of the Foreign Ministry’s United Nations Wing and Foreign Secretary’s Office in Dhaka.
Ambassador Masud also served as a First Secretary and Counsellor at Bangladesh High Commission, Islamabad from 1996 to 1998. Prior to that, he served at Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations from 1992 to 1996. Ambassador Masud joined at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh as an Assistant Secretary in 1988. He belongs to the Bangladesh Civil Service (Foreign Affairs) 1985 Batch.
Ambassador Masud holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, USA with GPA 4.0. He received Robert B. Stewart Prize for All Round Excellence from Tufts University. He holds another Master’s degree in Economics from University of Dhaka. He also received Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Dhaka. He achieved ‘First Class First’ position in both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from his Alma Mater.
He went to Dhaka College for his Higher Secondary Certificate and to University Laboratory School for his Secondary School Certificate. Ambassador Masud achieved Chancellor’s Award for securing First Class First position in Master’s Degree from University of Dhaka. He was also awarded with Rector’s Medal from Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) as the best trainee Officer of the foundation training course. Ambassador Masud was born in Dhaka on 06 December 1963. He is married and blessed with two children.