Brac founder Fazle Hasan Abed passes away
Brac Founder and Chair Emeritus Sir Fazle Hasan Abed passed away in a hospital in Dhaka. He was 83. He died at Apollo Hospitals around 8:28pm on Friday, a press release from Brac said. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son and grandchildren.
Brac Executive Director Asif Saleh and Brac International Executive Director Dr Muhammad Musa, in a joint statement, said: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to inform you of the passing of BRAC’s founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Abed Bhai, as we lovingly address him.
"He means so much to all of us that no words of consolation can take away the pain of losing him. We will honour his legacy with the same resilience, dignity and humility that he has instilled in us."
Sir Abed’s body will be kept at the Army Stadium in Dhaka from 10:30am to 12:30pm on December 22, for people to pay their last respects, the statement said.
He will be laid to rest at the graveyard in Banani, following a namaz-e-janaza at the stadium at 12:30pm, it added.
Meanwhile, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate condolence messages, expressed deep shock and sorrow at the demise of Fazle Hasan Abed.
The Brac founder was recently admitted to the hospital in Dhaka after he fell ill.
Sir Abed founded the non-governmental organization Brac in 1972.
Earlier this August, he retired from the post of chairperson of the governing body of Brac Bangladesh, and Brac International.
He was transitioned to the role of Chair Emeritus, focusing on guiding Brac’s global strategy and governance structure since then.
Founding Brac at the age of 36, Sir Abed served as its executive director until 2001. At the age of 65, he retired from the post of the executive director of Brac, and was elected chairperson of the Brac Bangladesh governing body.
Later, he was also elected as chairperson of the Brac International Board.
In November, this year, The Netherlands honoured him with the Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his successful work in alleviating poverty, especially of women and children.
In September, he was awarded the prestigious Yidan Prize, the largest international prize in education, for his groundbreaking role in educational development in Bangladesh.
He is the lone Bangladeshi to be honoured with a knighthood by the British Crown. He was knighted in 2010.
During his lifetime, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has been honoured with numerous national and international awards, including the Outstanding Member of the South Asian Diaspora Award in November, World Food Prize in 2015, Spanish Order of Civil Merit in 2014, Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal in 2014, and the WISE Prize for Education in 2011.