Saber Hossain Chowdhury

Saber Hossain Chowdhury (born 10 September 1961) is a politician from Bangladesh and the incumbent member of Parliament in Bangladesh from the Dhaka-9 constituency. He was the president of Inter-Parliamentary Union from 2014 to 2017.[2][3][4] He is the former president of Bangladesh Cricket Board. He received the Order of Friendship, Russia's highest state decoration.[5]

Saber Hossain Chowdhury
Member of Parliament
for Dhaka-9
Assumed office
Preceded byKhandokar Mahbub Uddin Ahmad
Deputy Minister for Shipping
In office
1 January 1998 – 15 July 2001
Preceded byDhirendra Debnath Shambhu[1]
Personal details
Born (1961-09-10) 10 September 1961 (age 59)
Dhaka, East Pakistan, Pakistan
Political partyBangladesh Awami League
Alma materUniversity of London, University of Westminster

Education and early careerEdit

Chowdhury was a graduate of School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and holds a double honors degree in economics and politics. He has also received a diploma in law from University of Westminster, United Kingdom. Having begun his career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, Chowdhury embraced full-time politics in 1996.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Chowdhury is the incumbent member of Jatiya Sangsad from Dhaka-9.[6] He served as Deputy Minister of Ministry of Ports & Shipping and, later, as Deputy Minister for Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives (1999-2001). He was the youngest Member of the Cabinet during this period. At Political Party Level Chowdhury was appointed in October 2001 as Political Secretary to President of Bangladesh Awami League, Sheikh Hasina, who was then the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Shortly thereafter, he was elected Organizing Secretary (1) of the Party with responsibility for Dhaka Division.[citation needed]

Inter Parliamentary UnionEdit

Chowdhury was the 28th President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). He was elected to the position on 16 October 2014 for a term of 3 years and is the first Bangladeshi to hold this post.[7][8] IPU is the world organization of parliaments and is the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue. IPU supports the efforts of and works in close cooperation with United Nations whose objectives its shares. It enjoys Permanent Observer status at the UN. As IPU President Chowdhury is also a member of the high-level group - Every Woman Every Child - a global movement to champion the health of women, children and adolescents led by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

First elected as a Member of Parliament from a central constituency in Dhaka-9 in June 1996, Chowdhury has been prominent in the enactment, through Private Member Bills, of groundbreaking legislation such as repeal of the Leper's Act. Now serving his third term in the Parliament, he is Chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Jute and Textiles. Saber Hossain Chowdhury has been actively involved in Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) initiatives and served as a CPA resource person on orientation and capacity-building for Members of Parliament from Africa and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the meeting of the Small Island and the Developing States Study Group on the Role of Parliament in Climate Change, held in Zanzibar, Tanzania, in May 2011. As Chair of the Asian Advisory Group of Parliamentarians for Disaster Risk Reduction and Global Champion of the United Nations Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Chowdhury has worked with parliamentarians in Seoul in 2012 and Vientiane in 2014.[citation needed]


Chowdhury awarded by World Health Organization (WHO) on World No Tobacco Day.[9]

On 17 October, Chowdhury was awarded by Vladimir Putin the "Order of Friendship" the highest state honour provided to foreigners for his contribution to global development through IPU.[10]


  1. ^ "6 new ministers take oath, 2 promoted". The Daily Star. 1 January 1998. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
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  3. ^ Mahmood, Raihan (5 January 2014). "Joyful Joy and Durjoy". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Saber Chowdhury visits Turkey as IPU president". Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Saber Hossain Chowdhury receives Russia's highest state honour". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Constituency 182_10th_En". Bangladesh Parliament.
  7. ^ "PM wants S Asia parliaments to allocate budgets for SDGs". The Daily Star. 31 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)".
  9. ^ "Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Bangladesh Member of Parliament, awarded by World Health Organization (WHO) on World No Tobacco Day". South-East Asia Regional Office.
  10. ^ "Saber Hossain Chowdhury receives Russia's highest state honour". Dhaka Tribune. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 2019-01-02.

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