Enam Ahmed Chaudhury
Enam Ahmed Chaudhury

General Information
Former Bureaucrat
Bureaucrat to Politician

Full Name: Enam Ahmed Chaudhury

Affiliation: Bangladesh Awami League

Current Position: Member, Advisory Committee

Date of Birth: June 29, 1937

Place of Birth: Bangladesh

Home District: Sylhet

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Enam Ahmed Chaudhury (born 29 June 1937) is a Bangladeshi Former Secretary, UN Official, International Development Expert and Politician. He was a former vice-chairman of BNP and an adviser to the party’s Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. He is also a writer, columnist and former chairman of the Privatisation Commission during the BNP-led government. He had also served as the convener of BNP’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He joined Bangladesh Awami League on December 19, 2018 as an Advisory Committee Member.

Enam started his educational career in Shillong, Assam. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in economics (honors), international relations and law from Dhaka University, and a master's degree from Oxford University. Enam joined the Pakistan Civil Service at 1960 and started his government job. He also served as secretary during the Bangladesh period. He also has experience working in various international organizations including the United Nations.

Enam's brother, the late Farooq Chowdhury, a former ambassador, was at one time a member of the Awami League's advisory council. Another of their brothers, Iftekhar Chowdhury, was an adviser to the army-controlled caretaker government. Fakhruddin Ahmed, the chief adviser of that government, is their brother-in-law.

Enam was the Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh in various important ministries. As Chairman of the Privatization Commission (with the rank of State Minister), he played a significant role in the development of the country's public sector. He served as a diplomat for a long time. He was the Economic Minister of London and the Secretary of the UN ESCAP in Bangkok. He was also elected President of the IMO, and was also Vice President of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah. He has made special contribution in the implementation of various development projects of the country in different roles.

After retiring from the job, Enam adopted the political ideology of the BNP and officially joined the BNP in 1999. He was one of the few bureaucrats behind General Zia's founding of the BNP. The Jamaat-e-Islami was included in the four-party alliance, which later expanded to the 20-party alliance, thanks to the tireless efforts of this man, known as a pro-Pak diplomat-politician in the political arena. He is also the protagonist behind the controversial election program led by Latifur Rahman in 2001.

Enam was the founding chairman of Union Capital, a private financial institution. He is an essayist, columnist, calligrapher, and a socially conscious cultural figure. His published books include Genocide They Wrote, Chiranjeev Zia, Chotoder Ziaur Rahman and Bangladeshi Nationalism, Dhay Gari Dhum Chhari, Bangladesh in Thoughts, New Pictures, Uncompromising Leader Begum Khaleda Zia and the Progress of Bangladesh etc. The pages written by Enam have distorted the history of our independence and liberation war, the boundless disrespect of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the relentless attempt to belittle Awami League President Sheikh Hasina. He is a believer in Bangladeshi nationalism and the inheritor of the ideals of General Zia who claimed independence. Although he was not active in regular party activities during his tenure in the BNP, he used to speak on behalf of the party in various forums. He was arrested once during the BNP movement in 2013.

Enam was the President of the Cultural Parliament at Dhaka University in the fifties. In 1952-53, while he was the General Secretary of the Dhaka College Students' Parliament, he took part in the state language movement and was expelled from the college for erecting a Shaheed Minar in the college. In his spare time he became involved in national politics. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Bangladesh Awami League and a member of the National Committee for the Celebration of Bangabandhu's Birth Centenary.

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