Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG (Bengali: ফজলেহাসানআবেদ; born 27 April 1936, Habiganj, Sylhet, Bangladesh) is a Bangladeshi social worker, the founder and chairman of BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental organization with over 120,000 employees. For his contributions to social improvement, he has received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the UNDP Mahbub Ul Haq Award, the inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award and the inaugural WISE Prize for Education. In 2015, he received World Food Prize for his “unparalleled” work on reducing poverty in Bangladesh and from 10 other countries.
He was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2010 New Year Honors for services in tackling poverty and empowering the poor in Bangladesh and globally.
In 2017, Abed was ranked 37 in the list of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders prepared by Fortune. In his recent interview for the Creating Emerging Markets project at the Harvard Business School, Abed reveals his strong belief that businesses can positively impact society, that “you can do good also by doing business”.