Meet the team

We have over 150 staff working with us in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet, including English language teachers from the UK and overseas.

Learn more about the people in our senior management team that drive our organisation:

Louise Cowcher, Director Development (Contracts)

With over 25 years with British Council, I am driven by diversity…

Professional background: national curriculum reform, textbook development, examinations design; teacher and inspector education; skills; leadership development; business development from diverse sources.

Work locations:  long term postings in USSR, China, Congo Brazzaville, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan, and UK (with Finland and Morocco pre-British Council), an interim posting in Pakistan, and assignments in over 30 countries.

Academic background: postgraduate degrees in English for Specific Purposes, and Cultural and Media Studies; postgraduate qualifications in TESOL and PGCE; first degrees in modern languages, psychology, business studies with systems practice, and humanities; professional qualifications in return on investment, project management, psychology of leadership and management, and fundraising … and still studying!

My British Council buzz: working in teams across borders and disciplines, learning something new from everyone I meet – and meeting such wonderful and amazing people wherever I go!

 

Towhidur Rahman, Regional Manager - Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Programme (CSFP)

I look after CSFP project development in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Pakistan and Mauritius, and the implementation of a sustainable structure to support the vision of the project. I have more than nine years of work experience. I used to work as General Manager of Admin & Marketing in a group of companies. My prior role also diversified into cricket, where I managed a team of top-class players from test playing countries. 

I feel that the British Council works hard to contribute to the nation as much as it takes care of its people. The best part about working for the British Council is working for its larger purpose of building cultural relations and creating opportunity to bring change in our society.

I completed my Bachelor's degree from the University of Greenwich and my MBA from Coventry University, UK. I love travelling, photography and, most of all, nature.

Zunayed Ahmed, Head of Customer Services

I am a service industry professional with more than 11 years of experience. My career developed in the field of sales, marketing and customer service, with special emphasis on perishable inventory. In the British Council I lead the country's customer service team. Before joining the British Council, I worked as Asst. Director of Sales and Revenue Management for a five star hotel chain in Dhaka. My role here is to manage and oversee our front-line customer service to ensure that our customers are attended to with empathy and care at the right time and with the right service.

I am always inspired and excited working here, especially for the values and behaviours that are exhibited and upheld across the entire network of the British Council. 

Arshia Aziz, Head of Marketing, Communications and Digital

I have recently joined the British Council Bangladesh office bringing in over eight years of work experience in the areas of development communications, corporate communications, market communications, events management, knowledge management, research and advocacy, and business development.

Before joining the British Council, I have worked for an international development think tank, international consultancy companies, international new media organisations, and PR, events, and advertising agencies. I have delivered two large-scale DFID funded projects in Bangladesh. 

These practical experiences, combined with an MA in Media and International Development and an MBA majoring in Marketing have given me deep insight into the areas of branding and marketing, internal and external communications, press and public relations, digital media, advocacy, international development and international business.

The British Council is a worldwide network of professionals and development experts that connects people and creates opportunities. It values individuals and cultural diversity; inspires innovations and creativity; and offers unlimited scope for personal growth.

Kendall Robbins, Director, Arts

Kendall is the Director of Arts who is currently on secondment from the British Council UK’s Architecture, Design, and Fashion team until April 2017. Her arts specialisations include fashion curation, emerging fashion, craft and cultural heritage in contemporary design, material innovation, and fashion design education. In her role as Fashion Programme Manager at the British Council, Kendall programmed, curated, produced and commissioned architecture, design and fashion events and exhibitions across East Asia and South Asia as well as in the UK and advised on the British Council’s work internationally. She has managed some of the British Council’s major fashion exhibitions, including Reconstruction: Cultural Heritage and the Making of Contemporary Fashion, Gem: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan, and Dressing the Screen: The Rise of Fashion Film, the first ever UK exhibition of fashion film. She has also devised programmes such as Indonesia Fashion Futures, the Common Thread residencies and the Graduate Fashion Week International Residency Award.

 

Md Kafil Hussain Chowdhury, Head of Centre, Sylhet

I have been working with the British Council for the last 10 years. I started as a Customer Services Assistant, then I became an Exam Services Officer. Later, I took up responsibility as Centre Manager, Sylhet and now I am working as the Head of Centre in Sylhet. In the British Council, almost every day there is something new, something challenging.

I love all the people who work for the British Council globally, no matter where they are from. Everyone is very friendly and a pleasure to work with.