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:

Andrew Newton, Deputy Director

I’ve been leading teams on large scale programmes and strategic account management for over the last decade, in the public and private sector. This has provided me with an opportunity to work for and with a range of organisations from technology focussed companies to the world’s largest advertisers. The common thread throughout this experience is working with people who are able to challenge your thinking and build sustainable programmes through valuable and trusted partnerships. Such experience has led me to spend a large part of my career with the British Council, where developing friendly knowledge and understanding can bring about significant impact. In Bangladesh, I look forward to working with the team in extending our range of work across Education, Society and the Arts to a wider audience and a diverse range of partners. You are welcome to connect with me on LinkedIn

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!

 

Zunayed Ahmed, Deputy Director Examinations

I am a service industry professional with more than 14 years of experience. My career developed in the field of sales, marketing and customer service, with special emphasis on perishable inventory. Prior to joining the exams team, I had worked as Head of Customer Services and led the customer services team across 5 British Council offices in Bangladesh. Before moving to the British Council I had also worked previously as Asst. Director of Sales and Revenue Management for a five-star hotel chain in Dhaka. In my current role, I am managing and overseeing the country exams operation. As the Deputy Director of Examinations, I am responsible to make certain that our delivery of our examinations is done in a fully compliant and efficient manner. We also ensure that our candidates, customers, schools, and partners 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.

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.

Md Kafil Hussain Chowdhury, Head Sylhet Centre

I have been working with the British Council for the last 13 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. 

Asraful Islam, Head of Procurement

I am procurement professional rich with 12 years of seasoned experience in both leading local conglomerates and famous global companies. I have developed my career in both service and manufacturing sectors where I have successfully played various roles of procurement function with special emphasis on vendor management, sourcing and negotiation. Before joining British Council as Head of Procurement, I was looking after the vendor development function of a clear market leading paint and chemical company of Bangladesh. My past sourcing experience with two leading pharmaceutical companies has made me a quality conscious buyer. I had a solid start of my procurement career with an IT service company.

In my present role, I am ensuring fairness, transparency and value for money in the fully compliant procurement of British Council operation in Bangladesh. Our dynamic team is also ensuring Equality-Diversity-Inclusion, Sustainability, Child Protection aspects in the procurement function.

Every new day in British Council is challenging and inspiring to achieve higher for this vibrant organisation.

 

 

Imran Younus, Head of Security

My working principle is to harmonise business endeavours with benevolent efforts by being responsible for improving the Safety & Security System of British Council.

I have been serving as the Head of Security since July ’16. I have hoarded my extensive working experience of a decade in Policy making, project management, PPE, Compliance, Safety & Security Management under different positions in Admin & Security Department at different organisations (DHL, Westin, Westfield, Sheraton)  both at home & abroad for the development of British Council. I have reshaped the overall security arrangement of British Council with the guidance of regional security expert after the incident of Holey Artisan. I have introduced travel security policy for foreign staff, Modified overall CCTV & fire fighting system & trained the staffs on safety system.

My zeal to contribute to my organisation, visionary thoughts & situational leadership style have made the successful voyage of “British Council” possible.

Mostafizur Rahman, Head of Facilities

I’ve been working in technical and service industry for more than 14 years. Mostly I have worked in a field of engineering & technology, facilities management that typically include managing any refurbishments, renovations and office moves to make sure they all run smoothly and according to plan and contract management.

Here in British Council, I’ve been leading a large team accountable for the general upkeep and maintenance of buildings to ensure that they meet health and safety standards and also the legal requirements. I am also responsible for budget control & monitoring, fleet management, concierge service, post-contract management, logistics etc. I always enjoy working with British Council due to its environment, worldwide network, friendly people and organisational discipline. 

Prior to joining British Council, I have worked in a world largest oil & gas company, country largest chemical company, and power plant. I played a significant engineering & technical role in developing two largest gas plants in Bangladesh. I also actively involved and leaded team on several new offices set up and office movement. These working experience has provided me with an opportunity to work for and with a range of organisations from technology and people focussed companies to the world’s largest logistic companies.

Educational background- I am an electrical engineer, completed MBA in management from the University of Dhaka. I have completed several professional courses successfully both in Bangladesh and abroad.