Short Profile of Ms. Roxana Quader

Ms. Roxana Quader is an Additional Secretary of Bangladesh Civil Service (Administrative Cadre). She graduated in LLB (Hon’s) and did her LLM from the University of Dhaka. She started her career as Assistant Commissioner in 1986. Since then she has been working both in policy making and in the field administration of the Govt. under different capacities.

Ms. Roxana Quader has vast experiences ranging from policy advocacy, policy framing, policy dialogue, bilateral and multilateral negotiations to policy implementation in the region and beyond. She earned huge acclaim from the WHO Country Office and also from Regional office during her stint of service in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare looking after the policy related activities of WHO and other developments partners such as Global Fund, UNICEF, FAO, UNFPA etc.

She is currently the wing chief of WHO and Public Health related activities in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She oversees the overall activities of WHO, The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria, Nutrition, Sanitation, Linkage issues of Climate Change and health and other areas related to Public Health across the country.

Ms. Quader is the Member of Bangladesh Country Co-ordinating Mechanism (BCCM) of Global Fund operations in Bangladesh. She is also the “Focal Point” for overall coordination activities of Global Fund. She is also the National “Focal Point” for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) which is a joint collaboration of GoB and development partners for optimizing nutrition for public health. She is also the “Focal Point” and Project Director of “National Tobacco Control Cell” in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is the first pioneering country for adopting the proposal on “Comprehensive and coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism spectrum disorders” at the 67th World Health Assembly held in Geneva in May 2014. Ms. Quader is the Adviser of the “National Autism and Neuro Development Disorders Cell”.

Ms. Quader is a widely travelled person. She has travelled USA, UK, Netherlands , Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand and so on to attend international seminars, symposium, workshops and bilateral and multi-lateral meetings. Recently, she has been nominated as “Focal Point and Steering Committee member for the Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH)” on behalf of the government of Bangladesh. Under this regional forum she is responsible for working out the modalities to strengthen country capacity for HRH planning and management.

She is a registered lawyer and has mastery over the interpretive law and jurisprudence.

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