Dr Sultan Ahmed
(a unique blend of general and technical abilities)
(a member of BCS Administration of the 8th Batch)
Sultan Ahmed has been having an excellent academic feat in science, engineering and technology, and an outstanding experience of solid works in development administration. This has made him an expert official with a unique blend of general and technical abilities. Mr Sultan studied civil engineering and transportation engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and read sciences at Bhola Government High School and Government BM College, Barisal. He graduated in water resources development engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-Roorkee). He pursued Doctor of Philosophy in water resources development at BUET. Dr Sultan also studied engineering and technology in water resources development and management at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, IHE-Delft, The Netherlands, Lund University, Sweden, Tsukuba Science University, Japan, and Gothenburg University, Sweden. He received extensive training in systemic instruments on administration, law, policy, institution, development, and management, etc at home and abroad. He has been a policy and institution expert on land, water, environment, and climate change, and an EIA reviewer.
Dr Sultan, a career bureaucrat, has been having more than 30 years of working experience with the Government of Bangladesh, the biggest institution of the country, in various capacities such as Assistant Engineer, Assistant Secretary, Senior Assistant Commissioner and Magistrate, Senior Assistant Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary, etc in different ministries and public offices. He has a good experience of presiding over criminal courts and extensive knowledge on the Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Evidence Act—major substantive laws of the country. He has vast experience of public hearing, and judicial and administrative inquiry. He is a trainer in various public training institutions. He worked at CEGIS, a scientifically independent centre of excellence in providing intellectual and professional services in water, land, RS, GIS, database and environment development and management that functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Water Resources, as a Director of Business, HRD and Administration and a senior professional on policy and institution for a period of over eight years. Dr Sultan has been serving at the Department of Environment as its Director General since January 2018, and worked beforehand as Director (Natural Resources Management and Research) at the Department since January 2012.
Due to Dr Sultan’s continuous stride and effective environmental regulation and awareness campaign, the environment conservation, protection and development have got a visible sustainable shape: a culture of environmental compliance all over the country is a culmination of continuous effort put forward by Dr Sultan with the specialised institutional strength of Department of Environment. He has been a successful project director of Strengthening and Consolidation of Community Based Adaptation in the Ecologically Critical Areas for Conservation of Ecosystem and Climate Adaptation Project which was effectively completed under his able leadership that put a ‘community engaged ecosystem based management of natural resources model’ at some haor (wetlands) and coastal fragile ecosystems. The number of project port-folios has increased at Department of Environment due to his persistent and effective persuasion.
Dr Sultan represented Department of Environment as part of Bangladesh Delegation in numerous bilateral and global negotiations on environmental conservation and development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development, etc. He participated in the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC of COP21 in Paris, COP22 in Marrakech, COP24 in Katowice and developed keen skills on global negotiation. He participated most of the Working Group meetings of Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) for reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) since its establishment in 2012 as Bangladesh focal point.
Dr Sultan is a member of Bangladesh Administrative Services of the 8th Batch. He is a South Asian Water (SAWA) fellow, and a fellow of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh. He has been found to be always keen about updating his knowledge in subjects he has been specialised, and also in others including science, technology, literature and ethnic matters. He has the ability of working long hours, of forward thinking, communicating and influencing, and analytical thinking and judgment.He is a good communicator, motivator and at the personal level, a very good friend of his colleagues. He is having a very pleasing personality with high moral values and integrity.
♦ PhD in Water Resources Development (river-floodplain ecohydrology) (4.5 years), BUET, Bangladesh (South Asia Water—SAWA Fellow) (May 2011)
♦ Masters of Science in Water Resources Engineering (18 months) from IIT-Roorkee (formerly University of Roorkee), India (January, 1994)
♦ MSc in Transportation Engineering (1987-88-89) at BUET: 30 credit course work completed
♦ Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (4 years) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, (March 1987
♦ Technical Cooperation Scheme (TCS) Colombo Plan Scholarship under which MSc in WRE was completed at IIT-Roorkee, India
♦ South Asia Water (SAWA) Fellowship of the Government of The Netherlands under which PhD on WRD was pursued at BUET, Bangladesh
Training: Many training received on policy, institution, administration, engineering, natural resources management, climate change, biodiversity, etc at home and abroad
♦ Ahmed, S., 1999. MSc Thesis: Entropy-Based Analysis of Sediment Discharge Predictors, Proceedings of the Regional Seminar on Conflict Management of International River Basins held during 7-9 December 1999 in Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by BUET and sponsored by UNESCO.
♦ Ahmed, S., 2004. Bangladesh: Economic Development and Pending Issues, Proceedings of the Workshop on Korea’s Economic Development and Economic Crisis Management held during 11-15 October 2004 in Seoul, organized by KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Seoul, Korea.
♦ Ahmed, S., 2008. Integrated Water Resources Management: From Policy to Practice through a Comprehensive National Water Management Plan—A Bangladesh Case Study, Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Resources Policy in South Asia held in Colombo, Sri Lanka during 17-20 December 2008, organised by the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs), India.
♦ Ahmed, S., 2011. Setting the Stage (Chapter 1, co-author), in Koen de Wilde (ed), Moving Coastlines: Emergence and Use of Land in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Estuary; pp 1-19. Dhaka: University Press Limited.
♦ Ahmed, S., 2011. PhD Thesis: Development of Decision Aid for Ecohydrological Consideration in Flood Management in Deltaic Floodplain, BUET, Dhaka.
♦ Ahmed, S., 2013. Integrated Water Resources Management: From Policy to Practice through a Comprehensive National Water Management Plan—A Bangladesh Case Study, in Anjal Prakash (ed), Water Resources Policies in South Asia: Analyzing Regional and Country Experiences; pp 116-133. Routledge India and UK
♦ Institutional and Legal Expert: prepared the Administrative Policy (corporate governance policy, administrative and service rules, and the organogram) of CEGIS, Prepared the Business Development Plan of CEGIS
♦ Land System Expert for the Development of the Computerisation of Land Management System (CLMS) of Dhaka City—Pilot Project Demra Circle of the Ministry of Land
♦ Land Information Expert for the development of Land Ownership Information System for Phoolbari Coalmine Project
♦ GIS Adviser and Water Resources Planner in the development of the Integrated Coastal Resources Database (ICRD) of Water Resources Planning Organisation (WARPO), MoWR
♦ Institutional Expert of the project Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in the Agricultural Sector in Bangladesh—a project of the Department of Agriculture Extension with technical support from FAO
♦ Institutional and legal expert of the Development of Bio-safety Framework Project of the Department of Environment supported by GEF Fund, etc and
♦ Legal Expert and Institutional Expert of the Indian River Linking Project of WARPO, MoWR
♦ Project Team Leader of the Development of GIS based MIS for the Emergency WASH Cluster of UNICEF in Bangladesh—a UNICEF project, etc
♦ Project Team Leader of the Preservation of International Boundary Strip Maps and Mauza Maps by Scanning/Digitisation for DLRS project
♦ Institutional Expert for Water Resources Planning Organisation (WARPO)’s Institutional Strengthening
♦ Water Resources Policy Expert core member in Delta Plan Preparatory Team (DPT) comprising experts from The Netherlands and Bangladesh. The DPT prepared a concept note and a ToR for the preparation of Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100.
Deputy Team Leader ((Socio-) Economist/Institutional Development Expert) of the Identification Mission for an Integrated Coastal Zone Development Programme launched by the Government of The Netherlands during 14 January-1 February 2009
ο Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Bangladesh
ο Joint Secretary, Director (NRM and Research), Department of Environment, Government of Bangladesh
ο Chief Specialist (Policy and Institution), Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (www.cegisbd.com), a public trust under the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of Bangladesh
ο Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of Bangladesh
ο Senior Assistant Commissioner and Magistrate, District Magistrate’s Office, Barisal
ο Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of Bangladesh
ο Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Irrigation, Water Development and Flood Control
ο Assistant Engineer, Gopalgonj, Local Government Engineering Department, Government of Bangladesh
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