SARI Energu

South Asia Regional Initiative for Energy Integration

Project Steering Committee Profile

Mr. Farooq Sobhan

Mr. Farooq Sobhan

(PSC Chair 2013-14) President & Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI)


Phone: 8801713009090

Ambassador Farooq Sobhan is the President and CEO of the BEI which is an independent research institute committed to the development of the private sector in Bangladesh and is involved in a variety of research projects relating to the improvement of the investment climate in Bangladesh, regional cooperation in South Asia, Indo-Bangladesh relations, Sino-Bangladesh relations, and also work on Counter Terrorism, Countering Violent Extremism and Counter Radicalization in Bangladesh. BEI under his leadership has played a leading role in strengthening Corporate Governance in Bangladesh.

Ambassador Sobhan has been associated with the SARI project from its inception. For the past three years he has served as a member of the SARI Steering Committee. He has been a strong advocate of energy co-operation in South Asia for many years.

Ambassador Sobhan was Executive Chairman, Board of Investment (BOI) and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister 1997-1999 and Foreign Secretary 1995-1997. He has also served as Ambassador/High Commissioner to India, China, Malaysia and the United Nations. Ambassador Sobhan served as Chairman of the Group of 77 at the UN 1982-1983, and was Chairman, UN Commission on TNCs 1991-1992, is a member of the Board of Governors of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), based in New Delhi and was Co-Chairman of the Coalition for South Asian Co- operation (CASAC) from 1994-2001. He was a visiting professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University in 2003, where he taught a post graduate course on South Asia. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the independent Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), established in Dhaka in September 2007. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of the SME Foundation and served on its Board during the period 2008-9.

He has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from Dhaka University and a Master of Arts from Oxford University, U.K.