The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) has elected Mahmudul Hasan Khusru FCA its president and Sidhartha Barua FCA, Md Abdul Kader Joaddar FCA and Maria Howlader FCA vice presidents for the year the2021.
The new office bearers of the institute were elected by its council members at the 21st council meeting of 2020 on Tuesday, which was presided over by current ICAB President Muhammad Farooq FCA.
Mahmudul Hasan Khusru – a director and the chief executive officer (CEO) of Expo Group and DataFort Limited – will take over the charge of ICAB president on 1 January 2021.
He acquired a degree on "Innovation and Strategy" from Harvard University, USA. Presently, he is pursuing a PhD on "Information Technologies for public sector reporting in Bangladesh".
He is also involved in advocacy roles on various laws and policy formation processes of the government including preparation of various research papers and study materials.
The new vice presidents
Sidhartha Barua became an associate member of the ICAB in 1995 and a fellow member in 2000.
He obtained a MCom degree in accounting from Chittagong University. He served Meghna Petroleum Ltd from 1987 to 2001 in different capacities.
Currently, he is a partner of MA Mallik & Co – a chartered accountants firm based in Chattogram, and a council member of the ICAB for the 2019-2021 term.
Md Abdul Kader Joaddar became an associate member of the ICAB in 2001 and a fellow member in 2019.
Joaddar has been working as the managing director and chief financial officer (CFO) at Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh since October 2018.
In his career spanning over 19 years, Joaddar acquired vast experience within the banking and life insurance industries in the areas of finance, performance management, financial controls, budgeting, forecasting liquidity, balance sheet and capital management, corporate tax management, and payments.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was working as the deputy managing director and CFO at BRAC Bank Limited in Bangladesh and has also served as the CFO of MetLife Bangladesh.
Joaddar had served the Standard Chartered Bank for 12 years (2003 to 2015) performing with distinction as Financial Controller of the bank's UAE operation from 2006 to 2012. He also performed the role of acting CFO for UAE and was engaged in Finance Transformation Programme as the Global Process Manager for General Ledger and Accounting as well as Head of Client Analytics, Group Corporate and Institutional Clients Finance of the bank, based in Singapore.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2003, Joaddar had worked as the manager, Assurance & Advisory Services, Rahman Rahman Huq – a member firm of KPMG in Bangladesh.
Maria Howlader is the founder of Howlader Maria & Co Chartered Accountants – a member firm of TGS Global.
She was a partner in A Qasem & Co Chartered Accountants and practiced there for many years.
Earlier, she worked for Hoda Vasi Chowdhury & Co Chartered Accountants.
She became an associate member of the ICAB in 2008 and fellow member in 2013.
Maria is also the vice chairperson of the Women Leadership Committee in the South Asian Federation of Accountants.