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Obaidullah A. Z. M. Khan, Bangladeshi ambassador, writer. Recipient Bangla Academy poetry award, 1979, National Poetry award, 1984. Fellow: Association Creative Writers (president 1980-1984), Center International Affairs, Bangladesh Institute Development Studies; member: Bagladesh Center Development Studies, Society International Development, International Club (Washington).


Khan, Obaidullah A. Z. M. was born on May 1, 1934 in Barisal, Bangladesh. Son of Abdul Jabbar and Saleha Khan.


1 child, Sumanah. Bachelor of Arts, Dhaka U., 1953, Master of Arts, 1954. Diploma in Public Administration, Cambridge U. (England), 1959. Fellow Harvard University, 1974-1975.

Civil servant Government of Pakistan, 1957-1969, economics counselor, 1969-1971. Permanent secretary Government of Bangladesh, 1972-1982, cabinet minister agriculture, 1982-1984, ambassador to the United States, since 1984. Consultant World Bank, Washington, 1975-1976, 82.


Assistant Director-General & Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Representative, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office(s) for Asia & the Pacific, Maliwan Mansion, Phra Atit Road, Banglumpoo since 1990. Consultant, Consultative Group for International Agr Rch, Policy Planning & Rch Division, World Bank, Washington, District of Columbia, 1988-1990. Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States of America & to Mexico, 1984-1987.

Minister, Ministry of Communication, 1984, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation, 1982-1983, Bangladesh. Alternate Gov, International Fund for Agricultural Development, 1980-1982. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, 1976-1982.

Consultant, Poverty & Rural Development, World Bank/United Nations, 1975-1976. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government & Cooperatives, Bangladesh, 1972-1974. Economic Counsil, Embassy of Pakistan, People’s Representative of China, 1970-1972.

Chief, Programming Division, Pakistan Planning Commission, 1968-1969. Secretary, Department of Information, Government of East Pakistan, 1967-1968. Additional posts, Pakistan Government, 1957-1967.


Member Fellow, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 1974-1975. Senior Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, 1981-1982. Member, Bureau of World Food Council, 1983-1984.

Fellow-in-Residence, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America, 88.


  • Other Interests

    Development economics, writing poetry. Reading, gardening, listening to music.


Son of Abdul Jabbar v and Saleha Khan. Married Jahanara Huqchowdhury Khan, August 31, 1958 (divorced 1977). Children: Riaz Ahmed, Faiyyaz Ahmed.

Married Mahjabeen Khan Khan, November 27, 1977. 1 child Sumanah.

Abdul Jabbar Khan

Jahanara Huqchowdhury Khan

Mahjabeen Khan Khan

Riaz Ahmed Khan

Faiyyaz Ahmed Khan

Sumanah Khan