Executive Director (CEO), Campaign for Popular Education; and
Former Adviser, Caretaker Government of Bangladesh
Educationist and social activist Ms Rasheda K Choudhury is a leading policy voice in Bangladesh with nearly three decades of experience of working within and outside the government.
Ms Choudhury is the Executive Director of CAMPE, a network of more than a thousand education non-government organisations and educator groups in Bangladesh. She is also a Co-founder of GCE and GCAP.
Ms Choudhury is Member-Secretary of Education Watch, the largest academia-civil society initiative that regularly reviews the status of SDG-4 / Education 2030 in Bangladesh. It has earned wide recognition at home and abroad and inspired Watch initiatives, in other countries in Africa and the Asia-Pacific.
Ms Choudhury has been coordinating the Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) initiatives of
CAMPE and facilitating youth groups as part of its campaign to promote inclusiveness, diversity, values
Ms Choudhury is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Citi Micro Entrepreneurship Awards Program of Citi Bank and is currently serving as an independent Director of the Board of Directors of Delta BRAC Housing, the largest and specialized Housing Finance Institution in the private sector of Bangladesh.
In 2008, Ms Choudhury became an Adviser (Cabinet Minister) of the Government of Bangladesh. in charge of the Ministries of Primary and Mass Education, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs. Her involvement in the government’s decision-making process, even for a short period, has already gained recognition for education campaigners in the country. The pro-poor, pro-girl child and pro-women reforms that she introduced were later accepted and continued by the elected government.
She regularly writes in national newspapers and participates in debates of national and international significance relating to development issues, particularly on the right to education, gender justice and inclusive development.