H.E. Ambassador M. Riaz Hamidullah did graduation and post-graduation in Economics, respectively from India and Bangladesh. He joined Bangladesh Foreign Service in 1995. Served a good part of his career in multilateral economic diplomacy.
In his assignments abroad, he first served at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN (New York) (1999-2003). Later, as a mid-career political officer in Bangladesh Mission in New Delhi (India) (2003-05).
During 2005-11, he worked on South Asian regional cooperation, including a three and half year stint at SAARC Secretariat (Kathmandu) as a Director where he dealt _inter alia_ with regional agriculture and rural development, transport connectivity, SAARC Development Fund, development of regional projects. He also contributed towards development /re-organisation of SAARC institutions and processes.
In 2012, he served as Director-General in charge of Europe and EU Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. That time, he shepherded Bangladesh’s economic engagements with a number of European countries and Bangladesh’s entry in ASEM process.
He served as the Director-General (Multilateral Economic Affairs) (2013-16) _inter alia_ covering sustainable development, climate change, migration, development finance, multilateral trade, connectivity, water, blue economy. He shepherded Bangladesh’s engagement in a range of multilateral processes like Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Served as the lead interlocutor and negotiator on Bangladesh Sustainability Compact on RMG and Textile industry _vis-à-vis_ the US, EU; and matters related to Responsible Business Conduct. To date, anchors Bangladesh’s engagement in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM EC). Since 2017, serving as the point man on Bangladesh engagements at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Served as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka (August 2016 – July 2020). Took over as the Ambassador-designate of Bangladesh to the Netherlands on 6 July 2020 and presented the Credentials to His Majesty the King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 15 July 2020.
He holds interest _inter alia_ in development, technology, global business and work issues