Dr Nomita Halder ndc, the 11th Managing Director of PKSF, has been a career bureaucrat. Prior to assuming the office of the chief executive of PKSF, she had a bright record of a successful public servant. During her 31-year-long career, she performed her roles efficiently both at the implementation and the policy-making levels.
Starting her career in the service of the Republic as a Magistrate, she rose to a top position and retired as a Secretary. During the course of this journey, she served in different positions at the field level including Revenue Deputy Collector (RDC), Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) and Additional District Magistrate. In the central government structure, she served in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Industries. She was also the Project Director of a UNICEF funded project titled ‘Empowerment and Protection of Children (EPC)’, the focal areas of which pertained to social awareness building against child marriage, dowry, trafficking of women and children and all kinds of abuse and violence against them.
Dr Halder’s professional career achieved a major milestone when in 2014 she was appointed as the Private Secretary to Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Working closely with the highest executive of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and a widely acknowledged global political figure was a key opportunity for her to learn about the very high-level proceedings of decision-making. She attended many bilateral meetings to assist the Hon’ble Prime Minister during the latter’s tours abroad.
In July 2017, Dr Halder was promoted to the post of a Secretary and appointed in the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare & Overseas Employment. There, she worked with insight and courage to improve migration governance which relates to looking after the reasons of exploitation of migrant workers and prevention of human trafficking. Her preoccupation with such responsibilities had some strategic connection with the achievement of the relevant goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Halder had her Bachelor’s (Agricultural Sciences) and Master’s (Plant Pathology) degrees from Bangladesh Agricultural University. She did another Master’s in Development Administration from the Australian National University. Afterwards, she did her PhD on ‘Effective Representation of Women Legislators in Parliaments’ from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She also has a Diploma in Public Relations, Publicity and Promotions.
During her 3-decade-long career in the service of the Republic, Dr Halder sharpened her professional skills through a number of training programs including the very important one in National Defence College (NDC), e-Services to Enhance Citizens’ Quality of Life, Advanced Course on Administration and Development (ACAD), e-Governance Project Management, Managing At The Top (MATT), Population and Development, Survey and Settlement, Law and Administration, Treasury Rules.
Dr Nomita Halder ndc was also an Honorary Member of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh, and a Professorial Fellow at North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.