At the end of his term in Washington as an Ambassador, Humayun Kabir expresses his gratitude to the Bangladeshi community here in Washington for their vibrant activities and for rendering him all possible cooperation . In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service , Ambassador Kabir feels that he has performed the responsibilities which were entrusted to him by his government and his people.
M. Humayun Kabir, Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the U.S., was born on September 26, 1952, in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). He fought during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
Kabir earned a Master’s degree in Political Science in 1975 from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh; an LL.B. from the University of Dhaka in 1982; and a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées in International Organization and Diplomacy from the University of Paris XI, in 1984. From 1977 to 1980, Kabir was a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Department of Law at the University of Dhaka.
Kabir joined the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry in 1981, and is a career diplomat with the rank of Permanent Secretary. From 1987 to 1991, he served at the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, DC. From 1991 to 1994, he was First Secretary and Counselor for the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Calcutta, India. Returning to Bangladesh, from 1994 to 1996 he was Director of the UN and Foreign Secretary’s Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka. From 1996 to 1999, he was Counselor to the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. He returned to Calcutta to serve as Deputy High Commissioner there from July 1999 to April 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he held a variety of positions at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Dhaka. Kabir’s first ambassadorial post was as Ambassador to Nepal from August 2003 to July 2006, and then he served as High Commissioner to Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Fiji, from July 2006 to July 2007. In July 2007, he became Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States. In addition to his native language of Bengali, Kabir speaks English, French, Hindi & Nepali.