Ms. Sadia Faizunnesa has joined as the 15th Consul General of Bangladesh in New York on 1st June 2018. This is the first time the Government of Bangladesh has appointed a female career diplomat as Consul General in New York. This is the reflection of the Government of Bangladesh’s policy of empowering women in important positions. Ms. Faizunnesa has expressed her commitment to protect and uphold the interests and wellbeing of the Bangladesh community and to focus on promoting the “Diaspora Diplomacy” in realizing the Vision 2021 and Vision 2041.
Ms. Faizunnesa joined the Bangladesh Foreign Service on 25 January 1999 and belongs to18th BCS (Foreign Affairs). Immediately before joining as Consul General she has served as the Director General, United Nations Wing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh.
She has had previous experiences of serving the Bangladesh community in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic while she was posted at the Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin, Germany.
She acclaimed recognition in her previous assignment as Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York during 2013-2016. She also served as Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand, and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under different capacities in the Multilateral Economic Affairs Wing, United Nations Wing, Europe Wing and Administration Wing.
She had actively participated as a member of Bangladesh delegation in the negotiations of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 and also in the New York Declaration for refugees and migrants during her tenure at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. She facilitated the “Culture of Peace” resolution at the General Assembly and co-facilitated the ECOSOC Humanitarian Resolution at the UN for three consecutive years (2014-2016). She had also worked as a member within Bangladesh Chairmanship of Ninth Global forum on Migration and Development GFMD (2016) task team. In her previous assignment of Director General (UN), she worked for mobilizing support of the international community and humanitarian assistance for the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.
She studied medicine and later obtained Masters Degree in Development Studies from BRAC University and was conferred on Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal. She attended professional diplomatic courses in India, Germany, France, Belgium, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Australia and in the Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy.
She is an ardent debater and won the National TV Debate championship in 1994 and runner up in 1993. She actively participates in literary and cultural activities and is also an enlisted A grade vocalist in Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar.
She holds interest inter alia in, development diplomacy, global business, public diplomacy and diaspora diplomacy.