knighthood to Fazle Hasan Abed
New Delhi: BARC founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services in tackling poverty and empowering the poor in Bangladesh and in other parts of the world. Abed’s name was included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List released on Dec 31, the NGO said in a statement on Thursday. He is to be appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG). Abed is the first person of Bangladesh origin to be honoured with a knighthood by the British Crown since 1947. Abed will receive his knighthood for his work spanning four decades in education, health, human rights and social development and for bringing financial services to the doorstep of millions of the poor in an effort to ease poverty in Bangladesh and other countries in Asia and Africa. On receiving news of his knighthood, Abed said, “I am humbled by the honour to be conferred on me. I thank my colleagues in BRAC, who are at the forefront of the struggle to eradicate poverty in Bangladesh and abroad and I share this honour with them.” Abed is the second person in his family to be honoured with a knighthood. His grand uncle justice Nawab Sir Syed Shamsul Huda, was knighted in 1913, added the BRAC statement.
Descended from mediaeval chivalry, knights exist both within the orders of chivalry and in a class known as Knights Bachelor. Regular recipients include High Court judges and senior civil servants. Knighthood carries the title Sir; the female equivalent Dame only exists within the orders of chivalry.