Wishes poured in from the global leaders in celebration of the 80th birthday of Brac Founder and Chairman Sir Fazle Hasan Abed on April 27.
Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the UK, Desmond Swayne, minister of State for International Development, UK, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, minister of International Development and the Pacific, Australia, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, are among a few of those who wished their best.
“You've helped millions of people in Bangladesh and beyond to escape poverty through the dignity of their own work. In doing so, you've revolutionised the way we all think about development. Luckily for all of us, you show no signs of slowing down anytime soon,” said former US President Bill Clinton in a message, according to a press release.
Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said, “We've had a great partnership with Brac for more than a decade, and it's made a huge difference. Through Brac, you have changed the course of history for millions globally. For your vision and commitment to creating a better world, we salute you.”
“Abed bhai, happy birthday,” said Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, adding, “The scale and impact of what he's done, and yet the utter humility with which he's done everything, I think is a lesson for every single one of us who are working in development.”