Nilufer Zafarullah re-elected Chair, Salma Karim elected Vice-Chair of Education Science Technology and Cultural Development Trust (ESTCDT)
Architect Nilufer Zafarullah has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Education Science Technology and Cultural Development Trust (ESTCDT) for a period of two years starting January 2023, replacing Md Tanveer Madar. Salma Karim has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the trust for the same two-year period. The election for the positions were held in the second week of December 2022, during which they were elected unanimously.
ESTCDT was established in 1992 as a philanthropic body with a strong commitment to take Bangladesh's higher education to global standards. Under ESTCDT, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) was founded in 1993 in Dhaka and Chittagong Independent University (CIU) in 2013.
Nilufer Zafarullah was a member of the 9th and 10th Parliament. She served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2013. She is also the Chairperson of Midland Bank Ltd. An architect by profession, she has been making remarkable contributions to the education and development sectors of Bangladesh for more than 25 years.
Salma Karim was the President of the Commonwealth Women's Association when she was living abroad with her husband Late Ambassador M. M. Rezaul Kaim. Since her return to Bangladesh, she has been a member of the Inner Wheel Club, a sister concern of the Rotary Club. Currently, she is the Editor of IWC at Gulshan.