Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury is a career Bangladeshi diplomat and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Bangladesh (2007-08). He has to his credit a PhD in international relations from the Australian National University, Canberra. Initially, he started his career as a member of the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1969. Dr. Chowdhury has held senior diplomatic positions in the course of his career. He served as Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2001-2007) and Geneva (1996-2001). He was also Bangladesh's ambassador to Qatar, Chile, Peru and the Vatican. During his long diplomatic career, Dr. Chowdhury has made tremendous contribution to addressing the global issues of vital significance including issues related to disarmament, trade policy, population and development and human rights. In recognition of his meritorious services, the New York City Council, in a Proclamation in 2003, named him as one of the world's leading diplomat leaders. He was also awarded a Knighthood of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by the Pope. Currently, he is a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore.