Ms. Sadia Faizunnesa has joined as the 15th Consul General of Bangladesh in New York on 1st June, 2018. She joined the Bangladesh Civil Service (Foreign Affairs) cadre on 25 January 1999 .
Immediately before joining as Consul General she had served as the Director General, United Nations Wing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh. She gathered experiences on consular services and welfare activities for the Bangladesh community in Germany, Austria and Czech Republic while she was posted at the Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin, Germany. She had also served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York; Counsellor, Head of Chancery and Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand; and in different capacities at the bilateral, multilateral and administrative wings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka.
She had actively participated in the 68th,69th,70th, 71st and 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations as a member of Bangladesh delegation. She also took part 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 UN General Assembly (2013-2015)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 immediate past assignment as Director General (UN, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs), she worked very closely in mobilizing support of the international community and facilitating humanitarian assistance for the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.
Ms. Faizunnesa passed the high school and college board exams with distinctions from Mymensingh Girls Cadet College and received the “All-Rounder Cadet” award . She was also the college prefect . She obtained the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Sir Salimullah Medical College in Bangladesh. Later, after joining the Bangladesh Foreign Service, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from BRAC University and was conferred the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal. She completed multiple diplomatic and professional courses in Bangladesh, India, Germany, France, Belgium, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Australia .
She was an ardent debater in her student life and won the National Debate Champion Award in 1994 and Runner -up in 1993 in the Bangladesh Television debate competition. She actively participated in literary and cultural activities and is also an enlisted “A” grade singer in Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar.
Ms. Faizunnesa takes special interest in promoting ‘diaspora diplomacy’, as she strongly believes that diaspora plays a significant role in representing a positive and progressive Bangladesh around the world. She is committed to deliver her best in upholding the interests and wellbeing of the Bangladesh community residing under the jurisdiction of Bangladesh Consulate in New York.