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Liberation War organizer and noted humanitarian Kaiser Zaman passes away

Brac, for which Kaiser was one of the founding partners, expresses sorrow and remembers him with profound respect and love

Update : 21 Jun 2023, 05:46 PM

Kaiser Zaman, organizer of the Liberation War of Bangladesh and a noted humanitarian, passed away on Monday. 

He was a close friend of international development organization Brac founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, a former member of Brac's governing body, said Brac in a press release issued on Wednesday. 

The international organization, in its press release, expressed sorrow over losing a true friend and remembered him with profound respect and love saying. 

It said Kaiser Zaman's legacy will forever shine as a beacon of hope, compassion, and tireless advocacy for those who need it the most. 

Kaiser Zaman and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed shared a friendship that spanned half a century, which sadly came to an end with Sir Fazle's death in 2019.

When Fazle Hasan Abed joined the Pakistan Shell Oil Company in 1968, Kaiser Zaman was his colleague there. Following the devastating Bhola Cyclone in 1970, Kaiser Zaman and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established an organization called “HELP” to provide relief in the cyclone-affected areas. At one point, Kaiser Zaman left his job at Shell to fully dedicate himself to the relief work.

During the 1971 Liberation War, Kaiser Zaman actively participated in various initiatives aimed at shaping public opinion in support of Bangladesh. 

He became one of the earliest employees of Brac, joining soon after its inception in 1972.

Kaiser Zaman served as a former representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

For over 25 years, he dedicated himself to humanitarian efforts, working as the deputy or head of operations for numerous UNHCR missions and non-governmental organizations across the globe. 

From Switzerland to the United States, from Hong Kong to Thailand, and from Azerbaijan to Somalia, he demonstrated an unwavering commitment to assisting those in need, touching countless lives and bringing hope to the most vulnerable.

Prior to his remarkable journey with the UNHCR, Kaiser made significant contributions to various organizations. 

His invaluable expertise was recognized during his tenure at Brac, Unilever and Shell Oil, International Rescue Committee, and Capitol Headstart. 

Kaiser's involvement with Brac from its inception showcased his unwavering dedication to fostering positive change. 

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