Tariq A. Karim
Ambassador Tariq A. Karim is currently a consultant and an Advisor to the World Bank for Regional Integration, South Asian Region, and resident in New Delhi as Distinguished fellow with Vivekananda International Foundation. Prior to taking up this assignment, he was Bangladesh’s immediate past High Commissioner to India with the rank and status of a Minister of State, from August 2009 until October 2014. He has played a seminal role in qualitatively improving the tone, tenor and substance of Bangladesh-India relations, dramatically reconfiguring them for the better. After Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, he played an important role in creating the personnel and administration departments in the nascent Foreign Ministry. Karim held numerous assignments, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh and abroad, including:
Bangladesh High Commissioner to New Delhi, India with a cabinet rank, Ambassador to the United States, High Commissioner to South Africa — with concurrent accreditation to Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, and with consular jurisdiction in Zambia and Zimbabwe ; Ambassador to Iran with concurrent accreditation to Lebanon, Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi. Ambassador Karim was at the University of Maryland from 1999 to 2000 as Distinguished International Executive in Residence, and subsequently from 2002 to 2004 as Consultant/Senior Adviser in the IRIS Centre of the University of Maryland (while at the same time pursuing post-graduate studies in Government & Politics). He was also adjunct faculty member teaching courses in Government & Politics, International Relations, and Business & Politics at the University of Maryland, George Washington University and Virginia International University, respectively, from 2004-2008.