Dr Safiqul Islam is the director of BRAC’s education programme. He received his PhD in economics. Prior to joining BRAC in 1987, Dr Islam was a research associate at the Centre for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP). At BRAC, he has held various positions, including programme coordinator in the monitoring department. Dr Islam also worked for UNICEF in Pakistan, in 1997-1998, as a consultant to the government of North-West Frontier Province on various aspects of non-formal education. He was seconded to SIDA to work on non-formal education in Bangladesh during 2002. In 2011, he was invited by the Qatar Foundation as a panelist on the 11-member international committee responsible for short-listing nominees for the WISE Prize.
Dr Islam was a member of Global Board of Generation Unlimited. He represents BRAC in various interdepartmental, senior-level committees comprising government and NGOs in Bangladesh.