M Zakir Hossain Khan

Climate Finance Analyst & Chief Executive, Change Initiative

During two decades of career, M Zakir Hossain Khan has been contributing as a front-runner global evidence-based policy and governance advocate on climate finance (including renewable energy), water and disaster responses. Mr. Khan has been performing as Founding Chief Executive of Change Initiative, a Dhaka-based thinktank. He has published more than 100 reports, journal articles and recently jointly contributed to a book titled “Climate change and community resilience: Insights from South Asia” published by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE).He has recently accomplished a ground-breaking study on renewable energy finance in Bangladesh and currently contributing to build capacity of the Nepal government in access to climate finance particularly the GCF and accomplished innovative governance on climate adaptation in Bangladesh in association with SOAS, University of London. Moreover, since 2010 he has contributed to develop climate finance governance regime in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Kenya, Maldives, Nepal, Peru and Rwanda. Earlier, he performed as technical expert for the “International Climate Finance Cell” at Economic Relations Division, the GCF-NDA of Bangladesh. Throughout his career, he contributed to Green Climate Fund, University of London (SOAS), WFP, UNDP, BMZ, GIZ, USAID, ADB, World Bank, IUCN, Oxfam, Transparency International, UK-FCDO, and Water Integrity Network along with public, NGOs, CSOs and the private sectors.

3:31 PM - 5:30 PM

September 9 Day 2

Session: Equity and Justice in Access to Climate Finance: International and Regional Perspective

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Key Note:

M Zakir Hossain Khan
Climate Finance Analyst
& Chief Executive, Change Initiative


Dr. Shaikh Shamsuddin Ahmed
Commissioner of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dr. Mohammad Abul Hossen
Member, Joint Rivers Commission, Bangladesh

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury
Executive Director, Coast Foundation

Chowdhury Liakat Ali
Director, Sustainable Finance Department, Bangladesh Bank

Dr. Shaikh Moniruzzaman
Joint Secretary (Fiscal Policy), Finance Division, Ministry of Finance

Professor Mizan Khan
Professor, ICCCAD, Independent University

Enamul Huque
Head, Client Coverage, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bangladesh


Dr Maliha Muzammil
Climate Change Specialist, UNDP Bangladesh