Kazi Habibul Awal
Ministry of Religious Affairs
Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Kazi Habibul Awal joined the Ministry of Religious Affairs as Secretary on 22, April 2011. He is responsible as Chief Executive Officer, for the overall administration and management of the Ministry as well as departments and organizations under the Ministry. Islamic Foundation, Office of the Waqf Administrator, Hindu Religious Welfare Trust, Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust and Christian Religious Welfare Trust are the five statutory organizations attached to the Religious Affairs Ministry. Apart from that, the Ministry has permanent Hajj Mission Offices in Jeddah, Mecca and Madina of KSA. The Ministry has at present eight development/technical projects. Secretary is the Chairman of the Project Steering Committees of all those Projects.
Kazi Habibul Awal was born on 21January 1956. He received LL.B (Hons.) in 1976 and LL.M in 1978 from Dhaka University. He obtained Certificate of Enrollment as an Advocate from Bangladesh Bar Council in 1980 and became member of Dhaka District Bar Association. He appeared in the Bangladesh Civil Service (Judicial) Competitive Examination of 1981 conducted by the Public Service Commission and qualified for appointment in the judicial Service. He joined as Munsif (Assistant Judge) in 1981. He was regularly promoted to the next higher positions of the service and was finally promoted to the post of District and Sessions Judge in 1997. He also worked as Secretary, Bangladesh Law Commission, Chairman, Labour Court and Project Director of Bangladesh Legal and Judicial Capacity Building Project. Kazi Habibul Awal also worked on deputation in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs as Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary. He was appointed as Joint Secretary in the Legislative Drafting Wing of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in December 2000 and joined in that position opting out from Judicial Service. He was appointed Additional Secretary in 2004. Before joining Ministry of Religious Affairs as Secretary, Kazi Habibul Awal acted as Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs from 28 June 2007 to 17 December 2009.
During his 30 year long service career, Kazi Habibul Awal attended a six month long international training course on Legal and Legislative Drafting held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1986 financed by the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK. He attended various international workshops, Seminars and conferences in USA, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Nepal, Canada, UK, Japan, France, Norway, Sweden, Ghana, South Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong. He visited KSA in connection with the hajj management as a member of Bangladesh Officials Hajj Delegation and performed hajj in 2010.
Kazi Habibul Awal is often invited by different organisations to attend and speak as a resource person. Such organisations include National Defence College, Police Staff College, Public Administration Training Center (PATC), Foreign Service Training Academy, Judicial Service Training Institute, etc.