Bangladesh Appoints First Female High Commissioner to Brunei
Diplomat Nahida Rahman Shumona

The government has decided to appoint career diplomat Nahida Rahman Shumona as the next Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

She is the first female High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei.

Nahida Shumona, currently the Director General for Regional Organizations, joined Bangladesh diplomatic service in 1998 and also served as the Director General for Consular and Welfare Wing of the foreign ministry.

MoFA officials told Migration News that she would soon replace incumbent High Commissioner Air vice Marshal (Retd) Mahmud Hussain who has been discharging diplomatic responsibilities since November 14, 2016.

Bangladesh now enjoys excellent relations with Brunei Darussalam as the both countries share aspirations of peace, prosperity and development with common cultural and religious values, they said.

Nahida Shumona previousely served as Charge De Affaires in Brazil where she worked closely with the migration institute of Brazil to help 2000 plus Bangladeshis living there.

She was invited to deliver five lectures in five universities of Brazil on ‘Bangladesh a role model in women's empowerment.’

As young consular officer in Australia she had visited detention centres to offer consular help.

In Canada, Shumona had served as acting high commissioner and she met several times the then Liberal leader now Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau who had keen interest on Bangladesh.

In Kolkata, she worked as counsellor political, press and head of administration

Being current co-chair of BCS Women network, Shumona obtained masters in Diplomacy and International Trade from Monash University, Australia, Masters and honours in English Literature from Dhaka University.

A recipient of fellowship in Transboundary Water Law from Geneva University, Shumona is married to Aslam Iqbal, a retired Additional Secretary to the Bangladesh government.

They have two sons. An avid reader and technology enthusiast, she uses her free time to volunteer with underprivileged children.

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