Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources
Chairman, Governing Body
Bangladesh Power Management Institute
(a unique blend of general and technical abilities)
(a member of BCS Administration of the 8th Batch)
Sultan Ahmed has been having an excellent academic feat in science, engineering and technology, and an outstanding experience of solid works in development administration. This has made him an expert official with a unique blend of general and technical abilities. Mr Sultan studied civil engineering and transportation engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), and read sciences at Bhola Government High School and Government BM College, Barisal. He graduated in water resources development engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-Roorkee). He pursued Doctor of Philosophy in water resources development at BUET. Dr Sultan also studied engineering and technology in water resources development and management at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, IHE-Delft, The Netherlands, Lund University, Sweden, Tsukuba Science University, Japan, and Gothenburg University, Sweden. He received extensive training in systemic instruments on administration, law, policy, institution, development, and management, etc at home and abroad. He has been a policy and institution expert on land, water, environment, and climate change, and an EIA reviewer.
Dr Sultan, a career bureaucrat, has been having more than 30 years of working experience with the Government of Bangladesh, the biggest institution of the country, in various capacities such as Assistant Engineer, Assistant Secretary, Senior Assistant Commissioner and Magistrate, Senior Assistant Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary, etc in different ministries and public offices. He has a good experience of presiding over criminal courts and extensive knowledge on the Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Evidence Act—major substantive laws of the country. He has vast experience of public hearing, and judicial and administrative inquiry. He is a trainer in various public training institutions. He worked at CEGIS, a scientifically independent centre of excellence in providing intellectual and professional services in water, land, RS, GIS, database and environment development and management that functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Water Resources, as a Director of Business, HRD and Administration and a senior professional on policy and institution for a period of over eight years.
Dr Sultan served at the Department of Environment as its Director General during January 2018 – May 2019, and worked beforehand as Director (Natural Resources Management and Research) at the Department since January 2012. He represented Department of Environment as part of Bangladesh Delegation in numerous bilateral and global negotiations on environmental conservation and development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development, etc. He participated in the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC of COP21 in Paris, COP22 in Marrakech, COP24 in Katowice and developed keen skills on global negotiation. He participated most of the Working Group meetings of Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) for reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) since its establishment in 2012 as Bangladesh focal point.
Before joining at Power Division as Secretary on 31 December 2019, Dr Sultan served Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) as its Chairman during May-December 2019.
Dr Sultan is a member of Bangladesh Administrative Services of the 8th Batch. He is a South Asian Water (SAWA) fellow, and a fellow of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh. He has been found to be always keen about updating his knowledge in subjects he has been specialised, and also in others including science, technology, literature and ethnic matters. He has the ability of working long hours, of forward thinking, communicating and influencing, and analytical thinking and judgment. He is a good communicator, motivator and at the personal level, a very good friend of his colleagues. He is having a very pleasing personality with high moral values and integrity.