Eminent economist and former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka today at the age of 80. He breathed his last at 5.45 a.m. at the intensive care unit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in the city, local media reported citing family sources.
Khaled was admitted to a private hospital in the city’s Syamoli area with Covid-19 positive on Feb 1. Later, he was transferred to the BSMMU as he was diagnosed with different complications, including pneumonia.
Born on Jul 4, 1941 in Gopalganj district, Khaled obtained his master degree from Dhaka University Geography Department and earned MBA degree from the Institute of Business Administration of the same university.
He started his career as a banker in 1963 while he served the central bank as Deputy Governor from 1998 to 2000 and the Pubali Bank as Managing Director from 2000 to 2006.
Earlier, he also served Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Agrani Bank and Sonali Bank as managing director of the financial institutions.
The economist was working for the Pubali Bank as an independent director since Dec 9, 2020.
In 2011, Khaled was awarded honorary fellowship by the Bangla Academy.
President Md. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader expressed deep shock and sorrow at the demise of Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled.
In separate condolence messages, they prayed for salvation of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.