Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was founder and Chairman of one of the largest non-governmental organisations in the world, the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). It was established over 40 years ago and now has more than 140 million students in nine countries at all levels and ages.ย 

He was awarded the WISE Prize (established by the Qatar Foundation) in 2011 in recognition of his lifeโ€™s work of bringing basic primary education to some of the worldโ€™s poorest communities, from Afghanistan to South Sudan. He won many awards including the prestigious 2018 LEGO Prize for his contribution towards improving childrenโ€™s lives and the Laudato Siโ€™ award for creating opportunities for millions of people living in poverty.

Source of Influence: Social Issues

Date of Death: 20 December 2019

Status: Not featured in current year

Place of Death: Bangladesh