Farooq Sobhan is President and Chief Executive of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI). He completed an illustrious diplomat career in the Bangladesh Foreign Service during which he had been Foreign Secretary (1995-97) and headed several United Nations Commissions and Bodies. He was Executive Chairman, Board of Investment and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister 1997-1999. Sobhan is a Member of the International Research Committee of the Centre for Security Studies, Colombo. He is a Member of the Board of Governor of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Dhaka. He was a visiting professor at George Washington University in 2003 where he taught two post graduate courses. He has written extensively on regional cooperation in South Asia and is currently involve in a number of initiatives in the region.