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Mikail Shipar

Mikail is a former senior government official whose work ensured sound industrial relations, trade union and labor rights, and welfare and worker safety improvements in Bangladesh. He remains actively engaged across business in Bangladesh, serving on the advisory council of the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, as independent director at EnergyPac and as founding managing director of Faizi Tea. 

From 2012, Mikail served as permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Employment until he retired in 2017 to join the private sector. During his government tenure he played a key role in policy development, including the Bangladesh Labor Rules 2015, and the government’s response to both the Tazreen fire incident and the Rana Plaza industrial accident.  

Mikail joined the Bangladesh civil service in 1983. He fulfilled administrative duties as a magistrate, as a subdistrict executive officer and as an additional district commissioner. Diplomatically, he worked as first secretary in the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata, India, and held the post of director general in the Prime Minister’s Office.  

Mikail received a master’s degree in agricultural extension from the Institute of Post Graduate Studies in Agriculture in Bangladesh, and earlier graduated from the Bangladesh Agricultural University. He has received training in agricultural research management in Hyderabad, India, and in women in development from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. 

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