Ambassador Tariq Karim has joined BRAC University as a Visiting Fellow. He was High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India with the rank and status of a Minister of State from August 2009 to October 2014. Since mid-November, 2014, he has been advising the World Bank on their South Asian Regional Integration program, focusing on encouraging economic and ecological integration through engaging in consensus-building dialogue.
Ambassador Karim joined the Foreign Service in 1967 and was Additional Foreign Secretary (1995-97), when was involved with finalizing the negotiations that resulted in the signing in December 1996 of the landmark 30-year Ganges Water Sharing Treaty with India. Among his senior diplomatic assignments abroad are, notably: Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States; High Commissioner to South Africa; Ambassador to Iran; Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing; and Deputy High Commissioner to India in New Delhi.
Ambassador Karim joined the Department of Government & Politics in the College of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Maryland at College Park, USA, initially as Distinguished International Executive in Residence (1999-2000). He was also Senior Advisor at the Center for Institutional Reforms and the Informal Sector (IRIS) of the University of Maryland (2002-2005). From 2003-2008, he served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland at College Park, George Washington University in Washington D.C., and the Virginia International University, Fairfax, Virginia.