Mr. Abdur Rouf Talukder joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in February 1988 (BCS 1985 batch). He worked in a wide range of government positions in his long illustrious career but his specialization in public finance and economic management has brought him back to Finance Division at almost every rank of his career. He worked more than 18 years in Finance Division before elevating to the position of Finance Secretary on 17 July 2018.
Apart from his long career in Finance Division, Mr. Talukder has served in the Ministry of Industries, Ministry of Food, and Ministry of Information. He also worked at Bangladesh High Commission, Kuala Lumpur as First Secretary (Commercial).
In Finance Division, he has contributed in important areas like budget reform, macroeconomic management and the introduction of IT in PFM. He was instrumental in implementing Medium Term Budget Framework (MTBF) and new Budget and Accounting Classification System (BACS). He played the key role in introduction of payroll automation for the government employees, EFT for pensioners and automation of National Saving Certificates. He is one of the key contributors in drafting the Public Money and Budget management Act, 2009 and Autonomous Bodies’ Surplus Revenue Act. 2020.
Mr. Abdur Rouf Talukder has long experience in designing and implementing projects under Annual Development Program (ADP). He worked in the Financial Management Reform Project (FMRP) as MTBF Specialist while he was a Deputy Secretary. Again, in the later part of his career, he led the team of officials in designing and implementing the Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP) which is a comprehensive approach to the skill development of the country. He has served as the first Executive Project Director of SEIP.
As Finance Secretary, he is Director, Board of Directors of Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank of Bangladesh); Chairman, Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Limited (BIFFL); Chairman, National Human Resource Development Fund (NHRDF); Vice-Chairman, IDB-BISEW; Deputy Chairman, SABINCO; Director, Board of Biman Bangladesh Airlines; Director, Infrastructure Development Company Ltd. (IDCOL); Member of the Board of Governors at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission, BPATC, BIISS and National Defense College etc.
Mr. Talukder received the ‘National Integrity Award, 2021’. He also led the Finance Division to achieve ‘Public Administration Award 2021’ at the National Level Technical Institution category.
Mr. Talukder holds an M.Sc. in Development Management from the University of Birmingham, UK and an MBA from Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of the University of Dhaka. In addition, he attended a number of professional training courses at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston, USA; IMF Institute, Washington DC, USA; Crown Agents Training & Professional Development Center, London, UK; Institute of Public Finance (IPF), Dhaka, etc.