Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen

Minister of Foreign Affairs

The People's Republic of Bangladesh
Member of Parliament for Sylhet-1


Dr. Abul Kalam Abdul Momen (born 23 August 1947) is a Bangladeshi economist, diplomat, politician and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. He was Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from August 2009 to October 2015. He won the 2018 Bangladeshi general election from Sylhet-1 constituency. In 2019, he was appointed as the minister of foreign affairs of the Government of Bangladesh.


Momen was born on 23 August 1947 in Sylhet. He passed the matriculation exam from Sylhet Government Pilot High School. He attended the University of Dhaka and earned a BA in economics in 1969, and an MA in development economics in 1971.

Momen became a civil servant, serving as Private Secretary to the Minister of Rural Development, Local Government and Cooperatives from 1973 to 1974; Private Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, and Mineral Resources and Petroleum from 1974 to 1975; Section Officer, South Asia, East Asia and Middle East, Ministry of Commerce from 1975 to 1976; and Director, Office of the President’s Advisor on Trade and Commerce from 1976 to 1978. Meanwhile, he completed an LLB in law and jurisprudence from Central College, Dhaka, in 1976.