The Governing Council at its 31st Annual Meeting, on 4 December 2019 in The Hague, elected, by consensus, Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal as Managing Director for a four-year term.
Before assuming his position at the CFC, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal served as Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of the Netherlands with concurrent accreditations to the Republic of Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina from March 2014 to February 2020. Before this time, he served in Bangladesh Missions in Washington, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur and Tashkent in different capacities. H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal also served as the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). During his tenure in the OPCW, Ambassador Belal also served in different capacities including Chairperson of the Executive Council from 2017 to 2018.
Ambassador Belal is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court since December 2018. Furthermore, the Bureau of the Assembly of States Parties appointed Ambassador Belal as “Facilitator for the Trust Fund of Victims” for the term 2015-2016. Ambassador Belal is also a member of the International Gender Champions and committed to the parity pledge of the International Gender Champion.
Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in the USA, a Master’s in International Relations and Trade from Monash University in Australia and also did his graduation in Forestry at Chittagong University in Bangladesh.