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Managing Director

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal

Managing Director

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.

Nominations for the Office of Managing Director of the CFC

14 April 2023, Amsterdam.  The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), an autonomous intergovernmental financial institution established within the framework of the United Nations, today announced an invitation to its Member Countries to nominate candidates for the CFC’s next Managing Director.

The Managing Director is the most senior position of the CFC with responsibility for leading the organisation and conducting its business. Nominations for Managing Director can only be made by the Governors (or Alternate Governors) of CFC Member Countries. Nominations for Managing Director may be submitted by letter, facsimile or e-mail and must be received by H.E. Dr. Eniola Ajayi, Chairman of the CFC’s Governing Council, no later than 18 August 2023, by 18:00 hrs. CET.

Following the nomination process, the election of the next Managing Director will take place on 21 and 22 November 2023 during CFC’s annual Governing Council meeting in The Hague, The Netherlands.  The Governing Council is the principal CFC governing body with full decision-making powers.

The Managing Director of CFC may serve two consecutive terms of four years. The present incumbent is serving his first term and therefore eligible for re-nomination.

More information on the nomination procedure can be found here.