Kamal Siddiqui
Nationality Bangladesh
Committee Committee on the Rights of the Child
Date First Elected 02/23/2005
Date Term Expires 02/28/2009
Position on Committee Committee member
Professional Background Main professional activities:
- Policy-making and oversight of policy implementation at the highest levels of Government, SAARC (ISACPA) and the Asian Development Bank (as member of the ADB Board). In the field of child rights, concrete achievements during the last three years have been the release of a large number of children from jails, establishment of nurseries in prisons and safe homes, raising the age of criminal liability and converting correction centres for children into development centres. Recognized as a champion of children by the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in its landmark judgement in a child rights case in 2003, owing to these activities
- Teaching, training and research in development economics, public policy, human rights, governance and poverty alleviation

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:
- Chairman, National Committee to suggest organizational set-up of the office of Independent Children Commissioner for Bangladesh, March 2004
- Chairman, Board of Governors, Social Development Foundation (SDF), an organization jointly funded by the World Bank and the Government of Bangladesh since January, 2002. This organization is devoted to the alleviation of hard-core poverty
- Organized an International Workshop on Child Labour in Dhaka on 12 March 2003 under the auspices of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
- Leader, Bangladesh Government delegation to France, Norway and Sweden in February 2004 to study the Children Ombudsman institution in these countries with a view to setting up such an institution in Bangladesh
- Head of the Bangladesh delegation to the meeting of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva to review the implementation status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Bangladesh (second periodic report review session), September 2003

List of most recent publications in the field:
Published 30 books and more than 100 articles, notes, book reviews, reports, etc. Those relevant to child rights are as follows:
- Megacity Governance in South Asia: A Comparative Study (Dhaka, University Press, 2004)
- Better Days, Better Lives: Towards a Strategy of Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Bangladesh (Dhaka, University Press, 2004) (Bengali edition, 2002)
- Keynote presentation at the National Workshop on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility and Aspects of the Children Act 1974, Dhaka, January 2004
- Overcoming the Governance Crisis in Dhaka City (Dhaka, University Press, 2000)
- Jagatpur 1977-1997: Poverty and Social Change in Rural Bangladesh, (Dhaka, University Press, 2000)
- Social Formation in Dhaka City: A Study in Third World Urban Sociology (Dhaka, University Press, 1990)
Educational Background- 1980 Ph.D. in Economics, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
- 1975 M.A. in Development Studies, with distinction, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
- 1974 Postgraduate Diploma in Development Administration with Distinction, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
- 1966 Master of Science in Applied Chemistry, First Class, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Current occupation Current position/function:
- Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office since October 2001; as Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister, involved in policy-making and monitoring of policy implementation at the highest level
Chairman, Independent South Asia Commission on Poverty Alleviation (ISACPA) set up by SAARC Heads of States/Governments at the SAARC Summit held in Kathmandu in December 2001
- Chairman, National Steering Committee on Poverty Alleviation since September 2003. The task of this committee is to convert the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (IPRSP) into a PRSP through in-depth consultation with all stakeholders
- Chairman, Inter-Ministerial Standing Committee on Child Rights since January 2002
LanguageEnglish, Bengali, Hindi and Urdu
Working LanguageEnglish