Mr. Faiz Sobhan has over two decades of work experience on a wide range of international political, economic, social and security issues. Prior to joining the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mr. Sobhan spent 13 years at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in London, England, working on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues. He joined BEI as Research Director in the Foreign Policy, Security, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism section in 2009 and was promoted to Senior Research Director in July 2018.
Mr. Sobhan research includes issues related to regional cooperation, security, radicalization, terrorism, counter-terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism. He has authored a number of articles and publications on the above subjects. He has made presentations at national, regional and international seminars and conferences on a range of issues including “Regional Cooperation in South and Southeast Asia”, “India-Bangladesh Relations”, “Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations, Bangladesh-China Relations”, and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism”.
Mr. Sobhan has a MA degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and a BA degree in International Studies from George Mason University in USA. He is an alumnus of the Near East and South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University in Washington D.C., USA.
Mr. Sobhan has been interviewed by New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Xinhua News, China Central Television Network (CCTN),Channel News Asia, and Yomiuri Shimbunamong others. His articles have been published in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Council for Asian Terrorism Research (CATR), Macquarie University, Australia, the Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune and Dhaka Courier, among others.