Taqsem A. Khan

Managing Director and CEO, Dhaka Water

Taqsem A. Khan

Managing Director and CEO, Dhaka Water

Biography

Taqsem Khan is the Managing Director and CEO of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA), a service oriented autonomous commercial organization in the Public sector of Bangladesh, covering more than 460 sq. km service area and 15 million population with a production of 2400 MLD (Million Liter water per day). Taqsem is a Visionary Leader who made dramatic reform (“Dhaka WASA Turn Around Program”) for last 7 years and converted a losing organization into a profitable, environment friendly sustainable, pro-people and good governance public sector water utility in Southeast Asia by increasing production, increasing revenue income 3 times, reducing NRW from 40% to 20% (DMA areas even 7%), reducing operating ratio to 0.66, introducing paperless e-billing system, ensuring water for all including low income community with 97% revenue collection. Taqsem is a frequent speaker on water supply and sewerage related issues at national and international media. He is also an active participant and leader at various professional seminars and workshops.

Taqsem has 35 years of vast management experience. He obtained his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Moscow, USSR in 1981, and started his professional career with PHILIPS Bangladesh Ltd. as Production Engineer.

From 1988 to 1998 Taqsem worked in the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), one of the largest health research organizations of the Southeast Asia, as Chief Engineer. Prior to joining WASA in 2009, Taqsem involved with different NGOs in USA and Bangladesh from 1999 to 2008 and also worked as Senior Management Consultant in a British Management Training Company

Besides professional engagement, Taqsem is an environment activist and expert who is also one of the founder member of BAPA, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bangladesh Environment Movement) in 2000.