A distinguished Bangladeshi scholar, Professor Syeda Sultana Razia of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), has been honored with the prestigious 2023 The Hague Award at the annual Conference of the States Parties (CSP-28) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The award, presented jointly by OPCW Director-General Ambassador Fernando Arias and Ambassador Henk van der Kwast on behalf of the Dutch Government, recognizes Professor Razia’s outstanding contributions to promoting chemical safety and security in Bangladesh. Her exemplary service as a member of the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) from 2018 to 2023, where she played a pivotal role in generating new knowledge and advancing global efforts to secure the world free from chemical weapons, was also acknowledged.
“Dr. Razia’s dedication to chemical safety and security is truly remarkable,” stated Ambassador Arias. “Her expertise and unwavering commitment to the objectives of the Chemical Weapons Convention have made a significant impact, both within Bangladesh and on the global stage.”
Professor Razia’s groundbreaking work has not only enhanced Bangladesh’s capacity to handle chemical substances responsibly but has also contributed to the organization’s broader mission of eliminating chemical weapons worldwide. Her recognition as the first Bangladeshi recipient of the OPCW The Hague Award is a testament to her unwavering commitment to scientific excellence and her dedication to safeguarding the world from the threat of chemical weapons.
Currently serving as a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at BUET, Professor Razia’s expertise spans various fields, including chemical safety, risk assessment, and environmental management. Her contributions to the OPCW and her unwavering commitment to advancing chemical safety have cemented her position as a leading figure in the field.
The OPCW The Hague Award, established by the Dutch government in 2013, honors individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the objectives of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Professor Razia’s recognition among this esteemed group of awardees further underscores her exceptional achievements and the far-reaching impact of her work.