Pediatric Specialist
Founder and President, Hope Foundation

NRB DAY Award 2023
Health Sector

Dr. Iftikher Mahmood has been chosen for the NRB Day Award 2023 for his academic excellence and untiring humanitarian contribution in the health sector for the marginalized population of the country.

Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, an Adjunct Professor at College of Public Health, University of Nebraska and visiting Faculty at Tufts Medical College, Boston, is a native of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. After obtaining his medical degree from Bangladesh, Dr. Mahmood moved to the US and obtained fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology from New York Hospital – Cornell University.

In May 1999, Dr. Mahmood established Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh as a nonprofit organization in the State of Florida, USA, with a mission to provide healthcare to the marginalized women and children of Bangladesh.   In December of 1999, Hope Foundation opened its first outpatient clinic in a rented room with just one part-time physician to provide medical care to poor people in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. In 2017, Dr. Mahmood’s team established Hope Field Hospital and several health facilities to serve the Rohingya refugees who were forcibly displaced from Myanmar and came to Bangladesh. Hope Foundation served more than 616,000 people in 2022, close to 3 million Bangladeshi nationals and Rohingya refugees over the past 23 years. For Hope Foundation’s humanitarian services, it received highly prestigious global awards.