Chowdhury (BComm, Saint Mary’s University, 1990; MBA [International Management], Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management, 1991) joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1995 as an officer with the G-7 Summit. Between 1995 and 1997, he worked in the Parliamentary Relations Division, then in the Media Relations Division.
Chowdhury then accepted an assignment as assistant trade commissioner in Mumbai. He returned to Ottawa in 2000 to become a financial analyst. From 2001 to 2002, he served as press secretary to the minister of foreign affairs. From 2002 to 2003, he was director of operations to the deputy prime minister and minister of finance at the Privy Council Office. From 2003 to 2006, he served as consul general in Ho Chi Minh City. During this time, he had two short assignments as acting high commissioner to Sri Lanka and as acting consul general in Mumbai.
In 2006, he returned to Ottawa to become deputy chief of protocol. Between 2007 and 2008, he held two director positions related to Canada’s role in Afghanistan, then became director of operations on the Afghanistan Task Force at the Privy Council Office. In 2009, he became director general of programs at the Summits Management Office.