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ICT Affairs Prime Minister's Office
ICT Affairs Prime Minister's Office
Mr. Sajeeb Wazed advises the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh on policy and strategic issues related to Information and Communication Technology as the Honorable Prime Minister’s ICT Advisor. He is the architect of Digital Bangladesh. The policies taken by him as the Prime Minister’s ICT Advisor opened a new horizon of ICT usage in Bangladesh as the country continues to improve rapidly in all indicators of technological advancement including mobile phone users, internet users, accessing public services digitally, mobile banking, and earnings from ICT exports. His policies has already contributed to Bangladesh receiving investment from Silicon Valley. It is a paradigm shift for Bangladesh to reach such a height in ICT from what it had been even less than a decade ago. Mr. Sajeeb Wazed is a successful IT entrepreneur and policy expert based in Washington, DC. He has worked in the industry for almost two decades. This includes several technology startups in the Silicon Valley. He has his own consulting practice in the Washington area with clients including global multinational companies. Mr. Sajeeb Wazed has a Bachelor’s degree with a triple major in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science from Bangalore University, another Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Texas and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2007, Mr. Wazed was elected ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum. Besides, he was given the ICT for Development Award by four renowned international organizations during the UN General Assembly 2016.
Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology
MUSTAFA JABBARHonorable Minister
Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology
Mustafa Jabbar is very known to the people of Bangladesh and Bengali speaking people of the world for his milestone works. His Bijoy Bangla Keyboard and Software has become the symbol of success of Software industry of Bangladesh and it has also been the icon of Bangla language in the Digital age. He is the only Patent holder in Bangladesh of any ICT related product (Bijoy Keyboard) till now. His works for the transformation of the education system to a digital format is leading the country towards a new era; in a digital education system. Mustafa Jabbar is deeply involved in the advocacy activities for the development of Haor areas of Bangladesh. Mustafa Jabbar came from a remote village of Bangladesh. Getting his higher education (Graduation and Masters) in Bangla Language & Literature from the University of Dhaka. He started his career as a journalist on 16 January 1972. He was a member of Mujib Bahini (Bangladesh Liberation Force) in 1971 and participated in the War of Liberation of Bangladesh. He was involved in the movement of freedom of press and was actively associated with the Dhaka Union of Journalists. He was elected as the Organizing Secretary of DUJ. Doing some businesses in Media, Travel & Tour Operation, Printing, Publishing and Computer Reselling, he is now engaged in Software Development, Providing IT Education, Developing IT Enabled Educational Curriculum, Developing Course Materials for ICT Education, Creating Software and providing ICT Services, Doing Researches on ICT, ICT Journalism and writing Books on ICT and other subjects. His first novel named Nokshotrer Onger was published in a book form in 2005. His second novel named Suborne Shekorh was published in the Fortnightly Tarokalok's Eid issue of 2006. Its book edition is under process of printing. Mustafa Jabbar is the technology leader and promoter of ICT in Bangladesh. He is the founder member of Bangladesh Computer Samity, Bangladesh Association of Software and Services and E Commerce Association of Bangladesh. He has been elected President of Bangladesh Computer Samity for the fourth term and retired from his office on 01 April 2014 due to regulatory bindings. He was also the founder Vice President of BASIS. He was President of BASIS from 16 July 2016 to 08 January 2018. He is more recognized as the local language solution provider in Bangla, Chakma, Asamese, Hindi & developer of Bijoy Bangla Keyboard & Software and expert in Graphics-Multimedia. He has developed Bangla Braille publishing system which enables blind people to use Bangla Braille in computer. He is also regarded as the Master of Digital Bangla Font designing. He has developed Bijoy Library, a library management Software which is being used by famous libraries of Bangladesh including British Council. He has developed 4 softwares named Bijoy Shishu Shiksha for preschool kids. He has also developed Bijoy Prathomik Shiksha 1,2,3, based on Text Books published by NCTB for grade 1, 2 and 3. He has established a large number of Schools in Bangladesh including Computer based Ananda Multimedia School and Bijoy Digital School.
Dr. Dipu Moni
Honorable Minister, M.P.
Ministry of Education
Dr. Dipu MoniHonorable Minister, M.P.
Ministry of Education
Dr. Dipu Moni(born 8 December 1965) is a Bangladeshi politician who is serving Bangladesh Government as the Minister of Education of Bangladesh since January 2019. She served Bangladesh as Foreign Minister of Bangladesh from 2009 to 2013. She was appointed the first female Foreign Minister on 6 January 2009 after a landslide victory for the Awami League-led Grand Alliance on 29 December 2008. She is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bangladesh National Parliament and the former Foreign Minister of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Dr. Dipu Monire-slected again Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League 20th council. She represents Chandpur-6(Chandpur-haimchor) as a Member of the 10th National Parliament of Bangladesh. Mrs. Moni is a daughter of Jointi Lal who was a founding member of the Bangladesh Awami League and known especially for his role in the Language Movement and as the first Council-elected General Secretary of the East Pakistan Chhatra League. Dr. Dipu Monipassed HSC from Holy Cross College, Dhaka. She studied MBBS at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital and LLB at Bangladesh National University. She later earned Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and earned Master of Laws at the University of London as an external student. She had completed a course on Negotiations and Conflict Resolutions from Harvard University. She is a lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court. Dr. Dipu Moniis married to Tawfique Nawaz, an Oxbridge educated Senior Advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court.They have one son, Tawquir Rashaad Nawaz and a daughter, Tani Deepavali Nawaz.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Zahid MalequeHonorable Minister
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Mr. Zahid Maleque, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was born on 11th April, 1959 in an esteemed family in Manikgonj district. His father, late Col. A Maleque (Rtd.) was an acclaimed politician & social worker and was Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation and Minister, Ministry of Textile & Jute and was the member of Advisory Committee of Bangladesh Awami League. His mother’s name is Mrs. Fouzia Maleque. As a candidate of Bangladesh Awami League Mr. Zahid Maleque was elected as a member in the National Parliament election in 2008 from the constituency Makikgonj-3. During that period, he played vital role as a member of parliamentary standing committee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry. In 2014 Mr. Zahid Maleque was again elected MP in the 10th National Parliament Election from thesame constituency. On January 12, 2014 he was appointed as the State Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the last election of 11th National Parliament, held on December 30, 2018 he has been reelected as member of parliament for consecutive third time from the same constituency. On January 7, 2019 Mr. Zahid Maleque took oath as a Minister for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Mr. Zahid Maleque obtained Masters Degree with Honor’s in English Literature and Language from University of Dhaka. Besides politics, he is actively involved in various social welfare services. He played a pioneer role in establishing different educational, religious and social development institutions. in Dhaka and Manikgonj. He is an eminent entrepreneur. He served successfully as the chairman of Bangladesh Thai Aluminum Ltd., Sunlife Insurance Co. Ltd., BD Thai Food and Beverage Ltd., Rahat Real Estate and Construction Ltd., BD Sunlife Securities Ltd. from 1984 to 2014. He has initiated ‘Colonel Maleque Medical College Hospital in Manikgonj, Mr. Zahid Maleque has lead the development work in Manikgonj. Some of the mentionable projects are: 1) 250 Beded District Hospital, 2) Medical Assistant Training School (MATS), 3) Institute of Health Technology, 4) Manikgonj Diabetic Hospital, 5) Agriculture Training Institute, 6) Bridges, Roads and Rural Electrification. At present he is working relentlessly to establish a service-oriented dynamic health sector. He has contributed significantly in ensuring good governance, Transparency and introducing efficiency in health services management. He is proud father of three children.
ZUNAID AHMED PALAK
ZUNAID AHMED PALAKState Minister
Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak held a number of important positions in the past which ensures him a great amount of experience. He was the Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on ICT Ministry and Private Member’s Bill from 2009 to 2013, and was also the Member of Parliament in National Assembly of Bangladesh since 2009. From 2009, he held the position of Co-Chair of Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change till 2013. He was also the President of Bangladesh Carom Federation since 2009, and Vice-President of International Carom Federation since 2011. He holds the position of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh since January 2014. Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak accomplished a number of achievements in his line of work. He had secured the National Award on Environment in 2010 in recognition to his role in the large scale tree plantation movement. He was elected Member of Parliament at the age of 28, and is considered the youngest MP in the 9th Parliament, and was re-elected in 2014. At the age of 33, he became the Minister of State making him the youngest minister in the history of Bangladesh. During his tenure, more than 18,000 government offices across the country were brought under a dedicated high speed intranet, one of the world’s largest web portal consisting of 25,000 government websites established, Bangladesh won ICT’s Sustainable Development Award and WSIS plus 10 Award from ITU and Public Service Excellence Award from WITSA. In 2016, he was nominated for Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak is a lawyer by profession and enrolled as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He had obtained his Masters of Science in Political Science and LLB (Bachelor of Law) from National University of Bangladesh. In addition, he had completed a Capstone Course from National Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Md. Shahriar Alam
Honorable State Minister, M.P.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Md. Shahriar AlamHonorable State Minister, M.P.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P., Hon’ble state Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh born in 1970 in Chittagong and spent his early life in Lalmonirhat and Rajshahi. He received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Dhaka City College and obtained an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Mr. Alam completed CAPSTONE course in the 1st batch at NDC, Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka. Mr. Alam is deeply involved in politics and has been working as an active member of the Bangladesh Awami League since 1997. He has been enthusiastic to ensure effective representation of the new generation in politics and in the Parliament. He was elected as a member of the National Parliament for the first time in 2008 with the highest margin of votes among the 6 constituencies of the Rajshahi Division of the country. He was elected a member of the National Parliament election in 2014 and 2018 consecutively. He was also the state minister for Foreign Affairs during the last tenure of Awami League Government. During the first tenure of Md. Shahriar Alam as State Minister for Foreign Affairs, the ‘Envoy’s Conference’ was held successfully under his guidance. He stood by the family members of the deceased people in the terrorist attack of Holey Artisan and was highly praised. Besides leading the main activities of Foreign Affairs, Mr Shahriar played an important role in solving the problems of Expatriate Bangladeshi Nationals. He tried to expand new horizon of mutual cooperation among different countries. Under the leadership of State Minister Md. Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh participated in International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) meeting under Human Rights Commission of UN and also joined the 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which contributed to develop the Human Rights condition in Bangladesh. As a Member of Parliament, Mr. Alam has made enormous contributions in various capacities. While acting as the Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Information, he played a key role in finalizing the draft of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and presented the RTI during various orientation programmes before the newly elected Members of the Parliament. Mr. Alam also served as a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Science & Technology and placed a motion in the Parliament with detailed explanation under the Rule 142 that paved the way to set up the first ever nuclear power plant. He acted as the Vice Chairman of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Climate Change, Education and Poverty Reduction; and Vice Chairman of All party Parliamentary Group on MDGs, PRSP, WTO and Bangladesh Development Forum. Mr. Alam also played a vital role as a member of the Preview Committee on Sangsad Bangladesh TV. He was a regular and active member of the discussion panel in the parliament session on budget and poverty reduction plan. An avid promoter of education, he spent all of his remuneration received as the Member of Parliament to run monthly scholarship programmes for secondary school students of his constituency. Mr. Alam also served earlier as a member of the Awami League Sub-Committee on Information, Research & Publicity and Publications and played a key role in organizing various orientation programmes all over the country. Mr. Alam is equally successful as an entrepreneur and started his career in Ready Made Garments Industry in 1995. A prominent entrepreneur having interest in different fields, his main focus is on textile business that employs 25 thousand workers. As a leading exporter, his company has been exporting to major destinations which include, among others, EU countries, the USA, Japan, Australia and Russia. Mr. Alam’s outstanding entrepreneurial success has helped him winning the National Export Trophy in Knitwear Category for 2007-2008. His business houses trains disables with the assistance from CRP and employs the highest number of physically challenged individuals. This led to the conferment of CSR Award from Global buyers on him. According to the advice of Mr Shahriar Alam who is renowned for his exceptional initiatives, the first Television channel in Bangla for children named Duronto TV is established which is the most popular Television channel in our country. This exceptional initiative is praised from all walks of people. As a social worker, Mr. Alam established the first ever Cricket School in Rajshahi and some of the cricketers of this school have proved themselves to be accommodated in the national cricket team. He is chief patronizer of Franchise Cricket Rajshahi Kings. His initiatives helped create fresh jobs for a few thousand youth. He had also contributed in successfully running training programmes in the RMG sector. He served as the Vice President of Bangladesh Hockey Federation. Currently Mr. Shahriar Alam is the President of Bangladesh Tennis Federation and one of the Directors of the Abahani Limited, the biggest sports organisation of the country. He has been deeply involved in sensitizing people about creating an ethics-based work environment where everyone is held accountable. Mr. Alam has a personal dream to see a poverty-free Bangladesh. Having spent so many years in north Bengal, he established the North Bengal Development Forum to pursue different development agenda of the region. A widely-travelled person, Mr. Alam visited all parts of the world even before joining as the State Minister for Foreign Affairs. The countries that he visited are among others, the UK, Canada, Russia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China, Kenya, the UAE, the USA, France, Japan, Maldives, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Korea, South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Mexico, Samoa, Oman, Venezuela, Nepal, Belarus, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Myanmar, Guinea, Vietnam, Croatia, Jordan Denmark and Kosovo. Mr. Alam is an excellent orator and a much familiar face in mass media and social media. He is quite passionate about reading, music and sports, especially cricket, football, hockey, golf and lawn tennis. Mr. Alam is married and blessed with two sons and one daughter.
Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury
Honorable Deputy Minister
Ministry of Education
Mohibul Hasan ChowdhuryHonorable Deputy Minister
Ministry of Education
Chowdhury (commonly known as Nowfel) was elected to Bangladesh Parliament Jatiyo Sangsad on 30 December 2018 from Chittagong-9 as a Bangladesh Awami League candidate. He was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Education in the 4th Cabinet of Sheikh Hasina. Mohibul Chowdhury is a second generation politician, his father was veteran Bangladeshi politician ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury. Mohibul graduated from London School of Economics with a Law and Anthropology degree and was called as a Barrister of Lincoln's Inn following post graduation from the University of Law. Besides being a Deputy Minister in Bangladesh, Chowdhury also holds the political post "Organising Secretary" of Bangladesh Awami League in the party's Central Committee. He was a partner of The Legal Circle, and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh before his ministerial appointment.
N M Zeaul Alam
Information & Communication Technology Division
N M Zeaul AlamSecretary
Information & Communication Technology Division
Mr. N M Zeaul Alam, at present, the Secretary of Information & Communication Technology Division. He is the immediate past the Secretary, Coordination & Reforms of the Cabinet Division (From December 2015 to January 2019). Prior to that he was Director General of the Department of Immigration and Passport. He belongs to Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS Administration) 84 batch. He obtained M.Sc. in Botany from the University of Chittagong after that he had got another Masters from the University of BRAC on Governance and Development. He served in all the core position in the field administration including Deputy Commissioner (Khulna) and Divisional Commissioner (Sylhet). He also served at Secretariat in different Ministries/Divisions at different position. In his long career, Mr. Alam actively participated in different meetings; workshops; seminars; regional, bi-lateral and multilateral meetings on trade negotiations in the country and abroad. He led Bangladesh delegation to SAFTA, BIMSTEC and APTA negotiation meeting and joined ministerial meetings of those regional trade agreements. He also joined international conference on G2P, Open Government Data (OGD), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) abroad. He actively worked on the signing of trade agreement between Bangladesh and India on the export of apparel from Bangladesh in 2007. At the national level he is the Co-chair of GoB-DP LCG from the Cabinet Division. He participated a course on ‘Creating Collaborative Solution: Innovation in Governance’ in Harvard University of USA. He had also undergone a number of professional training at home and abroad. He visited several countries including Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the USA, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He has been rewarded with National Award named ‘Innovation Award’ for outstanding contribution in digitization activities of Sylhet Division in 2012 as Divisional Commissioner of Sylhet. Mr. Alam is married and blessed with three daughters. His vision is to serve the people.
Wahidur Rahman Sharif
Wahidur Rahman SharifPresident
Wahidur Rahman Sharif is the founder and Managing Director of Digicon Technologies Ltd. since its inception (2010). He started Digicon Technologies Ltd. as one of the first BPO Companies in Bangladesh with a vision to provide unparalleled expertise and cost effectiveness to existing business processes with a mission to deliver solutions through right sets of people and technologies to ensure maximum value for business. Educated on MIS at University of Texas (Arlington), Wahidur launched his career as Manager, MIS, and Administration in Placemark Investments, an Envestnet’s portfolio consulting group, located at Addison, Texas. He later joined as Managing Partner Impetus Consulting, where his fields of experience span from hard core technology disciplines to sophisticated financial management. Under his leadership, Digicon Technologies was awarded the ‘ICT Achievement Award’ at the Digital World 2015 in Dhaka. Wahidur is also one of the Co-founder and Managing Director of Digicon Global Services Limited and Tahoe Communications Ltd. At the same time he is serving as the President of Bangladesh Association of Call Center & Outsourcing (BACCO), as well as member of FBCCI, BASIS & AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh).
Dr. James Poisant
Dr. James PoisantSecretary General
Dr. Poisant was appointed the Secretary General of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in June, 2006. In that capacity, he directs the day-to-day operations of the alliance. The WITSA alliance consists of over 80 leading ICT Associations from around the globe. WITSA members represent over 90% of the ICT industry worldwide. WITSA’s signature event is the the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT). Prior to joining WITSA, Dr Poisant was the founder and CEO of Poisant International LLC, an internationally recognized events management company. In 1996, Dr. Poisant was appointed the President and CEO of the 1998 World Congress on Information Technology held in the United States. He was then appointed the International Executive Director for the 2000 World Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan. Prior to organizing large international events, Dr. Poisant held a number of senior-level positions at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) including the Vice President of EDS’ Entertainment Division. At EDS he was responsible for EDS’ involvement in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the 1994 World Cup in the US and the 1996 Goodwill Games in St Petersburg, Russia. He was also responsible for the design, construction and operations of EDS’ first marketing center in Dallas, Texas. Before EDS, Dr. Poisant was the founder and first director of the Walt Disney Company’s Business Seminar Division, where he was responsible for all external Business, People Management and Quality Service seminars, and speeches. He presented speeches and seminars on leadership and management to over 200,000 executives world-wide. Dr. Poisant is the author of “Creating and Sustain a Superior Customer Service Organization,” He earned a Doctorate and Masters degree in Public Administration as well as a Masters Degree in Urban Education and Bachelors Degree in English and Secondary Education. Dr. Poisant is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Operation Smile, a former professor of Marketing and Management at George Mason University’s MBA program and a senior consultant to the Jamestown 2007 (400th Anniversary of the United States) Commemoration committee. Dr. Poisant also held the positions of Director of Professional Development and Conference Services at the University of Miami, FL. In 2009, Dr. Poisant was selected to serve on the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT Development Strategy Council. Dr. Poisant is a long time resident of the state of Virginia where he and his wife Elaine reside in Ashburn, Virginia. He is an annual participant in the Miami Marathon (26.2 miles/42.1 km).
Towhid HossainGeneral Secretary
Starting early in the year 2004 with FIFO Tech, he embarked on the long journey that was to shape his is Management career. He has diverse and extensive experience in the Telecoms Sector, having worked for multiple worldwide recognized companies like Grameen Phone, World Tel and Noor-Bangla, among many other prestigious and well-known firms. His reach extended even into the Contact Center industry, where he has played direct roles in companies like A2Z BPO, Eva Telecommunications, FIFO Tech and Virgo Contact Center Services Ltd. Due to his incomparable work in the IT industry, he is also serving in the Bangladesh Association of Call Center and Outsourcing (BACCO), in the position of Finance Secretary, since the beginning of BACCO. He is engaged in various projects; he has worked with the Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) on a Skills Development and Training program as a Panelist for the ICT Sector. He is also currently working with several Government organizations on multiple projects, such as the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MoICT) and the Ministry of Commerce (MoC). He is also the Founder Director of Serve Bangladesh Society (NGO, involved in the Education Sector) and The Corporate Club, an elite group of Professional of Bangladesh. He is currently the MD and CEO of the Consortium, where he is the Managing force behind it and the other companies under its umbrella.
A.S.M. Mohiuddin Monem
Chairman & Co-founder
A.S.M. Mohiuddin MonemChairman & Co-founder
A.S.M. Mohiuddin Monem is the Chairman and Co-founder of SEBPO. He has been a firm believer in creating employment for the young generation of the country who are well educated but need to be provided with additional opportunities to add value to their career. His vision is to make Bangladesh the top outsourcing destination. Mohiuddin Monem is also the Deputy Managing Director of Abdul Monem Group, one of the largest private sector enterprises in Bangladesh including Coca-Cola, ice cream and dairy production, sugar refining, pharmaceuticals, construction real estate and many others. In recognition of his extraordinary capability he has been elected as one of the Directors of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industries (DCCI), the premier trade body in Bangladesh. Mr. Monem earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1991 and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management in 1994 both from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. honored with CUM LAUDE.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Adnan ImanCo-Founder & Managing Director
A serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist based in UK actively investing in different sectors at various stages. He is the founding Managing Director of IPE Group, a well-diversified conglomerate which has footstep in ICT, Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Construction, Textiles, RMG, Health & Education across UK and Bangladesh. Mr. Imam is an ex-investment banker at Merrill Lynch Europe Plc and a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant from UK.
Sonia Bashir Kabir
Sonia Bashir KabirManaging Director
Educated and trained in Silicon Valley, Sonia lived in Northern California for 20 years. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree and her MBA both in US, she worked in the Valley for Fortune 100 companies (Sun Microsystems & Oracle), startups & in the financial district. Her expertise includes strategic planning & growth, technology management, sales execution, financial management, team building and change management. Sonia is currently the Managing Director for Microsoft Bangladesh, Founder President of TiE Dhaka, Vice Presi- dent and Co-Founder of Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT). Currently she is serving as a Director of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the largest national trade body for IT and ITES of this country. She has served as Board member for the American International School, Dhaka and Bangladesh on Seven Summits. She also served in the Boards of Bangladesh Employers Federation, Bangladesh Cricket Board (Women’s Wing), Abahani Women’s Games Development Committee and Women Entrepreneur’s Association. Besides co-founding an IT firm – Syntec, Sonia has served as the Country Director of Dell Bangladesh, Director Business Development for South East Asia, New Emerging Markets in Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer for Aamra Technologies Ltd. Sonia is a national athlete; she has played for Bangladesh National Volleyball team and Bangladesh National Cricket team. Before joining the national team she played both volleyball and cricket for Abahani.
Founder President & Adviser
Ahmadul HoqFounder President & Adviser
Ahmadul had setup one of the first Contact Centre in Bangladesh, which was subsequently, sold to a private investor. He went on to setup the largest contact center in Bangladesh called Virgo Contact Centre Services Ltd. He is the CFO of WorldBridge Global Inc., and Managing Director of WorldBridge BPO Ltd., a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Company. He co-authored the Bangladesh Government Policy on the Contact Centre and BPO industry with the support of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), licensing started from 2008. He is the founder and former President of Bangladesh Association of Contact Centre and Outsourcing (BACCO), the industry body representing contact center and business process outsourcing (BPO). He is now working with government and private sector in creating the country’s strategy to ensure that Bangladesh is the “NEXT” destination of choice for Outsourcing and Off Shoring. He is also, the Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Industry Skills Council (ISC) for ICT, under government of Bangladesh. He owns and manages a brokerage in Bangladesh at Dhaka Stock Exchange Prior to being an entrepreneur, he was the Global Head of IT for Trade Marketing and Distribution for British American Tobacco Group (BAT), a US$ 24 billion company, based at their HQ in the UK. He successfully designed, developed and implemented CRM Application in over 24 countries, projects ranging from US$ 30 million to US$ 80 million. He is the founder Director of Bangladesh Youth Enterprise Advice and Help Centre (B’YEAH), a mentor program for entrepreneurs of Bangladesh affiliated with Youth Business International (YBI).
Abul Kalam Azad
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED)
Abul Kalam AzadChief Engineer
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED)
Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad was born in 1960 in a noble Muslim family of Razpara Thana under Rajshahi City Corporation. He is the 3rd son of Md. Ibrahim Hossain Khan (retired Additional Police Super) and late Shamsun Nahar. Mr. Azad was graduated in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 1982 and earned Master’s in Highway Engineering from Birmingham University, UK in 1999. Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad joined this organization in 1983 as Assistant Engineer and served various positions including Upazila Engineer, Executive Engineer at field level and Project Director at LGED headquarters. Later on, he served as Superintending Engineer and promoted as Additional Chief Engineer in 2012. Apart from, he attended various seminar and workshop at home and abroad on various issues including Project Management, Governance, Asset Management and Road Research. Currently, he is the chair of the Steering Committee of the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) Bangladesh Chapter. He is fellow of Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) and member of American Society for Civil Engineers. In addition, he has some publications in professional journals. Mr. Azad is known as a visionary, dedicated and an officer of integrity among his colleagues.
Rashed Mujib Noman
Augmedix BD Ltd.
Rashed Mujib NomanCountry Manager
Augmedix BD Ltd.
Rashed Mujib Noman was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr. Noman received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). In 1998 he migrated to USA and received a MS in Engineering from University of South Carolina and MBA in Project Management from New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Noman started his career at General Motors as Project Engineer. He also worked at The Boeing Company as the Senior Manager for Operations Control Center focusing on Customer Support, Technical Support, Fleet Monitoring, Reliability, Data Analytics, Prognostic Development, Tools & Process Development, and Business Development. He oversees operations and growth initiatives in Augmedix Bangladesh. Augmedix Bangladesh has experienced tremendous growth under his leadership. He is also serving as Director (Operations) for Bangladesh Association of Call Centers and Outsourcing (BACCO).
Dr. Muhammed Jafor Iqbal
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
Dr. Muhammed Jafor IqbalProfessor
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
Prof. Dr. Jafor Iqbal was born on 23 December 1952 in Sylhet of the then East Pakistan. "Who's Who in Bangladesh 2000 give his place of birth as Mymensingh. His father, Faizur Rahman Ahmed, was a police officer who was killed in the Liberation War of Bangladesh. His mother was Ayesha Akhter Khatun. He spent his childhood in different parts of Bangladesh because of the transferring nature of his father's job. His elder brother was the writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed. His younger brother, Ahsan Habib, is a cartoonist who is serving as the editor of the satirical magazine, Unmad (Mad). He has three sisters - Sufia Haider, Momtaz Shahid and Rukhsana Ahmed.Iqbal passed the SSC exam from Bogra Zilla School in 1968 and the HSC exam from Dhaka College in 1970. He earned his BSc in Physics from the University of Dhaka in 1976 and then went to the University of Washington. He earned his PhD in 1982. Career Academic After obtaining his PhD degree, Iqbal worked as a post-doctoral researcher at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) from 1983 to 1988 (mainly on Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics). He then joined Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), a separate corporation from the Bell Labs (now Telcordia Technologies), as a research scientist. He left the institute in 1994.Upon returning to Bangladesh, Iqbal joined the faculty of the CSE department at SUST.Iqbal serves as the vice president of Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad committee. He played a leading role in founding the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad and popularized mathematics among Bangladeshi youths at local and international level. In 2011, he won the Rotary SEED Award for his contribution in the field of education. Literary Iqbal started writing stories at a very early age. He wrote his first short story at the age of seven. While studying at the University of Dhaka, Iqbal's story "Copotronic Bhalobasha" (Copotronic Love) was published in Weekly Bichitra. Later he rewrote the story and published it as a collection of stories titled Copotronic Sukh Dukho Works Main article: Muhammed Zafar Iqbal bibliography Iqbal is one of the pioneers of science fiction in the Bengali language. He mainly writes for younger readers. He has also written several non-fiction books on physics and mathematics. He writes columns in mainstream newspapers regular Awards Iqbal at Borno Mela, Dhaka (February 2013) Agrani Bank Shishu Shahitto Award (2001) Quazi Mahbubulla Zebunnesa Award (2002) Khalekdad Chowdhury Literary Award (2003) Sheltech Literary Award (2003) Uro Child Literary Award (2004) Md. Mudabber-Husne ara literary Award (2005) Marcantile Bank Ltd. Award (2005) One of the 10 living Eminent Bengali (2005) American Alumni Association Award (2005) Dhaka University Alumni Association Award (2005) Sylhet Naittamoncho Award (2005) Bangla Academy Literary Award (2005) Best Playwright Meril Prothom Alo Awards (2005) Uro Child Literary Award (2006) Rotary SEED Award (2011) National ICT Award (2017)
Dr. Jamaluddin Ahmed
Dr. Jamaluddin AhmedDirector
Dr. Jamaluddin Ahmed FCA is one of the Directors on the Board of the Bangladesh Bank. He is also one of the sponsor directors of Emerging Credit Rating Ltd. (ECRL) and the Chairman of the company. He is the current General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association and was the President of the Institute of CA Bangladesh (2010). He was the Executive Secretary of South Asian Federation of Accountants. In the political career, Dr Jamal was nominated by the Bangladesh Awami League in 2001 and contested in the Parliamentary Election in 2008 from the same party from Noakhali-2. Professionally, a Chartered Accountant and the fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) since 1990; he has been awarded PhD on “Adverse Effect Currency Devaluation on Foreign Currency Loan User Companies of Bangladesh” from the Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, under Commonwealth Scholarship in 1996. Earlier, he secured First Class in Master’s Degree and Bachelors with Honors from Accounting Department of Dhaka University. He has many years of experience in the financial sector of Bangladesh and has used his expertise and experience to carryout 50+ research work and publications. He is the Audit Engagement Partner of 10 banks and leasing companies, 4 energy companies, 10 listed non-bank companies and tax advisor for many local and multinational companies. He is a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of Audit Committee of GrameenPhone Limited, Advisor to the Board and Audit Committee of Bangladesh Bank. Previously, he had been the representation of ICAB to the Board of Dhaka WASA, Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd, Consultative Committee at the Security and Exchange Commission, Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited. From 2000 to 2013 he was a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Bangladesh.
Ivan R. Shumkov
CEO & Founder
Ivan R. ShumkovCEO & Founder
Ivan Shumkov is a New York based architect, entrepreneur, professor, scholar and curator. He is a pioneer in online education and founder of the BUILD ACADEMY, providing professional education for the building industry. He graduated with masters degrees from ETSA Barcelona, University of Florence, and Harvard University GSD, as a Fulbright scholar. He earned his PhD in Architecture in 2009 at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Columbia University GSAPP, as fellow of the Fondation Le Corbusier. Dr. Shumkov has taught at NYU, Harvard University GSD, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Parsons the New School for Design, International University of Catalonia, and ETSA Barcelona. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard Alumni Association 2011-14 and as founding president of Harvard Architectural and Urban Society Alumni 2008-14. Dr. Shumkov is a licensed architect in Spain and Italy and principal of ISA – Ivan Shumkov Architects, a company working in the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape and design with offices in New York. He has worked, lectured and exhibited his projects and research in Europe, Brazil, Colombia, China, and the USA.
North South University
North South University
Dr. Rokonuzzaman’s work focuses on the potential of technology and innovation to create increasing wealth from depleting resources. His work on technology, innovation and policy started in Canada in 1990s, primarily funded by Canadian and European Space Agencies. With the research funding of Canadian Space Agency, in the mid-90s, he succeeded in developing algorithms and translating them into software application in processing RADARSAT, satellite born synthetic aperture RADAR, images to show the viability of detecting offshore targets like Icebergs in foggy North Atlantic using RADARSAT. He advised multiple development projects funded by IFC, World Bank, ADB, UNDP, Asia Foundation, and ICT Industry. His research and advocacy work also focuses on policy and regulatory reforms to govern competition in the Telecom/ICT sector.He has published 50+ articles, two book chapters and a book (Human and Machine in Rivalry). He is a Professor at North South University, and also a Senior Fellow of Policy Research Institute (PRI). He obtained M.Eng and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Robotics and Intelligent Systems from Memorial University, Canada.
AKM Ahmedul Islam BABU
Managing Director & CEO
AKM Ahmedul Islam BABUManaging Director & CEO
Managing Director & CEO of TechKnowGram Limited. He is also serving as the Chairman of Microsense Limited. His 22+ years experience of BPO , Outsourcing and Software Industry experience has enabled him to be one of the pioneer of Bangladesh ICT Industry. From the inceptions of his professional career Ahmedul Islam BABU served several Multinational company’s (NIIT, BJIT, ServicEngineBPO & AtomAP) top Management and Key position and showed his professionalism with growth. Ahmed also showed his leadership through different professional association by holding different key positions. He served as member and co –chair of many different standing committees at BASIS in almost every BASIS board since 2001. In the last BASIS board he served as Convener of BASIS Japan Focus Group, and Co-Chair at International Market standing committee and Digital Education. Ahmedul BABU represent Bangladesh in many national and International ICT events and forums. Ahmedul BABU also was a prominent ICT journalist and Technology writer when he was the Executive Editor of the Monthly Computer Barta and also later on Senior Correspondent of the Bangladesh Observer. He also one of the Founder and founder president of the Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum BIJF. Ahmedul Islam BABU a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified professional has his both Bachelor and Master Degree in Applied Physics Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Dhaka and an MBA from Presidency University.
Kazi M. Aminul Islam
Kazi M. Aminul IslamChairman
Mr. Kazi M. Aminul Islam did his Master of Arts in Economics from University of Dhaka and Master’s in Economics from Boston University, USA. He also attended Mason School at Harvard University. He had a Graduation Certificate in Environment Management from University of Adelaide, Australia. Mr. Islam has joined Bangladesh Civil Service in 1981 and progressed to higher responsibilities in diverse areas of the Government. He was a secretary to the Chief Advisor’s office during the 2007-08 caretaker government of Bangladesh. While working as the Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office in 2009, he was appointed as Alternative Executive Director of the World Bank for the constituency comprising of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Sri Lanka. He worked for three and a half years on the Board of the Executive Directors of The World Bank. In course of work for transition to democracy and private sector development, Mr. Islam steered bodies like “Better Business Forum” and “Regulatory Reform Commission” developed a very strong relationship between the business and Government in Bangladesh. At Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) as the Executive Chairman he is focusing on investment climate and investors experiences in doing business in Bangladesh and emphasizing on the qualitative aspects of investment regime. These include improving the ‘ease of doing business’ establishing fully functional ‘One Stop Service Centre’ and initiating various reform activities to make BIDA as one of the best ‘Investment Promotion Agency’ (IPA) in the world.
Md. Tanzirul Basher
Joint Secretary General
Md. Tanzirul BasherJoint Secretary General
Md. Tanzirul Basher has started his own initiative and formed “MY Outsourcing Ltd” a BPO/Contact Center service provider with a vision to change the way people do business and serve their clients. It specializes in offering contact center services, Back Office Support With robust infrastructure. MYOL manages all its projects as efficiently as possible with conviction. As a pioneer of local Contact Centre, Back Office and Telemarketing services provider, Mr. Basher made strong footing banking mainly on local corporate clients which was a new phenomena in the local BPO industry. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Basher set up a fast growing group of companies, to prove his entrepreneurship capability and serve his corporate clients the best in new areas of the service sector including BPO services for respective clients. Mr. Basher also worked for Windmill Infotech Limited (WIL), an intelligent Software solution provider and an IT consultancy organization, established by experienced and skilled IT Professionals to offer Application Software and other IT Solutions worldwide as the Chief Executive Officer. WIL has strong analytical, logical and pragmatic knowledge to provide efficient solutions in software development and deliver applications as per schedule. Md. Tanzirul Basher was the Business Development Manager of Aamra Infotainment Limited, a one-stop web & digital marketing solutions company. From web designing to content management, event management to hosting portals, online product promotion campaigns through digital marketing to maintaining intranets; AIL has its wings spread wide across the digital world. This 38-Years old Young Professional has already gained 16 years of experience in top management role. Mr. Basher is elected as Director of the Executive Committee of BACCO-Bangladesh Association of Call Center & Outsourcing. Md. Tanzirul Basher has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer information System (CIS) from National Computer Center in UK.
Md. Aminul Hoque
Md. Aminul HoqueFinance Secretary
Mohammad Aminul Hoque is an MBA from University of Dhaka major in Marketing. He also completed his BBA from same institution in 2001. He established Genuity Limited in 2001 and Under his supervision the company has established a renowned market with Computer accessories till 2006. In 2006, he established Next Net Limited, content provider and aggregator in Bangladesh. Under his supervision, the company created a VAS market in Bangladesh. In 2008, he expanded his engagement in more technology-oriented market like ISP (Internet Service Provider). The company is renowned as Next Online Limited. Later the company also awarded with the license of IPTSP from BTRC. In 2011, he felt about the growing sector of BPO industry in Bangladesh. With some same minded person, he built Impel Service and solutions Limited (ISSL) and started journey with call center. In 2013, He expanded ISSL activity with Software, Web Development and Digital Content Management. He at present serving as Joint Secretary General of BACCO Executive Committee for the session 2015-17 and also as Finance Secretary of Content Providers and Aggregators Association of Bangladesh.
Mohammad Shafiul Alam
Mohammad Shafiul AlamCabinet Secretary
Mr. Mohammad Shafiul Alam was born in the District of Cox’s Bazar in 1959. He obtained an MA in English from the University of Chittagong in 1981 and an LLB from the same University in 1990. Later on, he completed an MSS in Development Administration from the University of Birmingham, UK. Being a member of the 1982 regular batch of Bangladesh Civil Service, he served all the important positions of the Government of Bangladesh during the last 35 years, including those of field administration. He was Deputy Commissioner of Magura and Mymensingh Districts, Member Directing Staff (MDS) at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre, Chairman of National Housing Authority and that of Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation, Commissioner of Rajshahi Division, Additional Secretary at the then Ministry of Communications, Secretary at President’s Office, Chairman (Secretary to the Government) of Land Appeal Board and Senior Secretary at the Ministry of Land. He has been serving as Cabinet Secretary since 29 October 2015. He has authored a number of books that include “Instructions on Probation” (in Bangla), “Gender and Development”, “Performance Appraisal”, “Handbook on Service Rules” (in Bangla), “Guide to Acts, Ordinances and Regulations of Bangladesh” (in Bangla) and so on. Mr. Alam participated in various training and conferences at home and abroad and visited many countries including USA, UK, Finland, France, Russia, Australia, Indonesia, Morocco, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, UAE, KSA, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Canada, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Kenya, Guyana, Panama, Turkey, Qatar, Haiti and India. He is an experienced trainer and a pro-people benevolent civil servant. His mission is to deliver what is due to the people seeking service and thereby bring smile to their faces.
Mohammad NuruzzamanGroup CEO
After completion of graduation and post-graduation from University of Dhaka and as well as MBA (MIS), Mohammad Nuruzzaman, Chief Executing Officer (CEO) of Daffodil Family, started his career in ICT & education sector for rendering his contribution to develop human resources. During his glorifying professional career of more than 25 years, Nuruzzaman concentrated his attention to develop industry-academia relationship. For this, he always emphasized and tried to bridge the linkage between industry and academia by developing skilled human resources through education, training and research. As a result, Md. Nuruzzaman succeeded to make lots of sustainable partnership agreement and joint venture collaborations between industry and academia throughout his long profession career. Apart from the leading role as the CEO of Daffodil Family, Md. Nuruzzaman deals with many multilateral activities of IT industry and education sectors in Bangladesh and abroad. He played the key role in major decision making, directing staffs, managing & controlling all units of education division and branch management, conducting R&D, planning and coordinating training of trainers, leading promotional & development activities, recruiting and job placement, conducting corporate training management, moderating local and international liaison, supervising project work, coordinating courses, delivering lecture as the lead facilitators. Being a sound and technology friendly personality, Md. Nuruzzaman initiated Bangladeshi chapter of International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), the leading Certifying Software Qualification Testers Worldwide, in Bangladesh. He contributed spreading quality assurance of software industry at home and abroad through his personal intervention and using platform of different organizational entities. To harness his self-development continuously, he attended many training, workshops, seminar symposium, conferences and tutorial, nationally and internationally. He visited as many as 40 countries from all continents around the globe, including, India, Nepal, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Germany, Italy, UK, USA, Turkey, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, UAE and Japan. Md. Nuruzzaman has been serving Daffodil Family since its inception and playing very vital role in its gradual but sustainable growth. Professionalism, visionary forecasting, decision making, strategic development, revenue focus, profit generation, policy formulation, and positive direction from Md. Nuruzzaman has proved his caliber, efficiency and dynamic leadership to visualize the dream of the top management of Daffodil Family and to implement it. Md. Nuruzzaman has also been continuously developing many leaders who are able to lead any organization professionally. His role in developing many successful intrapreneurs (employee entrepreneur) among the organizations is noteworthy. Md. Nuruzzaman obtained Professional Memberships from British Computer Society, Bangladesh Statistical Samity, Bangladesh Software Testing Qualifications Board, International Software Testing Qualifications Board, among others. He is one of the Founders of Bangladesh Association of MIS Professionals. Md. Nuruzzaman involved himself with many social activities independently, and under organizational platforms. He is the Founder and General Secretary of Uttaran Society, Chief Advisor of Amra Meghnabashi and General Secretary of Meghna Upazila Samity.
Mr. Shameem Ahsan
Mr. Shameem AhsanChairman
Shameem Ahsan is an ICT entrepreneur, Venture Capital Investor & Policy maker widely recognized for his work to improve the reputation of the Bangladeshi ICT industry in the global space. He has played a pivotal role in the implementation of all the major policy changes related to the ICT sector in last one decade. He has been recognized as “Outstanding Tech Personality of 2015”. A graduate from University of Central Oklahoma, USA, he is a General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital, a US$ 1.5 billion fund head quartered in Silicon Valley. He is the co-founder & Chairman of BAGDOOM.com, the largest lifestyle eCommerce venture in the country, as well as eGeneration Group, and Gemsclip.com. He is currently the Chairman of BASIS Presidents’ Forum and Immediate Past President of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the largest national trade body for IT and ITES. He is serving as a Director of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBBCI) which is the apex trade body in Bangladesh and Chairman of Venture Capital & Private Equity Association of Bangladesh (VCPEAB). He is a Director of Agrani Bank and founder and President of TiE Dhaka. He is also a Director of Rajshahi Kings, a popular T20 cricket team of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which reached the final of BPL’2016 by participating for the first time. He has been lauded many times for his significant contributions to the growth and development of the ICT industry–he has received the “Best Young Entrepreneur of Bangladesh” award from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh at Dhaka Chamber of Commerce Business Award; he was voted “Top Outstanding Young Person in Bangladesh” by JCI and awarded for his contribution to the eCommerce sector by Computer Jagat. He is a member of the Prime Ministers Digital Bangladesh Task Force from the private sector, which is the highest policy making body to monitor and implement the vision of building Digital Bangladesh.
In 1989,director Atiqul Haque Chowdhury was looking for a young girl who could speak the native Noakhali dialect for his play Keba Apon Keba Por.And that’s how Shomi got her first role in acting. Next she worked on three episode play Joto Durey Jai, based on a novel of Imdadul Haque Milon, directed by Abdullah al Mamun and got the break-through. She then moved on to act in Nakkhotrer Raat, Chhoto Chhoto Dheu, Sparsho, Ekjona, Ariyana, Akashey Anek Raat, Mukti, Antorey Nirantor, Swapno, Thikana and others. Shomi worked for Dhaka Theatre for 12 years.She played Haat Hodai with co-actor Shahiduzzaman Selim. She appeared in movies like Lalon (2004) and Hason Raja. She was featured in another film, The Name of a River (2002), based on the biography of filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak. Shomi is also a producer. She owns Dhansiri Production since 1997. It produced Mukti and Antorey Nirantor. In November 2013 her firm, Dhanshiri Communication Limited, got license for a private radio channel named Radio Active.
Shawkat HossainManaging Director
Mr. Shawkat Hossain is a Fellow of Cost & Management Accountant of Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Bangladesh. He has completed Masters in Development Management from Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines in 1994 as a recipient of ADB Scholarship. He has 31 years of experience in his credit out of that 3 years in Venture Capital, 10 years in banking and 18 years in financial management/ Accounting profession. He worked for different sectors such as manufacturing, NGO, banks including different reputed organizations such as BRAC, BRAC Bank, Prime Bank, icddr,b etc. He was heading SME division of Prime Bank Limited and leading a team of 250 staffs located at 55 branches and 17 SME branches. He was Head of SME of BRAC Bank Limited and leading a team of 700 staffs located at 250 Marketing unit offices spread in 62 districts. He developed strategy to sell loan to Small & Medium Enterprises. He was Head of Finance and Finance Manager of BRAC for 6 years. He worked for International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research for 4 years as Senior Cost officer. He is experienced to work in multi cultural environment such as in Afghanistan for 1 and half years and was instrumental in setting up a foreign bank in Afghanistan.
Purnama Group of Companies
Vigneswaran RajashekaranManaging Director
Purnama Group of Companies
Mr. Vigneswaran is in the business of protecting businesses, its owners and the stakeholders. He has been in the ICT business for the last 15 years in the area of operations, sales and business development with the last 5 years specializing in neutralizing internal threats to data security. After completing his high school education, he joined the Royal Malaysian Air Force serving as a cadet officer. After his stint there, he completed his Bachelor of Business studies majoring International Business from Charles Sturt University, in New South Wales, Australia. Companies such as Apple and Sapura Technologies (Malaysian MNC) were just some of his training ground in the area of technology distribution and enterprise sales. In 2009, he bought over ICT Asia (a private limited company) and re-focused the business in the area where there were little consideration given to internal threat on data security and business awareness in this sector in the Asia Pacific region is very much in its infancy stage. What was exclusively an enterprise level solution, data leak protection & prevention (DLP) solution and services, he has reengineered DLP to cater to all levels of organizations regardless of their size. This achievement was highlighted in UP Magazine, an exclusive magazine in Malaysia endorsed by the Human Resources Ministry, that caters to small and medium size businesses. Currently, his organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are actively consulting, educating and training while deploying DLP systems and services. These include health agencies, training & development institutions, government agencies and many more vertical industries. Also, further collaborations with local universities and businesses to establish the best practices in combating data leakages. He looks forward to visiting Bangladesh for the first time.
Debdulal RoyExecutive Director
Managing ICT organizational unit having in-house development activities, purchased critical business application deployment activities, everyday operational management activities and ICT items maintenance activities in conjunction with the needs of an organization and applying specific guidelines to provide the solution related to technology including procurement. Experienced in developing the requirements for such projects and realise the importance of procurement management as an integral part of the process. Recognized positive track record as a Deputy Project Manager, a team leader and deeply committed to the success of the organization. Specialties: IT Project Management, Procurement under the World Bank guidelines, Bangladesh Government Procurement Act.
Mr. Abu Hena Mohd. Razee Hassan
Mr. Abu Hena Mohd. Razee HassanDeputy Governor
Mr. Abu Hena Mohd. Razee Hassan is appointed as the Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank on January 23, 2012. His tenure has been extended from 08 February 2016 to 10th September, 2018. As the Deputy Governor he is performing his responsibilities in Department of Off-site Supervision, Statistics Department, Monetary Policy Department, Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit , Department of Banking Inspection 1, Department of Banking Inspection 2, Department of Banking Inspection 3 and Foreign Exchange Inspection & Vigilance Department. Before this position he was the Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank and looked over the works of Anti Money Laundering Department, Foreign Exchange Inspection and Vigilance Department, Law Department, Banking Regulations and Policy Department, Department of Off-site Supervision, Forex Reserve and Treasury Department, Secretary's Department and Governor's Secretariat. Razee Hassan had completed his graduation with honours and post-graduation in Economics from Dhaka University. He also received his masters in Economics from Vanderbilt University, USA. Besides, he attended a 3-month course on Rural Finance at the Ohio State University, USA. Joining at Bangladesh Bank in 1981 as officer class-1, he served in various Departments. During the tenor he had been the General Manager of BB, Rajshahi office, he was the member of the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Sericulture Board. He was also a director of the Board of Directors of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh. Mr. Hassan also served as the Deputy Chief of Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). During his 30 years of Central Banking career he visited India, Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey Germany, the UK, KSA, Nepal, Morocco, Spain , Korea and the United States to attend courses, seminars and conferences. He is a diplomaed associate of Institute of Bankers, Bangladesh and life member of Bangladesh Economic Association.
Managing Director & CEO
Green Delta Insurance Company Limited
Farzana ChowduryManaging Director & CEO
Green Delta Insurance Company Limited
Ms. Farzanah Chowdhury, Chartered Insurer, is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Green Delta Insurance Company Limited. She is the first and youngest female CEO in the industry and is recognized by UN Global Compact as a Local SDG Pioneer for Women’s Economic Security for her initiatives through Nibedita, which is a comprehensive insurance scheme for women. After receiving the prestigious recognition, she has driven her team more effectively which resulted in sharp rise in Nibedita policy holders in a short period of time on top of adding values through holistic approach in ensuring gender equality and women empowerment. She has received awards from Women Economic Forum, Anannya, EO Global, Bangladesh Brand Forum and SAARC Women Association for her progressive works in woman empowerment. Moreover, she has very recently received the prestigious Public Trust Award from CII UK for building public trust in financial services and insurance. In addition to being the CII Goodwill Ambassador in Bangladesh, she is also the President of EO Bangladesh (Entrepreneurs’ Organization), Executive Committee Member of Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA), Vice President of Bangladesh Insurance Forum, Board Member of CSR Centre, Board member of Telenomic, Executive Board Member of Employers’ Federation, Board of Trustee in JCI Global Youth Fund and Member of Advisory Board in AIESEC. While she started her career as an executive (trainee) in Green Delta Insurance, she had the opportunity to work for BRAC as well in the early years of her career. While she was in BRAC, Ms. Chowdhury was exposed to the opportunity of closely analyzing the micro finance sector and, as a result, was successful in establishing a link between micro finance and insurance. As she directly worked with the field level operations of micro finance and insurance simultaneously, the experience and knowhow helped her to develop a model for micro insurance recently. After acquiring professional experience, Ms. Chowdhury pursued her MBA under the Aus Aid scholarship and joined the SME banking division of BRAC Bank and continued her association with Green Delta Insurance. Her utmost sincerity backed by her profound knowledge and experience enabled her to play the role of pioneering driving force behind structuring and development of SME banking division of BRAC Bank. Since she already worked with micro finance and insurance, she was also presented with the extraordinary opportunity to design, develop and implement a successful business model for SME insurance. Till now, the path-breaking Green Delta Insurance–BRAC Bank model of SME insurance is being followed by other commercial banks in the country. She is now one of the most prominent personalities in the Bangladesh Insurance sector for her pioneering contributions and innovative initiatives in Retail & SME insurance, Micro Insurance, Weather Index Based Agriculture Insurance and materializing the concept of Insurance for Everyone. Under her charismatic leadership, Green Delta Insurance has launched digital insurance ecosystem for the first time in Bangladesh and is working relentlessly to bring insurance at everyone’s doorstop. She has been the driving force behind launching many innovative insurance products in the market which is contributing greatly towards the development of the overall sector. It was under her stewardship that Green Delta joined hands with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh in the Shastho Shuroksha Karmasuchi (SSK) project. In future, she intends to bring about more and more innovative services and implement InsurTech in Bangladesh. Her guiding philosophy has always been driven by the intent of adding value not just in business, but in every sphere that touches her life.
Delowar Hossain Faruk
Delowar Hossain FarukManaging Director
Delowar Hossain Faruk, popularly known as Faruk, young, fast and spirited by perfection. Well conversant with forecast, remarkably sensible in organizing, managing and leading in any stages. Can surprisingly foresee and convert the possibilities into opportunities and ensure sub consequent result. Can prudently adopt principles accordingly to the circumstances. He has over 12 years of experience in ICT industry. He founded Radisson Digital Technologies Ltd. His Company RDTL has been providing custom software development, Website Design & Development, Web Based Enterprise resource planning (ERP) for business process management system (including all module of Garments & Newspaper Management ERP), Search Engine Optimization(SEO), Hospital Management Software, School Management Software and varieties IT services. Client handling capability ofDelowar Hossain Faruk’s is amazing. He toured USA, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippine, Nepal, UK, Australia and other countries of the world for maintain client satisfaction & attended many ICT based Event. Delowar Hossain Faruk Founded Radisson Builders & Housing Development Ltd, Radisson Media House, Radisson Trade Intrernational & Virtual Digital Technologies Ltd. He is also the Founder of one of the most popular daily newspapers in the country–Daily Amader Kagoj. His father was a renowned Social Worker and as a worthy son, he upheld his good name.Delowar Hossain Faruk is also the name of such a person, who is renowned for his social activities. He founded Paribartan Foundation as a Non Government Organization. He has contributed a lot for the development of the educational sector of the country. He is Founded Atakora High School & College & Laksam Computer Training Institute in Comilla.
Ian was born in Memphis, TN, and he grew up in Broward County, FL. He has always been passionate about the intersection of science, engineering, and medicine, which drew him to study Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. After graduating in 2006, he worked at Edwards Lifesciences, a leading medical device company, in various engineering, operations, and marketing roles. He left industry to get his MBA at Stanford University, where he met his soon-to-be Augmedix co-founder, Pelu Tran. After graduating in the spring of 2012, he briefly worked at MC10, a pioneering wearable computing startup. Late in the summer of 2012, Ian had the rare opportunity to try an early version of Google Glass. He was inspired by the potential that he saw for Glass in healthcare, and dropped everything to found Augmedix, the first Google Glass startup. Ian describes himself as an improv nerd, a foodie, and a regular Burner. He currently lives in San Francisco's Mission District.
Habibullah N Karim
Techno Heaven Limited
Habibullah N KarimManaging Director
Techno Heaven Limited
Founder and CEO of Technohaven. He led Technohaven from being a startup IT solutions firm to being a pioneer of public private partnership projects in Bangladesh. Karim was a full member of the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s ICT Task Force between 2001-03 and 2008-10. He helped found the Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services, where he served as founding secretary general, and was elected president twice. Karim was the Convener of the Working Group of the national ICT Policy Review Committee, and is the principal author of the Bangladesh ICT Policy 2009. He is a columnist for the most popular English dailies and has co-authored a book titled “Going Digital – Realizing The Dreams Of A Digital Bangladesh For All” published by the University Press Ltd in 2011. Karim has a BSEE degree from Yale University (USA) and attended an executive program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Raj Mohan Viramuthu
Raj Mohan ViramuthuManaging Director
With over 19 years of experience in Database Marketing and Customer Relation Management Solutions, Raj is an experienced and passionate leader with a successful track record of developing growth strategies as well as leading the commercial & operational teams to provide data-driven marketing solutions for customers across all industries. Raj founded CNCData in 2010, together with partners from Huntington Capital (A private equity firm based in San Diego, California) and PriMetrica Inc. (a data-driven, global, telecommunications market research company based in Carlsbad, California) to build a reputable and reliable B2B database for the Asia Pacific region to fulfill the direct marketing needs of the world's leading companies. Headquarters in the United States, CNCData has 9 strategic offices with over 150 employees serving global software, hardware and cloud-based solution providers as well as other enterprises who are seeking new marketing channels throughout Asia. As the Managing Director, Raj is responsible for running all facets of the business. In 2008, Raj founded Smart Data Solutions (SDS) under Smart Galleria Group in Singapore to deliver innovative and business critical customer data management solutions for organizations in the Asia Pacific. SDS was setup with two employees and organically grown over 40 employees with multiple offices across Asia Pacific Region. SDS was acquired and merged with CNCData in 2014. Prior to his business ventures, Raj worked as a Business Solution Consultant at Canon Singapore, providing consultative solutions for Print & Document Management for various Multinational Organizations, Financial Institutions and Government Bodies. Before moving to Canon, Raj was holding a Senior Manager Role at a regional Marketing Consultancy Firm - PriMetrica Asia (Incorporated the business of MMS Consultancy) for 6 years. Raj led a team of database experts to provide Data Management and CRM solutions for many local and multi-national clients across Asia Pacific Region. As an entrepreneur and visionary at heart, Raj likes creating innovative solutions and he is always in pursuit of new challenges to further expand his horizons.
Project Director (Additional Secretary)
Mustafizur RahmanProject Director (Additional Secretary)
Mr. Mustafizur Rahman is the Project Director of a2i. He is a Additional Secretary to the government. In 2011, he was posted as a Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Jessore district. Under his leadership, Jessore was declared as the first ‘Digital District’ of Bangladesh. As a public servant, Mr Rahman received ‘e-Asia award 2011’ and ‘Best DC Award in 2012 (field administration), 2013 (primary education) and 2014’. Recently, he has received the ‘Public Administration Award 2016’ as a recognition of his outstanding contributions as a public servant. Mustafiz completed his MSc in Physics from Rajshahi University.
Mamun RashidManaging Partner
Mamun Rashid is a renowned banker and economic analyst. He is the immediate past chairman of FinExcel & ICC standing committee on banking techniques and practices, Bangladesh. He is the Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Bangladesh Limited. Mr. Rashid was former CEO, Citibank N.A. Bangladesh. With more than twenty six years of global banking experience in Corporate and Investment banking, he was engaged in various portfolio reviews and macro audits in Asia, Africa and Europe. Mr. Rashid is a Certified Credit Professional by OMEGA, London and accredited trade expert by Standard Chartered Bank. He holds a Masters in Economics from Bangladesh as well as Masters in Business Administration from Henley Business School, UK.
Chairman & Founder
The Winner’s Circle
Wajed SalamChairman & Founder
The Winner’s Circle
W. Roger Salam is an award winning inspirational speaker, best-selling author of several books & courses on Personal Development, Sales & Marketing and Real Estate Investing. He’s been listed in America’s Premiere Experts and the recipient of “Thought Leader of The Year” award by the National Academy of Best-Selling Authors. Roger is the chairman and founder of The Winner’s Circle, an invitation-only Mastermind Forum for top level business leaders, authors, speakers and thought-leaders. Roger has been recognized as a top leader, Mastermind facilitator and social entrepreneur through his charity and non-profit work. Besides the Mastermind and Personal Development events, Roger also conducts Real Estate Investing seminars on a monthly basis all over the US & Canada. He & his partners specializes in Bank REO properties and purchases hundreds of foreclosed properties every month directly from the banks. His flagship service is creating turnkey portfolio of investment properties for other investors to produce long term residual income at 15 to 25% ROI. In 1990, he joined the team of world-renowned author and inspirational speaker Anthony Robbins. He has delivered over 9700 professional talks to various corporations, non-profit organizations and educational institutions in North America, Europe and Asia. As a pioneer in Internet Marketing, he joined a start-up venture Internet Pictures Corporation (iPIX) in 1998 and with a core team the company went to 2 billion in market cap during IPO in less than a year. He was responsible for three divisions and its sales and marketing efforts, strategic alliances, new business development and channel expansion involving $35 million in annual revenue for this B2B e-commerce imaging service provider. He’s originally from Bangladesh and now resides in Tampa, Florida. He’s a graduate of UCLA. He’s got 3 lovely daughters and is most passionate about sharing knowledge and empowering people to reach higher levels of personal & business success!
CEO & Founder
Promote A Book
Micheal DrewCEO & Founder
Promote A Book
Everyone has a voice. Everyone has a message. Everyone can use that voice to spread that message in the most effective, even the most profound way. With your voice you can be heard, and you can make a difference. You’ve found the person who can show you how to do it. I’m a marketer. My specialty has been marketing authors and their work, through Promote a Book, the company I founded. My purpose is to help others find their voice, and to share that voice. This isn’t about singing. It’s about communication. It’s about using your voice – that is, the power of how you express yourself – to get across your ideas, to say what you want to say – what you need to say – in the most effective, persuasive, individual, emotional and transparent way. I've helped hundreds of authors hone their message and strengthen their voice, and in this process, over the course of more than a decade, I've launched over 79 books onto national bestseller lists. No one else has had my track record in creating bestselling authors. I'm sure you've read some of them. They include: • T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind • Jordan Rubin, The Maker's Diet • Rich Christiansen, The Zig Zag Principle • and Ivan Misner, Masters of Networking I could go on, but you get the picture. I understand how to get things noticed, how to get messages heard, how to market to the marketplace. And now I want to teach you how to understand the market, refine your message and truly speak to today's – and tomorrow's – customer. Contact Information: Michael@PromotABook.com.
K.A.M. Majedur Rahman
Dhaka Stock Exchange
K.A.M. Majedur RahmanManaging Director
Dhaka Stock Exchange
K. A. M. Majedur Rahman joined as the Managing Director of Dhaka Stock Exchange on July 12, 2016. Mr. Rahman, a former banker with expertise in strategic planning, business development, information technology, risk management and capital market operation has worked in key positions in banks in Bangladesh, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. Majedur Rahman started his career with Grindlays Bank Limited in 1981 as a Management Trainee. During the long span of his banking career, he held key positions in Retail, SME, Commercial, Investment Banking, Trade Finance, Internal Audit and Operations Management. Majedur Rahman worked overseas over 10 years and returned home in 1997 to lead Standard Chartered Bank’s consumer banking business in Bangladesh. He served as the CEO & Managing Director of the Premier Bank Limited until February 2015. Earlier, he had set up the operations of Bank Alfalah Limited in Bangladesh as the first Country Head. He had served as Additional Managing Director of AB Bank Limited, Deputy Managing Director IPDC Bangladesh Limited, Senior Executive Vice President of Dhaka Bank Limited. Other key roles he performed include Group Internal Auditor of the London based Grindlays Bank, Senior Business Analyst at ANZ Bank, Melbourne and Manager Business Process Re-Engineering of ANZ Bank in the Gulf region. He has also worked as the Assistant Vice President of Dubai based Mashreq Bank. Majedur Rahman attended premier institutions Faujdarhat Cadet College and Dhaka University for schooling, undergraduate and postgraduate education. He has attended Senior Management Development programmes at Said Business School, Oxford; London Business School and FMO Netherlands. Mr. Rahman has also attended special training on Risk Management at the prestigious Institute of Risk Management, United Kingdom.
Emrazina I. Khan
Emrazina I. KhanCEO
Emrazina Islam is a Graphic Designer and tech entrepreneur from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has been studying fine arts since her college days, and later on, transferred her skills into digital artwork and illustration. She is known for her illustration work on the film Whipping Boy (2014). She has also received several awards for her work and contribution to the tech industry in Bangladesh. She is a Co-founder at Emrazina Technologies, which is an on-demand agency covering back-office operations and design outsourcing services. She is also working as the Bangladesh Brand Ambassador of an international fintech company, Payoneer.
Al Amin Kabir
Al Amin KabirCEO
Hi, my name is Al-Amin Kabir; a 25-year-old, entrepreneur, marketing geek and an occasional traveler. I’m not a HACKER, and I haven’t found any security whole on the Internet that let me become a millionaire overnight. However, what I found is the way to live from the Internet, making enough money online to lead a comfortable life! I have an Internet Marketing company based out of Asia, having a team of almost 20 people. I also own a software distribution company in my country. I’m also involved in some other local and international businesses. I have been with Internet Marketing for more than five years now; started working when I was in college. I worked for several dozen companies to increase their profit by implementing my marketing knowledge. Not only for my clients, I’m working hard to make money by implementing my knowledge in my personal projects as well. As I mentioned earlier, I’m working hard (Yes, hard), cause I have not found any BIG loop hole on the Internet to make myself millionaire. However, I make a smart amount online that enables me to lead a comfortable life here in my beautiful country, Bangladesh.
Mr. Yasir Azman was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) effective from 26 May 2017. He also serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) from 15 June 2015. Mr. Azman is an experienced professional with vast international experience in multiple countries and cultures. Before joining as CMO Grameenphone, Mr. Azman served as Telenor Group’s Head of Distribution & eBusiness and worked across all Telenor Operations. He has also worked in Telenor India operations as EVP & Circle Business Head for Orisssa and Karnataka circles during 2010-2012. In his previous tenure in Grameenphone, Mr. Azman played a leading role to set up Grameenphone sales and distribution organisation and to transform Grameenphone distribution structure. As a CMO in Grameenphone, Azman has transformed Grameenphone towards a high performing and a digital centric organization. Throughout his career, Mr. Azman has a proven track record as a leader of transformation, change management and business development. He has an MBA from Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, and also attended several executive educational programs in the London Business School and INSEAD, France.
TIM Nurul Kabir
Telecom and ICT Specialist
TIM Nurul KabirTelecom and ICT Specialist
Mr. Kabir has spent 29+years of his career playing as a leading role as the Social & Industry evangelist for e-Development, Telecommunication, ICT for Development (ICT4D), Business Development and ICT Consultancy. He has unique quality of experience and contribution in an inclusive manner in multi-stakeholders of Private Sector, NGO & Civil Society, Public Sector Policy Makers, Academia and Media. He is known as Transformational Leader, Strategic Visionary, Elite Communicator, and Change Agent. Mr. Kabir is the Secretary General & CEO of Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) is the national apex body of all cellular mobile operators of Bangladesh since October 2012. He is also the Policy Advisor of Telecom & ICT Sector. During this tenure with this association, he has been successfully developed AMTOB as well reputed trade organization acceptable to government level as well as to all stakeholders. He has played an instrumental role for changing policy and regulations which facilitate the Industry and the Government. He has been working as the top-level management in leading National Trade Business Chambers & Associations in Bangladesh; He was the former Sr. Vice-President of both Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industries (DCCI) and Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS). He was one of the founders of Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN); Founder and Vice president of Intellectual Property Association of Bangladesh (IPAB). Mr. Kabir was elected as a member of the .ORG Top Level Domain Global Advisory Council for 2012-2019. Mr. Kabir has worked for 12 years in a Dutch multinational company AKZO-NOBEL in the role of Deputy Controller and Head of IT. Mr. Kabir also contributed in many International and National event as the Key-note Speaker, Moderator, Trainer and Panel Discussant. He has been contributing articles, opinions in different national daily newspaper and magazines as a writer and columnist. Mr. Kabir has played an instrumental role in the implementation of policy & process between Government and Private sector in Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Public Private Dialogue (PPD), which contributed to a major change in policy for private sector development. He is one of the founders for formation of BUILD (Business initiative Leading Development). He was the Founder, Managing Director & CEO of couple of IT and Software Solutions & Services Company employing over 40-60 Software engineers and technicians. Which provides value-added consulting solutions and ICT services to Bangladeshi organizations and leading global players, and has specific expertise in ICT for Development. He is also a mentor & HR development expert and contributed as visiting professor at various leading universities, teaching Computer Science & Engineering, Business Strategy & Management, e-Business, and Intellectual Property in Computer Science, BBA & MBA programs. He has led various projects in National and International organizations which contributed to qualitative changes through capacity building and value creation for required objectives. As a national ICT expert, he has contributed to the National ICT Policy formulation committee and Telecommunication Policy and played a role in formulating the National ICT Roadmap for Bangladesh. Nurul Kabir has participated and contributed in WSIS Forums and Internet Governance Forums (IGF) on national and international levels during 2003. Mr. Kabir is final part-1 qualified of Cost and Management Accountants and Masters of Management and Business Administration. He also earned diploma in Strategic Management, HR Management and Operational Development Management. He has also completed 3 months short course on Information Management from Malaysia. Certificate course on AS400 System Management and CL & RPG Programing from IBM. Apart from these he also completed a Senior Management development program from Netherlands. Mr. Kabir has been actively engaged with Rotary International movement and contributing humanitarian services. He is the Life Member of Assistance for Blind Children (ABC).
Syed Mahbubur Rahman
Managing Director & CEO
Dhaka Bank Limited
Syed Mahbubur RahmanManaging Director & CEO
Dhaka Bank Limited
Mr. Syed Mahbubur Rahman joined Dhaka Bank Limited as the Managing Director on November 08, 2015. He has 27 years of experience in Banking Services and Credit related arena. Prior to joining DBL, he was the Managing Director & CEO of BRAC Bank Limited. Mr. Rahman worked in various roles with some of the biggest names in the financial sector of Bangladesh such as Prime Bank Limited, Citibank NA, Standard Chartered Bank, ANZ Grindlays Bank, IDLC Finance Limited etc. before moving to BRAC Bank Limited in 2008. He started his career in Saudi Bangladesh Agricultural & Industrial Investment Co. (SABINCO). He also served as the Director for BRAC EPL Investments Ltd, BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage Ltd, BRAC Saajan Exchange Ltd, bKash Ltd, BRAC IT Services Ltd and IIDFC Securities Ltd. Mr. Rahman is also a Member of the Board of Governors at Association of Bankers, Bangladesh Limited. He was accorded with the prestigious ‘The Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Award’ for Bangladesh for the period 2011-2013. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. During his career, he attended numerous trainings, seminars and workshops on different aspects of banking held in the country and abroad.
Md. Shah Alam Sarwar
Md. Shah Alam SarwarManaging Director
Mr. Shah A Sarwar joined IFIC Bank Limited as Managing Director on 02 December 2012. Over the last 34 years in banking, Mr. Sarwar's career evolved as a well rounded banker with adequate exposure in General Management, Client Coverage, Corporate Banking, Risk Management, Operations and IT Management. He started his career as Management Trainee of ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1982. He sits on the Board of Grameen Bank and previously held various senior management positions in multinational and private commercial banks such as Managing Director & CEO of Trust Bank Limited, Premier Bank Limited and Industrial Promotion & Development Company of Bangladesh Ltd. (IPDC), Additional Managing Director of United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL), Senior Director and COO of American Express Bank Ltd, Head of Special Asset Management in Standard Chartered Bank and Country Credit Manager in ANZ Grindlays Bank. He has core expertise in Strategic Management, Business Process Reengineering, Creation of New Lines of Business, Change Management and Automation Project Management. He led the first banking automation project in Bangladesh for ANZ Gindlays Bank in 1984. He has optimum exposure & training in all areas of Banking with international stints in Australia, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and certified in Credit Accreditation Process, International Trade Skill Assessment, Credit Skill Assessment and Credit in Context Course. With a distinctive academic record, he holds an M.S.S. degree with Honors in Economics from the University of Dhaka and MBA from Victoria University, Australia. He attended management courses at University of Columbia, University of Cambridge, Oxford University and INSEAD, France. He is a gold medal recipient as the best all-round cadet of Faujdarhat Cadet Collage and a National Debate Champion. He is a member of the Board of Trustee of World Literature Centre (Bishow Shahitto Kendro), Dhaka. Mr. Sarwar takes keen interest in Paintings, Classical Music, Literature and the game of Golf. Mr. Sarwar is married to former development banker Mrs. Parveen Sarwar. His elder daughter is a Yale University graduate and the younger daughter is studying at Wellesley College, Boston, USA.
Samira Zuberi Himika
Samira Zuberi HimikaManaging Director
Samira Zuberi Himika is the founder and MD of Team Engine. She has worked in the United Nations Development Program after finishing her Master’s degree in Development Studies from Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). She was also the Deputy head of BBC World Service Trust, Bangladesh. Himika was one of the main people behind a project named GP House Art Hub which was the first curated art hub for any multi national company in Bangladesh. After spending 5-6 years working in the NGO sector, Himika decided to start her own venture-Team Engine. Team engine supports policy makers, the Government, Private Sector entities and individuals by connecting them with the right entities and launching their campaigns-in simple terms, its a communication and campaign hub for social good. Starting her entrepreneural journey was not easy, it involved high risks and challenges. In recent years her organization has been working on projects using a “partnership model” by partnering with government and other organizations who share similar interests in certain projects. Himika’s biggest strength in launching her own venture definitely has to be her strong portfolio of working for several top international organizations and NGOs. She had a rich network in these areas and strong networking means faster progress for your start-up. Aside from her interests in entrepreneurship and the field of development, Himika is also an Executive Committee Member at BASIS-she’s a key figure in Bangladesh’s tech and start-up field where she actively takes part in community events and speaks at such events as well.
Component Team Leader
Sami AhmedComponent Team Leader
Sami Ahmed is the Component Team Leader (IT-ITES unit) of the Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of the Bangladesh Computer Council, ICT Division. Mr. Ahmed's core responsibilities include Bangladesh IT-ITES Industry promotion and Talent Development. He has also played a vital role in many policy reforms for the ICT sector. Prior to joining LICT, Mr. Ahmed was the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Association for Software and Information Services (BASIS) and was instrumental in many policy reforms for the Industry and in organizing key ICT events in the country. Mr. Ahmed also worked at the a2i Project of the Prime Minister's Office where he was part of many national initiatives under the Digital Bangladesh platform and played several roles including leading the Innovation team.
Md. Jahurul Haque
Md. Jahurul HaqueChairman
Mr. Md. Jahurul Haque joined as a Commissioner of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on 30 August 2015. In 13 May 2018 he was made acting chairman of the commission as former chairman Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood has completed his session. From that day he has officiated in three important posts as Acting Chairman, Vice Chairman and Commissioner of Legal and licensing department. He was given the responsibility of the new chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on January 30, 2019. Mr. Md. Jahurul Haque was born on 05 December 1955 in Jamalpur district. He has completed his SSC in 1971 from Polisha High School of Madarganj upazila and HSC in 1973 from Govt. Ashek Mahmud College of Jamalpur. Later, he received his bachelor's degree LLB (Hon’s) from Rajshahi University in 1980 and master's of Law degree in 1981. Mr. Haque started his career as an Assistant Judge on 20 April 1983. During his long judicial career, he was the District Judge and Sessions Judge of various Districts across Bangladesh including Sirajganj, Moulvibazar, Netrokona and Narayanganj. After successfully serving as the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge (Senior District Judge) for four years, Mr. Haque retired from judicial service on 4 December 2014. He has received the foundation training from Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center. Besides, he was also trained at Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI). In addition, he also participated in numerous training courses on judicial service at both home and abroad. As part of judicial training and later as a BTRC official, he visited various countries of the world including Switzerland, England, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, China, and Hong Kong. In his personal life, Mr. Haque is a proud father of a son and a daughter. His wife is currently Head of the Department also a professor of Psychology of Dhaka College.
Dr. Nazneen Ahmed
Senior Research Fellow
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
Dr. Nazneen AhmedSenior Research Fellow
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
Dr. Nazneen Ahmed has specialisation in conducting research in the areas of international trade and regional trade issues, value chain analysis, general equilibrium modeling, institutional, industrial, gender and labour issues. Dr. Nazneen holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, a Master's in Development Economics from University of Sussex, UK and a Master's and Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Dhaka. She joined BIDS in 1998 as a Research Associate and became a Research Fellow in 2003. All throughout her student life she has proven her excellence and secured outstanding results in all public examinations and has been awarded a number of national and international scholarships. She has experience of working with a number of donors and international development organisations including the World Bank, DFID, UNCTAD, ILO, IFC, EU, AED, Action- Aid, IFPRI, etc. She has also worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh.
DevoTech Technology Park
DevoTech Technology Park
Raihan Shamsi Chairman & CEO at DevoTech Summary Entrepreneur and former MNC CEO with a track record of transformation in Telecommunication and Information Technology industries in Asia. Chartered Accountant by education, with an Executive Education / Diploma in Management from National University of Singapore . A team player with focus on long term vision. 10+ years of Experience as CEO/ MD/ CXO at country level and region level, architecting large transformational program, New Business Development, Strategy & Financial Management, large capital market listing, M&A, divestment & dissolution at complex ecosystem.Seasoned through career in 5 MNCs over 20 years.
Khondoker Rashed Maqsood
Managing Director & CEO
NRB Commercial Bank
Khondoker Rashed MaqsoodManaging Director & CEO
NRB Commercial Bank
Mr. Maqsood completed his MBA in Finance from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka in 1992. He started his career at American Express Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1992 as a Management Trainee and later joined Corporate Banking Group. Later, He worked at CitiBank N.A for more than 22 years in different positions since 1995. He is considered as the pioneer of transaction banking in Bangladesh with vast experience in Corporate & Correspondent Banking, Private Equity, M&A, Back Stopped Facility, Debt Restructuring, International Bond, and Securities & Funds Services. He is a strong proponent of inclusive financing and innovative CSR models.
Janata Bank Ltd
Janata Bank Ltd
Ms. Luna Shamsuddoha has been Chairman of the Board of Janata Bank Limited (“Janata Bank”) since March 2018 and was appointed its Board Member in June 2016. She secured Masters in International Relations and began teaching English at the British Council, and as a Lecturer at Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka. She started business in 1985 as Managing Partner of The Executive Centre. She worked as a Co-reporter for Australia Broadcasting Corporation, ABC. She is a software entrepreneur and Chairman, since 1992, of Dohatec New Media, a CMMI Level 3 company. She is the Managing Director of Global Voice Telecommunication Limited, an International Gateway Company. As Chairman, she leads the management team and is responsible for overseas marketing, quality and emerging technology, Project Implementation of overseas contracts. She has received recognition for her path breaking work internationally. Dohatec provides Software Solutions and services for international clients like The World Bank, World Health Organization, US Postal Service. She received two International Awards for Software by Swiss Interactive Media and Software Association (SIMSA) in 2005 in Basel, Switzerland. She was involved in the development of Voter enrolment solution and biometric de-duplication with Bangladesh Army in 2007 – 20008 national election. She was recognized at the inauguration of Microsoft’s Global Partners Conference WPC 2007 in Denver, for her achievements in the international software Industry. Her firm developed the electronic Government Procurement (e-GP) system and operations for Bangladesh and Royal Government of Bhutan. Her copyright solutions in the data management space, has been used by the World Bank Headquarters and other international organization for over decade. She is the Founder President of Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT), Member of Council Global Thought Leaders on Inclusive Growth Switzerland, Trustee Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), Trustee Underprivileged Children’s Educational Programs (UCEP) Bangladesh, Director SME Foundation and former Director Agrani Bank Limited. She is a member of Global Advisory Council of Think through Consulting (‘TTC’) India. Her endowment offers scholarships and supports cultural activities. She is founder member of Bangladesh Business Magazine. She is member of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services, MCCI, AMCHAM, SBCCI and BEF. Her International acknowledgements among others are Femina World Women Leadership Congress Super Achiever Award 2017, and Honorary Leadership Award 2013 - Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) Award. She has received several recognition nationally among others; RTV Jaya Alokita Nari 2017, SAARC Women’s Association Women in Progress Award 2017, Annanya Best 10 Award 2013.
Mahtab Uddin Ahmed
Mahtab Uddin AhmedCEO
Mahtab Uddin Ahmed has taken over the charge of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Robi Axiata Limited on November 01, 2016. Mahtab held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Robi from April 2014 to March 2016. He joined Robi in September, 2010 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the position which he held till 2014. Prior to joining Robi, Mahtab spent 17 years of his career with Unilever where he held various business and finance leadership positions including the post of Finance Director in various operating companies like Unilever Pakistan, Unilever Arabia and Unilever Bangladesh. He is currently the Vice President of AMTOB (Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh) and former Vice President of BMCCI (Bangladesh Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry). He is also the Executive Committee member of FICCI (Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce & Industry) Mahtab holds a Bachelor of Honours and Masters in Accounting from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also a Fellow member of Institute of Cost and Management Accountant of Bangladesh (ICMAB), FCMA & CGMA of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK). He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (AMP 190).
Md. Arfan Ali
President & Managing Director
Md. Arfan AliPresident & Managing Director
An MBA from The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka University, Md. Arfan Ali is currently holding President & Managing Director. He joined Bank Asia as an AVP on September 13, 1999, three months before the commercial opening of the bank. During the initial years at the Bank, Md. Arfan Ali was in charge of the Treasury Department. Subsequent to that, he was the Head of two of the major Bank Asia branches namely: Principal Office Branch and MCB Banani Branch. Arfan Ali started his career as a Probationary Officer in Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited on May 02, 1991. Prior to joining Bank Asia, he worked for Hanil Bank (now Woori Bank) of South Korea from 1996 to 1999. Apart from working for the Bank, Md. Arfan Ali worked as a Part Time Lecturer for Jahangirnagar University, MBA Department for six years. He is one of the key resource persons for Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM), Dhaka. Actively involved in enhancement of formal and informal education for the village people, Arfan enjoys reading books, recitation, fishing and farming.
Erik Aas has been serving in leadership role in telecommunications sector of emerging market for a really long time. Erik completed his executive MBA from IMD in 2001. He earned his MSC in electrical engineering and computer science from Norwegian university of science and technology. Erik has gained experience internationally under Telenor group from 1997 to 2007 and he served as a senior executive in different operations. He played a significant role as the CEO of Grameenphone. During his tenure, Grameenphone went on to a 15 million subscriber base from a mere 2 million subscriber base in just 34 months, rendering the company at the leadership position in the market. After that he worked as the CEO of pt.axis telecom from 2007 to 2014. He converted the brand from a Greenfield operator to a company. In 1 December, 2015, Erik Aas joined Banglalink as the CEO.
City Bank Limited
Hossain KhaledVice Chairman
City Bank Limited
Mr. Hossain Khaled is a versatile new age business personality. He obtained his BBA in Accounting from University of Toledo, Ohio, USA and MBA degree in International Banking from A & M University (TAMU), Texas, USA. Mr. Khaled joined the family conglomerate of Anwar Group of Industries during the year 2000. Since then, he has successfully held and led many portfolios, and achieved many successes among which few noteworthy ones are being the youngest President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Co-Chairman of Bangladesh Better Business Forum. He was the President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry for two times. Mr. Khaled also holds Director position in a number of companies of Anwar Group. He is one of the members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of City Bank and Convener of City Bank Risk Management Committee. He is the Chairman of City Brokerage Ltd. And President of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Bangladesh. Mr. Hossain Khaled is a versatile new age business personality. He obtained his BBA in Accounting from University of Toledo, Ohio, USA and MBA degree in International Banking from A & M University (TAMU), Texas, USA. Mr. Khaled joined the family conglomerate of Anwar Group of Industries during the year 2000. Since then, he has successfully held and led many portfolios, and achieved many successes among which few noteworthy ones are being the youngest President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Co-Chairman of Bangladesh Better Business Forum. He was the President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry for two times. Mr. Khaled also holds Director position in a number of companies of Anwar Group. He is one of the members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of City Bank and Convener of City Bank Risk Management Committee. He is the Chairman of City Brokerage Ltd. And President of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) Bangladesh.
Managing Director & CEO
IDLC Bank Limited
Arif KhanManaging Director & CEO
IDLC Bank Limited
Arif Khan brings more than 25 years of management experience to IDLC having served in various prestigious local, multinational and government organizations in the financial service sector. Mr. Khan most recently served as a Commissioner of Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) in a 5 year stint and has been widely acclaimed for his role in the development of the capital market of Bangladesh. Prior to this, he served IDLC Finance for 15 years before leaving as the Deputy Managing Director. In this role he played a key role in the growth of the company as well as development of several business wings. He began his career in 1991 as a Probationary Officer in AB Bank Limited. Mr. Khan is a Fellow Member (FCMA) of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB), where he occupied the role of the president until recently. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter and is member of the CFA Institute, USA. He was the Founding President of Bangladesh CFA Society and Bangladesh Merchant Bankers’ Association (BMBA). Mr. Khan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University. He also obtained a Master of Commerce degree in Finance and Banking from Dhaka University.
Being in business for myself for more than 30 years, and having the honor of training over 200,000 people in audiences around the world, has been a true blessing. I am grateful for the gift God has given me to effectively communicate and connect with others. I believe that we all are perfect within our imperfections. I believe that the spirit of power and greatness resides not in some of us, but in all of us. Everyone matters. Every life makes a difference. I have shared the stage with some of the best people in the world, and I am thankful for what my mentors have given me and for what they have seen in me. No one can reach their fullest potential by themselves. I believe that the quality of one’s success is linked to their ability to effectively communicate and help empower others to reach their potential. Contact Information: Jamesdentley@nbcuniversity.com.
Mr. Md. Alamgir December 15, 2016 joined the Technical and Madrasah Education Division, Ministry of Education. Prior to joining, he was working as Director General of Primary Education Department. Mr. Mohammad Alamgir started his career as assistant commissioner of the BCS Administration Cadre in 1986 at the office of Sylhet Deputy Commissioner. After that, he performed duties honestly and devotedly in different important positions of government at home and abroad at different times. He is the Director General of the Bureau of Non-formal Education, Dhaka City Corporation (South) and additional secretary at the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry, and took many training in the country and abroad. In his education, Md. Alamgir received honors from the Department of Economics of Dhaka University in 1982 and in 1983 he earned his M.S.S. Md. Alamgir was born on 3/02/1962 in Harirampur Upazila of Manikganj district. He is married and father of two sons.
Anis A. Khan
Managing Director & CEO
Mutual Trust Bank
Anis A. KhanManaging Director & CEO
Mutual Trust Bank
Anis A. Khan (AAK), a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, Bangladesh (IBB) is Managing Director & CEO of Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTB) since April 2009. Prior to joining MTB, AAK headed IDLC Finance Limited (IDLC), the country’s largest financial institution (non-banking) for six years, as its CEO & Managing Director. A career banker, Anis earlier served for 21 years, in a multitude of roles, with the then British-owned Grindlays Bank p.l.c. and it’s successor banks – ANZ Grindlays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), both in Bangladesh and abroad. AAK has received on job exposure and training on nearly all aspects of banking, management, and leadership practices in his 34-year banking career. He has sound knowledge of merchant banking, stock brokerage services, leasing, factoring, legal and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, business process re-engineering and transformation and up gradation of information technology platforms, acquired in Bangladesh, India, UAE, UK, Australia and South Africa. He has also attended: ● The Executive Program in Corporate Governance and Strategic Management at the Haas Business School of the University of California, Berkeley in May 2014 ● Value Creation in Banking and Strategic Management Program held at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France in October 2015 In June 2015, Anis presented a paper on “Financing The Transformation of the Bangladesh Garment Industry” at the School of South Asian Studies, University of Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. On November 20, 2016, he received the ‘Business & Entrepreneur Excellence Award 2016’ and recognized as the ‘Inspirational Business Leader of the Year’, at a ceremony held in London, United Kingdom, which was organized by the UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce & Industry (UKBCCI). Earlier, in 2015, MTB was awarded the DHL-The Daily Star Bangladesh Business Awards and recognized as the ‘Best Financial Institution of 2014’. Anis currently serves as: ● Vice Chairman of the Industrial & Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IIDFC) ● Director of BD Ventures Limited ● Independent Director and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited (BPBL) ● Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Association of Bankers, Bangladesh Limited (ABB) ● Member of the Council of The Institute of Bankers Bangladesh ● Member of the Board of Governors of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) ● Member of the Board of Governors of the Dhaka School of Bank Management ● Vice President of the Bangladesh Association of Publicly Listed Companies (BAPLC) ● Life Member of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI) ● Trustee Treasurer of the CSR Centre He has served earlier as: ● Director of Eastern Bank Limited, 2004-2006 ● Independent Director of Chittagong Stock Exchange Limited (CSE), 2004-2008 ● Director of the Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Limited (CRAB), 2004-2009 ● Bangladesh Rating Agency Limited (BDRAL), 2011-2013 ● Chairman of Bangladesh Leasing & Finance Companies Association (BLFCA), 2006-2009 ● Chairman of Primary Dealers Bangladesh Limited ((PDBL), 2014-2016 ● Vice President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) for two terms – 2014 & 2015 ● Chairperson of the SWIFT Member & User Group of Bangladesh (SMUGB), 2014-2017 AAK frequently delivers lectures and presentations on investment in Bangladesh, corporate governance, banking and the capital market, both at home and abroad. A keen collector of art, Anis is a member of the Board of Governors of the Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA). His other hobbies and interests include photography, numismatics, technology and reading. His spouse, Monowar Anis Khan (Minu) was a member of the first Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team and later on served as a Director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and Representative for ladies’ cricket for Bangladesh to the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
Founder & CEO
Brandi VeilFounder & CEO
Brandi Veil is an international transformational speaker, dedicated to humanizing digital technology for good! Founder and CEO of Being Investments, a global advisory network for emerging decentralized technology and communications. Ms. Veil and her alliance partners are committed to empowering our conscious evolution as a civilization with emerging culture and transformative digital technologies. A dynamic international speaker, she shares evolution concepts on securing personal value data profiles and community-centric ecosystems, such as EaaS: Engagement as a Service, The Future of Work: Mobilizing Millennials, and Free Telecom with Proof of Participation. Recognized at the United Nation and TEDx as a thought leader on topics such as the ethical use of AI and humanizing technology with personal values and mindfulness. She was recently awarded Doctorate of Excellence in Blockchain Technology for her work as Global Ambassador of EDU in Dubai. As advisor and collaborator, she seamlessly bridges global partnership culture with emerging technologies to help leaders co-create a better world today. Brandi is based in Los Angeles, CA with alliance partners in India, UAE- Dubai, Canada, and the US. Active clients include FY.life, Mobilink.io, Blockchain Beach, The Global Hackathon, BenefitWith.us, Dubai Blockchain Center, Hyperchain, This is Wellhaus, Rich Recovery: Brain Supplement, MyEffect: Community Impact Platform Lovell Corporation, and City Summit & City Gala.
Emrana Khan CEO at SuperTel Ltd. Summary Result oriented Contact Center, Chief Executive Officer with strong, technical, business and financial acumen in designing and leading all aspects of multi-channel (24/7) center. Lead start up teams in diverse cultural environments with multi-industry and international experience. Recognized for intellectual horsepower as an effective, collaborative leader skilled in building and motivating high performance teams across divisional boundaries. Solid professional who possesses strategic agility to bring "best in class" people, process and technology that deliver efficiencies and profitability through blending service delivery with organic and outsourced resources, both foreign and domestic market. Over 10 years working experience in diverse sectors abroad and in local companies. Experience SuperTel Ltd CEO April 2009 - Present Uttara, Dhaka.Bangladesh www.supertel.com.bd Teavana Assistant General Manager June 2007 - January 2009 (1 year 8 months) APAC Customer Services Team leader May 2006 - April 2007 (1 year) Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. Client Services Manager March 2005 - January 2006 (11 months) Toronto Burak Jacobson Research Partners Inc. January 2004 - February 2005 (1 year 2 months) Project Manager Education Bangladesh International Tutorial La Martiniere for Girls West Toronto Collegiate.
Abul Kashem Md. Shirin
Manging Director & CEO
Abul Kashem Md. ShirinManging Director & CEO
Shirin received his education from Sunamganj Jubilee High School, Sylhet MC College, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.
Women in Digital
Women in Digital
Mrs.Achia Nila is the founder, Women In Digital - Empowerment through Technology. As an skilled professional of digital production; she has set remarkable footprint in the emerging technology market of Bangladesh. Mrs.Achia Nila graduated from United International University on Computer Science and engineering. Later on, she received her M.Sc on computer science and engineering from Daffodil International University. She has served in some of the internationally recognized organizations such as Dell, Microsoft, HP, Epson, Colgate, HillsPet, J&J, HTC, HSBC, Vodafone, Sony, Unilever, Betfair and Nokia etc. As a local product she successfully launched Maya apa Mobile application. She specialises on IT product development (like, web, mobile app and game) and Product management, project management, team lead etc. Beside her Tech business she has join as an international IT expert for International Telecommunication Union. She is the first person in Bangladesh who selected for this honorable position. Recently She has join Women Who Code as a country Director. She have arranged “National Hackathon for Women” 1st time in Bangladesh and so many tech competition for women. Her organization run a accelerator program for women name “Digital Innovation Challenge for Women (DICFW)” As a leading technological professional, Mrs Achia Nila is obviously one of the inspiring role models for women in engineering education sector of Bangladesh. Some award and achievements: South Asia Connecting Start up with in Top 7 Bangladesh, Nepal and Srilanka and Myanmar. SPRING Accelerator, within Top 10 startup between Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan and Myanmar. International Women Vandor exhibition 2017 at Istanbul, Tarky to represent Bangladesh (full funded by Natherland Government)(NTF Project) ICT trade fair 2016 at Srilanka, to represent Bangladesh (full funded by Natherland Government) (NTF Project) Best Entrepreneur of the year 2017 for Women in Digital (Young) 'Best Startup' in Inspiring Women Award 2017 from Bangladesh Brand Forum BRAC Manthan Award 2016 for Women in Digital (South Asia) Spark Entrepreneur of the year 2016 for Women in Digital (Australia) Best Business model Award 2016 (German) Manthan Award 2015 for Women in Digital (South Asia) National Hackathon 2016 (Award received as a mentor/ judge ) National Mobile Application Awareness & Capacity Building Program (National Hackathon 2014) (Award received as a mentor/ judge ) International Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit women 2014 conference at Nepal (To Represent Bangladesh) Manthan Award 2014 for Maya ( I was the lead product manager) (South Asia) Received an award from e-commerce fair 2014 from computer Jogut GDG DevFest Dhaka 2013 (MIST / UIU)( “UXD mentor for Mobile app development” ) IT Innovation Search Program 2012 (BASIS)( “Project: Design and Development of online library for Visually Impaired), 3th position Explore Fashion Talent 2007 (National Award in Fashion), 2007.
Mr. Ahmed Jamal
Mr. Ahmed JamalDeputy Governor
Mr. Ahmed Jamal has been appointed as the Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank on March 01, 2018 to June 30, 2023. As the Deputy Governor he is now performing his responsibilities in Foreign Exchange Policy Department, Foreign Exchange Investment Department, Foreign Exchange Operation Department, Human Resources Department-1 & 2, Payment Systems Department, Financial Stability Department, Debt Management Department, Sustainable Finance Department, Expenditure Management Department-1 & 2, Law Department, Department of Communications and Publications and Security Management Department. He is also the Project Director of Investment Promotion and Financing Facility II (IPFF II) Project Financed by World Bank and Govt. of Bangladesh. Mr. Ahmed Jamal had completed his B.Com (Hons.) and M.com in Accounting from Rajshahi University. He also achieved Post Graduate Diploma in Bank Management from Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management. He is a Diplomaed Associate of Institute of Bankers, Bangladesh. Joining at Bangladesh Bank on July 28, 1984 as Officer Class-1, Mr. Ahmed Jamal Served in various Departments. He had been the General Manager of Foreign Exchange Policy Department and Department of Foreign Exchange Inspection in Head Office. Besides Head Office, he also served in Motijheel office, Khulna office, Rangpur office and Bogura office of Bangladesh Bank. During his career progression in Bangladesh Bank, he has always been promoted on accelerated merit quota basis. He was a honorable Member of Wage Earners' welfare Board and Steering Committee of National Board of Revenue. Furthermore, he was an observer of the Board of Directors of AB Bank Ltd, Premier Bank Ltd, ICB Islamic Bank Ltd and Janata Bank Ltd. During his more than 33 years of central banking career, he visited USA, UK, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Malaysia, Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Indonesia, India, South Korea, Turkey, Philippines, Singapore & United Arab Emirates to attend various training courses, seminars and conferences.
Prof. Ferhat Anwar
IBA, Dhaka University
Prof. Ferhat AnwarProfessor
IBA, Dhaka University
Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar is the Professor of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. He is in the teaching profession for almost 30 years. Dr. Anwar completed his post graduation from Department of Biochemistry from Dhaka University; Masters in Business Administration from IBA; PhD in Marketing Systems, jointly under University of New Brunswick Canada and University of Dhaka; and Post Graduate Diploma in University Teaching from University of New Brunswick Canada. He is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Dr. Ferhat is the Founder Director of Kotler Center for Marketing Excellence, University of Dhaka. He is also the chairman of Insight School of Learning and Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Brand Forum. Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar has more than 60 publications in international and national journals. He is writer of 3 major books on business management. He has undertaken more than 70 consulting assignments and conducted dozens of training programs on marketing & strategy. He has worked as consultant for the major private sector companies, public sector, and development agencies. He is an independent board member of Singer (Bangladesh) Ltd. and Moddhopara Mining Company of Bangladesh. His area of specialization has been marketing, strategic management, brand management (including city & nation branding), corporate social responsibility including social enterprise management, and SME management. In addition he is an expert in education with focus on tertiary learning and vocational & technical education.
Kazi IT Center Ltd.
Kazi IT Center Ltd.
Mr. Mike Kazi is a Bangladeshi born American and an IT Enable service sector business person. He is the Chairman of Kazi IT Center Ltd. that consists of directorship of 10 other concerns. Mr. Kazi finished his school education in Southern California and has earned his MBA from University of Riverside, California, USA. He has about 10 years of experience in running business in the Bangladesh BPO industry while having a total 20 years of business experience in both USA and in Bangladesh. Mr. Kazi is an entrepreneur from the very early stage of his life. Being in Bangladesh for about 10 years now he has a complete understanding of the business environment and the required network in the country’s market. Mr. Kazi has companies in different industries including BPO, Automobile, Hospitality, Food and beverage, and retail industry. He started his first business with Automobile in USA in 1997 and commenced BPO in Bangladesh in 2010 as Kazi IT Center Ltd. He is playing significant role in the improvement of the ICT industry in Bangladesh.
Md. Shafiul Azam
Managing Director & CEO
Md. Shafiul AzamManaging Director & CEO
Mr. Md. Shafiul Azam has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Modhumoti Bank Ltd. Prior to his new role, he was Additional Managing Director of the Bank. Mr. Azam has an illustrious banking career with over 25 (twenty five) years of experience. He began his career with AB Bank as a Probationary Officer in 1991 & worked there in 4 (Four) corporate branches until 2001. After that he moved to Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd. performed responsibilities in various capacities both at branches & Head office, lastly as Deputy Managing Director of the Bank. During his service career, he received a number of banking awards and visited various countries to attend banking seminars and training courses.
Co-Founder & Chairman
David MclnnisCo-Founder & Chairman
As an accomplished CEO, CMO and Marketing Technologist, it has been my passion to build platforms that help companies achieve greater online visibility. I provide strategy and hands on leadership in product and business development, operations, resource management, application architecture and content marketing to create business and technology solutions, and oversight of blockchain development projects. My chief expertise is in bridging the gap between business need and technology. I skillfully implement integrated marketing technology solutions with a practiced balance of relationship building, technical expertise, business strategy, storytelling and selling. Helping organizations improve visibility and engagement has been my primary vocation beginning with the successful launch of PRWeb, which pioneered advances in direct-to-consumer new distribution and online visibility. KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE: • Marketing Strategies & Technology • Team Leadership & Mentoring • Blockchain Development & Implementation • P & L Management • Business Development Strategy • Application Development & Product Launch • Online Public Relations • CMS Integration & Development • ECommerce Platforms & Online Strategies • Software Engineering & Integration • Product Design & Development • Book Publishing Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Hub Bangladesh Ltd
Digital Hub Bangladesh Ltd
Ms. Naeema Marium joined Digital Hub Bangladesh Ltd in 2018 as the CEO. She is a graduate of Drexel University, with a major in Finance and Corporate Communications. Ms. Marium has spent most of her time in the United States of America where she worked in Investment Banking right after she finished her graduation. Ms. Marium has experience in financial industry where she was trading currencies and treasuries. She also has experience in investors relations, corporate communications, portfolio management, public relations, project management, corporate management, marketing and sales along with experience in corporate behavior training. Her international training and work experience has enabled her to learn and identify the many tricks and techniques to solve corporate conflicts. In addition her expertise is conflict resolution and soft skills.
Prof. Khondoker Abdullah Al Mamun
Founder & President
Prof. Khondoker Abdullah Al MamunFounder & President
Khondaker A. Mamun received his Ph.D. in Computer and Biomedical Engineering from University of Southampton, UK. After that he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the PRISM Lab with joint appointment from Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada and Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto, Canada. He also worked as a lecturer and then assistant professor in the Department of CSE, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology from 2002 to 2007, and as a researcher in the College of Computer and Information Science, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia from 2007 to 2008. Since October 2014, he is working as an Associate Professor and then Professor at the Department of CSE, United International University (UIU), Bangladesh. He is the founder and Director of Advanced Intelligent Multidisciplinary Systems Lab (AIMS Lab) at UIU, where he actively performs research in areas of machine learning, intelligent System, healthcare, disabilities and education as well as human machine interface (HMI), brain computer interface (BCI), rehabilitation engineering, and mobile technology for health care and rehabilitation applications. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed international journal and conference papers. He has invented a number of digital healthcare and rehabilitations service delivery architecture and mobile based solutions for developing countries. His research and innovation has also been featured in a number of local and international news outlets including New Scientist and BBC. His contribution in the innovation and development is recognized internationally and by the government of Bangladesh. He is the founder of CMED Health, a startup that focuses on preventive and primary healthcare through ICT. CMED Health is the Winner of DBS-NUS Social Innovation 2018 (Singapore), SeedStarWorld Global Innovation 2018 (Switzerland), Bangladesh Innovation 2018, BASIS National ICT 2017, Startup Challenge 2017 and GP Accelerator 2016 Award. He also received National ICT and APICTA Awards for Autism Barta (Smart Phone App for Autism Screening) and Bolte Chai (Smart Phone App for enhancing communications for nonverbal children). He is the organizer and general chair of the first medical engineering conference, MediTec 2016 (International Conference of Medical Engineering, Health Informatics and Technology) in Bangladesh supported by IEEE EMBS. He is also the organizer and chair of the first International Neuroscience School (IBRO APRC 2017) to develop future neuroscience researcher in Bangladesh, sponsored by International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). With the IBRO support, Prof. Mamun has introduced first Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s patients in Bangladesh through National Institute of Neuroscience and Hospital with active support from Prof. Tipu Z. Aziz, University of Oxford, UK. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), IEEE; Founder Chair, EMBS Bangladesh section; Fellow, Bangladesh Computer Society (BCS).
A researcher and a social entrepreneur.Conducts research on cutting edge issues and develops social enterprise models. Starting career in academia and policy research and subsequently engaging in social entrepreneurship, Dr. Raihan blended multi-disciplinary knowledge in generating insights for decision making for enterprises he led and also for other institutions. The multidisciplinary mesh includes Mathematical Modelling, Econometrics, Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Women Empowerment, Anthropology, and Digital Media. Dr. Raihan led design of products and services which have scaled up for millions of beneficiaries and clients in Bangladesh, specially marginalized communities. His approach towards sustainability is a hybrid of market-based approach and public goods approach. He led design of monitoring and evaluation framework and real time monitoring system for large scale projects. ‘Systems thinking’ and ‘design thinking’ are two core methodologies Dr. Raihan applies in designing solutions for any problem. Dr. Raihan led designing of solutions, which are now operating at large scale: Public Access points for e-Government Services, based on his model “Pallitathya” is one of them; now serving 40 Million citizens annually it through 4500+ Union Digital Centers (UDCs). He co-designed model of ‘Smart Classroom”, for facilitating teachers to acquire knowledge on difficult subjects through digital means before entering classroom, who have limited teachers’ training scope. Now, there are 30,000+ Multimedia class rooms across Bangladesh following his model. Dr. Raihan led the design of Aponjon, the largest mHealth services globally for behavioral change of pregnant mothers and families serving more than 2.1 million families. Dr. Raihan is working now on designing a last mile network of 25,000 women entrepreneurs for reaching the BoP by institutions cost-effectively and with real-time monitoring.
Mr. Hossain Khaled
Mr. Hossain KhaledFormer President
Mr. Hossain Khaled is a versatile new generation business personality and a strong trade advocate. Educated with a BBA in Accounting from the University of Toledo, Ohio and MBA degree in International Banking from Texas A&M University (TAMU), Texas, USA, Mr. Khaled joined the family conglomerate during the year 2000. Since then he has been holding very successfully many portfolios, among which mentionable are his success as the youngest President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Managing Director of Anwar Group of Industries, Chairman of Bangladesh Finance & Investment Co. Ltd., and Chairman of City Brokerage Ltd. He is an icon among the young businessmen and his successes are the sources of inspiration to other budding entrepreneurs. Hossain Khaled is the Immediate Former President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), the largest and most active trade organization in the country established in 1958. He also served as the President of this prestigious Chamber in the year 2007, 2008, 2015 and 2016. In his personal life he is the Managing Director of Anwar Group of Industries, a 182 years old company in Bangladesh. Anwar Group of Industries is one of the oldest business conglomerates in the country established in 1834. He is one of the leading industrialists and businessman of Bangladesh. Hossain Khaled completed his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from University of Toledo, Ohio, USA in the year 1997. Later he completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Texas A&M University, USA in the year 1999. He is the Chairman of the Bangladesh Finance and Investment Co. Ltd. and City Brokerage Limited. He is also the Vice Chairman of BD Finance Capital Holdings Ltd. and BD Finance Securities Ltd. He is the Managing Director of Anwar Group of Industries, AG Automobiles Ltd. and Anwar Jute Spinning Mills Ltd. He is also the Director of The City Bank Limited. He was also the Senior Vice President of DCCI in 2006 and Vice President in 2002 and 2003. His line of business includes Financial Services (Bank, Financing, Leasing and Insurance), Manufacturing (MS Rod, Angle Bars, Galvanizing Iron Sheet, Cement, Cement Sheet, Textile), Dyeing, Printing & Finishing, Towel, Weaving, Spinning, Jute, Pipes & Fittings, Information Technology, Automobile (Ford & Peugeot), Trading, Furniture, Real Estate and Construction.
Md. Torikul Islam
Md. Torikul IslamFounder
Md Torikul Islam ( April 29, 1994) is a Bangladeshi freelancer who founded SEO Garage in 5th Nov, 2017. SEO Garage is a team of 9 members of dream and passion in the world of SEO, Digital marketing. The team is heading towards a world of sure triumphant activities since its commencement. For exceptional achievements, He won “Projuktite Dokkho Karigori Sommanona - 2018".
Moyn Jamil Uddin
Moyn Jamil UddinCo-Author
Moyn is the Director of Security and Privacy at CYBER COUNSEL (a London based security and privacy consultancy) and an award winning speaker on the security and privacy. He is also the co-author RESLIA: Cyber Resilience Best Practices Guide textbook and the author of the RESILIA Cyber Resilience Pocketbook. The guide is an international textbook from AXELOS (the publishers of ITIL, PRINCE2 and MoR) and the UK Cabinet Office. He is also the lead author of the Foundation and Practitioner training courses for RESLIA: Cyber Resilience Best Practices. In 2018 he authored the GDPR training product for AXELOS as part of their RESILIA Frontline privacy portfolio. https://www.axelos.com/resilia-frontline-and-gdpr As well as a published author on cyber security, Moyn is an experienced security leader with over 30 years in the UK ICT and security industry, of which over 20 years has been in IT, Information and cyber security. He has experience of leading on security and privacy on some of the largest IT led transformation and change programmes in the world. He has provided these services to prestigious and blue-chip organisations such as the Bank of England where he was the lead on the BoE’s first ever information security programme, the Post Office, UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Connecting for Health programme, a £20bn digital transformation programme, UK Border Agency (Home Office) for eBorders, Visa, Capita - Led on Security and Privacy for UK’s Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) £1.3bn recruiting BPO, BT, UK Business Department, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) where he implemented their ISO27001 ISMS after a major cyber breach impacting 25m records and many others. Until recently, as a member of the CESG CLAS, he was one of about 600 cyber security experts accredited by the UK Government’s CESG (now National Cyber Security Centre) to advise UK government departments on cyber security risk management and securing classified systems. Moyn holds UK government security clearance to work on secure systems. Moyn is a GDPR Certified Practitioner, CIPP/E, CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, ISO27001 Lead Auditor, TOGAF certified architect, member of the Association of Enterprise Architects, and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin/in/moynuddin Website: www.cybercounsel.co.uk.
Mr. Syed Tanvir Husain
Chief Human Resources officer
Mr. Syed Tanvir HusainChief Human Resources officer
Mr. Syed Tanvir Husain was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) effective from 12 June 2018. His journey with Grameenphone started as the Head of Leadership & People Development in mid-2013. He later went on to lead the Center of Expertise and then Shared Services organizations within People & Organization Division. A pioneer in the Digitalization of HR, he is notable for building stronger stakeholder relationships and driving agility across the organization. Prior to Grameenphone he held roles of the Head of HR in Citibank N.A, and the CHRO in Airtel Bangladesh, where he led the acquisition and merger with regard to employees with Warid Telecom. He has also worked in the USA for KBR and Aramark. An MBA graduate from IBA, University of Dhaka, Mr. Tanvir began his career as a management trainee in BAT Bangladesh , where he created his legacy by initiating the gender diversity drive, strengthening talent pipeline and by signing two Long Term Agreements with the CBA in his 7.5 years tenure.