Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque has been serving as Foreign Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh since 10 January 2013. Considering his professionalism, efficiency, integrity and wisdom achieved at service, the Government appointed him as the Senior Secretary on 30 July 2018.
Mr. Haque served in Bangladesh Missions at London, Bangkok and Geneva as well as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh in various capacities. He represented Bangladesh in numerous international forums and platforms. He also served at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from 2001 to 2012 in several senior positions. Mr. Haque was the Chair of the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). He has been serving as an Independent Expert to the UN Committee on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) since 2014.
Mr. Shahidul Haque obtained his MA in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA). He completed his BSS Honours and MSS in Social Welfare from University of Dhaka. He was awarded ‘The Honourable Mention for Robert B. Stewart Prize’ of Fletcher School and Chancellor’s Award, the Grants Commission Award and the Chancellor’s Gold Medal of Dhaka University for his outstanding academic accomplishments. In recognition of his outstanding and committed services to IOM, Mr. Haque received IOM Director General’s Award in 2005. Recently he has been conferred to the ’Order of Rio Branco’ by the Brazilian Government for his leadership role in further strengthening the bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Brazil.
Ambassador & Head of Delegation
Delegation of European Union to Bangladesh
H.E Rensje Teerink, of Dutch nationality, was born in Luxembourg and studied Cultural Anthropology/Non-Western Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Specialising in Asian studies she conducted extensive field research in western India (Gujarat and Maharashtra). In 1985, she joined the Centre for Asian Studies Amsterdam (CASA) as a researcher and, among other consultancy posts, contributed to a project funded by IDPAD (the Indo-Dutch Project for Alternatives in Development) on gender and labour migration in rural India.
She joined the European Commission in 1995 as administrator for South Asia. In 2006 she was appointed Deputy Head of Unit for India, Nepal, Bhutan and SAARC. In 2011 she joined the newly created European External Action Service as Deputy Head of Division for the same countries. She was nominated by EU HR/VP Catherine Ashton as EU Ambassador/Head of Delegation to Nepal and EU Representative to SAARC in April 2013. In May 2017 EU HR/VP Federica Mogherini nominated her Ambassador Designate/Head of Delegation to Bangladesh.
Ms Teerink is married with two children and, apart from her Dutch mother tongue, is fluent in English, French, German and Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish, Hindi and Nepali.
Embassy of Denmark to Bangladesh
She has been in Bangladesh since September 2018. Ms. Petersen has worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen since 1987. She headed several sections in the Ministry such as the Africa Department, Department of Development Policy, Department of Asia and Latin America as well East and South Africa.
She was the Counsellor at the Danish Embassy in Tanzania, the Deputy Head of Mission in Bolivia, Head of the Danish Representation in Niger. Prior to Bangladesh, she was the Ambassador of Denmark to Mali.
Honorary Consul General, Consulate of Greece in Dhaka, Bangladesh & Senior Vice President , BGMEA
Consul of Greece in Dhaka
Mr. Faruque Hassan, Managing Director of Giant Group, Honorary Consulate General of Greece, in Bangladesh. President, Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DBCCI) and Senior Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). He is a Founder Member of Board of Trustees of Bangladesh University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT). He has been working hard with dignity and perseverance to contribute in development of Textile and RMG sector. He played a pivotal role to promote sustainability across the RMG and backward linkage industry of Bangladesh. He is the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of Partnership for Cleaner textile (PACT) & a member of the steering committee of WRG 2030 (World Bank Group), working towards cleaner water and sanitization for the community. Mr. Hassan believes Bangladesh will not achieve its targeted growth by the cost of environment. He aspires to make Bangladesh RMG industry a role model of green industrialization in the world.
Entrepreneur with more than two decades at the helm of the business that he inherited from his father, Mr Salim Rahman has made his own mark in taking KDS to the next level.
Experienced in all aspects of business formation, operation, finance, and management. Visionary, with deep interest in research and analytics. Effective communicator and motivator who identifies and leverages assets in teammates to reach organizational goals. Salim Rahman has been instrumental in strategic expansion of the existing businesses of KDS and also opened up new businesses wherever he could foresee a business opportunity. Lifelong learner committed to staying on top of the best current and emerging business practices, especially in an international context, Salim Rahman is a relentless optimist who believes there is no failure, only feedback.
Pioneer Denim Limited
Mohiuddin Ahmed grew up in a textile industryoriented family in Bangladesh. He Joined Badsha Group as a Director in July 2017. After completing his higher studies from The London School of Economics and Political Science, he has returned to get onboard towards leading the family Business to new heights. Mohiuddin has always been an innovative person, thinking outside the box constantly challenging himself to innovate new products within the textile industry. His current focus has been towards creating technical attire in a sustainable form. With his passion and enthusiasm towards the textile sector he is thriving the family business forward.
Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA)
Brooke Roberts-Islam is an award-winning digital knitwear designer and consultant who recently
co-founded the Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA).
Following a previous career as a diagnostic radiographer within the NHS, Brooke used
inspiration from scan images of the brain to create knitwear using the latest digital knitting
technology and yarns. She subsequently gave a TED talk explaining how she combined
radiography and knitwear design in her clothing range.
At BRIA, Brooke and her team develop “smart” and sustainable materials solutions for
businesses spanning fashion and manufacturing, directly combining her knowledge of the latest
developments in the “fashion-tech” sector with her pioneering cross-discipline approach to
developing new materials.
In addition to her design and materials development work, Brooke is a “fashion-tech” and
sustainability writer for Forbes.com, the Huffington Post UK and Techstyler – a publishing
platform she founded – sharing opinions and interviews from the crossroads of these sectors.
Brooke is regularly invited to speak about the fusion of fashion and technology at events
including the Wired Next Generation conference and the launch of London Technology Week,
2016. She also moderates monthly panel discussions in London featuring fashion tech and
International Finance Corporation
Ms. Wendy Werner is the Country Manager of International Finance Corporation for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, based in Dhaka. She implements IFC’s strategy to expand financial inclusion, sustainable infrastructure and support value added manufacturing and services through investment and advisory services.
She manages IFC’s committed investment portfolio of $1.5 billion in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal alongside a $60 million advisory program.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Werner was the Manager for Trade and Competitiveness Advisory Services for the East Asia Pacific region. With IFC, she has worked in Tajikistan and the Western Balkans.
Ms. Wendy Werner holds a BA from Grinnell College in Iowa, USA and joint MBA/MA from George Washington University; she is a CFA Charter holder and an active CFA Institute volunteer.
Marks & Spencer
Shwapna Bhowmick was born and brought up in Bangladesh. After completing her Bachelors from Dhaka University, she took a Diploma in Fashion Merchandising from BUFT. She started her career in Araf Apparels as an Intern. She worked for global brands like Next, Walmart before joining M&S in 2006 as a Merchandiser. Her passion and dedication for the work made her capable of climbing up the organizational ladder in a steady pace.
She was appointed as the Country Manager, Bangladesh Regional Office of M&S in 2013. Under her leadership, M&S Bangladesh almost tripled their exports and became the No. 1 RMG exporting country for the company. Right now, M&S Bangladesh is on the verge of reaching the 1 Billion USD mark in terms of export. M&S Bangladesh is now considered as an example in the M&S global operations framework. Her integrity, indomitable spirit of bringing more business to Bangladesh, and her people management skills are highly appreciated by M&S globally.
Channel Sales Director - Asia & South East Asia
As Sales Director, David Leprovost takes care of the company’s operations in South and South East Asia and is based in Singapore since 2006. He was previously in charge of Lectra business development in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Northern Europe. He leads the transformation of the teams into a united organization, focused in delivering positive customer experience.
This entails an optimized market coverage and business model, building up awareness, forging partnerships with local influencers, and enabling an inspiring environment to empower customers.
David has accumulated 20 years of professional experience in CAD/M industry. He had developed competencies in project and change management within diverse industries (Fashion, Apparel, Footwear, Automotive, Furniture), and in business transformation to Industry 4.0 standards.
Asif Zahir joined Ananta Group as a Director in August 2008, and has been responsible for leading his family business into one of the largest and fastest growing conglomerates in Bangladesh. Prior to returning to Bangladesh and joining Ananta, Asif spent several years in the USA working as a Product Manager at Google, Inc. where he focused on developing applications for the Android mobile operating platform. Currently he is also the Managing Director of Bangladesh’s most rapidly growing B2B e-commerce company Sindabad.com. With his charismatic leadership qualities and impeccable business knowledge he is taking Sindabad.com to greater heights and has supported the business to be rewarded with prestigious local and international awards.
Co-Founder, President and CEO
With over 20 years of experience in the supply chain industry, Stéphane clearly understands the challenges involved in end-to-end manufacturing.
The idea of developing Pivot88 came out of his own experience in the supply chain, and in particular on remote quality management and supply chain optimization.
During his career, Stéphane held several executive positions at various companies including Toyota Industrial Group of Company, Deloitte Consulting and Ryder Logistics, and spent over 14 years working in China within Quality Management processes.
Today with Pivot88 his focus is on helping companies overcome quality management challenges through the use of emergent technologies providing visibility into the most vulnerable and riskiest parts of the supply chain – within suppliers.
Stéphane holds an MBA from UQAM University and is a certified professional logistician from the Canadian Logistics Institute.
Lars is the co-founder of GoBlu, an international service provider working with more than 20 brands and retailiers. Launched in 2016, GoBlu’s services have evolved from corporate strategy and supply chain solutions to also include the industry’s strongest newsletter on sustainable fashion and an innovative IT solution aimed at enhancing transparency.
Lars started his career in environmental supply chain work in 2000 working with a consulting firm.
Since 2006, he has lived in Hong Kong, from where he headed up H&M’s in Environmental Global Supply Chain Program for more than five years. At H&M, he took the lead for ZDHC work, was involved in developing the Bangladesh Water Program PaCT, and managed WWF’s Partnership program for water in the supply chain.
Before founding GoBlu, he worked as the Global Sustainability Manager for Production at Lindex, where he still works as an external consultant.
He brings a unique perspective, with a wide spectrum of experience from production and supply chain consultancy to brand-level work. He has a wealth of experience working the textile supply chain, focusing on wet processing in Europe and Asia, where he has been involved in multi-stakeholder projects with both governments and NGOs. Lars has an extensive network encompassing brands, academia and industry platforms, as well as wet processing experts from all parts of the industry.
Mr. David Hasanat is the founder Chairman and CEO of Viyellatex group, one of the fastest growing conglomerates in Bangladesh. Under his leadership Viyellatex Group has expanded its market presence from textile/apparel sector to other areas such as logistics, agriculture, power generation and education.
He has been a pioneer in his industry in implementing numerous green initiatives, which has led him to be elected President of United Nations Global Compact Bangladesh Network in 2012. He is also on the Advisory Board of the UNIDO Green Industry Platform where he has pledged his company to be carbon neutral by 2016. He has received numerous recognitions namely Business Person of the Year in 2007, CSR Award in 2008, Climate Award in 2010 among many others. He has also been made an Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Bata Shoe Company (BD) Ltd. in 2011. After a lifetime of ensuring positive initiatives for the people and planet, Mr. Hasanat was awarded the esteemed Centenary Award by the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) in 2014 for his significant role in Green Business in Bangladesh.
Relations & Public Affairs Manager
H&M is one of the world’s leading Swedish fashion company with more than 4,900 stores in 71 markets with a passion “To Become the Most Loved Design Group in the World”. Basirun Nabi Khan joined H&M in 2003 as Code of Conduct Auditor in Bangladesh Production Office. Worked in different roles between 2003 to 2011 driving the CSR agenda in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Between 2011 to 2016 Basir worked based out in Cambodia production office and hold responsibilities of Project Leader and later Office Manager for Cambodia and Vietnam Offices. During second half of 2016 he moved back to Bangladesh Regional Office and now holds the position of Relations & Public Affairs Manager. Basir is the focal point for H&M’s stakeholder engagement and media related issues.
Program Manager Bangladesh
Naureen Chowdhury joined C&A Foundation as its first staff member in Bangladesh in May 2016 and brings over 15 years of experience in the apparel sector with a focus on sustainability. In her current role at C&A Foundation she manages the Bangladesh portfolio as part of the Labor Rights team.
Prior to this role, she was part of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) led Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) program. She holds a Master of Public Policy & Management from SOAS (University of London) and Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Virginia, USA.
Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Naureen is the proud mother to two boys (ages 5 and 10).
Ex Vice President
Until his recent retirement, Veit Geise acted as Vice President Product Supply for VF Asia Ltd. In this capacity, Veit was responsible for the Sourcing Divisions of Jeanswear, Sportswear and Workwear, comprising of brands including Lee, Wrangler, Nautica, Napapijri, Rock & Republic and Timberland. Before joining VF Corporation in 2007, Veit worked for the German Mail Order Company, Otto Group.
Foursource Group GmbH
Jonas worked in the fashion and sportswear business for more than 13 years, primarily in sales, marketing, multichannel management and product development. The last few years, Jonas was part of the Management Board at Bogner and responsible for the Brand Fire + Ice. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen (CH).
Technology Development Manager
Fashion Innovation Agency
Moin Roberts-Islam – Technology Development Manager at Fashion Innovation Agency named “one of the top 10 companies shaping the future of fashion”, the Fashion Innovation Agency (FIA) are experts in working with emerging technologies to help designers and retailers to change the way they make, show or sell their collections. They are part of London College of Fashion and have an extensive network within the fashion and technology industries. They set up ground-breaking collaborations between technology companies and fashion retailers/designer brands in order to demonstrate how emerging technologies are moving the industry forward.
Moin is a fashion-tech innovator with experience working on collaborative projects across fashion and emerging technology, as well as a background in consultancy, investment banking and education. Moin has a strong grounding in mathematical analysis and the technology sector. His expertise is in innovating, developing and prototyping new smart materials and wearable’s, as well as working with immersive technologies and artificial intelligence.
Mr. Asif Ibrahim was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in the year 1965. He received his formal education from the University of Delhi (India) and the University of North Texas (USA). Mr. Ibrahim is the Vice Chairman of Newage Group of Industries, a business house involved mainly in manufacturing and exporting ready-made garments, textiles and plastic products. The Ministry of Commerce of the Government of Bangladesh awarded him the Commercially Important Person (CIP) status in the year 2007, 2012 and 2014 for his contribution in national export.
Mr. Asif Ibrahim is the former President (2011-2012) of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the largest SME Trade Body of Bangladesh. He is the Advisor (Founder Chairman) of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD), a Public Private Dialogue platform to expedite the policy reforms to enable private sector led economic growth of Bangladesh.
Mr. Ibrahim is a member of UNESCAP Business Advisory Council and is the Chairman of the UNESCAP Sustainable Business Network Taskforce on Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction.
He was also a member of the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF). He is the Director of Bangladesh Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BPCCI) and Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTCCI). Mr. Ibrahim served as a board member of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2012-2015) and was the Chairman of the Privatization Standing Committee of FBCCI. He has previously been in the Board of France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB) and is also the Former Chairman of the Research Cell of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Mr Ibrahim is a member of the Board of Advisers for BRAC Business School (BBS) under BRAC University. He is also a member of the Eminent Citizen’s platform to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh.
Ann Runnel is the founder and CEO of Reverse Resources, an award winning Software Company dedicated to improving the circulation of waste materials to reduce the reliance on virgin resources. Ann lives in Estonia, a small country that after many years of occupancy and oppression has developed into one of the most digitally advanced societies in the world. With a background in Economics and business it is Ann’s aim to share the experiences of her own country to reduce the digital divide around the world.
For the past seven years Ann has been travelling to Bangladesh, witnessing the incredible resourcefulness within country and how the the network and secondary industries utilise textile waste. However she also sees inefficiencies and due to the emergence of new technologies how these waste materials are not reaching their highest potential. Creating problems for the recycling of textiles into new yarn and a massive revenue loss for Bangladesh as a country. Ann is proud to take part in this Fashionology Summit and looks forward to seeing the Circular Economy reach its true potential within Bangladesh.
Suman is currently working as Cradle to Cradle Project Manager, Global Sustainability at C&A. In his current role, Suman drives the global implementation of C&A’s circular products strategy in the supply chain.
Suman has more than 10 years experience in design and development as well as in the implementation and monitoring of comprehensive sustainability strategies, in the textile and fashion industry.
Prior to joining C&A, Suman served as a Competence Manager, Sustinability at Inditex group.
Suman holds a Master’s Degree in Fashion Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi and an Engineering Degree in Textiles from Amravati University, Maharastra, India.
Pacific Jeans Limited
Syed M. Tanvir is the director of Pacific Jeans, one of the pioneers in premium denim manufacturing in Bangladesh. He is steering the sustainable growth of the company by gaining trust of a number of high street retailers. He enriched his learning curve by gaining insights of the market dynamics of the fast fashion industry, managing the supply chain proficiently and sound understanding of manufacturing know how in broader spectrum. He completed Master’s degree from University of Leeds in International Marketing to pursue his career in fashion merchandising. He is awarded CIP (Commercially important person) by the Government of Bangladesh. At present he is also an active director of BGMEA.
Jonathan Zornow is the 30-year-old inventor behind Sewbo. He came up with the solution to automating garment manufacturing while reading about temporary support materials for 3D printers, which are water-soluble plastics that could be melted and molded. These materials let 3D printers build things that would otherwise be impossible, and he thought that the same concept could be applied to the garment industry.
This would ultimately prove to be a successful approach – but not before many long nights of tinkering, including a crowded stretch where he shared his tiny NYC studio apartment/workshop with a rented industrial robot.
Zornow studied economics and studio art at Brandeis University, where his sculpture thesis was a fresco-making machine called “Robotecelli.” Jon lives in Seattle. http://www.sewbo.com/press/
IT, Business Development & Management Executive
Move Towards Industry 4.0 With Gerber\'s Integrated Technologies Michael is an experienced IT. Business Development and Management executive with nearly 30 years working and delivering software and service solutions to the Manufacturing Retail and Consumer Goods industry.
Over the last 20 years. Michael has focused on Design. PLM and Supply Chain solutions within retail, footwear, and apparel.
Real experience gained working with manufacturers, brands and retailers across the globe. underpinned with a formal university education in Computer Sciences, hangmen Michael a practical view on technology and its application within the apparel industry.
As part of the Digital Business Transformation team at Gerber Technology. Michael provides insight from one of the industries leading technology companies as to how technology will both change and benefit our industry in the years to come.
Human Rights and Legal Aid Services, BRAC
SK Jenefa Khanom Jabbar joined BRAC in January 2019 as the Director of Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) and Social Compliance. Prior to joining BRAC, she worked as the Regional Responsible Sourcing Director for JC Penney Purchasing Corporation. She has a decorated career with over 22 years of experience in working with renowned organizations such as TESCO, BRAC University, UNDP, ILO, BGMEA, Gap Inc and Dr Kamal Hossain & Associates. She also practiced law as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh for more than nine years. She is a Barrister-At-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom. She has several publications and is an honorary member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, United Kingdom, Dhaka Bar Association, and Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
Regional Director South Asia
Ethical Trading Initiative
Senior CSR and Social Development professional with around 20 years of experience of working on organising communities, worker’s rights and social development issues. An alumnus of IRMA, Anand, Alok has worked with workers organisations in informal as well as the formal economy. Having worked with a Company, a couple of NGOs and an International Trade Union Federation, he is able to manage multiple interest groups in the supply chain and community-based programmes. His expertise includes organising workers, communities, developing and facilitating training programmes, managing CSR projects and facilitating multi-stakeholder groups. He has also carried out several research studies for International Agencies, including ILO. For the last 13 years he has been leading Ethical Trading Initiative’s supply chain programmes in India and Bangladesh. The work with ETI involves working with International Brands, Manufacturers, Industry Association, Contractors and workers in the member’s supply chains. He is currently involved in establishing an Ethical Trade Platform that will have representation of local stakeholders from different interest groups within the global supply chains in India.
Co - Founder
Sofie, the Founder and Deputy CEO, with her extensive experience, first as a journalist, and then in international project management and media production for global brands like H&M, drives the creative core of QuizRR.
She brings more than 10 years of in-depth experience with corporate responsibility, social dialogue and worker’s rights in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Turkey, with a focus on producing educational tools for capacity building, decent working conditions and safe workplaces.
With a passion to impact the world at scale, Sofie provides essential leadership in building a strong, relevant product suite for the alleviation of malignant supply chain gaps.
The experience, knowledge and network Sofie has, through working with factories, global brands, buying offices and NGOs in Asia, becomes key in assessing the needs of QuizRR’s partners, stakeholders, and the market.
Petri Alava brings global business experience to a new way of doing global fashion industry.
He is an experienced business and board executive managing and growing several global businesses. Together with Ali Harlin he has founded 2015 Infinited Fiber Inc. The company’s objective is to revolutionize the global fashion industry with new and better cotton textile fiber manufactured of post-consumer textile, paper and agricultural waste.
Sustainability Manager Bangladesh
Kiran Gokathoti has been with H&M Group for more than 15 years and held various positions in countries such as India, China and Bangladesh. His academic background is within Textile Technology.
Kiran Gokathoti joined H&M in 2003 in India Production Office. Worked in different roles between 2003 to 2017 driving the CSR agenda in India and Sri Lanka.
In March 2017 he moved to Bangladesh Regional Office and now holds the position of Regional Sustainability Manager and drives the Sustainability agenda for H&M group in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Nazma Akter, President of Sommilito Garments Shamik Federation, Substitute Executive member of IndustriALL Global Union, Co-chair of Asia Pacific Women’s Committee of IndustriALL Global Union, board member of Fair Labor association (FLA) and General Secretary and Executive Director of Awaj Foundation has been fighting to improve workers’ rights especially for women workers for the last 34 years. Her main mandate is to increase women participation in decision making position at home, workplace and to promote women empowerment. Also help them improve their negotiation skills and build a better relationship between workers, managers and the garment industry of Bangladesh as a whole.
She started her journey in a garments factory when she was 11 years old alongside her mother. Her first work as a helper and then later as an operator. Witnessing continual problems and abuses within her work place she decided to stand up and fight for their rights. Her first work was with numbers of existing trade unions, joining them in a number of worker rallies and protests throughout the 1990s. After that, she established her own trade union, the Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation which now has membership of over 70 thousand women garment workers. Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation has signed 10 CBA with factory management and Under SGSF’s Banner there are 50 affiliated Trade Union. But not only has SGSF got a wide membership, it actively works with its members to ensure their rights in the work place, government and wider society. These include working to raise awareness, change attitudes, prejudices against women, tried to ensure freedom of association, collective bargaining and negotiation, which the workers specially women workers engaged in garment production in Bangladesh continue to face.
She has actively giving voice for the workers’ rights nationally and internationally and has been a member of the Minimum wage board since 2006, representing the workers to negotiate for the 2006 minimum wage adjustment. For her contribution in workers’ empowerment and movement, she was awarded several times, such as Bangladesh MohilaParishad (BMP) award for workers movement, and for empowerment and leadership by ASTRAIA Female Leadership Foundation in 2013.
a2i - Access to Information
Anir Chowdhury is the Policy Advisor of UNDP and USAID-supported Access to Information Program, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh. In this capacity, he leads the formation of an innovation ecosystem in Bangladesh Civil Service through massive capacity development, policy formulation, institutional reform and a Service Innovation Fund. His work on innovation in public service has developed interesting and replicable models of service delivery decentralization, public-private partnerships and transformation of a traditional bureaucracy into a forward-looking, citizen-centric service provider.
Anir Chowdhury is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Digital Task Force, Education Minister’s National ICT in Education Task Force, and Planning Minister’s National Information Management Committee. In his twenty-two-year career, he co-founded several software and service companies in the US and Bangladesh focused on enterprise management and IT strategy for Fortune 500 corporations. He also co-founded a number of non-profit organizations focused on ICT4D, e-learning and open source technologies. Anir graduated magna cum laude in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Brown and did post-graduate work on management, marketing and education reform in Boston University, Harvard and Columbia. His interests include co-creation of e- and m-services, crowdsourcing, education reform, wide-scale adoption of open source and open content, public-private partnerships and youth development.
Sarah Krasley is a mission-driven entrepreneur and CEO of Shimmy Technologies, an early stage company focused on an equitable and efficient future of work for the apparel industry. Ms. Krasley has worked at the intersection of design, sustainability, and technology for over a decade and has created design and manufacturing software for hundreds of thousands of designers, engineers, and factory owners.
Sarah has a BFA from Pratt Institute, an MBA from the University of San Francisco and joined the adjunct faculty of New York University ITP in 2015. Her work and writing has been featured in media outlets as diverse as Scientific American, WWD, Sourcing Journal, The Economist, San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, Fast Company, and Al Jazeera America.
Derrick S. Brown became U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Bangladesh in July 2018.
A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Brown has more than 28 years of development experience, having been Mission Director in Angola and Deputy and Acting Mission Director in Indonesia. He also served in Botswana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Ghana, the Dominican Republic and Afghanistan.
Mr. Brown earned a bachelor of science from Alabama State University and a master of science from the University of Maryland.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency working to end extreme poverty; promote resilient, democratic societies; and advance security and prosperity. Bangladesh is a key U.S. strategic partner in South Asia, and USAID has partnered with Bangladesh since independence, helping to address threats to economic potential and stability.
Dr. Jürgen Bischoff is currently Senior Advisor to Adelphi in the areas of environment, climate change, energy, technology, finance and innovation management and Team Leader of a project financed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Bangladesh promoting safety-related and environmental adaptation investments in the textile sector. He has been the Director of ASEM, the Indo–German Environment Programme, jointly implemented by the Indian Ministry for Environment and Forests (MoEF) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) till September 2010. With several bilateral projects under its umbrella, the programme focuses on climate change, sustainable development, resources management and environmental protection in urban and industrial areas, inclusive of capacity building.
Prior to this appointment he was until 2002 Director of the United Nations Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology which office he assumed in 1994. The Centre was set up in 1977 to assist the Members and Associate Members of the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific through strengthening their capabilities to develop, transfer, adapt and apply technology.
Dr. Bischoff has also held responsible positions with private sector companies and has served as advisor to several government institutions. He has taught at universities in Europe and South America.
With Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Geophysics and a Doctorate in Geophysics from the Technical University, Berlin, Dr. Bischoff has over 30 years of experience in research and development and also science and technology management in both developed and developing countries and has distinguished himself in both the academic and engineering fields which include management, monitoring and evaluation of research, university-industry cooperation as well as technology transfer and management. He is also well known for his experience in institution and capacity building and development of human resources.
He is the author of over 50 technical papers that have been published in journals and proceedings and has presented more than 100 papers at congresses and conferences in the different areas, including climate change, environment, and technology management and transfer. He has been awarded patent rights for technology for geophysical prospecting.
Jalal Ahmed is a Civil Servant by profession for 35 years. He is a post graduate from University of Dhaka in Public Administration. He held different important government position which includes Deputy Commissioner in two district, Joint Secretary Energy Division, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dhaka, Chairman Petrobangla, Vice Chairman Export Promotion Bureau and Additional Secretary (Budget and Expenditure Control) of Finance Division for 5 years Additional Secretary (UN) in Economic Relations Division. Currently he is leading the largest skills development project of the country, Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP) under Finance Division. In addition he is a government nominated Director of IFIC Bank Ltd and Chairman of Nepal Bangladesh Bank, Nepal and IFIC Money Exchange (UK) Ltd.
CEO - Bangladesh
Standard Chartered Bank
Naser Ezaz Bijoy is the Chief Executive Officer at Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh.
Naser is a career banker working with Standard Chartered Bank for 25 years in diversified roles with varied complexities and dimensions which includes senior roles in Corporate Banking, Risk and Audit in Asia, Middle East and Africa. During his tenure, he worked closely with Central Banks in Bangladesh, UAE, Mauritius and Vietnam for implementation of the Basel Accord.
He took the helm of the Bangladesh franchise of Standard Chartered as CEO with effect from November 7, 2017. Before this transition, Naser was leading a very successful Corporate and Institutional Banking business in Bangladesh since 2015, strengthening relationship with the private sector, public sector, and external stakeholders; closing a number of landmark transactions.He relocated to Dhaka from Ho Chi Minh City in 2015, where he was vested with the responsibilities of Chief Risk Officer of Standard Chartered Vietnam; as well as Senior Credit Officer, Vietnam and Philippines. He was also a director appointed to the Board of Management of Standard Chartered Bank (Vietnam) Limited.
Naser holds an MBA degree from Bangladesh’s premier business school, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. He received various oversees accreditations and certifications from Omega USA, Kesdee USA and INSEAD.
In his spare time, Naser likes to spend time travelling, following sports and reading different kinds of books.
Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People\'s Republic of Bangladesh
Veteran Freedom Fighter Mr. Tipu Munshi, MP is the Minister for Commerce Ministry. He was a member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Jute and Textile in the 9th parliament.
He has vast experience in making policies at the state level for more than a decades.
As an established business man Mr. Tipu Munshi served as chairman of BGMEA from 2005 to 2006. Presently, he is serving as chairman of the joint forum of the Garment’s Owners. He is involved in different social and cultural activities and has established much philanthropic organization. Mr. Tipu Munshi did his graduation from University of Dhaka.
Mayor - Dhaka North City Corporation , Former President, BGMEA
Dhaka North City Corporation
Atiqul Islam is a successful businessman and
former president of BGMEA. He is the founder
of Islam group, a leading readymade garment
manufacturing company in Bangladesh. Islam
comes to the timeline around the country when his name came up for
the Dhaka North City Corporation’s polls, following the death of first
mayor Dhaka North City Anisul Huq. He got the green signal from ruling
party Awami League to become a candidate at the eve of city corporation
election. Finally, Atiqul got the nomination from the ruling party Awami
League for the mayoral race in Dhaka North City Corporation and become
the mayor of DNCC.
Atiqul Islam kicked off the journey in the readymade garment industry in
1985. Following the 32 years of hard working, he established the Islam
Group. He got huge popularity in the business arena for his honesty and
astute leadership in the business sector alongside business success. He
became the president of BGMEA.
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI)
Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam Mohiuddinis a visionary business leader and successful entrepreneur of Bangladesh. He is known as the business icon and role model of the business community with extensive areas of activities in various fields of business. He is playing a very important role for development of private sector of the countrywith his vibrant and dynamic leadership.
Mr. Mohiuddin has the rare distinction of leadership as the President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI), the apex trade body of Bangladeshrepresenting 35 million business personalities.
He led the RMG sector of the country over thirty years and became the President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the largest export earning sector of the country.
He is proactively involved with different international and regional business organizations and contributing for regional economic integration. He is the Executive Committee Member of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SAARC CCI), the Apex regional Trade Body of SAARC countries and Vice Chairman of Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce(SRCIC). He is also involved with the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), One Belt One Road(OBOR) initiative, etc.
He is representing the private sector in different Government and Semi Government organizations of the country. He is the Directors of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA), Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA), Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Ltd, Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI), Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited, etc.
Mr. Mohiuddin had led the business delegations different part of the world.
Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin led the export oriented RMG sector. Since he started his export oriented garments industry named Onus Group, the largest export earning sector of the country. He has also successfully diversified his business in other business sectors like Garment Accessories, Real Estate, Shipping, Fishing Trawler, Dredging, Solar Energy, Auto Bricks, Handicrafts, etc. He has currently employed over six thousand people in his business group.
Besides business, he is actively involved in the social activities and holds positions of different social organizations. He is the Executive Board Member of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Center, University of Dhaka and Directorof Trustee Board-BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT). He is also the Senior Vice President of Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry (CEBAI), Vice President of Society for Anti Addiction Movement (SAAM) and Vice President of RugbyFederation. Director of MohammedanSporting Club Limited,Director of BGMEA Apparel Club, Advisor of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation and many more.
Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) obtained B.Com (Hon’s) M.Com degree in Accountancy. He married to Mrs. Leesa Khalid Islam and is blessed with three daughters and one son.
President (Elected), BGMEA & Managing Director - Mohammadi Group
Rubana is the Managing Director of Mohammadi Group and has been in the position for the last twenty- two years. The group is engaged in energy sector, readymade garment sector, media, real estate and software export. The group exports one and a half million pieces of ready-made garments every month of which women manufacture 75%. She overviews the import and the export and is directly involved with the supply chain and the final product.She heads Sharaf Memorial Trust and Annisul Huq Foundation, of which the first supports the education of the workers\' children through three schools that the trust has and the second awards scholarships to outstanding performance in journalism, special needs education, entrepreneurship, urban planning and environment. Rubana Huq has a PhD degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is also a poet, having won the SAARC literary award in 2006 and was chosen as one of the 100 women chosen by BBC for the years 2013-2014.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy, Bangladesh
Harry Verweij joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984 as a legal officer in the General Affairs Department. In the following years he worked in multiple positions within the Ministry. One of his key roles has been as legal counsel to the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the United Nations in New York. He was charged with legal matters relating to human rights, treaties relating to international organizations and international humanitarian law. He also served as the legal counsel to the Netherlands delegation in United Nations Security Council. He was the deputy ambassador to Suriname. From August 2016, he served as the Netherlands Ambassador to Burundi. As of August 2018, he serves as the Ambassador to Bangladesh. During his career, he has represented the Netherlands in a large number of bilateral and multilateral fora and conferences, in particular in the context of the European Union and the United Nations.
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