A banker for the past 7 years, Zara is the Senior Vice President, Head of Communications at BRAC Bank. She has been working for the past 18 years in various industries including RMG/Textiles (Bangladesh), IT and Software Manufacturing (US). She has a BBA from North South University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. She is a founding member of British High Commission’s Young Leaders Bangladesh Initiative.
In 2013, Saif found that most indigenous innovators are unable to scale even after winning global recognition. He thought “ An innovation can’t die, just because it is made in Bangladesh!”. He launched Toru, to address the gaps he saw and provide turnkey solution to innovations and entrepreneurs. He has worked globally across multiple industries in advertising, media and knowledge management. His experience in design has been with consumer behavioral change during his tenure at Ogilvy & Mathers, Thailand and at Dhaka Tribune. Working at Heidrick & Struggles, Saif worked closely on training and leadership development of CXO level executives in Asia Pacific.
Pial left the World Economic Forum in early 2009 to launch pi Strategy. He leads client engagements spanning education, governance, health, mobile finance, electricity, renewable energy and non-profit sectors. Previously, Pial worked as a management consultant for several years with Capgemini, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising clients from private, public and nonprofit sectors in North America, Europe and Asia on issues involving strategy, policy, innovation, operations management and international development. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA & MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he was a Mason Fellow.
Asif is the Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Capacity for BRAC and BRAC International. Prior to joining BRAC, he was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, and also worked at GlaxoWellcome, NorTel, IBM. In 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP funded project Access to Information Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office. Asif is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organization with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis. Asif was selected to be a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum in 2013 and was also a 2013 mentor of the Unreasonable Institute. He is currently a member of the advisory board of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust and board member of Institute of Informatics and Development.
Lamiya has been the executive director of Yunus Centre, the global hub for the social business activities of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, since its inception in 2008 and her experience with Grameen social businesses spans almost 20 years. In 1994, she joined Grameen Trust, which supports and implements poverty-focused microcredit programs in more than 45 countries, and worked as its director of development before becoming the head of Yunus Secretariat, now known as Yunus Centre, in 2006. She works closely with Professor Yunus and also serves as the executive director of Grameen Healthcare Trust.
Anita obtained her LL.B. (Hons) degree from University College London (UCL) in 2002 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in July 2003, completing her Bar Vocational Course with “Merit” from The College of Law. Anita qualified as an Advocate in Bangladesh in 2004 and an Advocate of the Bangladesh Supreme Court in 2006. She focuses her practice on company, general corporate law, and dispute resolution. She provides corporate and transactional advice with respect to business formation, employment, financing, energy, IP, services procurement contracts, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions and other business restructurings. Anita heads the firm’s Litigation practice. She was chosen as Asia 21 Young Leader for the Class of 2016.
Ifty has been interested in the untapped economic opportunities in Bangladesh. Through setting up Asian Tigers Capital and attracting Private Equity and Portfolio Investment Funds, he hopes to play a part in the country's economic development. Asian Tiger Capital Partners invests in leading companies and works with management to grow and improve their business model, to create shareholder value. Combining years of international experience with unparalleled local expertise to deliver tangible improvements to our investee companies.
Professor Imran Rahman is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). He has been with ULAB for many years; first as the Director School of Business from 2006 and then as the Pro Vice Chancellor from Fall 2008. He has gathered over twenty years teaching experience, including at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). He also has over thirty years of corporate experience. He currently serves as a Director of Sonali Investments Limited. His academic achievements include Doctoral Researcher and Commonwealth Scholar, Announcement Effects of Rights Issues on the London Stock Exchange, Manchester Business School, England, MBA (Finance), Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka and B.Sc. (Econ) in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Named as Schwab Foundation (World Economic Forum) social entrepreneur of the year 2014, and Ashoka Fellow in 2015, Saif is a successful entrepreneur, manager and management consultant with more than 12 years of experience. He has worked in international NGO’s in areas of livelihood, market development, private sector development, enterprise development, women empowerment and workforce development initiatives under large bilateral donors such as USAID, DFID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and CIDA. Over the last few years, Saif has been in his pursuit to identify the right equation for women’s empowerment, scale and sustainability to pursuit the social business agendas. He is also experimenting multi-stakeholder partnership model to increase real income for underprovided female garment workers in Bangladesh through Change Associates Ltd.
Samantha is the founder of the social enterprise Hathay Bunano in Bangladesh. Born in the UK and educated at Oxford Brookes in Physics, Samantha’s interest in social enterprise started in 2004 with a basic question how do you create sustainable employment without debt or radical change in lifestyle for rural women. A personal investment of $500, developed into a social enterprise, which provides jobs to over 6,500 women, in 64 centers located throughout rural Bangladesh. Her ambitious vision to piggyback on the successes of the garments industry within Bangladesh by providing employment to rural women has caught the attention of many, including the Queen of England who honored her for her work awarding her with the title MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2009.
Sonia is currently the Managing Director for Microsoft Bangladesh, Founder President of TiE Dhaka & Board Member of the American International School, Dhaka. Besides co-founding an IT firm – Syntec, Sonia has also served as the Country Manager for Dell Bangladesh, Director Business Development for South East Asia, Emerging Markets in Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer for Aamra Technologies Limited. After completing her MBA, she worked in Silicon Valley for Fortune 100 companies including Sun Microsystems and Oracle, start-ups and in the financial district. Her expertise includes strategic planning and growth, financial management, team building and change management.
Junayed is an Advocate in the Bangladesh Supreme Court with an LL.M from University of Chicago Law School and became Barrister at Law, of Lincoln's Inn in 2003. He obtained his LL.B (Hons.) from University of London. He focuses his practice on Aviation, Construction, Energy, Environment, Corporate, Finance, Private Equity, International Law, Telecommunication, Taxation, Media and Entertainment, IP and IT, Commercial, Litigation, and ADR. He is currently a partner at Vertex Chambers and member at Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association, Bangladesh Bar Council and the General Council of the Bar of England and Wales.
Kaiser is CEO & Managing Director of Renata Limited, one of the leading Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh. His responsibilities include a vast range of organizations and NGOs including - chairman of Renata Agro Industries Limited, Board Member of Sajida Foundation, Board Member of BRAC, Director of BRAC Bank Limited and Vice President, Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries. He holds an MPhil in Economics from University of Oxford, UK.
Pial left the World Economic Forum in early 2009 to launch pi Strategy. He leads client engagements spanning education, governance, health, mobile finance, electricity, renewable energy and non-profit sectors. Previously, Pial worked as a management consultant for several years with Capgemini, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising clients from private, public and nonprofit sectors in North America, Europe and Asia on issues involving strategy, policy, innovation, operations management and international development. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA & MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he was a Mason Fellow. He is a board member of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) and a founding member of the British High Commission’s Young Leaders Bangladesh Initiative.
Muspana Stove aims to introduce efficient energy usage and reduce health hazards in Bangladeshi households. The improved cook stoves are economical and environmentally sustainable alternatives, designed to provide end-users convenience, cleanliness, and safety. Muspana’s innovative design of the combustion chamber ensures efficient energy usage. So far, Muspana has sold 2500 stove and impacted 15000 lives through its technology. The cook stoves are designed to eliminate the inconvenience of mud-stoves and allow for faster cooking. Muspana’s improved cook stoves push the boundaries of traditional solutions, putting empathy before profit to make Bangladeshi households safer and cleaner.
Tech Academy teaches children (ages 8-14) computer programming, electronics to develop better critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills. So far, 150 students have been trained through their curriculum. Their interactive curriculum includes - Software Development via processing IDE (an open source programming developed at the MIT Media Lab) and hardware automation, mechatronics, devices and robotics via Arduino boards. Students are assessed based on the development of their problem-solving abilities over every quarter. Tech Academy hopes to create a network of creative learning in schools in both urban and rural areas of Bangladesh.
Sadia Afrin has significant experience in the education sector. Her interests include education system, curriculum and education policy, early childhood development, particularly in gender and education. Organizations she has worked for includes Shammo Foundation, Sesame Workshop Bangladesh and Teach For Bangladesh. Sadia completed a fellowship program offered by Teach for Bangladesh(TFB) and she also founded a project called The Left Side Classroom and won the Telenor Youth Forum 2015 for it. She is currently working to promote STEM Education in Bangladesh and has started a project called Biggyan Biplob which a supplement material for the NCTB Textbooks. Through this project she wants to make the conceptual science learning fun and engaging. Sadia dreams to bridge the three mediums of Education that currently exist in Bangladesh and promote an inclusive education system where no student is discriminated.
Interactive Artifact is about developing a system that can measure accuracy of the exercises of the physio-therapy patients. The system is designed and going to be developed to serve the purpose of doing exercise of disabled people who are suffered from mobility problem and who are advised to do exercise regularly. The company concerns utilizing innovative technologies that help generate innovative solutions of life.
PlexusD is a revolutionary cloud-based healthcare networking platform. Unlike any other healthcare platforms operating in the market, PlexusD connects patients and doctors in new ways with the help of its advanced networking platform. It primarily aims to change the dynamic of the whole healthcare scenario. PlexusD is also helping doctors and hospitals to reduce patient management problems. In PlexusD, the doctors can get and stay connected with his/er present or past patients. This service will enable patients and doctors to save precious time and help them take control of their own healthcare problems.
Club GIS is a project has an innovative approach towards the users. The main user of this product would be the high technicians and professionals who are mainly the decision makers during the disaster management periods. This product will create different maps with basic and road map details which will help the officials to investigate and detect the areas where the disaster would cause more destruction. The map will also provide satellite images of the areas which will help the disaster monitoring and the management can decide faster in which area they need to send the relief.
10 minutes school (TMS) is an online platform that democratizes education. Through their pool of experienced teachers,creating interactive video content for students. Students can learn from tutorials, practice tests, take timed exams, and interact with peers and teachers online. Teachers provide online tutorial & live classes for learning and tests for practicing. Currently, they have reached more than 4 million users -- with growing numbers, the potential can be fully unleashed.
“ShopUp is one of the first enterprises in the fintech space of Bangladesh. They primarily work on a capital appraisal platform for small and micro businesses that sell products on social media. With over 290,000 small businesses in Bangladesh that sell on social media, these MSMEs often do not have access to the required amount of capital, nor a proper business management system. ShopUp provides working capital to high potential MSMEs after an objective appraisal of the sellers, a process that is still undertaken on a subjective basis by traditional microfinancing.
ME SOLshare Ltd. is a social enterprise that provides peer-to-peer solar energy trading platforms and pay-as-you-go solutions to low-income households. These households need a flexible, stable, and sufficient electricity supply, going beyond what a solar home system (SHS) can achieve. SOLshare, the multi award winner and pioneer of the micro-energy transition model, interconnects SHS’s and enables its users to earn a direct income from the sun. SOLshare’s IoT-based approach empowers people to become solar entrepreneurs and take action into their own hands.
CMED Health is a cloud based smart regular health monitoring system. CMED uses smart medical sensors connected to a smartphone for measurement of vital signs and stores data to its secured cloud server. As a result, users will get instant feedback about their health status. CMED also generates health records that will help doctors to minimize diagnostic time and give better treatment.
iFarmer is a cloud based platform that enables urban people to invest in agriculture. They want to help urban people invest in farming and growing their own food. From designing, building and managing the farm to automating planting calendars, regular to-do lists, information about fertilizing schedules, and watering cans, iFarmer helps customers grow toxin-free organic vegetables and fruits right in their balconies.
Deligram is an online/offline eCommerce platform geared towards the offline majority population of Bangladesh. In addition to the online presence, their inherent philosophy is to also stay offline to a channel where consumers are already most comfortable in by supercharging neighborhood shops into Deligram agents. This multi-channel customer base in Tier – II cities and lower last mile delivery costs differentiates Deligram from other capital-based eCommerce platforms and establishes a winning proposition of diverse options, better prices and a new experience for individuals who have taste/demand that is different than what supply is locally available around them. By going omni-channel, Deligram matches both the scalability of online with the benefits of offline commerce.
Saif Kamal is the founder of Toru, a design led social innovation hub that provides turnkey solution for early stage innovation to social enterprises. Saif has worked globally across multiple industries in advertising, media and knowledge management. His experience in design has been with consumer behavioral change during his tenure at Ogilvy & Mathers, Thailand. He later designed and implemented the print and web version of Dhaka Tribune. He is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and has been awarded as a New Champion by the Forum in summer Davos 2015 for his work in ecosystem development for social innovation in Bangladesh.
Upoma graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences from BRAC University, majoring in Economics and Sociology. She was an active member of the student body of her University and has been involved in the university’s many co-curricular activities. She has been the President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), BRAC University. She was the Secretary General of BRAC University Global Model United Nations (BUGMUN) 2016. As a part of the project circulated by BRAC University’s BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) she was a Research Assistant and was engaged in various research and administrative works. Upoma’s contribution to stay connected goes beyond her time at the university,she has done noteworthy work like leading the biggest winter clothing drive organization, Project Kombol.
Monsur has made it his mission to be a storyteller of the human experiences of engaging and inspiring. He strongly believes in the dormant potential of individuals to build solutions for the biggest challenges in society and create a better world. This can be unleashed with not just through inspiration, but collective cross-sectoral knowledge and skills sharing. As an innovator and entrepreneur, he uses Design Thinking processes to help create solutions and strategies. Through his work at Toru, he aspires to empower innovators and social entrepreneurs to scale their ideas into sustainable enterprises.
Tanjim is the Senior Associate, Programs and Research in Toru. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Electrical Engineering; he is an AI and statistical intelligence enthusiast, an ideator, debater and most importantly an educator: during his 4 years of teaching, students in his classroom have ranged anywhere from 4 to 70 years old. He has worked with early stage robotics and education startups through the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, and currently he is designing and adapting product development frameworks for social enterprises.
Afroza Akter is the Senior Associate, Finance of Toru Pvt. Ltd. She has more than four years of professional career including corporate advisory experience. Before she joined the company, she was the Senior Manager of Invesco Global Limited which is a Corporate Advisory Firm. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant of ACCA, UK. She has received valued training in different topics. She has knowledge in financial model. IASs and IFRSs. She has keen interest in Investment Banking, Public Private Partner transaction advisory services, M & A Advisory and project financing.
AKM Nivrito is a strong follower of Human Centered Design and minimalism. He believes that all designs – artistic or functional – are supposed to generate a great experience for human and he works relentlessly towards that. Believing in the quote - “Design is about everything”, he always looks for opportunities of expanding his knowledge in science, maths, and arts and tries to connect it back to design. As he is an engineer by education and designer by passion and profession, solving a problem is one of the most exciting things for him. Other things that brings him excitement are stationaries, music, and street foods.
Sadia is working as a Design and Innovation Associate in Toru. She completed her LLB Hons from the University of London in 2014 and her Bar Professional Training Course from the University of the West of England in 2015-2016. She worked as a hub leader in Project Kombol in 2013 and was the Donation Drive Coordinator in 2014/2015. She has also worked as a legal associate in Lex Counsel from 2014 to 2015 and an associate in Assaduzzaman and Associates afterwards.
He has spent 8 years, passionately developing brand strategy and defining the pathways of nurturing the same. He looks forward to learn and sharing his knowledge of human insights with social innovators to help further their foundations. To amp up his own learning, he has recently completed MBA from University of Dhaka in Strategic Management. He loves to decipher how and why humans behave the way they do and to capture their defining moments through his trusted lenses.
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