Non Executive Chair
Eeshita Azad is a communications specialist and an arts organizer with experience over 15 plus years in the arts, development and corporate sectors. She has worked in New York, London and Dhaka. Throughout her career spanning non-profits and charities, she has worked for companies such as BBC Media Trust, British Council, Asia Foundation. She has hosted talk shows on national television including a short stint at BBC and has facilitated drama therapy and various poetry workshops in London and Dhaka. She is a mentor for graduate students of Middlesex University, UK. She is working as an Arts and Heritage consultant and leads British Bangladeshi Poetry Collective (BBPC) based in London. She is a fellow at the Arts & Fundraising Philanthropy 2020.
Kazi Monirul Kabir
Kazi Monirul Kabir is a powerful, passionate, entrepreneurial, innovative and objective-driven leader with a global perspective and strong empathy for local realities. In his 15-year-career across FMCG, retail, advertising, telecom, media and internet industries, he has set examples of how a deep understanding of people, culture and beliefs can give birth to great ideas, reveal hidden opportunities and inspire people to drive the growth of business and societies. Currently, he is serving as founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Spider Digital Innovations. Before taking up his current gigs, Monirul was busy rolling out Google Ops in emerging markets including Bangladesh and Singapore. He also served as the youngest CCO on the management team of Grameenphone/Telenor Ltd. In 2011, Monirul founded a social innovation lab named Carefountain.org, and is actively involved in scaling it now.
Mr. Rashedur Rahman is an inspired individual trying level best for an Innovation Driven Entrepreneurial Bangladesh. Throughout his career span, he worked with International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group, the United Nations (UN), and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute. He has received numerous awards from the US State Department, YALE School of Management, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently, he is serving as an Associate Professor at Department of Organization Strategy and Leadership (OSL), University of Dhaka. And, Executive Director, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center.
Musfique’s passion is to solve meaningful challenges in emerging countries through digital products and services. He has co-founded a Fintech startup that is democratising real estate investing for the masses, through a regulated real estate investment platform (www.smartcrowd.ae). As EY MENA’s digital and disruptive technology leader; Musfique is a trusted advisor for C suite clients on business model reimagination through radical disruption of their industry value chain.
Warda Ashraf is a development practitioner and a social worker who has an experience of more than 7 years working in areas of Youth Leadership, Children and Adolescent Health, Education, Protection and Governance in roles of Project Management, Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning, and Communications with International development organizations. She is also a writer and a musician bringing up social issues through art for awareness and positive social transformation. She has a B.Sc. in Economics with a minor in English Literature. Currently, she is serving at Save the Children Bangladesh.
Fahmida Suma is a public servant, volunteer, human rights activist, and artist. She is deeply passionate about humanitarian causes and devotes a significant portion of her time volunteering and rallying for these causes. Her primary focus is women, youth and elderly survival and empowerment. She runs a social enterprise in Jessore, supporting youths to be the best they can be. Fahmida’s professional career has spanned across a wide range of roles in Australian Federal and Territory Government agencies. Through her volunteering work and her profession, she strives for a better tomorrow for all.
Mr. Mahmudur Siddiqui has completed higher studies from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Rochester University. Afterward, he joined as a lecturer at Stamford University and East West University. Imaging and non-imaging system design for light and color sensing, LIDAR systems, biomedical applications. Design for large volume manufacturing is his field of expertise. Currently he is working as an Optical Engineer at at Apple inc.
Samit Bin Salam
A serial entrepreneur striving to be the best in the business segments he operates. Mr Samit is the owner of KIVA HAN, BAO, SHACK, MadHub and SAS Force. He is specialized in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Interior Design, Facade Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Start-ups, Business Development, Branding, Consulting, Hospitality. Mr Samit has completed his graduation from the University of Bath and Imperial College of London.