Board of Trustees
BUILD’s Board of Trustees plays an influential role in terms of transformational leadership, coherent strategy, and bringing innovative skills into the fold. Following are the incumbent trustees for 2020-21.
Abul Kasem Khan
Abul Kasem Khan, former President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), has been nominated by DCCI to take over as the Chairperson of the Trustee Board of BUILD for the year 2020-21. He succeeds Mahbubul Alam, President of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), the Chairperson of BUILD for 2018-19. Abul Kasem Khan is the Director of AK Khan & Company Limited and Managing Director of AK Khan Telecom Limited.
Mr Rizwan Rahman is the President of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for 2021. Mr Rahman is the Managing Director of ETBL Securities and Exchange Ltd, which has diverse operations from financial services to dredging infrastructure, from commodities trade to cold storage and furniture to the print media. He is a Director at Eastland Insurance Company Ltd and also The Financial Express, the country’s premier business daily. Mr Rahman has been engaged with the DCCI in different capacities since 2006. He also served as the Director of the Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) and the Bangladesh Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BPCCI). He is a former vice president of the Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DBCCI).
Barrister Nihad Kabir, Senior Partner of Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed and Associates, has been elected as the President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She also served as the Chairperson of the Trustee Board of BUILD. Ms Kabir is an advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. She is a director and shareholder of Kaderpur Tea Co Ltd and the daily Sangbad. She is also a director of Brac Bank, Infrastructure Development Company, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation, bKash, and independent director of Square Pharmaceuticals and Apex Footwear. She is the Chairperson of Brac-EPL Investments and Brac-EPL Stock Brokerage.
Mr Mahbubul Alam is the President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the Chairman of M Alam Group. Mahbubul Alam is the former Vice President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Director of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vice President of the Confederation of Eastern Chambers of Commerce and Industry, governing board member of the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) under the PMO, director of the International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh (ICCB), executive board member of the Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute and also working as consul general of Mali.
Mr Asif Ibrahim is the Chairman of Chittagong Stock Exchange and President (2011-2012) of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the largest SME Trade Body of Bangladesh. He is the Former Chairperson (2012-2015) BUILD. Mr Ibrahim served as a board member of FBCCI (2012-2015) and was the Chairman of the Privatization Standing Committee of FBCCI. Mr Ibrahim is a Director of BGMEA and Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTCCI). Mr Ibrahim is a UNESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) member and is the Chairman of the UNESCAP Sustainable Business Network Taskforce. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for BRAC Business School (BBS) under BRAC University and a Core Committee member of the Eminent Citizen’s platform to implement SDGs in Bangladesh.
Syed M. Tanvir
Mr Syed Mohammed Tanvir is the Vice President of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI). He is also the Managing Director of Pacific Jeans and serving as the independent director at the Chittagong Stock Exchange.
Mr Asraful Arefin is the Secretary General of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). He previously served the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) as the Secretary.
Mr Farooq Ahmed is currently the Secretary General of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka. He is also currently serving Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) as the Secretary General.
Engr. Mohd. Farque Ahmed
Ferdaus Ara Begum
CEO and Member Secretary
Mrs Ferdaus Ara Begum is presently working as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BUILD. She has served as the Secretary of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI)- a leading and reputed Chamber in the country as well as acted as the head of the DCCI Research Cell for several years. She also worked as Executive Director of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and gathered experiences working with SAARC countries.
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