Board of Trustees

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.

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Abul Kasem Khan​

Chairperson

BUILD

Abul Kasem Khan is the Chairperson of BUILD for the year 2020-21. He succeeds Mahbubul Alam, President of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI). Mr Abul Kasem Khan was President of DCCI in 2010, 2017 & 2018. He is Managing Director of AK Khan Telecom Limited, and Director of AK Khan & Co. Limited. Mr Khan is currently a Director of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI) for the year 2021-2023. He is also Member, Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund (BICF). He was also a Director in Titas Gas & Distribution Co. Ltd (TGDCL), TM Bangladesh Ltd (AKTEL) and Dhaka Stock Exchange Ltd (DSE). He was also a Member of NCMID (National Committee for Monitoring Implementation of Doing Business Reforms) in 2018.

Rizwan Rahman

President

DCCI

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 Holdings Limited, 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).

Nihad Kabir

President

MCCI

Barrister Nihad Kabir is the President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2021. She was the Chairperson of BUILD for 2017. She is also the Senior Partner of Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed and Associates. 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.

Mahbubul Alam

President

CCCI

Mr Mahbubul Alam is the President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) for 2021-23 and the Chairman of M. Alam Group. Mr Alam is the former Chairperson of BUILD, Vice-President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Former 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) and Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), Board Member, Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), Bangladesh Railway Container Service Ltd. and Custom Excise and VAT Training Academy, Chattogram, Member of Advisory Committee of Chittagong Port Authority, 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 the Republic of Mali.

Asif Ibrahim

Founder Chairman

BUILD

Mr Asif Ibrahim is the Chairman of Chittagong Stock Exchange. He was the President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) for 2011-2012. He is also the former Chairperson of BUILD. Mr Ibrahim served as a Board Member of FBCCI (2012-2015) and was the Chairman of the Privatization Standing Committee of FBCCI. He is also the Director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTCCI). Mr Ibrahim is a Member of UNESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) 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

Vice President

CCCI

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.

Asraful Arefin

Secretary General

DCCI

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.

Farooq Ahmed

Secretary General

MCCI

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

Secretary

CCCI

Engr. Mohd. Farque Ahmed is the Secretary of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

Ferdaus Ara Begum

CEO and Member Secretary

BUILD

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 and 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.