Sonia Bashir Kabir is the Chairman and CEO of SBK Tech Ventures and SBK Foundation. She is a tech entrepreneur and an impact investor. She is also a board member of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education and Peace. She was the Managing Director of Microsoft Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Laos. She was recognized as a SDG pioneer by UN Global Compact and is the Vice Chairman of UN Technology Bank. She pursued her graduate studies from Santa Clara University.
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Asif Saleh is the Executive Director of BRAC. He is a writer, technologist and a social entrepreneur. He was a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Program at the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh. He was the Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and also worked for IBM, Glaxo Wellcome and Nortel. He is a Asia 21 Fellow of Asia Society and a Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum. He pursued his undergraduate studies from Stern School of Business at New York University.
Kazi Anis Ahmed is a co-director of the Dhaka Lit Fest and the publisher of Dhaka Tribune. He is a writer and an entrepreneur. He is an adviser to PEN Bangladesh and the founder of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, the Dhaka Translation Center, and the Bengal Lights Literary Journal. He pursued his doctoral studies in literature from New York University.
Azmina Siddique is an advocacy and policy adviser at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. She is a social scientist and a security policy specialist. Her research areas include political risk and countering extremism. She was the commissioning editor for Middle East and Islamic studies at I.B. Tauris Publishers. She pursued her graduate studies in security studies at King’s College London.
Shazia Omar is a communication and stakeholder engagement specialist at the World Bank. She is an author and an activist. She was a communication consultant at UNDP, IOM, ILO, IFC and BRAC. She has written two novels. She pursued her graduate studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Samia Huq is an Associate Professor and the Director of General Education at BRAC University. She is an anthropologist and a historian. She coordinates BRAC University-Georgetown University Speakers’ Forum series on faith and development. Her research areas include secularism, radicalization, religious revival, social movements, gender issues and democracy. She pursued her doctoral studies in anthropology from Brandeis University.
Shahidul Haque is a Senior Advisor of IOM Bangladesh, and a Senior Fellow at North South University, Bangladesh. He is foreign policy and migration specialist. He was the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh. He chaired the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development. He was a director at IOM and has co-authored a book on Migration Myth (Springer 2020). He received IOM Director General’s Award in 2005 and Honorable Mention for Robert B. Steward at Fletcher. He pursued his graduate studies in international relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, USA.
Sabbir Bin Shams is the former Executive Director of Centre for Research and Information (CRI). He is a development sector policy analyst. He is the patron of Dhaka-based Charcha Publishers. He has worked for a few organizations mandated to democratize policy debates and to advocate for rights-based development. He led the South Asian Regional Secretariat of Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). He was the Head of Policy Advocacy and Research unit of Action Aid, Bangladesh.
Syed Akhtar Mahmood was Lead Private Sector Specialist in the World Bank Group, where he worked on private sector development for three decades. He is an economist. He co-authored the World Bank Group’s Private Sector Development Strategy of 2002 and served as global lead for regulatory reforms and public-private dialogue. His research interests include trade, competitiveness, investment climate, mechanics of policy reforms and political economy. He pursued his doctoral studies in economics from Oxford University and was a visiting fellow at Yale University.