Trustee Board 2017

Ms. Nihad Kabir

Chairman of Trustee Board 

Ms. Nihad Kabir, Barrister,President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has  taken overas the Chairman of the Trustee Board of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) for the year 2017. Nihad Kabir succeeds Syed Nasim Manzur who served BUILDas Chairman in 2016.

Nihad Kabir is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and a Director and shareholder of Kedarpur TeaCo Ltd.. She is a director of Brac Bank, Infrastructure Development Company,Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation,bKash, and independent director of SquarePharmaceuticals and Apex Footwear. She is also the Chairperson of Brac-EPLInvestments and Brac-EPL Stock Brokerage.

Mr. Abul Kashem Khan

Trustee of BUILD

Mr. Abul Kashem Khan is the President of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry(DCCI), 2010. He serves as the Director, A.K. Khan & Company Ltd., ManagingDirector of A.K. Khan Telecom Limited, Director of Akceycom Limited, Directorof Infocom Limited and Director, A.K of Khan Penfabric Company Ltd. (AKPEN).

Heholds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Xavier University,Ohio, USA in 1992.

Mr. Mahbubul  Alam

Trustee of BUILD

Mr. Mahbubul Alam currently serves as the President of The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry(CCCI) and Vice President of FBCCI. He is also the Director of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh and Executive Board Member of Bangladesh Foreign Trade  Institute and the President of Khatungonj Trade & Industries Association.

In addition to his involvement with the trade body,Mr. Alam has held a variety of positions within thenot-for-profit sector in the country. 

Mr.Farooq Ahmed

Trustee, BUILD

Currently working as the Secretary-General of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka and also the Secretary-General of Bangladesh Employer’s Federation(BEF). Mr. Farooq Ahmed is a graduate from theChittagong University, a Master in Business Administration from the North-South University, Dhaka and also a Master in Defense Studies from the National  University, Gazipur, Dhaka.

Mr. A.H.M Reazul Kabir

Trustee of BUILD

Secretary General of Dhaka  Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Mr. A.H.M Reazul Kabir served as theSecretary (Permanent), Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in his career in Bangladesh Civil Service (Admin cadre). Prior tothat, he  worked as the General Staff Officer(Grade 3; Captainequivalent) for the Ministry of Defence.

Mr. Kabir is a graduate of the University of Dhaka with Bachelor and Masters in English Literature. As well the University of Dhaka, he received a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance (Economics,Finance, Accounting etc.) from the  University of  Birmingham, U.K and attended an Executive Programme in Finance & Budgetingat Harvard University, U.S.A. 

Engr. MD. Alamgir Chowdhury

Trustee, BUILD

Engr. MD. Alamgir Chowdhury ispresently the Secretary of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).Previously, he Worked as a head of the University Engineering office forimplementation of all construction of of  the University of Chittagong.Before the University,he was the Executive Coordinator of United Nations,Volunteer palais desnations Ch-1211, Geneve-10, Switzerland and worked forRoads & Highway of Department of the Government of Bangladesh. 


Mr. Asif Ibrahim
Adviser to BUILD Trustee Board (Founder Chairman of BUILD)

Mr. Asif Ibrahim is the formerPresident (2011,2012)of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), thelargest trade body of Bangladesh.He was the Chairman of Business InitiativeLeading Development(BUILD) from 2011 -2016. Mr Ibrahim is on the board of the Federationof Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and is the Chairman ofthe Privatization Standing Committee of FBCCI. He is a member of the Executive Committeeof Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) and also the Director(Operations) of theBangladesh Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry(BPCCI).He haspreviously been on the board of France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce andIndustry (CCIFB) and the Bangladesh  Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry(BTCCI).He is also the former Chairman of the research cell of Bangladesh GarmentsManufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Mr. Asif Ibrahim is a memberof the UNESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC). He is the Chairman of the EBACTaskforce on Inclusive and Sustainable Business.

Ms. Ferdaus Ara Begum

Member Secretary to Trustee Board

Ms. Ferdaus Ara Begum is presently working as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD). Mrs.Begum has vast experience of working with the private sector since1987.

A Master's degree holder in Economics from Dhaka University, she completed her post-graduate Diploma inInternational Economics and Institutions and received training from AIT, Thailand on Project Implementation and Management. She attended Training on Services and International Trade Law and development in Esami, Arusha and Tanzania. She also acted as the In-Charge of the DCCI Research Cell for several years and servedas Secretary of the DCCI for some time, as well as working as Executive Director of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry for a number of years.

She has managed numerous projects and coordinated a number of national and international programmes,contributing her extensive expertise in the areas of policy research and advocacy, SME development and promotion,research on Multilateral Training System (MTS), project management, women  entrepreneurship development,chamber management etc. She has also worked for CIPE, ITC, JETRO, GIZ indifferent capacities.