Trustee Board 2017

Mr. Mahbubul  Alam

Chairman of Trustee Board 

Mahbubul Alam, President of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has  taken over as the Chairman of the Trustee Board of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) for the year  2018-19. Mr. Alam succeeds Nihad Kabir, President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI). MCCI held the Chairmanship of  BUILD in 2016 & 2017 after taking over the responsibility from Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on a rotational basis.

Mahbubul Alam  is the Consul General (Designated) of The Republic of  Mali and Vice-President of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is also the  Vice-Chairman of Confederation of Eastern Chambers of Commerce &Industries (comprising provincial Chambers of India, Bhutan, Myanmar &  Kunming of China). He is also a Director of The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry(FBCCI) and the International  Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB).

Ms. Nihad Kabir

Trustee of Board 

Barrister Nihad Kabir, senior partner of Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed and Associates, has been elected as the president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2017. Nihad 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. 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. Farooq Ahmed

Trustee of 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 the Secretary (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 & Budgeting at Harvard University, U.S.A. 

Engr. Mohd. Farque

Trustee of BUILD

Engr. Mohd. Farque Trustee of BUILD is presently the Secretary (Acting) 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 for Roads & Highway of Department of the Government of Bangladesh. 

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 in International 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 served as 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 in different capacities.