With the theme ‘Transforming Bangladesh through Knowledge Remittance’, the first ever Non Resident Bangladeshis conclave was held at Le Méridien in Dhaka on Saturday, said a news release.
An initiative of Bangladesh Brand Forum, the conclave explored models and approaches to engage the Non Resident Bangladeshis to contribute to the national economy of Bangladesh.
The occasion was attended by around 300 invited guests including distinguished Non Resident Bangladeshis, Bangladeshi policy makers, academicians, artists and corporate professionals.
NRB Conclave was designed with 3 keynote sessions, 4 panel discussions, and 3 insight sessions. Besides, there was an exclusive showcasing of 8 divisions’ branding, 10 years journey of Bangladesh Brand Forum, and comparison of past Best Brand Award winners.
The keynote sessions were focusing on the topics – The Global Perspective, The Bangladesh Economic Story, Story of an NRB Who Made it in Bangladesh. The keynotes were presented by, respectively, Lutfey Siddiqi, governor and Visiting Professor-in-Practice of London School of Economics, Global Future Council and Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, Advisory Council, Centre for Governance, NUS Business School, Faisal Ahmed, Chief Economist of Bangladesh Bank and Humayun Rashid, managing director of Energypac Power Generation Limited.
Three insight sessions were taken by Arif Dowla, managing director of ACI Limited, Sylvana Q Sinha, Esq, founder, managing director and CEO of Praava Health, Rumana Selim, vice-president of Bangladeshi Canadian - Canadian Bangladeshi, Health & Safety consultant, Centennial College, Canada. The sessions focused on the topics, respectively, Bangladesh Potential – Role of Diaspora, The Story of Praava Health, and Message from BCCB.
Four panel discussions took place having 21 experts as the panellists. The discussion focused on the topics - Investment and NRB Challenges, The Culture Story of Bangladesh, NRB and Future Skill Development, NRB and Transforming the 8 Divisions through Innovation.
The first panel discussion ‘Investment & NRB Challenges’ comprised of Kazi M Aminul Islam- executive chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, Faisal Ahmed, chief economist of Bangladesh Bank, Enam Ali, founder and director of The British Curry Awards, chairman of iOn Television Europe, Md Mehmood Husain, managing director and CEO of NRB Bank, Mohammed Ayub, additional secretary, executive member of Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority and Lutfey Siddiqi, governor and visiting Professor-in-Practice of London School of Economics.
The second panel discussion ‘The Culture Story of Bangladesh’ comprised of Kamar Ahmed Saimon, film-maker, Mehreen Mahmud, music artist, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, visual artist, founder of Bangladesh Creative Forum, president of WIL (Women in Leadership) and Syed Gousul Alam Shaon, managing partner and country head of Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd, Story and Screenplay, Aynabaji.
The third panel discussion ‘NRB and Future Skill Development’ comprised of – Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, vice chancellor of BRAC University, Milton Hasnat, senior lecturer and epidemiologist, Australia, Moushumi M Khan, country director of The Foundation for Charitable Activities in Bangladesh, M Zulfiquar Hussain, CEO and lead consultant, grow n excel, Shayaan Seraj, group director of Strategy, Marketing and Operations, Aqua Paints, Elite Steel (Elite Group).
The fourth panel discussion ‘NRB and Transforming the 8 Divisions through Innovation’ comprised of Nazim Farhan Choudhury, chief executive officer of Colours FM, Kawser Jamal, Public Safety Technology Security Expert and Entrepreneur, California, USA, Kazi Monirul Kabir, managing director and chief innovation officer of Spider Digital Commerce, Minhaz Anwar, chief StoryTeller of BetterStories Asia, head of GP Accelerator, Grameenphone Accelerator, Tina Jabeen, investment advisor of Startup Bangladesh, ICT, Government of Bangladesh and Tousif Ishtiaque, project leader of The Boston Consulting Group.
Speaking at the occasion Shariful Islam, founder and managing director of Bangladesh Brand Forum said, ‘Bangladesh is at a very critical stage of development and the next 10 years will be very critical as a nation. We must apply the most cutting edge thinking, adapt the latest technology and apply new models to make a quantum jump in development. NRBs through Knowledge remittance can make a crucial contribution in this journey.’
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