Kamrul Ahsan
President
I live in Finland for more than twenty years. I work as an information technology consultant in the energy industry. Previously, I worked as an information technology consultant in the health care, engineering, service, transportation & whole seller of ICT products and service industries. Apart from being a full time professional, I am also pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science, where I aim to find the gap of information system integration use and methodology between industry and academic world. I came here in Finland as bachelor degree student in late nineties and found my-self magnetically connected with this country. I found Finland as text book example of country of high tech and innovation, peace, honesty and dignity with self-respect and intendent. On the other hand Bangladesh is populous, openness to hospitality, family oriented, cultural diversity, hard-working and ambitious country. Last two decades there has been significant development between Finland and Bangladesh in the area of education and business. More and more Bangladeshi students are coming to Finland for quality Finnish education. At the same time trade between Bangladesh and Finland is increasing slowly. Today business between Bangladesh and Finland is about 3 billion Euros where Finland has surplus of approximately twenty-five million. Finland is mostly exporting products and services in the area of power generation and ICT. On the other hand Bangladesh is exporting mostly readymade garments and small scale IT services. I believe, there is huge potential for both Finnish and Bangladeshi companies to increase trade and commerce specially in the area of ICT, Human resource (For example, skilled IT professionals), education, renewable energy, waste management, and healthcare. Based on my industrial and academic background, I am very much interested to share my knowledge and networking repository in the area of ICT, renewable energy and waste management in a value co-creation manner.
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Shahriare Mahmood
Vice-President
Shahriare Mahmood is a sustainability enthusiastic and professional in sustainable supply chain operation which is achieved through his research and work in textile-apparel supply chain for almost two decades. He is currently working as R&D and Sustainability Director and has a deep expertise in process optimization in this industry aiming for environmental sustainability. He is currently pursuing his PhD in sustainable supply chain management. Circular economy is of his particular interest and he would like to encash his expertise for integrating the concept in the textile-apparel supply chain. Nevertheless, his enthusiasm towards total sustainability allows him to work beyond his area of responsibility. Having elected a member advisory council of amfori, he has greater vision in this arena. The growing concern on environmental pollution and social compliance, fashion industry remain in focus globally. Finland has long history in textile and well-known for related research to develop sustainable technologies. On the other hand, as an emerging economy of the world and one of the leading exporter of textile products, Bangladesh has still a lot of potential for the further growth by utilizing green technologies. It can be assumed that the expertise grown and infrastructure developed over the years, the success can be taken to a new height by utilizing the innovative technologies developed in Finland. There is also a great scope to bring the industry into the loop of circular economy by utilizing environmentally friendly technologies and textile recycling of the wastes both from the industry and consumers. The potential of the collaboration make him interested to remain himself reachable to assist for any mutual benefits between the countries through BFCCI.
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Miraj Mostafa
Director
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Munir K M Badrul
Director
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Sebastian de Mel
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Shaiful Islam
Director
- More than 12 years experience in the area of IT & Telecommunications (2G/3G/4G/5G). - Have expertise in next generation technology of IoT, Cloud-Computing, M2M and AI. - Traveled more than 40 countries of the world for business and recreation. - Living 20+ years in Finland Telecommunications has become one of the most fundamental component of daily activities in modern life. In Europe, specially in Finland, 3G and 4G infrastructure have already matured and telecom operators are looking forward to harness the latest upgrade to 5G infrastructure. It is said, 5G telecommunications network along with IoT, M2M, virtual reality and AI will shape the future world. Finnish innovators within the IoT, AI, digital and machine learning domains enhancing many technology solutions relating to smart cities, utility management, intelligent health, futuristic Agriculture, self-driving car and green environment. Many experts believe that Bangladesh is one of the most prospective country in South-East Asia for ICT sector. It has market of more than 160 million people where consumer spending is around USD 130 billion growing at 6% annually. 2G and 3G infrastructure widely covered most parts of the country but 4G coverage available only in main cities. Bangladesh's key investment plan for 2019 and beyond relates to IoT, M2M, Cloud computing, 5G and AI offering huge opportunities for the telecom and related companies. In conclusion, I see a great possibility for Finland and Bangladesh to increase mutual business relations in ICT industry.
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Nafis Iskander
Director
My name is Nafis Iskander. I am an experienced professional with decades of expertise in domains that include information technology, software quality assurance, telecommunications, business entrepreneurship across a span of three continents ie Asia, Europe, and the U.S. This coupled with academic achievements show a Master of Science in Technology in Finland and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in USA. My vision is to develop a bridge between FIN BD relationship from a holistic point of view, that would encompass an open platform where not only business entities but other organizations could interact to build a framework benefitting each others needs. I am open to contributing to any sector although IT and garments does hold a strong appeal.
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Md Sharif Iqbal
Director
My name is Sharif Iqbal. I have been educated at the University of Dhaka (BSc in Microbiology) and University of Helsinki (MSc in Cell and Molecular Biology). I am deeply interested to understand the biological mechanisms of ageing and age-related diseases such as cancer (my on-going PhD, University of Helsinki). While doing my MSc and PhD in Finland, I have had the opportunity of directly observing the Finnish education system- which is one of the best in the world. Finland believes that education is truly a major cornerstone for building a welfare society. Holding such belief, Finland developed itself to an envious apex, where it offers equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender and social status- which is what other countries are striving to emulate. As it seems paradoxical - Finnish education structure allows students to have plenty of recess time, and less emphasis on home-works and tests. As classism is least evident in education, and society, at large-Finland does not have much crime, drug abuse, depression or racial division. This is how, Finland is consistently ranked to be a world’s least corrupted and takes the pride to be happiest & peaceful country in the world. As opposed to Finland, Bangladeshi education system is plagued with classism, over-loaded home works, tests & ill-competition, lack of creative & real life-orientated well-structured syllabus, lack of well-trained teachers- to name only a few. Much of the country’s social, economic & welfare problems could be rooted back to this frail education system, as education constitutes very first & foremost foundation for building a healthy & balanced society. Therefore, this defective education system must require a transformative change. As Finnish education system tops any country, Bangladeshi education system could be revamped taking Finland as a model. But, this is a substantially challenging job to transform Bangladeshi education system, which has >16 million registered students in primary schools; >22 million registered students in secondary schools & >15 million registered students in tertiary institutions. However, as like me, thousands of well-trained Bangladeshi expatriates are keen, but lacking a synergistic platform to contribute towards the betterment of our country’s education and welfare system. Hence, I am working, and aiming to further promote ‘digital reverse-brain-draining’ a program, under which Bangladeshi expatriates from all over the world can voluntarily educate and train teachers, students & education personnel via online at free of costs in any part of the Bangladesh. This knowledge remittance could be one way how Bangladesh could be effectively benefited from the hard-earned expertise of the expatriates, and expatriates would get a noble solace- living thousands of miles away from the beloved motherland.
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Md. Alamgir Kabir Khan
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Jobair Babu
UK Consultant
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