THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF FRIENDSHIP BANGLADESH
SALAHUDDIN AHMED, Chairman
Independent Director of ONE Bank Limited is a renowned Management Consultant. He obtained his Master’s Degree from Dhaka University. He is experienced in Project Development, Cost Control, Procurement Management and Contract Administration. He is also the Managing Director of Consolidated Services Limited (CSL).
MUHAMMAD A (RUMEE) ALI, Vice Chairman
Muhammad A Ali joined Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) as Chief Executive, having started his career with ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1975 after completing Masters in Economics from the University of Dhaka, later appointed CEO of the Bank’s Bangladesh operations.
In 2000, ANZ in Bangladesh was taken over by the Standard Chartered Group, and Rumee Ali continued as the CEO, Bangladesh of the combined operations of the two Banks. In November, 2002 he joined Bangladesh Bank as Deputy Governor. From January, 2007 Rumee Ali served as Managing Director, Enterprises & Investments at BRAC as Chairman of BRAC Bank Ltd. and Founder Chairman of bKash Limited. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund; Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety (USA). He served on the boards of Global Alliance for Banking on Values and Performance Based Funds Initiative of IFC/World Bank Washington.
RUNA KHAN, Founder and Executive Director
Runa Khan, an Ashoka fellow and Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, is the Founder and Executive Director of Friendship. Friendship was founded drawing upon Runa Khan’s wide range of practical experiences of teaching, setting up small businesses, tourism, and communication among others. She is a published author with eight books, six on pedagogy and two on children’s stories. She is the Board Member of Global Dignity and Country Chair of Global Dignity Bangladesh and the Founder of Friendship International that is working in four European countries, fundraising and building relationships for Friendship in Bangladesh.
Her work is based on simple logic, empathy, respect, deep sense of justice and innovation. She received several international awards and recognition, including Green Award by Positive Planet (2016), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur Award (2012), IDB Award for contribution toward Women in development (2008), Rolex Awards for Entrepreneurship (2006), and Ashoka Fellowship (1994).
SHAMIM AHMED KHAN, Treasurer
He is a Graduate and freelancer Poet. He has been involved with other NGOs, particularly with those who are working to rehabilitate and settle ‘Biharies’ (non-Bangalis) in Bangladesh who were settled here after 1971 liberation war. He has been a keen goodwill builder for Friendship for many years.
SYED NASIM MANZUR, Executive Member
Syed Nasim Manzur is the Managing Director of Apex Adelchi Footwear Ltd. and Apex Enterprises Ltd. He is also the Director of multiple corporates including Apex Pharma Ltd., Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd., Quantum Consumer Solutions Ltd., and Apex Hotels Ltd. He is recognized very highly amongst both civil society and the government as a reputable contributor to Bangladesh both through his work as a businessman and socially responsible citizen.
ENAYET-E-RABBI, Executive Member
Enayed-e-Rabbi is a keen agriculturist and has worked in the Private Sector. He had a tenure with American Express Bank in the early 1970’s. He works closely with his village ‘Chars’ and is an active participant in the welfare of his landed community. He has been involved with Friendship for the last several years and is presently involved with Friendship as its well-wisher.
SYED AFZAL HASAN UDDIN, Executive Member
Syed Afzal received his Bsc (Hons) degree in chemistry and Management from King’s college, London in 1993 and a postgraduate Diploma in Law from SouthBank University in 1994. He was called to the Bar from Lincoln’s lnn, London in March 1996. He is enrolled as an Advocate of the High court Division of the supreme court of Bangladesh in 2001. Prior to joining chambers, he worked for the civil Litigation Department of Price Waterhouse in London from October 1995 to February 1998. At Price Waterhouse, he assisted in a variety of fraud related investigations. He also assisted in the review of various operations of different foreign banks in London to ensure their compliance with the Banking Act, 1987.
SAMINA KABIR, Executive Member
Samina Kabir completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at International University Bangladesh (IUB) and subsequently went on to become the Senior Program Coordinator/Deputy Director of the MBA/EMBA Program Office of the same institution.
PARVEEN MAHMUD, Executive Member
Parveen Mahmud is the Chairperson of Shasha Denims Limited and Micro Industries Development and Assistance Services (MIDAS), and is also the Founding Managing Director of Grameen Telecom Trust. She started her career with BRAC, and has served as the Deputy Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). Currently she is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She is the first female Council member, office bearer and was the President of ICAB. She was also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), apex accounting professional body of the SAARC. She is the Chairperson, CA Female Forum, ICAB.
Previously, Parveen Mahmud has served as the Chairperson of Acid Survivors’ Foundation. She was also the Vice Chairman of Under Privileged Children’s Education Program (UCEP) Bangladesh. She also served as a member of the National Advisory Panel and was Convener, SME Woman’s Forum for SME Development of Bangladesh, and was a Founding Board Member of SME Foundation. She. was also a Working Group Member of the Consultative Group on Social Indicators of UNCTAD/ISAR. She is also an Honorary Member and Mentor of TalentNomics Inc. and an Advisory Group member for GRI South Asia. She is the recipient of “Women at Work -2017” Award from Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and “Women of Inspiration Awards”-2017 from the Bangladesh Organization for Learning & Development (BOLD), also receiving Begum Rokeya Shining Personality Award 2006 for women’s empowerment from Narikantha Foundation.
SAMIRA ZUBERI HIMIKA, Executive Member
Samira Himika is the Founder and MD of Team Engine which supports policy makers, the Government, Private Sector entities and individuals by connecting them with the right entities and launching their campaigns-in simple terms. She has worked in the United Nations Development Program after finishing her Master’s degree in Development Studies from Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). She was also the Deputy head of BBC World Service Trust, Bangladesh. She is one of the main people GP House Art Hub which was the first curated art hub for MNCs in Bangladesh. She is also an Executive Committee Member at BASIS being akey figure in Bangladesh’s tech and start-up field where she actively takes part in community events and speaks at such events as well.