The Minds

Safi Omar

COO, Agile Minds Corp.

Mr. Safi Omar is a seasoned logistics professional with over 25 years of experience in the areas of Operations, Business Development, Consultancy and Project Management,
He is a graduate of Kodaikanal International School and later Lewis & Clark College, and he went on to do his MSc in Operations & Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool, where he passed with distinction.
His previous work experience includes serving key roles in various organizations, such as Summit Alliance Port Ltd. where he served as General Manager, Militzer & Muench International Holding AG where he served as Regional Representative of the Indian Subcontinent, Panalpina where he served as Country Managing Director and Essar Associates where he was a Partner for over 5 years.

ANTHONY CORBETT

Mr. Corbett is an investment banker with 28 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital raising, restructuring, and investments. He has worked with international investment banks such as UBS, ING Barings, Bear Stearns, and several specialist boutiques. Anthony has worked with clients in the financial services, telecom, technology, media, energy, natural resources, and industrial sectors in over 70 countries He is a member of the Securities Institute and graduated from Bristol University.

ANTHONY CORBETT

CHIEF OF FINANCE, BRIC

ANTHONY CORBETT

CHIEF OF FINANCE
BRIC

Mr. Corbett is an investment banker with 28 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital raising, restructuring, and investments. He has worked with international investment banks such as UBS, ING Barings, Bear Stearns, and several specialist boutiques. Anthony has worked with clients in the financial services, telecom, technology, media, energy, natural resources, and industrial sectors in over 70 countries He is a member of the Securities Institute and graduated from Bristol University.

MR. JAMAL KHAN

JAMAL KHAN

LEGAL HEAD, BRIC

Mr. Khan is a qualified solicitor and experienced General Counsel with more than 25 years of corporate law experience gained in major international law firms and substantial private equity fund/family offices Jamal has in depth experience in restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, general corporate advisory and wealth management issues. He has considerable practice reviewing, drafting, and negotiating investment, employment, consultancy and other commercial agreements. He has advised on transaction structures, fund formation documents, and compliance issues. He has also advised on high-value litigation and arbitration matters.

ISHTIAQ A CHISTI

Mr. Chisti has over two decades of experience in engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. Mr. Chisti has developed a low-carbon roadmap for H&M and is currently developing utility-scale, grid-tied solar projects, in addition to innovative roof-top PV systems and wind turbines. Mr. Chisti consults for IFC/World Bank Group and USAID on Renewable energy policy matters and private-public partnerships to develop the industry in Bangladesh.

ISHTIAQ A CHISTI

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
DIRECT RENEWABLE ENERGY LIMITED

ISHTIAQ A CHISTI

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
DIRECT RENEWABLE ENERGY LIMITED

Mr. Chisti has over two decades of experience in engineering. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. Mr. Chisti has developed a low-carbon roadmap for H&M and is currently developing utility-scale, grid-tied solar projects, in addition to innovative roof-top PV systems and wind turbines. Mr. Chisti consults for IFC/World Bank Group and USAID on Renewable energy policy matters and private-public partnerships to develop the industry in Bangladesh.

MOHD. SURUZZAMAN

MOHD. SURUZZAMAN

Director of Direct Solar & Fisheries Limited

Equipped with 29 years of experience within the group, Mr. Suruzzaman, a seasoned professional carries out the key role of locating and proposing potential business deals by contacting various partners; discovering and exploring opportunities for the organizational development on a continuous basis. He has a proven track record of good liaison with the business parties, logistics suppliers, different vendors, and Government officials. Mr. Zaman holds a postgraduate in Accounting from Dhaka University. In addition, out of many diverse roles as a key management position within the group, Mr. Mohd. Suruzzaman manages the acquisition of land by coordinating efforts with landowners for Solar Fisheries Projects in various parts of the country and other key Government agencies.

H. M. ISMAIL KHAN

With over 30 years of experience in fish culture and nursing and fisheries industries development, Mr. Ismail Khan is credited with introducing induced breeding of Pangas fish through his entrepreneurship in the private sector. He has been awarded on National Fisheries Week 2008 for introducing water parameter stabilizing product for commercial fish farming industry, and is also a two-time recipient of the award for his work with the introduction and production of Pangas fingerlings in private hatcheries in 1996 and 1997. Furthermore, he has been awarded by the Ministry of Textiles and Jute in 2017 for inventing Jute Leaves Tea. Mr. Ismail Khan has experience working as Station Manager in a cargo air company in Thailand, and also has hands-on work experience from his time in Thailand where he worked in the cattle and poultry development industry.

H. M. ISMAIL KHAN

Director
Direct Solar & Fisheries Ltd.

MD. ABDUR RAUF

Md. Abdur Rauf is one of Bangladesh’s most talented young finance professionals. He gained hands-on experience in developing and managing diversified businesses portfolio. During his 14-years of professional career, he led the finance accounts team of some significant companies in Bangladesh, i.e., Rahimafrooz Ltd., Energypac Electronics Ltd, Aman Group Ltd, etc. He is currently supporting the group’s growth as the “Chief Financial Officer” with his tenacity, hard work, and leadership Mr. Rauf is an MBA from IBA, University of Dhaka.

MD. ABDUR RAUF

CFO, AGILE MINDS CORP.

HADI MOHAMMED

A nearly twenty-five-year veteran, has held several key technology leadership roles, most recently CEO at LENDEN, FinTech start- up. Experience in delivering wide range of IT & financial services, experienced managing high level corporate operations with track record for finding innovative ways to grow businesses. Articulate communicator, capable of building lasting relationships with senior management, clients, partners and vendors. Developed as an efficient, honest & diligent person and always looking forward to meet new challenges. Fascinated by the future and captivated by technology. Passionate about transforming the way we pay and unlock the financial freedom for everyone. Build beautiful consumer experiences, developer-friendly infrastructure, and intelligent tools that give everyone the ability to solve big problems.

HADI MOHAMMED

Executive Director
BG Interactive Limited

NAFIS EHTESHAM

Mr. Nafis Ehtisham brings over 16 years of experience in Digital & Mobile Financial Services and technology, Digital Transformation & Modernization Services, Financial Planning, Marketing & Sales Operations, General and IT Remittance Services. He has worked in different Multinational Companies such as Payza, Global Skills Hub, and Payswiff as a Country Manager, CEO and within consultant roles respectively.

NAFIS EHTESHAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ECOSYS

ESTEMDAD HAIDER

Estemdad Haider is an entrepreneur, executive, business management consultant and strategist with a proven record for steering business startups, business acquisitions & turnarounds. With the right skills in communications and customer service management, he extends a history of increasing revenue growth through big-picture vision, creativity, and an innate sense for ‘what works’ in business. He has worked with companies from the inception of new concept and format development, category management, pricing and promotions strategies, sourcing strategy, supply chain management, talent recruitment, project development and roll-outs. Mr. Haider has been involved in the retail industry and startups for the last 28 years. He held senior management positions with companies affiliated with Toyota, Volvo, Jaguar and Chrysler in the US, the largest grocery retailer in Bangladesh and managing food procurement and distribution for the World Food Program. He brings significant knowledge of working with local farmers to local conglomerates, multinational companies to multilateral agencies such as UNDP, WFP, UNHCR, Care and UNICEF.

ESTEMDAD HAIDER

CEO, Direct Fresh Ltd

TANVIR SIFAT

A startup enthusiast and a growth strategist. A result-oriented, multidisciplinary professional, with an array of experiences across multiple industries over 10 years. His core strengths are design thinking, strategic business development & management, fundraising, deal structuring, project management, and most importantly “getting things done”. His areas of interest are BOP markets, financial inclusion, food systems, aggrotech, and renewable energy. He is experienced in leading high-impact, explosive growth-focused startup companies, and donor-funded projects for inclusive markets. Currently, Mr. Tanvir is leading the business development and fundraising of DFL. Previously, he has managed several components of a USD 110M multi-donor funded, market development project called “Swisscontact-Katalyst”, devising strategies for multiple underserved sectors.

TANVIR SIFAT

DIRECTOR, STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
DIRECT FRESH LTD

TANVIR SIFAT

DIRECTOR, STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
DIRECT FRESH LTD

A startup enthusiast and a growth strategist. A result-oriented, multidisciplinary professional, with an array of experiences across multiple industries over 10 years. His core strengths are design thinking, strategic business development & management, fundraising, deal structuring, project management, and most importantly “getting things done”. His areas of interest are BOP markets, financial inclusion, food systems, aggrotech, and renewable energy. He is experienced in leading high-impact, explosive growth-focused startup companies, and donor-funded projects for inclusive markets. Currently, Mr. Tanvir is leading the business development and fundraising of DFL. Previously, he has managed several components of a USD 110M multi-donor funded, market development project called “Swisscontact-Katalyst”, devising strategies for multiple underserved sectors.

MD. MOHIDUL ISLAM

MD. MOHIDUL ISLAM

F&B GM
AGILE MINDS CORPORATION

Md. Mohidul Islam is a prominent F&B professional based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is the Group General Manager for all F&B operations at seven prominent fine-dining establishments in Bangladesh. Six of these seven – Chows, El Patron, Purebread, Eat Well, Cha Wala, and The Gourmet Food Company – are based in Dhaka, while Chopsticks & Chutney is located in Cox’s Bazaar, Chittagong.

Mr. Islam possesses over a decade’s worth of experience as well as in-depth knowledge in all levels of operations in the hospitality industry, which includes Spas & Resorts to Restaurants and other F&B businesses. A highly detail-oriented & enthusiastic professional with more than 14 years in the hospitality industry, Mr. Islam excels in launching and operating hospitality businesses at the highest standards of excellence.

FAISAL ABDULLAH RYAN

Ryan, the CEO of SpaceDawg, has over 19 years of experience working in the events and advertising industry in both the local and global arena, and is highly regarded for his ability to provide innovative and effective solutions to his clients. His career began in England where he worked with some of the biggest event production companies in the world. Apart from his long-term experience in the events and entertainment industry, Ryan also successfully achieved a professional qualification from the Security Industry Authority, UK, and City & Guilds, the UK on Event Safety and Spectator Management. Being born to parents who were both professional producers of films and television content, Ryan developed his passion for the entertainment industry in his early childhood. He is a dedicated professional with the singular goal of providing his clients the best possible solutions to their entertainment needs and providing innovative solutions to renowned brands.

FAISAL ABDULLAH RYAN

CEO
SPACEDAWG

FAISAL ABDULLAH RYAN

CEO
SPACEDAWG

Ryan, the CEO of SpaceDawg, has over 19 years of experience working in the events and advertising industry in both the local and global arena, and is highly regarded for his ability to provide innovative and effective solutions to his clients. His career began in England where he worked with some of the biggest event production companies in the world. Apart from his long-term experience in the events and entertainment industry, Ryan also successfully achieved a professional qualification from the Security Industry Authority, UK, and City & Guilds, the UK on Event Safety and Spectator Management. Being born to parents who were both professional producers of films and television content, Ryan developed his passion for the entertainment industry in his early childhood. He is a dedicated professional with the singular goal of providing his clients the best possible solutions to their entertainment needs and providing innovative solutions to renowned brands.

NAHIYAN KHADEM

Educated in the field of Law from Edexcel International and later from the University of London, Nahiyan Khadem has vast experience working with government agencies in Bangladesh. He developed business opportunities with various ministries of Bangladesh including those of Energy, Water Resources, Civil Aviation, Railways, Defense and Law Enforcement.His strengths include coordination, negotiation, marketing and promotion as well as facilitation of business activities. His energetic, resourcefulness and tireless approach has made him a valued member of our Team. Nahiyan Khadem is also the Managing Director of Teamwork Limited since 2012, Managing Director of NN Limited since 2022 and Business Development partner of DEFSECA. He is supported by his own team of international experts from Australia, Turkey, Norway, Finland, US, UK and Ireland including notable graduates from the prestigious Cranfield University (UK) in Guided Missile System and sophisticated Intelligence, Information Technology, Defense & Security Aspects.

NAHIYAN KHADEM

CEO
DigiQore Systems

SAIFUL AMIN KHAN

With over 28 years of experience in both public and private sectors, Saiful Amin Khan has been engaged in construction, supply chain, contracting, & trading businesses, and has expertise in management consultation, company collaboration, & project completion support. He has managed his own business in Russia in the name of company ‘Lusiana’, being sole agent of Panasonic and Aiwa Electronics, and in Bangladesh as ‘ZIZI Enterprise’, working in projects of roads & highway construction and river training scheme of Water Development Ministry as Govt. Contractor & supplier. He also holds the position of Director at ‘Brady & Company’ since 1956 – a textile, knitting machineries, and laboratory test equipment venture. Zizi holds a Masters degree in Business Administration in Marketing & Accounting from People Friendship University in Moscow. He is an active member of American Club, Nordic Club, and Bangladesh Jury Valley Club Sylhet. As of interest, he has played first division in cricket in Eskaton Sobuj Shangha and similar in hockey & football in favor of Ajax Club.

SAIFUL AMIN KHAN

Director, Compact

MAHFUJ A. ABIR

MAHFUJ A. ABIR

Director & Chief Executive Officer, Compact

Mr. Mahfuj Anam Abir is the Co-Founder of COMPACT Limited. He started this venture back in 2013 as named COMPACT Corporation. Later in 2017, it was converted to a Limited company. Currently, he is leading the entire team of COMPACT as Director & CEO. Mr. Mahfuj Anam Abir, who has a long and distinguished professional experience of about 10+ Years in Marketing, Operations, and Management of industries like Construction & Dredging, Real Estate, Power Plant Infrastructure & Electricity Transmission Lines, Customs Clearing & Forwarding, Residential & Industrial Building Management Services. He also has experience in giving solutions of Fire & Electrical Safety to more than 20+ RMG entities. Mr. Mahfuj is a proud alumnus of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School & Notre Dame College. He has a clear and logical mind with a practical approach to problem-solving and a drive to see things through to completion. He is eager to learn, enjoys overcoming challenges, and has an excellent skill set in Business Management and making organizations successful.

SAMIN SIDDIQUE

MR. SAMIN SIDDIQUE

Head of Engineering
Agile Robotics & Security Solutions Ltd.

Mr. Siddique is a mechanical engineer with degrees in business and management. He holds two patents from Australia and specializes in robotics, military technology, and wind energy. He is also a scholar with national awards for research in Earthquake Response Management System and Quality Assurance in Healthcare He was a university Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude.

Capt. Moyezuddin

Captain Md Moyezuddin BN (Retd) is an Ex-Director of Naval Armament Inspection and Supply, Naval Headquarters. He is graduated and M.Sc. in Applied Physics & Electronics. The officer attended various courses in home and abroad like Ammunition Technical Officers Course from BD Army and Factory Level Training in U.K. He is also graduated from Naval Engineering University, Wuhan, P. R. China. He has served in UN Mission twice as Military Observer. The officer performed his duties as an Instructor at Electrical & Radio Electrical School and other schools of BN, Bangladesh Naval Academy (BNA) and Director of Studies, BNA. The officer has Commanded number of Units and served as Staff Officer at Naval Headquarters and Area Headquarters. He is a qualified Instructor of Dangerous Cargoes and Specialist in Dangerous Cargoes Handling. He also served as an Officer- in-Charge of Dangerous Cargo Unit at Chattogram Port. He was Founder Chairman of ICT Department and Environmental Science Department, Bangladesh University of Professionals, Mirpur, Dhaka. He writes on various issues in different technical and management SOP. Presently, Capt Moyez is working as Project Director, Agile Minds Corporation Limited and Director of Agile Robotics & Security Solutions Limited, Dhaka.

Capt. Moyezuddin

Managing Director
Agile Robotics & Security Solutions Ltd.

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sheikh Mamun Khaled

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sheikh Mamun Khaled is a passionate leadership developer with an experience of more than 39 years of distinguished service in Bangladesh Army. Currently he is working as the Chairman of the Board of Sublime Group. He was born in 1962 and got his commission in 1981, and thereafter left outstanding footprints in the all the capacities that he served.
Lt Gen (Retd) Mamun Khaled was the Director General of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) and also the Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). Later, he served as the Commandant of National Defense College (NDC) responsible to prepare senior military officers of Bangladesh Armed Forces, foreign military officers, and Civil Service officers on strategic leadership roles.
Lt Gen (Retd) Mamun Khaled completed his first MBA from Royal Roads University, Canada, second MBA from University of Dhaka and third MBA from Bangladesh University of Professionals. He also achieved an MA in International Security and Strategy from Kings College, London and an MA in Defense Studies from National University, Bangladesh, He completed his first PhD on Change Management from Bangladesh University of Professionals and second PhD from Jahangir Nagar University, Dhaka on Visionary Leadership. He also completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Strategic Leadership from Bangladesh University of Professionals. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program on Disruptive Leadership from Teesside University, UK.
United Service Institution (USI) of India has awarded Lt Gen (Retd) Mamun Khaled with Distinguished Fellowship for his exceptional contribution to the study and practice of Leadership. He received Chancellor’s Gold Medal twice for his outstanding performance in PhD Program and for securing 1st position with CGPA 4/4 in MBA at Bangladesh University of Professionals. He was also honored with Outstanding Service Medal and Military Excellence Medal for exceptional performance from Bangladesh Army.

Lieutenant General (Retd) Sheikh Mamun Khaled

Senior Advisor
Agile Minds Solutions Limited

SAYMA RAHMAN

SAYMA RAHMAN

BUSINESS ADVISOR
DIRECT FRESH

Sayma has years of expertise in strategic partnerships, digital and retail channels, product development project management. She held key leadership positions at the largest telecommunication organization, Grameenphone In 2018 her digital solution on Mental Health was recognized in an intrapreneurship program by Telenor in Norway. Sayma is also a startup investor, advisor, and international speaker She has won the award of ‘Top Progressing Woman Leader in Bangladesh’ in 2016. In the same year, her work was acknowledged at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Currently, Sayma is the founder and CEO of SR Ventures Consultancy Ltd providing business consultations to local international organizations.

Apart from her elaborate professional career, she is an avid travel blogger, exploring 60 countries. She has been sponsoring the education of slum children with the Jaago Foundation since 2012.

SALMAN RAHMAN

Salman Rahman graduated from the Institute of Business Administration from the University of Dhaka He also got a master’s in Development Studies from BRAC University. He works at the confluence of the Private Sector and Development Sector.

Mr. Salman is a partner at a boutique consulting firm, where he leads the Private Sector, Energy, and Data Analytics portfolio. He was previously a VP at Cramstack Limited, the first data analytics and visualization startup in Bangladesh His interests and work area are renewable energy, electric mobility, operations management, digital transformation, etc.

SALMAN RAHMAN

GROUP CONSULTANT
AGILE MINDS CORP.

SALMAN RAHMAN

GROUP CONSULTANT
AGILE MINDS CORP.

Salman Rahman graduated from the Institute of Business Administration from the University of Dhaka He also got a master’s in Development Studies from BRAC University. He works at the confluence of the Private Sector and Development Sector.

Mr. Salman is a partner at a boutique consulting firm, where he leads the Private Sector, Energy, and Data Analytics portfolio. He was previously a VP at Cramstack Limited, the first data analytics and visualization startup in Bangladesh His interests and work area are renewable energy, electric mobility, operations management, digital transformation, etc.

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