The Minds

Safi Omar

C O O
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.

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.

JOHN JUSTIN RYAN

A seasoned executive with extensive experience delivering complex commercial projects across various countries, Mr. John Justin Ryan’s expertise lies in developing high-performance teams, mentoring individuals, analyzing job requirements, and assigning duties to achieve the best results. He is adept at designing, implementing, and revamping policies as well as meeting and exceeding project objectives. He is also an expert in all technical fields involving project management, including pricing, retail marketing, insurance, maintenance, civil and architectural works, ISO standards, logistics, urban planning, security, quality control, recruitment, and power conversion. He has served key roles in companies such as Samsung C&T – Bangladesh, McConnell Dowell – Australia, McConnell Dowell – Australia, and Meraas Developments – UAE.

JOHN JUSTIN RYAN

JOHN JUSTIN RYAN

A seasoned executive with extensive experience delivering complex commercial projects across various countries, Mr. John Justin Ryan’s expertise lies in developing high-performance teams, mentoring individuals, analyzing job requirements, and assigning duties to achieve the best results. He is adept at designing, implementing, and revamping policies as well as meeting and exceeding project objectives. He is also an expert in all technical fields involving project management, including pricing, retail marketing, insurance, maintenance, civil and architectural works, ISO standards, logistics, urban planning, security, quality control, recruitment, and power conversion. He has served key roles in companies such as Samsung C&T – Bangladesh, McConnell Dowell – Australia, McConnell Dowell – Australia, and Meraas Developments – UAE.

OLIVIER STAAL

OLIVIER STAAL

Mr. Olivier Staal is a Strategic Entrepreneur with experience in Sales, Marketing, and Project Management. His expertise lies in building and maintaining relations with company stakeholders, as well as signaling and executing business opportunities. His professional experience includes serving key roles in companies such as Dekker Dredgers (as CEO), Arised Corp. BV, daBuro and Techniek4all. His skill sets include proficiency in International Sales, Complex Problem Solving, Business Development, Business Strategy, and Communication.

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.

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.

MD. ABDUR RAUF

CFO
AGILE MINDS CORP.

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.

MR. SAMIN SIDDIQUE

MR. SAMIN SIDDIQUE

CEO & Chief Engineer, Agile Robotics & Security Solutions Ltd.
Chief Engineer, Direct Wind 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.

IFTEKHER ALAM

Founder and member of the leadership team since the company’s inception, Iftekher has been instrumental in building and strengthening DigiQore’s reputation as a leading provider of Technology Solutions and Services that helps organizations improve their productivity and efficiency. He is an experienced Sales and Partner Management professional with over 18 years of experience in large Corporate. He has a history in Consultative Selling as Solution Seller, Large Partner, and Key Customer Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Retail Sales, GTM & Partner Marketing. he possesses a unique understanding and application of sales, marketing, and business development with exposure to regional and local experience.

IFTEKHER ALAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
DIGIQORE

IFTEKHER ALAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
DIGIQORE

Founder and member of the leadership team since the company’s inception, Iftekher has been instrumental in building and strengthening DigiQore’s reputation as a leading provider of Technology Solutions and Services that helps organizations improve their productivity and efficiency. He is an experienced Sales and Partner Management professional with over 18 years of experience in large Corporate. He has a history in Consultative Selling as Solution Seller, Large Partner, and Key Customer Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Retail Sales, GTM & Partner Marketing. he possesses a unique understanding and application of sales, marketing, and business development with exposure to regional and local experience.

NAFIS EHTESHAM

NAFIS EHTESHAM

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ECOSYS

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.

MIR SHAKIB

Mir Sakib founded Cramstack, a startup that uses AI to automate the extraction of information from unstructured data to provide insights for businesses. Sakib got the idea to build a search platform that would allow users to search enterprise data sources as easily as a Google search while working at a pharmaceutical company where he struggled to find such data. Cramstack also offers tools extract and process data from PDFs and images It has clients in power, finance, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail sectors including the government of Bangladesh, BCG, UNDP, and National Bank.
During the pandemic, it provided government data from healthcare workers and immigration officials to help track, and curb, the spread of the coronavirus. It has raised over 1 million from Rockstart (Netherlands) Grameenphone (unit of Telenor) and angel investors.

MIR SHAKIB

MANAGING DIRECTOR
CRAMSTACK

MIR SHAKIB

MANAGING DIRECTOR
CRAMSTACK

Mir Sakib founded Cramstack, a startup that uses AI to automate the extraction of information from unstructured data to provide insights for businesses. Sakib got the idea to build a search platform that would allow users to search enterprise data sources as easily as a Google search while working at a pharmaceutical company where he struggled to find such data. Cramstack also offers tools extract and process data from PDFs and images It has clients in power, finance, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail sectors including the government of Bangladesh, BCG, UNDP, and National Bank.
During the pandemic, it provided government data from healthcare workers and immigration officials to help track, and curb, the spread of the coronavirus. It has raised over 1 million from Rockstart (Netherlands) Grameenphone (unit of Telenor) and angel investors.

ZEENO PACKIR

ZEENO PACKIR

Chief Executive Officer, Direct Fresh

Zeeno Packir-Chief Executive Officer of Direct Fresh Ltd., with over 30-years hands-on experience in Agro Food Processing, Retail, and Manufacturing & Distribution industry covering a large area in Livestock, Dairy, Aqua Culture, Primary & Further Processed Food Formulation, Manufacturing, Sales & Distribution, Retail & Wholesale Format Development and International Fast-Food Restaurants Operations format scales in Sri Lanka, Pakistan & Bangladesh.
Prior to Bangladesh and Pakistan, he served in Sri Lanka’s largest multinational business conglomerate John Keells Holdings PLC which is a highly diversified group of companies’ dominance in Dairy, Ice-Cream, Processed Food, Beverage, Poultry & Bovine Meat Primary Processing manufacturing & distribution, International Restaurant Chain Franchise Operation, and Supermarket/Hypermarket Retail Sectors.

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.

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.

SYED NURUZZAMAN LIMON

Mr. Syed Nuruzzaman Limon is the Chief Business Development Officer of Compact Limited. He has 14+ years of experience in the Software, Telecommunication, International Wholesale Carriers, and Project Management in multiple industries before joining COMPACT LIMITED. Graduated from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST), also an MBA in Finance. He started his carrier as a Software Engineer later promoted to Head of Operation of an International Gateway Operator. Head of Business for a carrier service in Hongkong. He served as Chief Operating Officer of a Dredging & Engineering Company in Bangladesh.

Successfully delivered many private & Govt Dredging Projects, completed contracting Job under Bangladesh Army, Construction project under Bangladesh Navy. Successfully delivered 972 million BDT valued projects to a different authority.

SYED NURUZZAMAN LIMON

Project Manager of Compact

SYED NURUZZAMAN LIMON

Project Manager of Compact

Mr. Syed Nuruzzaman Limon is the Chief Business Development Officer of Compact Limited. He has 14+ years of experience in the Software, Telecommunication, International Wholesale Carriers, and Project Management in multiple industries before joining COMPACT LIMITED. Graduated from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST), also an MBA in Finance. He started his carrier as a Software Engineer later promoted to Head of Operation of an International Gateway Operator. Head of Business for a carrier service in Hongkong. He served as Chief Operating Officer of a Dredging & Engineering Company in Bangladesh.

Successfully delivered many private & Govt Dredging Projects, completed contracting Job under Bangladesh Army, Construction project under Bangladesh Navy. Successfully delivered 972 million BDT valued projects to a different authority.

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.

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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