Board of Advisors

Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali  | CEO, BIAC

Rumee AliOne of the creative personalities of technology dependent modern banking is Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali who is at present performing responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC). Muhammad A. (Rumee) Ali started his career with ANZ Grindlays Bank in Bangladesh in 1975 after completing Masters in Economics from the University of Dhaka. In 1997, he was appointed CEO of the Bank’s Bangladesh operations. His career with ANZ Grindlays included stints with their offices in Mumbai, London and Melbourne. 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 2002 he joined Bangladesh Bank as Deputy Governor and was responsible for driving the regulatory reforms in the banking sector, especially in the Risk Management and Corporate Governance areas. From 2007, Rumee Ali served as Managing Director, Enterprises & Investments at BRAC.  During this period he was Chairman of BRAC Bank Ltd. and Founder Chairman of bKash Limited. He also served as a member of the Board of BRAC and BRAC International. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Bangladesh Investment Climate Found; 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.
He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, Bangladesh in 2001 and participated in many international forums as keynote speaker and panelist.

Lutfey Siddiqi  | Governor & Visiting Professor-in-Practice, LSE; Adjunct Professor, NUS

Lutfey Siddiqi

Until May 2016, Lutfey Siddiqi was a Managing Director and Global Head of Emerging Markets for bonds and currencies at the Swiss bank UBS, reporting into the highest governing body of the investment bank. He was also a member of the Group Sustainability Council, the investment bank innovation board and the cross-divisional panel of opinion leaders. Previously, he ran business lines across Asia-Pacific for UBS and Barclays.
Currently, Lutfey is a Governor and Visiting Professor-in-Practice at the London School of Economics. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore, having been a founding faculty member of the Risk Management Institute.
He is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, LSE investment committee, advisory board of the Systemic Risk Centre, the global forum for central banks (‘OMFIF’) and voting academy for the Global Teacher Prize.
Lutfey is a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Finance & Infrastructure with particular focus on capital markets development. Honoured as a Young Global Leader in 2012, he was invited to speak on the official program at Davos for four consecutive years. A former board member of CFA Singapore, he now contributes to the CFA institute’s ‘Future of Finance’ initiative as a member of its content council. He has served on working groups and policy dialogues with several governments including Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and the UK.
Lutfey obtained his First Class BSc. (hon) in Econometrics from the University of York, MSc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and the International Baccalaureate diploma from UWC Atlantic College. In addition, he has completed senior leadership training at Harvard, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and IMD. He was declared a Commercially Important Person (CIP) by the Government of Bangladesh for several years since 2009.
He is an active commentator on international media and multi-stakeholder fora on topics including macro investing, emerging markets, risk management, capital and currency markets, financial regulation & policy, bank management, business-model transformations, impact investing, constructive conflict and diversity.

Sajid Rahman  | CEO, Telenor Health

Sajid Rahman is Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Health at Telenor Group. Telenor health is a purpose driven company, fully owned by Telenor group, built to deliver quality, data driven digital health care in emerging markets. Telenor Health launched its first operation in Bangladesh and is in the path of crossing a million customer base within three months of the launch.
Sajid is also an experienced international banker with exposures in emerging markets of South-Asia, Africa, Middle-East and South-East Asia leading billion dollar banking businesses. He was board member in a number of operations of Standard Chartered Bank and managed a number of M&A situations. He was the core member to launch a number of first in Bangladesh banking including credit cards, direct sales, direct banking etc.
Sajid transformed his career from pure banking to a leader in cutting edge technological progress including fintech. He has a very strong network in global technology space, linking Silicon Valley with emerging markets. He is considered a thought-leader in this area with regular columns on topics related to investments and global technology trends, financial services and health. He is a mentor to Endeavor Indonesia, a US-based organization accelerating the growth of mid-size companies to billion dollar level. Endeavor has among others, Reid Hoffman, founder LinkedIn, among its board. He brought in the first Silicon Valley based accelerator, Founder Institute, to Bangladesh and is a director of Founder Institute. He is an active angel investor and sits at the board of a number of technology startups in Asia, US and Europe. He is regularly sought after by Silicon Valley companies trying to expand emerging markets.

Anir Chowdhury  | Policy Advisor, Access to Information, Prime Minister’s Office

Anir Chowdhury is the Policy Advisor of the UNDP and USAID-supported Access to Information Program, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing an innovation ecosystem in public service delivery, policy formulation and nationwide up scaling of innovative ideas.
He is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Digital Task Force, Education Minister’s National ICT in Education Task Force, and Planning Minister’s National Information Management Committee. In his twenty plus year career, he co-founded several software and service companies in the US and Bangladesh focused on enterprise management and IT strategy for Fortune 500 corporations.

Tarique A Bhuiyan  | Chairman & CTO, HashKloud

Tarique A Bhuiyan is the Founder, Chairman & CTO of Hashkloud Pty Ltd, a Sydney,
Australia based Blockchain Technology focused FinTech start up. While involved full time in his start up where Tarique and his team are now developing a Blockchain Application Platform, Tarique’s passion for Blockchain has led him to pursue a research doctoral degree (Doctor of Business Administration) at the University of Southern Queensland under the Australian Research Training Scheme in part time. A very passionate person in Bitcoin and especially the Blockchain Technology, Tarique’s research interest is how various industry verticals especially FinTech will be impacted by Cryptocurrency and Blockchain technologies. Before Tarique founded Hashkloud, he was a Principal Consultant with Infosys Consulting based in Sydney and was also a Senior Manager at Accenture Australia prior to joining Infosys. During 2008-2010, Tarique returned to Bangladesh to work as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at BRAC Bank. While at BRAC Bank, Tarique also initiated a mobile payments project that eventually led to the creation of start-up called bKash where he was later appointed as the Founding CEO. Tarique also has a Master of Commerce in Information Systems and Technology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia as well as an MBA from IBA, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Tom Cummings  | Founder, Leading Ventures; Senior Advisor to the Global Alliance for Banking on Values

Tom Cummings is known for his early contributions to the field of strategy and organization dynamics in the context of next generation business networks and alliances.  He is the author, with James Keen, of Leadership Landscapes (Palgrave McMillan 2008), a book on how to resolve complex challenges through systems thinking, executive leadership practices and the development of human capital. Based on this work he has recently written an article for the SAGE compendium on Civic Leadership on how ‘Practical Wisdom’ through reflection which serves as a way for leaders to draw from their experience in complex situations.
Tom is known for his ability to bring new insights and fresh perspectives to his client engagements. He has been a founder/director/facilitator in the start-up of several successful companies and networks, including Cambridge Energy Research Associates; Technology Resources Group; Paras Ecos; Executive Learning Partnership, Common Purpose Nederland, Leading Ventures, European Climate Foundation and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, to name a few. He has served in senior executive roles in Shell International; ABN AMRO Bank and Unilever NV, where he has worked on long term planning to develop sustainable business practices through the development of human capital.
In academe, he is the co-director of the Cambridge Judge Business School program on ‘Futures Thinking’ and teaches on the Corporate Supervisory Board program at Nyenrode Business University and is visiting faculty at GIBS South Africa.  At IMD in Switzerland he previously served as program director for the workshop on Business Alliances. Mr. Cummings has written a number of award winning case studies and peer-reviewed publications.  He is currently on the board of Progressio Foundation, and adviser to the Tallberg Foundation Pathfinders project, a long-term research and action-learning network to engage global leaders in human development and sustainability projects in Africa.

Dr. M A Taslim  | Professor, Dept. of Economics, Dhaka University

M. A. Taslim has long teaching experience at Dhaka University and University of New England, Australia and Australian National University. Currently, he is the Chairman of Economics Department, University of Dhaka. He worked as a member and team leader of many Ministerial Conference in Geneva, Maseru, Lesotho, Turkey and Phuket. He worked as consultant for ADB and World Bank. He also worked as member, Board of Directors, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Ltd., Planning Commission, Bangladesh Better Business Forum, Expert Committee of Ministry of Finance etc.
He published a large number of Articles in international Journals. He also published several books and monographs. He was formerly the Chairman of Bangladesh Tariff Commission.

Iftakharul (Ifty) Islam  | Group Chairman, Asian Tiger Capital Partners

Ifty Islam was a founding partner of AT Capital establishing the firm in 2007. Since then Ifty has focused on macro, market strategy and sector research with a wide range of clients including leading international fund managers as well as large local corporates. In addition, Ifty has worked on consulting projects for the Government of Bangladesh in a number of areas, from PPP, to Capital Markets Development, Climate Change, RMG and the Energy Sector. Prior to moving to Dhaka, Ifty was a Managing Director at Citigroup, London from 2004-2007 where he was Head of Macro Strategy/Hedge Fund Research. From 1997-2004 Ifty spent 8 years at Deutsche Bank Securities in London and New York, latterly as Managing Director and Chief US Strategist. Ifty has also worked as a European Strategist at Merrill Lynch and began his career in 1989 in the corporate finance group at BZW Securities focusing on privatizations in Eastern Europe. He graduated from the Queen’s College, Oxford with a BA/MA (First Class) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Sonia Bashir Kabir  | Managing Director, Microsoft Bangladesh; Co-Founder, D Money

Educated and trained in Silicon Valley, Sonia lived in Northern California for 20 years. After completing her MBA, she worked in the Valley for Fortune 100 companies (Sun Microsystems & Oracle), startups & in the financial district. Her expertise includes strategic planning & growth, sales execution, financial management, team building and change management.
Sonia is currently the Managing Director for Microsoft Bangladesh, Board Director and Co Founder of D Money (Fin-Tech start up), Vice President and Co-Founder of Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT). Sonia is also the Founder President of TiE Dhaka and has served in the Boards of the American International School, Dhaka, Bangladesh Employers Federation, Bangladesh Cricket Board (Women’s Wing), Abahani Women’s Games Development Committee and Women Entrepreneur’s Association.
Besides co-founding an IT firm – Syntec, Sonia has served as the Country Director of Dell Bangladesh, Director Business Development for South East Asia, New Emerging Markets in Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer for Aamra Technologies Ltd.
Sonia is a national athlete; she has played for Bangladesh National Volleyball team and Bangladesh National Cricket team.

Dr. Ahsan H Mansur  | Executive Director, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh

Ahsan H. Mansur is Executive Director of the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh. Dr. Mansur started his career as a Lecturer, Department of Economics, Dhaka University in 1976. He left for Canada for higher studies in economics in the same year. As a graduate student and research assistant, he was also offering regular economics courses at the undergraduate level at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (1978-81). Dr. Mansur joined the International Monetary Fund under its Economist Program in 1981, and thereafter completed his PhD in Economics (on general equilibrium analysis) from the University of Western Ontario in 1982.