The Team

  • MUSTAFIZUR R KHAN FOUNDER & CEO

    Mustafiz is an entrepreneur, angel investor, startup community organiser and a marketer with over 17 years of experience of heading teams across diverse industries in Asia. He started his career as an entrepreneur managing an engineering SBU and later managed brand like HSBC in several countries. He co founded coolest co-working space in Dhaka, crowd funded and directed a documentary on tech startups in Dhaka which later pivoted to local a business news site called Startup Dhaka. He is passionate about technology and studies film in his spare time. He holds a double major in business and fine arts from COE College USA and an MBA from Nanyang Business School in Singapore

  • FAYAZ TAHER COFOUNDER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    Fayaz is a serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor and a startup community advocate from Bangladesh and the current CEO of Fortuna, an innovative group of companies invested across various industries. Fayaz was one of the youngest Vice-Chairman of the Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods Manufactures and Exporters Association.

    Fayaz is also passionate about community building. Fayaz started his first venture at the age of 13 starting in retail and later went on to found Fortuna Fried Chicken while he was in High School. Fayaz was also a Director of Union Capital Leasing Ltd, and also helps set strategy with Peoples Life Insurance Company and Popular Life Insurance Company ltd. Fayaz is also an integral member & co-founder of Infrablue technology which as was announced as one of the winners of the Facebook Fund for their technology skills back in 2008, the only company from Bangladesh. Fayaz completed his undergraduate degree at Babson College in Entrepreneurship in ‘03 and completed his masters in International Development and Social Change at Clark University in Massachusetts, USA in ‘09. He is also a research fellow at Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and a fellow at Jaago Foundation.

  • SAMAD MIRALY COFOUNDER, DIRECTOR INVESTORS RELATION & INTL. PARTNERSHIP

    Samad is a Canadian-Bangladeshi investor. An Executive Director at Olympic Industries Limited, a publicly listed consumer goods manufacturing company. Samad contributes some time community-building for entrepreneurship and angel investing in Bangladesh. His main interests lie in working toward upliftment through entrepreneurship, via impact investing and disruptive technologies. Out side of startups, he is a director at Universal Financial Solutions Limited, a licensed asset management company.

  • TOUSIF ALAM Media Relationship Executive

    Tousif, an inspiring content writer and consultant who is persistently managing the liaison with media related activities. After graduating in Mass Communication he is now pursuing his MDS degree from Bangladesh University of Professionals. He loves the vibe of startup ecosystem and wants to progress his career in this field.

  • JANNATUL BUSHRA ANTORA Senior Marketing Executive

    Jannat is a perpetually somnolent marketing maniac who occasionally sets out on writing sprees. She is a proud marketing breed, specialized in 360ᵒ marketing communication. Jannat is acknowledged for being custodian of gigantic brands. Also, holds credits of developing, managing and executing some of the popular marketing campaigns of Bangladesh from renowned advertising agencies. Along with years of experience, she has a B.B.A degree in Marketing and International Business from North South University, Bangladesh.

  • ANUP DUTTA Digital Visualizer

    Anup, an Engineering graduate from National institute of technology, India; is a vivid creative visualizer. In the business world, Anup is stepping in gradually as an entrepreneur. He is fervent about his work and expertizes in print and editorial design, visual identity and brand guidelines development, research and designing promotional ideas.

  • AHMED TANVIR SAJIB Admin Coordinator - GPA

    Sajib is a graduate from England, with a degree in economics and financial services. After his degree, Sajib gained years of experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, project manager, and business executive. He started his first ‘serious’ small business when he was only 20 years old and gradually involved in two other start-ups in various fields. Sajib has substantial experience in consulting entrepreneurs and volunteering for non-profits. Acting as an external consultant, he has facilitated business plan development, and provided managerial and strategic support. Sajib believes that entrepreneurship is currently the strongest economic forces in the world. The dynamics of startups and entrepreneurial personalities fascinates him endlessly!

  • SALAUDDIN RANA Web Developer

    Rana majored in Engineering and Computer Science and always expending his versatility in web developing. He is keenly following his passion about web developing and decorously identifying complex problems by reviewing related information. To implement innovative solutions he intently develop and evaluate options. His leisure pursuits include Gaming, hanging out with friends and playing indoor sports. Rana is a naysayer by nature; he is working devotedly to take his career to the next level and achieve noteworthy feats in the field of IT.

  • MD. TANVIR HOSSAIN Android App Developer

    Tanvir reserved his streak as a kick ass Android App Developer since the beginning of his career. He is an android fanatic but never steps back to adapt new technologies. He is an excellent developer of java code for android applications, automation and agile methodologies.

  • TOWHIDUL ISLAM User Interface Designer

    Towhid is an avid User Interface Designer who relentlessly crafts outstanding designs for web platforms. He loves enrapturing ideas to life through his astonishing designs. Towhid enjoys challenges and continues tussling till he outruns it.

  • RAFEE SHABBIR Assistant Admin Coordinator - GPA

    Rafee, a graduate from Monash University, Malaysia; did dual major in Finance and Economics. He is currently working assiduously to make his ‘personal brand’ proud. This enthusiastic individual describes himself as a dreamer, a steadfast realist,  an introvert, and someone who is deeply consumed by  wanderlust. He is precisely passionate about cricket, adventure sports and reading (takes a purely intellectual approach to it, rather than visceral). Rafee is never afraid to try new things and explore possibilities.

Advisors

  • KORVI RAKSHAND Advisor

    He is the founder and chairman of JAAGO Foundation, a civil society organisation that he initiated in 2007. JAAGO focuses on issues like illiteracy, malnutrition in children, and on rehabilitating their families to better environments and social conditions. His work in social development sector brought him a number of awards and recognition including participation in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the Mosaic International Award in 2010. Korvi also participated in the Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration (TFMI) Annual Conference that year. His most recent involvement includes the 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Australia, Opportunity Collaboration in Mexico, and Global Youth Network Co-Design Workshop in England hosted by The British Council.

  • SAMANTHA MORSHED Advisor

    Samantha Morshed is the founder of the social enterprise Hathay Bunano in Bangladesh. Born in the UK and educated at Oxford Brookes in physics, Ms. Morshed’s interest in social enterprise started in 2004 with a basic question how do you create sustainable employment without debt or radical change in lifestyle for rural women? A personal investment of $500, developed into a social enterprise which provides jobs to over 6,500 women, in 64 centers located throughout rural Bangladesh. Her ambitious vision to piggyback on the successes of the garments industry within Bangladesh by providing employment to rural women has caught the attention of many, including the Queen of England who honored her for her work awardingher with the title MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2009. Samantha is the brand ambassador of Startup Dhaka.

  • REZA CHOWDHURY Advisor

    He has more more than 16 years experience in emerging technology and entrepreneurship. Reza is currently the founder and CEO of New York Startup Lab, which brings technology and knowledge based solutions to the entrepreneurial community with a specific focus on early stage companies. He is also the founder at AlleyWatch, where he is focused on business development and leading all facets of operations. Prior to AlleyWatch, he has worked in numerous technological capacities focused on social media applications, monetization of digital assets, business development, and brand promotion. Reza began his career as a trader on Wall Street.

    He holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and completed his bachelors in Economics at the University at Albany. Reza has also completed certification programs in Private Equity at Oxford University as well as International Business at New York University

  • IRAJ ISLAM Advisor

    Iraj Islam is a serial entrepreneur, software engineer and product designer. He is passionate about building innovative products that change the world. Raised in Sweden, Iraj ventured back to his homeland Bangladesh where he co-founded NewsCred in 2007. Between 2007 and 2014 NewsCred raised more than $40 million USD from top-tier Silicon Valley VCs and is today the world’s leading content marketing platform. He was named one of Sweden’s top 3 entrepreneurs by Swedish magazine InternetWorld in 2006. He was also named in the Silicon Alley 100 2012 by US publication Business Insider.

Investors

  • NASHEET ISLAM Investor

    He is an entrepreneur & tech community organiser from America who landed in Bangladesh in 2012. He is currently CEO of G&R Ad Network, Bangladesh’s leading online ad network, and co-founder at Mangoes Mobile. He actively invests in US tech companies as a partner at Inflection Ventures and as an angel investor. Nash began his career at Google, working in both California & Singapore, and also worked at mobile ads start-up AdMob. In his free time, Nash organizes Google Business Group meetups and participates in tech community events. He is a technologist and lover of all things digital.

  • SALEH ANAM Investor

    Anam is a Consumer Finance and Payments specialist with 17 years of broad functional experience in P&L Management, Business Development, Business Strategy, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Marketing Strategy Consulting. He has worked with Capital One, HSBC and Citi Bank in North America. He is currently working at MasterCard in Singapore as Vice President with regional responsibilities across Asia Pacific. He holds a MBA degree from Northwestern University- Kellog School of Management. He holds a board seat in SD Asia.

  • SAJID RAHMAN Investor

    Sajid is an experienced international banker with exposures in Africa, Asia and Middle-East. Board Member and Chairman to a number of technology and financial services companies. Supporter of entrepreneurship in emerging markets as advisor, mentor and active angel investor. He holds a board seat in SD Asia.