AHMED AKBAR SOBHAN
Mr. Ahmed Akbar Sobhan is one of the Sponsor Directors and the Chairman of Meghna Cement Mills Ltd. He graduated in Business Studies from the University of Dhaka. He founded Bashundhara Group back in the 80s, which is become the leading industrial group of Bangladesh. Bashundhara Group (BG) now consisting of more than 88 companies comprising of moderate to heavy industrial and business units. His leadership, commitment and vision placed this group in highest position and now BG emerged as one of the biggest industrial and commercial conglomerates in the country.
He is also the Director of East West Property Development (Pvt.) Ltd., Bashund hara Paper Mills Ltd., Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd., East West Media Group Ltd., Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Infrastructure Development Ltd., Bashundhara International Trade Center Limited, Bashundha ra Cement Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Agricultural Products Ltd., Dhaka Multi Agricultural Complex Ltd., and many other companies of the group.
Mr. Ahmed Akbar Sobhan was the Chairman/President of many financial institu tions, trade organizations and trade bodies including Bangladesh Paper Mills Association, Bangladesh Land Developers Association, Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers Association etc. He was also member of general body of FBCCI, DCCI, ICC and currently serving as the Chairman, Standing Committee of REHAB.
He received many accolades, at home and abroad, in recognition of his excellent business leadership, performance and remarkable contributions in the socio–eco nomic fields, international understanding, conflict resolution and bringing peace, including President’s Gold Medal in 1994, Kazi Nazrul Islam National Award in 1992, Moulana Bhasani National Award in 1993, Arthakantha Business Award in 2001, USA Summit International Award in 2002 and Janata Bank Prime Customer Award in 2002 and Agrani Bank Best Client Award in 2010, Mother Teresa International Canonisation Award in 2019, Kolkata’s St Xavier’s College prestigious Award Dashabhuja Bengali 2019, Information Communication Entertainment (ICA) Award in 2019 given by the Bengal Film and Television Chamber of Commerce, Franchise India organized Indian Retail Award and Indian E-Retail Award 2019. He was a sports man and now a sponsor of sports of this country. He is the owner of Bashundhara Kings, a leading Sports Club of Bangla desh.
He is the Chairman of Board of Trustees of Bashundhara Foundation and the Chief Patron of Afroza Begum Welfare Foundation. These Foundations have been working tirelessly for the betterment of the poor and unprivileged people of this country. These two foundations have been living up to Bashundhara Group’s promise of “For the People for the Country”.
Mrs. Afroza Begum is one of the sponsor directors of the Company has significant contributions towards the establishment and development of Bashundhara Group. She has been serving in the Board since the formation of this Company. She had her graduation from the University of Dhaka. She played a pivotal role in setting up of many new industries in steel & engineering, ship building and shipment, cement and paper sectors as well as the restructuring process of the group for achieving the optimum level of efficiency in productions.
She is the Chairman of Board of Trustees of Afroza Begum Welfare Foundation. The Foundation has been running a project of 200–bed hospital in Manikgonj district.
Mrs. Afroza Begum is one of the Trustees of Bashundhara Foundation and serving in this capacity since the establishment of the Foundation. The Foundation has been operating “Interest-Free Loan Scheme/Project“ operated for the poverty-stricken poor women community of the rural areas. This unique and extraordinary scheme was the brainchild of Mrs. Afroza Begum. The Scheme already helped more than 16,000 women of the working areas of the Bashundhara Foundation situated in rural target of Bangladesh for their becoming self-reliant.
Mrs. Afroza Begum is also the Sponsor Director/Shareholder of Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd, Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd., Bashundhara Steel and Engineering Ltd., City Multi Agricultural Company Ltd., Bashundhara Infrastructure Development Ltd., Bashund hara Cement Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Shipping Lines Ltd., Bashundhara Amusement Park Ltd., Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Ltd., and Sea Real Estate Developers Ltd. etc.
She is a CIP and one of the highest income taxpayers in Bangladesh for the consecutive last several years.
Mr. Sadat Sobhan is a young business entrepreneur of this country. He had his graduation from Huron University of UK in Science. He has enormous knowledge over socio-economic, business and corporate management and had contributed significantly in establishment of some big business ventures of Bashundhara Group which created huge job opportunities in the country and producing various products and some of those companies are market leaders.
He was selected as a CIP for his accomplishments in the corporate sector in Bangladesh and a member of DCCI, MCCI as well as SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Mr. Sadat Sobhan is the life member of Sandhani, a well-known nation-wide philanthropic organization serving the distressed humanity of this country in the Health Sector. He has been appointed as the Co-Chairman of Bashundhara Group and also the Director/Shareholder of Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd., Bashundhara LP Gas Ltd., Bashundhara City Development Ltd., Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd., City Multi Agricultural Company Ltd., Bashundhara Horticulture Ltd., Bashundhara Amusement Park Ltd., Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Shipping Ltd., Bashundhara Oil and Gas Company Ltd., Bashundhara Food and Beverage Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Electricity Ltd., Sundarbans Industrial Complex Ltd., Bashundhara Multipurpose Port Ltd., Bashundhara Textile Mills Ltd., Bashundhara Import Export Ltd., Bashundhara Trading Company Ltd., Bashundhara Chemical Industries Ltd. etc.
He is one of the highest income taxpayers in Bangladesh for consecutive several years. He has been serving the Board as a director since long and reappointed in 2019.
Mr. Shafiat Sobhan completed his graduation in the UK before starting his business career. He joined the group by undertaking responsibilities in the fields of human resources development, finance and investment management, planning and implementation. He is now the Vice-Chair man of the Group and under his leadership the expansion and restructuring schemes in the LP Gas, IT, Cement, Shipping, Food and Beverage, Steel and Engineering, Service sectors of Bashundhara Group were initiated and implemented.
His result-oriented vision, industrial management skills and business acumen made the operational performances of the concerned units of the Group to record remarkable results. The production performance of the unit reached to its new height with a huge expansion of consum er market shares under his guidance. And by tireless efforts, the Group was able to expand the networks of its new business ventures, products and services within a very short period of time. His ability of negotiations and risk taking skills brought success in various national and interna tional deals of the Group.
Mr. Shafiat Sobhan is also the Director/Shareholder of Bashundhara LP Gas Ltd., Bashundhara Food & Beverage Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd., City Multi Agricultural Compa ny Ltd., Bashundhara Horticulture Ltd., Bashundhara Amusement Park Ltd., Sundarbans Industrial Complex Ltd., Bashundhara Multi Food Ltd., Bashundhara Trading Company Ltd. and Bashundhara Technologies Ltd. etc. He was also a Sponsor Director of Pioneer Insurance Co. Ltd. – a leading insurer of this country. He was selected as the CIP for consecutive years and is also a member of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industries (DCCI). He has also been serving in the Board as a Director and was appointed in 2015 and reappointed in 2019.
Mr. Safwan Sobhan is a young enterprising entrepreneur. He had his schooling in Oxfordshire in the UK and had his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He established various corporate houses at home and abroad and earned laurels for his leadership qualities. At present, he is the Managing Director of Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd. He is also Director of City Multi Agricultural Company Ltd., Bashundhara Horticulture Ltd., Bashundhara Airways Ltd., Bashundhara Amusement Park Ltd., Bashundhara Multi Paper Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Textile Mills Ltd., Toggi Services Ltd. Bashundhara Chemical Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Industrial Economic Zone Ltd. and many other companies of Bashundhara Group. He is also a Trustee of Bashundhara Foundation.
He has been selected as a CIP for his accomplishments in the corporate sector in Bangladesh for consecutive years. Mr. Safwan is a keen sportsman and involved in various activities to promote sports activities in this country and abroad. He is now the Managing Director of Toggi Sports Ltd. And the Chairman of the Rangpur Riders, a Champion Cricket Team in the prestigious Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) – 2017. He is also the current President of the Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Ltd. He is also one of the patrons of the Army Golf Club, Dhaka and a Member of the Dhaka Club Ltd.
He acted as the Chairman of the Editorial Boards of the Daily Sun, Bangladesh Protidin and the Online News Portal- BDnews24.com.
He was appointed in the Board as a Director in 2015 and reappointed in 2018 and has been contributing actively in overall planning, strategy formulation, HRM, decision-making process of this company and Bashundhara Group as well. His specialization in the time management, branding of products promotion, risk management and crisis management brought positive results in the Group and wide acclamation. Mr. Safwan Sobhanis also a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration & Nomination Committee of the Board of Directors of this company.
Mr. Sayem Sobhan is a world class entrepreneur and elite businessman in Bangladesh. He has been serving the Meghna Cement Mills Ltd. as the Managing Director. He had his schooling in King’s School in Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK and completed his Graduation in Business Administration from American International University, London.After completion of his graduation he joined the Bashundhara Group and was elevated to the position of Managing Director within a short period of time in 2001. He has vast experience in human resources management, business development, corporate management and administration and significantly contributed to the development of various ventures at home and abroad. His far-reaching commitments, spontaneous decision-making capabilities, risk taking and risk management skills and business acumen enabled this Group to extend its operations to new horizons. He possesses high result-oriented initiatives supported by leadership qualities and analytical problem-solving skills.
Mr. Sayem Sobhan is Director/Shareholder of Bashundhara Industrial Complex Ltd., Bashundhara Cement Industries Ltd., Bashundhara Shipping Lines Ltd., Bashundhara Amusement Park Ltd., Bashundhara Logistics Ltd., Bashundhara Agricultural Products Ltd., Bashundhara Oil and Gas Company Ltd., Bashundhara Electricity Ltd., Bashundhara Multipurpose Port Ltd., Bashundhara Textile Mills Ltd., Bashundhara Paper Mills Ltd., East West Media Group Ltd., Bashundhara Gold and Refinery Co. Ltd., Bashundhara Textiles Ltd., Bashundhara Petroleum Ltd. and Bashundhara Plastics Ltd. etc.
As recognition to his contributions in business and corporate management, he was selected as the CIP for consecutive years. As the first Bangladeshi he has been honoured with the most prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2017 from India his recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of mass media, social service and sports. He was also conferred with US Congressional Recognition in 2011 for his achievement in strengthening business ties between Bangladesh and USA. He was also awarded with many prizes in trade and commerce at home and abroad. He got business memberships of many recognized associations including DCCI, MCCI, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industries.
Mr. Sayem Sobhan is a sports-loving personality and currently is the Chairman of Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Ltd.-a leading sports club wherein the present Honor able Prime Minister of this country is the Chief Advisor and Patron.
Mr. Mohammad Nurul Karim
Mr. Mohammad Nurul Karim, one of the successful bureaucrats of Bangla desh government, went on retirement early this year (2020) as the Additional Secretary of the Information Ministry. He had colourful assignments during his 34 years of bureaucratic career that began as a District Adjutant of the Ansar & Village Defence Party (VDP) back in 1986. He did serve the Cabinet Division as the Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary. The Ministry of Environment and Forest, Ministry of Science and Technology, the Education Assistance Trust of the Prime Minister, the Bureau of Mineral Development, a component of Power & Energy Ministry, had been under his command as the Additional Secretary. Mr. Karim is a person of multi-disciplinary knowledge what he has accomplished from pleasure readings, attending professional trainings, seminar-symposium and experience sharing forums at home and abroad beside representing the state at different international forums.
Crisis Management Course for Senior Public Officials under the US Depart ment of State, Training on Anti-Corruption under the Malaysian Anticorrup tion Academy, the UN General Assembly on Environment, Advance Course on Administration and Development, the MATT training under the Ministry of Public Administration are the notable ones he so far has taken successfully. He led the Technical Committee for Carbon Emission in the NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) as the country representative of Bangladesh and became its Chair. He finally had become regional representative of South Asia to the International Committee for Ozone Depleting Substances.
He travelled many countries including Japan, Switzerland, France, Canada, Australia and Mexico.
Alhaj Rafiqul Islam
Alhaj Rafiqul Islam, is the founder of Rongdhanu Group. Rongdhanu Group is renown as one of the ventures in Bangladesh employing over 3000 people with footsteps in the real estate sector, agro & beverages, oil, jewellery, hotel and super store.Under the leadership of Alhaj Rafiqul Islam, aim of making a significant contribution to the country develop ment and self sufficiency. Rongdhanu Group’s progress and diversifica tion have paralleled the growth of the Bangladeshi economy which is the vision of Mr. Alhaj Rafiqul Islam.
Mr. Alhaj Rafiqul Islam is also Director of The Farmers Bank Limited