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Project Management: Architecting Resilience

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Benjamin Breen

Global Director
Construction Vice President (Asia Pacific)
Project Management Institute

Ben is originally from Melbourne Australia and moved to Singapore in 1994. Since then, Ben has helped to change the landscape of Asia Pacific having worked on hundreds of projects including iconic developments such as Marina Bay Sands. Ben has Founded and led Project Management and Design Companies and helped them to grow and develop into best in class providers.

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Lee R. Lambert

Lambert Consulting Group

Lee R. Lambert has logged 50+ years of project management experience and is considered one of the world’s thought leaders on project management methods and how they can be utilized to create and sustain value added Leadership and Collaboration capabilities. He is one of only 70 in the world to receive the honor of PMI Fellow. Lee is a Past President of the Central Ohio PMI and was one of the Founders of the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. His book, Project Management-The CommonSense Approach, is a best seller in the field. Lee has contributed to the KSA International Project Management Forum the past two years.

At 37 years old Lee was named VP of Staff and Organizational Development for one of the world’s largest contract research organizations where he was responsible for creating and implementing a Leadership Development program focused on improved performance for project managers and supporting functional/line managers.

During his decades of platform training Mr. Lambert has provided learning opportunities to more than 50,000 professionals in 23 countries. He is regularly called upon to provide Keynote presentations on Leadership, Communications and other Project Management topics. Before his years as VP, Mr. Lambert was a project management evangelist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and General Electric, and Battelle Memorial institute. He is a Mechanical Engineer by Education and holds a Masters’ from George Washington University in Washington D.C.

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Geetha Gopal

Chief Operating Officer,
Verdana (Singapore)

Geetha Gopal is an accomplished senior management professional based in Singapore. She is a PMI Future 50 awardee, a Masters from Oxford and a sought-after public speaker with extensive international speaking engagements for some of the most prestigious tech and management conferences around the world.

She is a hands-on leader with experience delivering high-value, strategic investments including AI, IT infrastructure, Data Centres, Digital transformation, Product ownership, Cross functional programmes and blank sheet assignments for two multinational organizations.

She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Verdana, where she leads their overall Operations, Projects, Sales, IT, Partnerships, and Customer Relations. Her last role was with Panasonic where she headed the Regional Infrastructure Projects Delivery and Digital Transformation team and their strategic projects and huge infrastructure project portfolio.

Prior to that she worked in Daimler for almost a decade, on various areas of IT Infrastructure and AI products. She also holds a Bachelor of Computer Science Engineering, Executive MBA and PMP.

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Ms Farah Kabir

Country Director,
ActionAid Bangladesh

Farah Kabir has been working with Action Aid Bangladesh as the Country Director since June 2007. Over close to three decades of vast experience in the field of development and research has made her renowned human rights figure at home and abroad with an uncompromising voice against human-rights violation.

She was the Chair of the Global Board of the Global Network of Disaster Risk Reduction (GNDR) for two terms in 2015 and 2021, a Board Member of Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) in 2019, a member of Advisory committee of Bangladesh’s NDA to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Ms. Kabir worked with British Council for nearly ten years both in Bangladesh and United Kingdom. She is the co-editor of two recent publications namely ‘Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Gender Identity, Representation and Equality’ and ‘Revealing Gender Inequalities and Perceptions in South Asian Countries through Discourse Analysis’. Farah has contributed to women in politics through her writings and policy advocacy nationally as well as internationally.

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Major General Abu Sayeed Md Masud

BSP (BAR), P Eng (Retd), FICE, FIEB.
Chief Technical Advisor of GPH Ispat & BBS Cable

Major General (Retd.) Abu Sayeed Md Masud, is a visionary engineer who has accomplished many of the country’s nationally recognized projects during his service period with special highlight on ‘Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project (PMBP)’ and ‘Padma Bridge Rail Link Project (PBRLP)’. He was also responsible for leading the execution of the ‘Hatirjheel project’. As a Civil Engineer in Bangladesh ARMY, he has also led the ‘First ever Multi Loop Flyover’ construction of Bangladesh.

As Chief Coordinator (CCO) of ‘Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project (PMBR)’ and ‘Padma Bridge Rail Link Project (PBRLP)’, he has proved phenomenal maneuver and managerial skills and established the initial layout of the 6.15km long Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project. His relentless struggles and fearless decision-making skills has mitigated the initial shore collapse issues at the project site. He is currently serving as Chief technical Advisor of GPH Ispat, the leading integrated steel rolling manufacturer in Bangladesh as well as for BBS Cable, one of the leading wire and cables manufacturing companies in Bangladesh.

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Mr. M. A. N. Siddique

Managing Director
Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL)

Mr. M. A. N. Siddique has joined as Managing Director of Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL), a Government Owned Company, on 26 October 2017. DMTCL is the Owning Company of Metro Rails in Bangladesh. Immediately before taking the current assignment, Mr. M. A. N. Siddique served as the Secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division, Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges from 16 November 2011 to 11 October 2017. He started his civil service career in the year 1983 as a member of BCS (Administration) Cadre. During this long journey of his career, he worked in various capacities of administrative service both in field & secretariat. He also worked at the Bangladesh Mission in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In the field administration, he served as Assistant Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Additional Divisional Commissioner and Divisional Commissioner.

During this tenure, he familiarized himself with ground realities of good governance and development. While serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Sherpur, he pioneered in introducing primary graduate examination which has now been nationalized as the Primary School Certificate (PSC). He brought a noteworthy change in sanitation scenario in line with Millennium Development Goals. He also motivated local farmers to cultivate Char-lands with suitable non-traditional crops.

As the Commissioner of Chittagong Division, he introduced popular "One Upazila-One Issue" concept to address one of the major problems of that upazila or to promote a prospect of that upazila further. Besides, he introduced Contour Farming for Orchards in the Chittagong Hill Tracts which is now a popular way of orchard farming there. He also encouraged the people of Laxmipur area in cultivating Soya-bean having a grand feedback. Moreover, he played a significant role in developing District Portal in all the districts of Chittagong Division. He has also worked for transgender issue in mainstreaming transvestites

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Russell T. Ahmed

Founder & CEO,
Team Creative and CLASSTUNE
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services

Russell T. Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of CLASSTUNE, the leading EdTech company in Bangladesh. He is also the CEO of Team Creative, a system integration company engaged in various eGovernance and other projects. Mr. Ahmed is currently the President (2022-2023) of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the Apex ICT Trade Association in Bangladesh.

The innovator and a visionary leader is involved with the ICT industry for more than 22 years. The Tech-Marketer completed his Masters in Business Administration from IBA, University of Dhaka. His ambition and versatility led him to work at various organizations which contributed to his vast professional life.

Mr. Ahmed has a track record of implementing innovative marketing, communications and business development strategies for ICT goods and services. He led various projects and campaigns to promote Bangladesh's ICT industry both locally and internationally, and continues to do so.

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Mamun Rashid

Country Clients and Markets Lead,
PricewaterhouseCoopers Bangladesh Private Limited

Mr. Mamun has a diverse career spanning multiple sectors and countries. Prior to joining PwC Bangladesh, he was the CEO of Citibank N.A., Bangladesh, the first Bangladeshi CEO of an American Bank. He started his career at ANZ Grindlays Bank in Dhaka and Mumbai. In 1993, he moved to Standard Chartered Bank where he successfully built treasury and financial institutions businesses in Bangladesh.

Mr. Mamun has been teaching various business subjects for the last 20 years as an adjunct and full-time professor and has authored 12 books on contemporary business and economic issues.

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Syed Mahbubur Rahman

Managing Director & CEO,
Mutual Trust Bank Ltd.

Syed Mahbubur Rahman is the Managing Director & CEO of Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTB). Prior to joining MTB, he was the Managing Director & CEO of Dhaka Bank Limited. Before joining Dhaka Bank Limited, he served BRAC Bank Limited as Managing Director & CEO and Deputy Managing Director (DMD). He also served Prime Bank Limited as Deputy Managing Director. He was accorded with ‘The Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Award’ for Bangladesh for his achievement in the period from 2011 to 2013.

He serves as Chairman of Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IIDFC), Vice Chairman of Primary Dealers Bangladesh Limited (PDBL), Director of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of Bangladesh Limited, Director of BD Ventures Limited, Vice Chairman of Prothom Alo Trust and Trustee Treasurer of the CSR Centre. He served as Chairman of the Association of Bankers, Bangladesh Limited (ABB) during 2018-2019.

After completing Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Institute of Business Administration of the University of Dhaka, he started his career with Saudi-Bangladesh Industrial & Agricultural Investment Co. Ltd. (SABINCO) as a Monitoring Officer (Officer in Charge of Monitoring) in 1988. He served Industrial Leasing & Development Co. (BD) Limited (IDLC) as Manager, Monitoring from 1993 to 1996. He also served ANZ Grindlays Bank, Bangladesh as Manager, Corporate Banking from 1996 to 1998 and Standard Chartered Bank as Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking from 1998 to 2000. In 2002, he joined Citibank N.A. as Resident Vice President and left the bank in 2008 when he was a Director of the bank and was serving as the Head of Financial Institutions Group.

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Md. Abdullah Al Mamoon

Deputy Managing Director & COO,
United Commercial Bank PLC (UCB)

Md. Abdullah Al Mamoon is the Deputy Managing Director and COO of United Commercial Bank PLC (UCB) with over 31 years of professional experiences in Government and Private Sectors. He worked in different capacities and management roles at BRAC Bank Ltd, AB Bank Ltd and bKash prior to joining in UCB.

Mr. Mamoon is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI, USA and has been a member of PMI and PMI Bangladesh Chapter over a decade.

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Fahad Ifaz

Co-founder and CEO,

Fahad Ifaz is the CEO and Co-Founder of iFarmer, which aims to provide end-to-end solutions for farmers and Agri MSMEs. Fahad has almost 10 years of experience in Agriculture and Rural Economic Development with organizations like the World Bank, CARE International, Swisscontact, and Palladium. He has worked extensively in South Asia, designing and managing projects to improve the social and economic conditions of the people at the bottom of the pyramid. He has worked in countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Nigeria, Thailand, and more.

Before starting iFarmer, Fahad managed a multimillion-dollar project in Myanmar to improve access to finance and markets of smallholder farmers in the South-east of Myanmar. He holds an undergraduate degree in International Business and Economics and has an MSc in Economics. He is a Mulago Fellow for 2022, Acumen Fellow for 2021, and UNDP Transformer in 2020. 

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Md Ziaul Haque Bhuiyan

Chief of Staff,
ShopUp and President at
Junior Chamber International (JCI), Bangladesh

Mr. MdZiaul Haque Bhuiyan is the Chief of Staff of the largest startup in the country named ShopUp. Ziaul Haque holds the 2023 National President position of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Bangladesh. He has been a member of JCI since 2013, and during the last ten years of his JCI career, he has transformed at least 100 people's lives and created more than 50 young leaders who are currently leading different sectors in the country.

Ziaul is a social worker, a thought leader, and an inspiration for the youthof Bangladesh. After studying engineering, he did multiple mobile network expansion mega projects for Huawei. Later he worked to lead different teams in the Digital division at Grameenphone, the largest company of the country, where he pioneered increasing digital awareness nationwide with various mobile applications, e.g., WowBox, Bioscope, etc. Later he moved to ShopUp to start and build the biggestB2B commerce, Mokam. Through Mokam, he has created close to 5,000 employmentsand transformed life of morethan one lac MSMEs.

Ziaul has worked relentlessly to empower the young generation and create new employment opportunities to build a future-ready Bangladesh. Apart from that, to develop good medical care facilities for rural people, he co-founded Chandpur Model Hospital. Additionally, he holds the role of Vice President of the IUT Alumni Association. Ziaul Haque is a doer, builder, and a motivatorwho dreams of a self-sufficient smart Bangladesh by 2030!

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Nigar Sultana Joty

Bangladesh Women's Cricket Team

Nigar Sultana is a Bangladeshi cricketer and captain of the Bangladesh women's national cricket team in the WODI and the WT20I formats. She is a wicketkeeper and right hand batter who bats in the middle order.

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Marufa Akter

Bangladesh Women's Cricket Team

Marufa Akter is a Bangladeshi cricketer & Bowler of Bangladesh Women's Cricket Team. She is a right arm medium fast bowler of Bangladesh Women’s cricket team. She was born in Nilphamari District.


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