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Sami Ahmed is the Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh Limited, a Government of Bangladesh funded VC Company. Prior to joining as MD of Startup Bangladesh Limited, Mr. Ahmed was the Policy Advisor of the Leveraging ICT for Growth and Employment of the IT-ITES Industry (LICT-2) Project of the Bangladesh Computer Council, ICT Division. Mr. Ahmed’s core responsibilities included Bangladesh IT-ITES Industry promotion and Talent Development. He has also played a vital role in many policy reforms for the ICT sector. He was the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Association for Software and Information Services (BASIS) and was instrumental in many policy reforms for the Industry and in organizing key ICT events in the country. Mr. Ahmed also worked at the a2i Project of the Prime Minister’s Office where he was part of many national initiatives under the Digital Bangladesh platform and played several roles including leading the Innovation team.

Email: samiahmed@startupbangladeshvc.gov.bd


Mr. Arif Khan is at present the Vice Chairman of Shanta Asset Management. Mr. Khan has played a pivotal role in the field of finance both in public and private sector of Bangladesh and has over 30 years of experience in the financial sectors of Bangladesh.

Prior to joining Shanta Group, he was the Managing Director and Chief Executive of IDLC Finance, where he previously served for 15 years and held key positions, including the role of the deputy managing director. Before joining IDLC as the MD and CEO, Mr. Khan served Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) as a commissioner. During his stint with BSEC he pioneered several reforming initiatives as a capital market regulator under guidance of Honorable Chairman and Ministry of Finance including Stock Exchanges Demutualization, Corporate Governance Code for Publicly Listed Companies, Public Issue Rules, Listing Regulations, Equity Research Rules and many more.

Mr. Khan graduated in Finance and Banking from the University of Dhaka and later completed his MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). He was the president of Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Bangladesh and is the founding President of Bangladesh Merchant Bankers’ Association (BMBA) and CFA society, Bangladesh.

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Mr. Md Saidur Rahman is currently the Additional Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance. Prior to this role, he has also served the Anti-Corruption Commission and Cabinet Division of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

He commenced his career as Assistant Commissioner, a member of the Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration) cadre in the year 1994. He completed his Masters in Economics from the Jahangirnagar University in 1987.

Mr. Rahman has undergone a number of professional trainings during his career including ACAD & Senior Staff Courses. He also attained overseas training from Australia on Professional Development Program in 2017.


Mr. Md. Shamsul Arefin is the member of Board of Directors of Startup Bangladesh Limited.

He is a Secretary, Coordination & Reforms at the Cabinet Division and a Government Nominated Director of Startup Bangladesh Limited. He served in various administrative positions in field administration for the Government of Bangladesh.


Mr. Md. Moinul Kabir was born on January 1, 1965. His home district is Narsingdi. He passed SSC from Mohammadpur Government High School, Dhaka, HSC from Dhaka College and LLB (Honors) and LLM from University of Dhaka successfully. He started government service by joining in 9th BCS (Judicial) cadre on 26/01/1991.

He served as Assistant Judge / Senior Assistant Judge in Mymensingh, Faridpur and Chandpur during his service. Later on 05/07/98 he joined in the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs as Senior Assistant Secretary (Drafting) and started his career in Legislative Drafting. He was later promoted to Deputy Secretary (Drafting), Joint Secretary (Drafting) and Additional Secretary (Drafting) in the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division of the same ministry.

Mr. Md. Moinul Kabir has joined as Secretary (current charge) in the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division on 03/08/2020. In his long career, he earned a reputation by performing government duties with honesty, efficiency and dedication.

While in service, he received various short-term and long-term training at home and abroad. He traveled to USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore and India.

In Addition to his job, he is involved in many social and professional organizations. He is a life member of Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsels, Asian Association of Legislative Counsels, Bangladesh Law Association, Officers Club, Dhaka and Dhaka University Alumni Association.


Mr. N M Zeaul Alam PAA is, at present, the Senior Secretary of Information and Communication Technology Division. He is the immediate past Secretary, Coordination & Reforms of the Cabinet Division. Prior to that, he was the Director General of the Department of Immigration and Passport.

He started his career as Assistant Commissioner, a member of the Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration) cadre in 1986. He is from BCS-84 batch. He obtained B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Botany from the University of Chittagong. He did his 2nd Masters from the Brac University on Governance and Development in 2006. He served in almost all the core posts of the field administration like Magistrate, Assistant Commissioner (Land), UNO, ADC, ADM, DC and Divisional Commissioner. Besides, he served as Senior Assistant Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Joint Secretary and Addl. Secretary in different Ministries/Divisions. He was the Deputy Project Director of ‘Asrayon’, a project under the Prime Minister’s office. He also worked as Assistant Returning Officer, Returning Officer and Divisional Coordinator of National and Local Govt. level elections.

In his long career Mr. Alam participated actively in different meetings, workshops, seminars; regional, bi-lateral and multilateral meetings on trade negotiations in the country and abroad. He led Bangladesh delegation to SAFTA, BIMSTEC and APTA negotiation meetings and joined Ministerial Meetings of those regional trade agreements. He also joined international conference on G2P, Open Government Data (OGD), Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and CRVS abroad. He actively worked on the signing of trade agreement between Bangladesh and India on the export of apparel from Bangladesh in 2007. He has experiences in preparation, monitoring and evaluation of Annual Performance Agreement (APA), National Integrity Strategy (NIS), and Grievance Redress System (GRS). He participated a course on ‘Creating Collaborative Solution: Innovation in Governance’ in the Harvard University of USA. He had also undergone a number of professional training at home and abroad. He visited several countries including Thailand, United Arab Emirate, Pakistan, UK, Sweden, Finland, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, France, South Korea, Mauritius and Kenya. He joined different seminars and workshops as speaker or panelist.

He has experiences in organizing different national, social and cultural events in his workplace. He faced the natural disaster ‘Aila’ while working as DC Khulna in 2009. He has a unique experience to establish a women college in Chitalmari, Bagerhat in 1995 while working as UNO.

He has been rewarded with National Award named ‘Innovation Award’ for outstanding contribution in digitization activities of Sylhet Division in 2012. He has also been rewarded with ‘Public Administration Award (PAA)’ from Ministry of Public Administration in 2018.