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Ivdad’s past commitment to a start-up non-profit and passion to work with youth makes him an exceptional member of LightCastle Partners. Working first as a project manager and then as the director of programs, Ivdad played a critical role in the establishment of the country’s first leadership institute, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC).
While at BYLC, Ivdad developed critical leadership, communication and managerial skills. As the director of programs, he was primarily responsible for developing fundraising proposals, managing relationships with diverse stakeholders and overseeing program coordinators. Among other notable achievements, he re-engineered BYLC’s signature leadership program from a month-long to a four-month long course.
Ivdad also taught and consulted on leadership, systems thinking and entrepreneurship. Working with BYLC’s lead instructor, he helped to design and customize the curriculum for different programs based on theories taught at Harvard. Previously, he has consulted on accountability, governance and business strategy for several local and international organizations, including the World Bank Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2010, he represented Bangladesh in the NGO Management Practices of Youth Programs in the U.S. under the International Visitors Leadership Program.
Ivdad is currently pursuing his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, U.S.A. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at the University of Dhaka. He is passionate about youth empowerment. Over the past five years, he has been involved in mentoring many start-up non-profits and youth initiatives in Bangladesh.
Having worked for four years in strategy, planning & analysis, finance and treasury in the corporate and investment banking wing at one of the world’s largest financial institutions, Citibank N.A., Bijon plays a central role in the formation of LightCastle Partners. He started his career with Citi N.A. as a management associate (MA) and has since then worked in a variety of episodic deals including Bangladesh’s first Interest Rate Swap, Equity Convertible Bonds, Largest IPO, Microfinance Securitization and Block Equity Trades.
After graduating from the MA program, Bijon’s chief responsibility revolved around heading the strategy planning and analysis unit. Working with regional teams across Singapore, Hong Kong, and India, he played a major role in aligning Bangladesh as an important piece in Citi’s growth strategy in Asia. Due to outstanding performance, Bijon had received the CEO Excellence Awards for two years in a row in the organization.
Contrary to his corporate lifestyle, Bijon is also quite keen on giving back to society. Since 2009, he devoted many of his weekends to Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), a non-profit leadership institute, in the capacity of a strategy affiliate. In this role, he was responsible for recruiting youth leaders for BYLC’s signature leadership program and conducted multiple entrepreneurial workshops.
Bijon holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Presently he is pursuing his Executive MBA from the same institute. He spends his leisure time watching anime movies.
At LightCastle Partners, Zahed brings along four years of extensive relationship management and risk analytics specialization from HSBC’s commercial banking. Spanning across Dhaka and Chittagong, Zahed’s illustrious banking career has led him to develop significant knowledge into several key sectors including, but not limited to, Ready Made Garments, Steel Industry, Commodity Market and Packaging.
As an assistant relationship manager, he managed a portfolio of 15 corporate clients encompassing banking facility of approximately USD 120M. Later on he moved to the risk analysis unit as the assistant vice president, where he prepared credit appraisal reports for several corporate clients. Zahed was also part of the Local Talent Acceleration Program (LTAP), HSBC’s career progression program for high performing individuals.
Parallel to his job at HSBC, Zahed volunteered some of his weekends to Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), a non-profit leadership institute, in the capacity of a strategy affiliate. In this role, he facilitated recruitment of youth leaders for BYLC’s signature leadership program and helped organize multiple workshops.
Zahed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Presently he is pursuing his Executive MBA from the same institute. Reading is his favorite pastime.
With four years of entrepreneurial experience in Bangladesh’s technology space, Saif makes a key addition to the team at LightCastle Partners. Since 2009, Saif has been working as the managing director of Maayas Secutronics Ltd., a customized IT & Electronics Security Solutions provider. Under his leadership, Maayas so far has worked with several top firms in the public, private and development sectors in Bangladesh.
As the managing director of Maayas Secutronics, Saif has transformed a small start-up of 5 employees to a 35-employee firm with over double growth in annual revenue. He has successfully executed projects worth over USD 500,000 in the last four years. Prior to this, he played a key role in managing and setting up an investment bank where he worked for a year before committing full-time to his IT firm.
Saif is equally passionate about societal development. Presently he works as a strategy affiliate for the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), a non-profit leadership institute; and as vice president of Finance & Operations at IBANA, an online-based Educational & Media organization.
Saif is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a professional certification course for project managers issued by Project Management Institute (PMI), U.S.A. He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at the University of Dhaka. Saif takes an active interest in religion and sports.
Tanzina brings along 3.5 years of in-depth and diverse auditing, accounting and financial strategy experience to LightCastle Partners. She continues to push towards greater heights by building on her previously successful career track, ranging from KPMG to ACNielsen to local corporate giants like Apex. Earlier she had conducted auditing and assurance services for HSBC, Orascom, Siemens, and Transcom among other notable clients.
Tanzina is an Affiliate of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and has continued to remain tightly integrated with the existing curriculum as a part time lecturer at the country’s largest ACCA certified educational institution, Chartered University College. In addition, she has also received training on IAS/IFRS, organized by KPMG partners, and on Leadership Development,courtesy of the British High Commission.
Tanzina has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University in London, UK. She takes active interest in social life and religion.
Raitul started his career in Finance at Citibank N.A in 2012. His core responsibilities revolved around local regulatory reporting, planning & analysis, and company expense management. While working for different projects and tasks, Raitul has quickly built a good reputation with officials from Bangladesh Bank, NBR, BOI and Auditors &Liquidators.
Concurrently, he has also served as the Head of Finance at One Degree Initiative Foundation (1dI), a registered nonprofit youth organization based in Bangladesh, where he successfully developed and initiated the current financial structure and expense management systems along with corresponding policies. Voluntarily, he also played an integral role in planning and managing more than 30 grassroots projects at 1dI.
Combining his diversified experience, Raitul quickly emerged as a key player in understanding financial models, legal frameworks, and transparency in large companies. Additionally, he has entrepreneurial experience in the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Bangladesh RMG sector, and Jute Geotextile sector as well.
Raitul completed his bachelor’s in Finance & Accounting from Australian National University (ANU) at Canberra, Australia. At ANU, he served as the Director of Finance for AIESEC ANU and Treasurer at ANU Bangladesh Students’ Association. Raitul also takes an active interest in sports and photography.
At LightCastle Partners, Sazzad brings along a broad spectrum of experience. In his short but eventful career, Sazzad has worked in three distinctly different roles – a Management Trainee in Retail Financing, a Trade Marketer cum a Distribution Manager in Tobacco Industry, and a Lecturer in Management Studies. In all the roles, he has performed exceptionally well and demonstrated an ability to excel under trying circumstances.
Sazzad started his career as an intern at HSBC. Upon completion, he joined another international organization – IPDC of Bangladesh Ltd. as a Management Trainee. At IPDC, he worked closely with the R&D team to develop new financial products and review performance of existing ones, and coordinated key accounts and branch activities.
He joined British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) as an Assistant Territory Officer in 2010. Developing product reinforcement campaigns and launching new brands, Sazzad helped modify BATB’s distribution structure to increase efficiency that eventually led to the capture of a greater market share. In 2012, he joined Heriot-Watt University, UK, as a lecturer in its distant learning program where he taught courses on International Strategic Management and Introduction to Business.
Sazzad holds a bachelor’s in Accounting and Information Systems from University of Dhaka and is currently enrolled in MSc Marketing in the University of Manchester, UK. He is takes an active interest in travelling, European football, and religion.
Kashif is a Business Associate at LightCastle Partners. Prior to assuming this role, he worked as a research associate at the Green Banking Project, a sub project of the World Bank under the Ministry of Education. He managed liaison between the project coordinator and the research assistants and was responsible for collaborating research efforts in areas of banking sustainability, both environmentally and financially, in Bangladesh.
Kashif brings along a wide range of skills spanning macroeconomic, financial, and econometric analysis, business design and technology. His love for Economics is matched only by his passion for technology and therefore he is always looking to make deeper dents in areas where these two fields merge.
He completed bachelor’s in both Economics and Finance from North South University and is currently pursuing master’s in Economics from the same institute. In addition, he is also a CFA Level 1 candidate for June 2014. An avid online learner, Kashif pursues his thirst for knowledge by taking various courses in Coursera on fields as diverse as Computer Programming, Behavioral Economics, Data Science, Business Strategy and more.
A sophomore at Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Taosif works part-time at LightCastle Partners. He is currently working on the website re-launch project and helping to develop PR events and activities.
Prior to IBA, Taosif completed O and A levels from Academia School with flying colors. He has an inherent passion for debating, the love of which has led him to participate in multiple international events, including Worlds Schools Debate Championships and Australs. With his recent ESL break at Worlds University Debate Championship, he currently holds the highest team points achieved by any Bangladeshi team globally.
Through debating, Taosif has learned to pick up an assortment of essential skills, ranging from effective communication to in-depth knowledge. Moreover, he has garnered valuable teaching skills that have served as a foundation and an inspiration for him to continue to teach in various educational institutions. A food lover at heart, his favorite pastime is eating out.
Mizanur, a valiant freedom fighter, has an illustrious banking career encompassing more than 33 years, which also includes more than a decade of international service. Prior to joining LightCastle Partners, he worked as the Managing Director & CEO for Bangladesh Development Bank Ltd. Before that, he served as the Managing Director for multiple state-owned banks like Janata Bank (Acting), Bangladesh Shilpa Bank and Bangladesh Shilpa Reen Shangstha.
Among Mizanur’s copious achievements, some of the most notable ones include successful merger of two nationalized financial institutions – Bangladesh Shilpa Bank and Bangladesh Shilpa Reen Shangstha; formation of a new state-owned commercial bank – Bangladesh Development Bank Limited. Because of his outstanding contribution to Bangladesh’s banking arena, he has received multiple professional awards including Jainal Abedin Award, Kazi Nazrul Award and Artha Banijja Award.
Over the years, Mizanur was affiliated as the director/member with many important organizations such as Industrial and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC), Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM), Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealer’s Association (BAFEDA), Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) and Institute of Bankers. He is also the life member of Bangladesh Economic Association and Bangladesh Agri-Economics Association.
Over the past 10 years, Mizanur has been involved in teaching, training & research activities. Often times, he was invited to speak at domestic institutes such as Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM), Sonali Bank Staff College, Janata Bank Training Institute (JBTI) and University of Dhaka. Mizanur has a master’s in economics from Mymensingh Agricultural University. Additionally, he has earned multiple professional training from both home and abroad.
Aminur brings with him on board almost 38 years of banking experience in some of the largest state owned banks in Bangladesh. Currently, he’s serving as the managing director of Janata Bank. Earlier, he was the managing director for Sonali bank, where he commenced his long banking career. In between, he served both Bangladesh Bank and Rupali Bank in various capacities.
A long banking career afforded Aminur to pursue a diverse career track allowing specialization in commercial and investment banking, micro and SME finance etc. He has been in charge of many departments and has hands-on experience in dispensing duties in – Loan Recovery and Classification Department, Foreign Remittance Division, Business Development and Branch Control, Rural Credit, Internal Audit, MIS and Evaluation Department among others. Time and again, he has demonstrated strong managerial and leadership ability by successfully implementing bank wide restructuring and modernization, including strategic planning and development of MIS and overall improvement in Information Technology in Janata Bank.
Parallel to his current duties, Aminur is serving as a director for two financial organizations – Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) and Industrial and Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IIDFC). He’s also serving as a governing board member for Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM). In addition, he has membership in Institute of Bankers’ Bangladesh (IBB), IBA Alumni Association (IBAAA), Masters of Business Administration Club (MBAC), and Bangladesh Society for Training and Development.
Aminur pursues an active interest in giving back to the society. He was a senior faculty member in Sonali Bank Staff College and has taken sessions as a guest speaker at BIBM. In his long career, he has received multiple trainings both locally and internationally. Aminur has a master’s degree from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. He is also a diploma associate of Institute of Bankers’ Bangladesh (DAIBB).
Mushtaque is the managing director & chief consultant of NetValue Training and Consultancy, which is the first brands-marketing consultancy and training firm that suggests and implements out-of-the-box branding concepts for organizations of all sizes in Bangladesh. He is also a faculty member of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh where he teaches Brand Management.
Mushtaque is a practicing marketing professional with 20 years of experience working with an MNC in building brands in the category of Hygiene Care & Beauty Care products (toiletries & cosmetics), along with some experience in pharmaceuticals marketing & production operation. Since 1999, he has set up his own firm, which manufactures soap & detergents catering to overseas markets like India, Pakistan & Middle Eastern countries.
Mushtaque is a renowned brand personality in Bangladesh and has played a key role in shaping brand management concepts and practices in the country. He is the chief advisor of Bangladesh Brand Forum, Bangladesh’s first brand consultancy firm, since 2007. He was one of the main speakers at the Brand Forum 2007, where he delivered a speech on a value innovation model, named the “Pentagon of Value”, a model solely developed by him. He is also an avid writer. Some of his books are due to come out shortly.
Mushtaque completed his master’s in business administration from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Prior to teaching at ULAB, he was an adjunct faculty for both IBA and East-West University.
Karim is the founder and CEO of Technohaven, an independent software company and IT solutions provider since 1986. In ten years from 1986 to 1996, Technohaven grew to a 300-plus-person operation serving corporate clients in South Asia that included trans-nationals (British American Tobacco, Bata Shoe Co. Ltd.), UN bodies (UNDP, WHO, FAO), global service funds (USAID, CIDA, IDA, ADB), Bangladesh government (National Board of Revenue, Ministry of Communications) and NGOs (The Asia Foundation, Proshika MUK).
In 1998, under his leadership, Technohaven was incorporated as an independent software company and has since risen to its present pre-eminence in the South Asian software industry. Karim represented the software industry as a full member of the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s ICT Task Force during 2002-2003 and 2008-2009. Earlier in 1997 he helped found the Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS) and was its founding secretary general. He was also elected president of BASIS twice for the terms 2002-2003 and 2008-2009. He was the convener of the Working Group of the national ICT Policy Review Committee in 2008 and is the principal author of the Bangladesh ICT Policy 2009.
Karim’s paper on impact of ICTs on the Bangladesh trade and economy was published in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2006. He is a regular columnist for two of the most popular English dailies in Bangladesh – the Daily Star and the Financial Express. He co-authored a book titled “Going Digital – Realizing The Dreams Of A Digital Bangladesh For All”, which was published by the University Press Ltd. in 2011.
Karim has a BSEE degree from Yale University.
A. B. M. Siddique is the chairman of Kranti Associates Ltd., a consultancy firm focusing on agriculture sector, since 1992. Prior to initiating this firm, he worked for a cumulative of 11 years for Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) and Ministry of Agriculture. Due to his strong foothold in value chain and market knowledge of the agriculture sector, he has consolidated his position as a leading agricultural economist in Bangladesh.
At Kranti Associates, Siddique pioneered the concept of utilizing contract farming as a backward linkage for producing industrial products. Among his numerous contributions, he has helped in establishing a direct consumer supply chain linkage for supplying agriculture inputs such as seed, fertilizer, poultry, fish, machineries, poultry medicines, food additives (for poultry) etc. in collaboration with Kranti Krishi Biponon Ltd., Padakhep Manobik Kendra and CP of Thailand.
Besides leading Kranti Associates, Siddique serves as the president in one of the largest NGOs in Bangladesh, Padakhep Manobik Kendra, which is committed to promoting national development through upgrading the socio-economic conditions of the disadvantaged and the underprivileged strata of the society. With his relentless efforts, he has helped Padakhep to expand its development activities in 460 upazilas of 64 districts of Bangladesh with 46 Area Offices and over 400 Branch/Project Offices throughout the country.
Siddique has a bachelor’s and a master’s in Agricultural Economics from Bangladesh Agricultural University. He is also a Fellow of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) and a member of Bangladesh Agricultural Economist Association.
Homayara is an assistant professor at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, where she teaches courses on human resource management and business communication in undergraduate, graduate and executive programs.
Previously, Homayara was an associate at Monower Associates, a leading management and HR consulting firm in Bangladesh, and was responsible for advising clients on process development for human resource management, and conducting training programs. Prior to that she worked in the financial sector.
Homayara has an eager interest in languages – she learnt Japanese and French recently and is still trying others. She is musically inclined and since she has a five-year old son, Homayara is keen on finding the right work-life balance.
Homayara graduated with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. In addition to academia and consulting, Homayara is also very passionate about youth development and is a governing board member of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), the country’s premier leadership training institute which works to bridge gaps in society by uniting youth from diverse backgrounds.
A serial entrepreneur with interest in – hospitality, IT and HR consulting – Affan has demonstrated great versatility in operating his business ventures. He brings on board eight years of experience in entrepreneurship and business development. Starting his career at Standard Chartered Bank‘s HR department, he founded his own HR consulting firm, Skillshop Bangladesh Ltd. in 2007.
Earlier in 2007, he also co-founded an IT based company – Tx Pro IT Ltd – which focuses on graphics and web development. Under Affan’s leadership, TxPro IT has secured a strong foothold in both the local and international market sphere and works for renowned corporate names such as Grameenphone, Rahimafrooz, T.K Group, Bangladesh Army, GMG, Bkash among others.
Gaining confidence from these two successful entrepreneurial forays, in 2011 Affan made his mark in the hospitality industry with GR Holidays Ltd., an U.K.-Bangladesh joint venture, offering premium hospitality and medical tourism packages. Parallel to this, he is associated with ERGO Ventures Ltd. and REGO Communications Ltd. as the respective companies’ chief marketing officer (CMO) and also in the capacity of a management consultant.
Affan is a business graduate from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. He completed both his BBA and MBA from there.
We are a value driven organization. Values are at the core of our business; consequently, all our actions are the reflection of our values.
LightCastle Partners was born when our four co-founders realized a general lack of appreciation for data-driven decision making across organizations in Bangladesh. This issue became so compelling to our founders that they stepped away from their erstwhile established positions spanning sectors in investment and corporate banking, non-profit, and technology to commit exclusively to a mission to transform business operations in Bangladesh and beyond.
From four to 10 and counting – that’s how we have expanded since our inception last year. Our ability to remain passionate about excellence in our work and to support our clientele in the best possible way has played a crucial role in the growing recognition of our humble initiative.
In brief, at LightCastle Partners, we help you simplify decisions by providing advisory and analytics services. While with Advisory, we empower you to make prudent investment decisions by providing authentic due diligence, consumer research, company valuation, business design, and impact investment consulting services, with Analytics, we develop crisp, digital dashboards and run predictive analysis to articulate major insights from a wide assortment of data, enabling you to adopt strategic shifts to drive profitability.