Omar Farhan Khan is a Senior Business Consultant & Project Manager at LightCastle Partners with expertise in business incubation, accelerators, market value chain analysis, capacity development, and impact assessment with a market systems approach. Omar believes that innovative data-driven solutions will create value for businesses and the economy, solving the problems of SMEs & Startups via Accelerator, Mentorship & Incubation programs, creating market linkage opportunities, and assisting in access to finance. He envisions Bangladesh’s enterprises will take the next leap along with Private Sector and policy engagement. To make that happen, we must focus on a triple-bottom approach – Profit, People & Planet. Sustainable businesses will create a sustainable economy where everyone can thrive.
With good analytical knowledge, a strategic mindset, and innovative problem-solving skills, Omar has synthesized solutions for the development, government, and private sectors. He has worked on several projects requiring collaboration with institutional stakeholders, community-level organizations, and private organizations catering to many beneficiaries. His client portfolio ranges from development partners and ministries to corporates and start-ups. Some notable clients include Meta, Swisscontact Bangladesh, Embassy of Switzerland, IDB, ITFC, Chemonics, WorldFish, OXFAM, Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) Canada, ACDI/VOCA, USAID, Grameenphone, DFID, WB, IFC, GAIN, WFP (World Food Programme), BFP-B, MRA (Microcredit Regulatory Authority), Invest to Innovate (i2i), UKAid, BYLC, GEN, UNCDF, a2i, TruValu, VCPEAB, BD Venture, UNCDF, ICT Ministry, Ministry of Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ITC, Bangladesh Angel Network (BAN), Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Founders Institute (FI), Banglalink Telecom, Babson College, BRAC Bank, Youth Opportunities, BYLC, RDRS, WAVE Foundation, and iDE Bangladesh.
Omar graduated from North South University School of Business and Economics, Bangladesh; he obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with majors in Finance & Accounting and Marketing; currently, he is pursuing an MSc in Economics from the same university. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Finance Practices (PGDIFP) from EDUPRO UK and certificate training in Islamic Finance & Economics and Sukuk: Principles, Structures, and Documentations (AAOIFI Affiliated).