In order for innovation to take center stage in Bangladesh – Bangladesh Innovation Conclave (BIC) put together Bangladesh Business Innovation Summit 2019. The event took place on the 12th of October, 2019 at Hotel Le Méridien Dhaka.
Bangladesh Business Innovation Summit 2019 was designed to share local and global best practices & approaches to innovation. The key focus of the summit was to drive innovation within different sectors & harness the skillset to drive innovation, adding value to the lives of people and helping them pursue inclusive growth.
Bangladesh Business Innovation Summit comprised of 3 keynote sessions, 3 panel discussions, 4 insight sessions, a case study and a start-up story. Shariful Islam, Founder, Bangladesh Innovation Conclave spoke on the opening ceremony and stressed, “For Bangladesh, innovation is the only way to achieve our country’s vision and pursue inclusive growth. Every institution need to embrace innovation at its core to survive and thrive in the age of 4th industrial Revolution.”
The keynote speakers of the summit will be Kin Wai Michael Siu, Eric C. Yim Professor in Inclusive Design & Chair Professor of Public Design, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Amer Farid, Director of Corporate Partnerships & Innovation at Unicef Norway, and Dr. Newton Howard, Professor of Neurocomputation, Neurosurgery and Mathematics at University of Oxford, Professor of Brain Sciences at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and Chairman of the Brain Sciences Foundation. Topics for the three panel discussions will be – How to Transform Your Company’s Innovation Culture, Driving Process Innovation in Your Organizaiton, and Exploring a Collaborative Model to Build Bangladesh Innovation Eco- System.
Some of the eminent discussants of the summit were – Prof. Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar, Director of Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka; Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Managing Director & CEO of Dhaka Bank Limited; Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor of a2i: Access to Information; Sabbir Hasan Nasir, Executive Director of ACI Logistics Limited (Shwapno); Barrister Nihad Kabir, President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI); Md. Sirazul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA); Zafar Sobhan, Editor of Dhaka Tribune; Arif Ud Dowla, Managing Director of ACI Limited; Munawar Misbah Moin, Managing Director of Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Ltd.; Tanzeen Ferdous, Marketing Director (Home Care, Foods & Refreshment), Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.; Amer Farid, Director Corporate Partnership & Innovation of Unicef Norway; Kin Wai Michael Siu, Eric C. Yim Professor in Inclusive Design & Chair Professor of Public Design, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Major General Sheikh Md Monirul Islam (retd), Chief External & Corporate Affairs Officer, Bkash Limited; Nazmul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Vice President, Head of Brand & Communications at Prime Bank Ltd.; Gazi Yar Mohammed, Executive Vice President & Head of MFS & Agent Banking at One Bank Limited; M M Monirul Alam Tapan, Managing Director at Guardian Life Insurance Limited, and Dr. M. Rokonuzzaman, Professor, Department of ECE, North South University.
The summit was followed by Bangladesh Business Innovation Award 2019 that aims to recognize the vibrant community of innovators – from startups to established companies – and its breakthrough creations and ideas. The award was given across 11 categories and all the nominated campaigns were selected through rigorous jury sessions comprising of the most respected marketing & brand experts to keep the process transparent, accountable and bias-free.
Bangladesh Business Innovation Summit & Award 2019 are the initiatives of Bangladesh Innovation Conclave which are organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF). The event is powered by Mastercard. Also, it is organized in partnership with Access to Information – a2i and in association with Shwapno; supported by – Guardian Life Insurance, Dhaka Bank & Genex; Strategic Partners- BASIS & MCCI; Event Partner- Le Méridien Dhaka; Technology Partner- Aamra; Digital Media Partner- Geeky Social; Media Partner- Dhaka Tribune, and PR Partner- Backpage PR.