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Theme: Innovation Enabling Social Change

This event occurred on
January 18, 2020
Dhaka, Dhaka

In essence & spirit of TEDx, TEDxGulshan aims forward to host the biggest TEDx events in this region connecting the thought leaders, academics, changemakers & entrepreneurs to bring about a social change or share an idea worth spreading. The diverse group of people present will be able to learn from one another, both as speakers and as attendees, and will leave the conference driven to creatively improve our collective future. TEDxGulshan talks will be broadcasted and is intended to reach millions of people worldwide.

RAOWA Convention Hall
VIP Road, Mohakhali DOHS Dhaka-1206, Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Dhaka, 1206
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Anir Chowdhury

Policy Advisor, a2i
Anir Chowdhury is the policy advisor at UNDP Bangladesh/ Government of Bangladesh. He is also the Member of the Prime Minister’s National Digital Task Force, Education Minister’s National ICT in Education Task Force, Planning Minister’s National Information Management Committee, and Cabinet Secretary’s National Steering Committee on Civil Registry and Vital Statistics (CRVS)

Ayman Sadiq

CEO, 10 Minute School
Ayman Sadiq is a passionate educator and founder of the 10 Minute School. He is also a Bestselling Author and have been awarded as the Queen's Young Leader as well as One Young World Ambassador. He was also on the 2018 30 Under 30 - Asia - Social Entrepreneurs list.

Bibi Russell

Founder, Bibi Productions Fashion for Development
Bibi was one of the first models from an ethnic background to break into the world of fashion- not only in international modelling, but also in fashion design. In 1995, she founded Bibi Productions and in 1996, Bibi presented her first ready-to-wear collection at a fashion show entitled Weavers of Bangladesh, held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Bobby Hajjaj

Bobby Hajjaj is a political leader, an Oxford scholar, an academic and and author. He is currently a faculty at North South University. HE is also a politician and founder and Chairman of the political party Nationalist Democratic Movement (NDM).

Dr. Katherine Li

Director, Office of External Affairs, North South University
Dr. Katherine Li is the Director of Office of External Affairs and Assistant Professor at North South University. She was also a Lecturer at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Director at ESPM, Inc., Honolulu, HI. . Dr. Li is a multi-lingual training, management and education specialist.

Dr. Yasmeen Haque

Groundbreaking Research on Cancer Detection, Prof. Department of Physics at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology
In addition to teaching departmental core courses, Dr. Yasmeen Haque also served as a member of the university Syndicate, as the dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, head of the department of Physics and provost of the female dormitory. With World Bank and Bangladesh government funding, she set up a state of the art NLO lab in 2011 and her group started studying fundamental properties of nonlinear optical materials. In 2016, she set up a modern Nonlinear BioOptics Laboratory. The primary interest of this lab is the detection of cancer biomarkers and the initial findings have already resulted in submission of a provisional patent in the US and in Bangladesh. She is the Chairperson of Kaan Pete Roi (KPR), the first and only emotional support and suicide prevention helpline in Bangladesh. She is also the vice president of the Bangladesh National Physics Olympiad Committee. Yasmeen Haque is the wife of Dr. M. Zafar Iqbal, an educationist and writer of Bangladesh.

Mahir Ali Khan

Vice Chairman, Rupayan Group
Mahir Ali Khan started his professional career at the age of fifteen with his father in a recognized Real Estate Company Called Rupayan Housing Estate Limited.He started as an Assistant Executive and through his self-motivation, father's guidance, learning and practical experience he became the Vice-Chairman of Rupayan Group. He was awarded the Prestigious ‘International Excellence Awards’ in Malaysia as well as the Prestigious Millennium Brilliance Awards in Thailand for Rupayan City Uttara as a Premium Gated community projects of the year in Bangladesh in 2019

Major Mohommed Ali Shah

Indian Army Veteran, Bollywood Actor & Social Activist.
Major Mohammed Ali Shah is an Indian Army Veteran, Actor. He is also a Defence Expert, Defence Analyst, Theatre Actor, Model and Social Activist.

Maliha M Quadir

Founder at Shohoz; Harvard Business School, World Economic Forum
Maliha Quadir, a Bangladeshi -American, is a technology entrepreneur. Her start up has done breakthrough work in digitizing the disorganized and male-dominated transportation industry in Bangladesh. Before, she was based in Singapore as Director of Vistaprint’s digital business in global emerging markets. Prior to this, she worked for Nokia in strategy and business development for an emerging market focused digital content service called Nokia Life Tools, covering India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Nigeria.

Naveed Mahbub

Naveed Mahbub is a first generation Bangladeshi-American Comedian and Electrical Engineer. He joined the career of a comedian with a burning desire to tell a great story to his grandchildren. Before turning out to be a comedian, he worked in some of the largest corporate bodies in the world. He was the CEO of IBM Bangladesh and the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks Bangladesh. He also worked as an engineer in Qualcomm, Kyocera Wireless, Ford Motor Company, Takata, Wingcast (Startup), etc. As a comedian, Naveed has won a galore of rewards and recognitions. He got the recognition of the Best Male Comedian, Plat Vegas Stage in 2007 Original Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He was also the Finalist in 2007 California Comedy Festival. He founded the country's first comedy club, Naveed's Comedy Club in 2010.

Niaz Rahim

Group Director, Rahimafrooz Bangladesh Limited.
Mr. Niaz Rahim is the Group Director of Rahimafrooz Bangladesh Ltd. – the holding company of Rahimafrooz Group, one of the most admired and trusted business organizations in Bangladesh. A key personnel steering the Group’s business future, Mr. Rahim is the Chairman of Rahimafrooz Superstores Limited (Agora) , He is also Chairman of Rural Services Foundation – a not-for-profit social initiative of Rahimafrooz and Center for Zakat Management (CZM). Mr. Niaz Rahim is currently the President of Bangladesh Supermarket Owners Association (BSOA) and member of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI), Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), Australasia Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Bangladesh Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and an Executive Committee Member of Intellectual Property Association of Bangladesh, Immediate past president of Rotary Club of Dhaka Mahanagor.

Salman F Rahman

Hon'ble Adviser to HPM & Co-founder & Vice Chairman, Beximco Group
Salman F Rahman is a Bangladeshi industrialist and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and vice chairman of Beximco Group, one of the largest business conglomerates in Bangladesh. At present, he is holding the rank of a cabinet minister and serving as the Private Sector Industry and Investment Adviser to Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. His visionary steps over the years have significantly contributed in shaping up the country’s business and economic growth.

Sausan Khan Moyeen

Founder of Enchanted Events & Prints
An absolute icon in the field of event management and entrepreneurship, Sausan Khan Moyeen has been breaking glass ceilings and creating new benchmarks everyday. She is the CEO and founder of Enchanted Events and Prints and also a Restauranteur from O’Play. Enchanted Events & Prints is an exclusive wedding planning company which has stand out because of its unique plans of turning weddings into art and distinctive customization. She has become a successful entrepreneur despite of having major physical problems. She is a graduate of Architecture from North South University and to practice architecture, she makes her own 3D drawings and layouts of her models at her company. Her motto of life is ‘do what you love and love what you do’. Sausan Khan Moyeen received ‘the Business Enterprise of the Year’ for Enchanted Events and Prints at the 'Colors Platinum Business Women Awards 2019'.

Syed Tamjid ur Rahman

Vice President of UN Global Compact Bangladesh & CEO of ChangeMaker: Society for Social and Economic Development
Mr. Rahman is a development consultant and social entrepreneur with more than 35 years of experience, and is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer of ChangeMaker: Society for Social and Economic Development, a local Bangladeshi NGO since April 2004. He is also the Vice President of the UN Global Compact Bangladesh.

Zara Mahbub

Country Director & CEO, Kazi IT Center Ltd.
Zara Mahbub is the Country Director & CEO at Kazi IT Center Ltd. She was the Senior Vice President, Head of Customer Experience at BRAC Bank. She has been working for the past eighteen years in various industries, including ready-made garments/textiles in Bangladesh, and IT and Software Manufacturing in the U.S.

Organizing team


  • Eraha Zaman
  • Mehadi Hasan
  • Mir Sadia Rashid