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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: The Economist reported last September that it is “a good moment to celebrate Bangladesh’s economic progress. Its annual growth has averaged more than 6% over the past ten years and has run above 7% over the past two.” More than celebrating, Bangladesh Rising conference will discuss how Bangladesh can maintain its momentum, and potentially accelerate the growth achieved in the last decade. The conference will host practitioners, academics, and high-level government officials to discuss the ways the country can advance further and avoid pitfalls. It will include important topics such as financial inclusion, foreign investment, generation and provision of electricity, and sustainable development goals, among others.




  • Ricardo Hausmann, Director of Center for International Development at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
  • Stuart L. Hart, Professor, University of Vermont, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, Founder of Enterprise for a Sustainable World
  • Charles Lacy, Angel investor in Bangladesh, President of Barred Rock Fund and former President of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Nasrul Hamid, MP, State Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh
  • Abul Kalam Azad, Principal SDG Coordinator at Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office
  • Kazi Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority
  • Paban Chowdhury, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority
  • Mashiur Rahman, Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, Government of Bangladesh
  • Roger Wagner, Expert lawyer in energy sector
  • Muhammed Aziz Khan, Chairman of Summit Group
  • Deepesh Nanda, CEO of Gas Power Systems, GE South Asia at GE Power
  • Sonia Bashir Kabir, Managing Director at Microsoft Bangladesh
  • Anika Chowdhury, Head of Business Development at Square Pharmaceuticals
  • Farzana Chowdhury, Managing Director and CEO at Green Delta Insurance
  • Tanjib-ul-Alam, Head of Tanjib Alam & Associates
  • Mainuddin Monem, Managing Director at Abdul Monem Economic Zone
  • Jamaluddin Ahmed, General Secretary, Bangladesh Economic Association
  • Ahmad Zuaiter, Founder and Managing Partner at Jadara Capital Partners
  • Meera Narayanaswamy, Senior Investment Officer, Global Financial Markets at IFC