Ranajit Kumar

Executive Director (Grade-1)
Bangladesh Computer Council (bcc)

Mr. Ranajit Kumar (5943) joined the civil service as an assistant commissioner in April 25, 1994. Now he is serving Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) as an Executive Director (ED) (Grade-1).

Md Shakhawat Hossain

Project Director and Joint Secretary

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Engr. Mohammad. Saiful Alam Khan

Deputy Project Director
Manager (Testing) & Incharge (Data Center)
Bangladesh Computer Council (bcc)

Md Abdul Bari

Policy Advisor and Component Leader (Digital Government & Digital Economy)

Mr. Bari is a data scientist and currently working as the Policy Advisor as well as Component Leader for the Enhancing Digital Government and Economy (EDGE) Project being funded by the World Bank Group and implemented through Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC). He has versatile work experience in both public and private sectors in home and abroad. He was involved in designing and implementing several digital transformations, such as National Emergency Service 999, Innovation Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (iDEA), Startup Bangladesh, Smart Bangladesh Accelerator, e-Tax Return Submission System and so on. He actively contributes in formulating national policies and strategies related to digital development such as national ICT policy, startup investment policy, government email policy, drafting data protection bill and so on. He takes immense interest in building machine learning and big data models and promoting AI driven innovations in Bangladesh.

Having graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Mr. Bari completed MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) under the University of Dhaka. Finally, he obtained Master of Data Science degree from the University of Queensland, Australia with Dean’s Commendation Award for academic excellence. He contributes Op-Ed articles in the reputed national dailies and writes blog posts on digital economy, technology and innovation. He also presents keynotes and speaks in various events organized by the national and international organizations, such as UNDP, UN ESCAP, UNCTAD, WTO, ILO, WITSA, BASIS, foreign embassies, etc.

Dr. Md. Mahfuzul Islam Shamim

Co-Team Leader (Component-1)

Dr. Shamim is the Team Leader of Smart Leadership Academy in Enhancing Digital Government and Economy (EDGE) project. Prior to joining this position, he was the Deputy General Manager (SDG) of PKSF. He has 17+ years of experience in working as a first-class gazetted officer (Administration Cadre & Education Cadre), Project Manager, managed national development projects under Prime Ministers’ Office (PMO), ICT Division, UNDP, and World Bank. He contributed to various functions of the different Government organization especially in developing, implementing, and planning new ideas to attain the highest achievements. He has been awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Project Management from International University of Malay-Wales. He is also a renowned researcher on ICT, Development & Project Management field.
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Shamsur Rahman

Co-Team Leader (Component-2)

He has 17+ Years of Leadership/Project Management experience among which 13+ years in World Bank-funded ICT and e-Governance-related Projects. He has been working as a consultant in the ICT Ministry’s ICT and e-Governance-related Projects for more than 8 years. He has been involved in more than 26 Projects whose total project value is more than 3700 Crore BDT. He had practical experience in the largest ICT and e-Governance-related Projects in Bangladesh. Those projects are the ICT Ministry’s EDGE, LICT (1) & (2) projects, Bangladesh Bank’s BBIT-3 & BB-CA Projects, NBR’s ASYCUDA Implementation Program, Chittagong Port Authority’s Container Terminal Management and MIS System project, UGC’s BdREN-G-13 & 15 Projects, DSHE EMIS Project, Police HQ project, Bangladesh Army and Navy Projects. Also, many other government ministries’, MNCs’ and commercial Banks’ ICT and e-Governance related projects.

Faruq Ahmed Jewel

Co-Team Leader (Component-3)

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Faiz Ahmed

Senior Project Accountant

Mr. Faiz Ahmed is a Sr. Project Accountant of EDGE project. Over 23 years of specific experience in the field of Project Accounts & Management arena. As a consultant providing economic development, community relations and operational support to expand development programs and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges in the area of the development sector. His background includes working experience with Financial Management, Grants and Subcontracts Management, General Administration & Project Operations, Human Resources Management, Internal and External Audit, Partner NGOs Financial Management, Capacity Building for Local Organizations. He worked for DAI, CNFA, BEPZA, RHD, EC, DLS and BCC finance by financial institute/organization such as USAID, World Bank, AIIB and GoB. He has completed his MBA in finance and MPA in GPP. Beside that he is an ITP and member of Dhaka Tax Bar Association and Completed his Chartered Accountancy Course. He is a life time member of Association of Pabna Ex-Cadets and Cadet College Club Ltd.

Md. Saifur Rahman

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Mr. Md. Saifur Rahman is serving as Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at the Enhancing Digital Government & Economy (EDGE) Project Since September 2022. He delivers quality support on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the project activities through designing and implementing the M&E Framework. he provides support to the PD to organize Project Implementation Committee (PIC), Project Steering Committee (PSC) & Annual Development Programme (ADP) review meetings, and serve as the project focal point for formulation & implementation of the targets of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA), and coordination with the planning commission & the World Bank in the area of Monitoring & Evaluation of the project activities. Before joining this project, he served around twenty-two (22) years in various organizations and had sound academic training in the development field. His working area includes development planning, monitoring & evaluation, project management, research, trade facilitation, skills development, public procurement, contract management, entrepreneurship development, financial management, financial /statistical reporting, etc. He worked for the World Bank, United Nations, European Union Delegation, Asian Development Bank, Public-Private Partnership Authority, and several ministries of the Government of Bangladesh.
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Hasan Md. Benaul Islam

Awareness And Campaign Specialist

Hasan Md. Benaul Islam, popularly known as Benaul has been working in the field of Storytelling, Story-Coaching, Development Communication, Social Media Communication, Awareness Campaign Design and Execution, Youth Engagement, Content Development for all Media, ICT for Development, Creative Writing, Journalism, Brand Building, Television Program Anchoring, and Happiness Engineering for 20 Years.

Mr. Islam completed his BSS and MSS degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Rajshahi University and received several professional training on Film Making, Audio-Visual Production, Storytelling, and Gamification from local and international agencies. Benaul has a unique experience of working with government, donor (UK AID, UNDP, USAID, and World Bank) funded projects as well as private entities.

Benaul loves to introduce himself as a Storyteller as Storytelling is his passion and he believes storytelling can move mountains. His heart sings when he gets the chance of telling or listening stories. Benaul’s dream is to solve the real-life problems of his community through storytelling.
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Syed Amdadul Huq

Policy Development Specialist
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Mohammad Enamul Kabir

Project Manager/Specialist
(Center For 4th Industrial Revolution (C4IR) Operational Support), Component-3

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Tamzid Bin Ahamed

Project Manager/Specialist
(Global Business Development)
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Tamzid Bin Ahamed has over 15 years of experience in leading projects in the area of industry development, global business development, youth empowerment, pro-poor market development, fundraising and project management for government, nonprofit organizations and multi-national companies locally and internationally.

Currently, Tamzid is serving as the Global Business Development Lead for the EDGE Project in for the ICT Division under Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications, and Information Technology with a primary target to promote the IT/ITES Industry of Bangladesh globally and attract investments, partnership, joint venture etc. for Bangladesh. In the immediate past role, Tamzid served as the Marketing Consultant of Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority and Business Development Specialist for LICT Project under ICT Division.

Academically, Tamzid is a distinguished Exchange Alumni of the US State Department and studied in George Mason University, USA. He has a bachelor’s degree from BRAC University in Business Administration and Master’s in development Practice from MDP Global Program offered from BRAC Development Institute in collaboration with Columbia University. Additionally, Tamzid is the alumni of BRAC University and AIESEC, the largest and the oldest student organization in the world.

Dr. Md. Majharul Haque

Project Manager/Specialist-1
(Smart Leadership Academy)
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Earned Ph.D. Degree in the ground of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He has 15+ years of Job and Consultancy experience in ICT Sector in both Government and Private Organization. He was involved as Head Three Departments as IT Systems, Remittance and MIS Department in the Probashi Kallyan Bank (Deputation from Bangladesh Bank).

He Directly served in 30+ Large Scale Projects where he Led the team of 25+ IT Professionals to Improve productivity, Recruitment, Issue Management, Conflict Resolution, etc. Most of the projects have valuable impacts on E-Governance & Digital Transformation as like Land Management, Hajj Management, Core Banking System, One Stop Service Portal for BEZA, Hi-Tech Park, BIDA, BTRC, BSCIC, etc. He has arranged Training & Internship program for various Universities’ Students. Delivered services in Access to Information Program (A2I), Prime Minister Office, UNDP, ILO, etc.

He has involvement in research work for 9+ years with Industry 4.0 related technologies & concepts. Taken course as visiting faculty in different Universities. Has 17 publications in International Journals and Conferences. Also participated as Keynote Speaker in various Companies, IEEE Bangladesh and Universities, Contributed as Session Chair in International Conferences. Contributed in the Outcome Based Curriculum design for Notre Dame University Bangladesh (NDUB) and University of Development Alternative (UODA). He is a Life Member of Bangladesh Computer Society. Involved in Social Welfare groups to help the distressed people for their basic needs.

At present, he is a Systems Analyst (Joint Director) at Bangladesh Bank and working as a Project Manager / Specialist, Digital Leadership Academy, EDGE, ICT Division in Lien.
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Engr. Md. Golam Kibria

Project Manager/Specialist (NEA)
Component-2

Engr. Md. Golam Kibria is the PROJECT MANAGER/SPECIALIST-NEA (National Enterprise Architecture) in Enhancing Digital Government and Economy (EDGE) Project, BCC, ICT Division. Prior to joining this position, he was Consultant-Software (Data Center), BIPNDE Project, BTCL. He has 17+ years of experience in Project Management, System Management, Network Management, Hardware Management, system analysis, software design, development, database design, database management and organizational IT support. He worked for the National Parliament Secretariat, Govt. Ministries, ICT Division, USAID-funded Project, ICDDR,B and various type national and international organizations. Received Graduation degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology (RUET) and M.Sc. degree in MIS from University of Dhaka.
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Shah Md Imran

Project Manager/Specialist
(Smart Leadership Academy)
Component-1

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Md. Tofayel Hossain

Project Manager/Specialist
(Change Management)
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Md Tofayel Hossain is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in both administrative and project management roles. He holds a Master of Social Science in Sociology from the University of Rajshahi. Additionally, he pursued a second Master’s degree in Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

With a strong foundation in the BCS Administration Cadre, 27th batch, Md Tofayel Hossain has held significant positions in the government. Notably, he served as an Assistant Commissioner and Executive Magistrate, AC Land, UNO, ADC in Field Administration, where he gained valuable experience in handling critical administrative and legal matters.

Later in his career, he transitioned to project management, becoming the Deputy Project Director for the Land Management Automation Project under the Ministry of Land. In this role, he showcased his exceptional skills in handling complex projects and change management.

Currently, he holds the esteemed position of Project Manager/Specialist for the EDGE Project. His expertise in change management, coupled with his academic qualifications and extensive experience at both ministry and field levels, has made him a vital asset in implementing successful projects.

Md Tofayel Hossain’s journey reflects a blend of academic excellence, administrative prowess, and project management proficiency, all contributing to his well-rounded and successful career in the public sector.

 

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Rusafi Alam

Project Manager/Specialist
(Digital Economy Strategy)
Component-3

Rusafie’s shared passion for the tech industry prompted him to work as the Project Manager – Digital Economy Strategy at a World Bank funded project for the Government of Bangladesh where he is responsible for creating innovative strategies for the Smart Bangladesh.

He has over 12 years of experience in tech, telecom and logistics industries. Prior to joining at the EDGE project, he was working as the Head of Operations at FTTH (Fiber To The Home) Council Asia-Pacific where he organized 5 international conferences attended by over 400 decision makers each from the telecom industry and also organized over 20 exclusive FIBERTalk events where the leaders of telecom industry in APAC region shared knowledge, exchanged information to bring the industry forward. He was also responsible to maintain liaisons and close relations with the (APAC) regional telecom regulators and operators and reputed organization like ITU to contribute to the policies for 5G, smart cities and AI in Asia-Pacific region. The FTTH Council Asia-Pacific, a non-profit organization established to offer its members platform where they come together to create a future proof fiber rich society. Based in Singapore it is a part of the international Fiber Council Global Alliance (FCGA) group representing more than 550 global stakeholders in the fiber optic industry, and giving APAC chapter access to unlimited global resources, studies an expertise.

Before joining FTTH Council Asia-Pacific he worked with DHL Express Bangladesh, where he successfully contributed organizing a reputable award event in Bangladesh along with a few of other events. Rusafie received Bachelors in Business Administration in Marketing from BRAC University, Bangladesh. He traveled more than 25 countries and 40 landmark cities around the world and experienced the hospitality and cultural differences among them.
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Md. Zahirul Islam Khan

Project Manager/Specialist
(Cloud Platform)
Component-2

Md. Zahirul Islam Khan is the Project Manager/Specialist Cloud Platform -2 in Enhancing Digital Government and Economy (EDGE) Project, BCC, ICT Division. He has 12+ years of experience in Network, System, Hardware, Cloud Management and Organizational IT others service. He has certification of RHCSA, RHCE, CCNA, MTCNA, CSA, CSCU, Fortinet NSE 1, Fortinet NSE 2 and AWS Solution Architect Associate. He worked for the Secured Email and Digital Literacy Center, Govt. Ministries, ICT Division, BEXIMCO IT Division and some of national private companies. He has also experienced with work some of international telecommunication company like PCCW, Telstra, and British Telecom. He has Received Graduation degree in Information and Telecommunication Engineering (ITE) and M.Sc. degree in Computer Science.
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Dr. Nadim Chowdhury

Project Manager/Specialist
(Research & Innovation), Component-3

Md. Saleh Ahmed

Project Manager/Specialist
(Cloud Platform)
Component-2

12+ years of experience in IT Network & Security; which includes Data Center Network Infrastructure, DevOps, Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS), Cloud Infrastructure, Network Security Infrastructure and Internet Infrastructure services. During my Professional career I have achieved various security and cloud certification like CCNP, JNCIA, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud etc. I have done my Masters in Information System Security (MISS) under BUP in 2019. Also I have experience to work in multinational company like Accenture for South-Asia Region Telecommunication Network under Telenor group.

Engr. Md. Rafiad Islam

Project Manager/ Specialist
Cyber Security Capacity Building
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Sabrina Tanjin

Technical Expert:
(International Business Development)
Component-3

Sabrina Tanjin is the Technical Expert in International Business Development for the Enhancing Digital Government and Economy (EDGE) Project. She brings to the role extensive experience in the field, having previously served as an Industry Promotion Expert for the Leveraging ICT for Employment and Growth of The IT-ITES Industry Project (LICT) project for a period of two years. Prior to her work with LICT, she held the position of Manager, Member Services with the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) for nearly a decade. Over the course of her 13-year career, she has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to promoting the interests of IT-ITES companies both domestically and internationally. She graduated from the University of Dhaka with a master’s degree in Physics and has also completed a professional management certification course from IBA, University of Dhaka. She possesses a diverse range of skills, including project management, communication, social networking, and event planning.
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Ishrat Sharmin

Ishrat Sharmin

Technical Expert
(Portal Management)
Component-2

Ishrat Sharmin, a Technical Expert with nearly a decade of software development experience, specializes in system requirement analysis, design, and quality assurance. As the current Technical Expert (Portal Management) for the EDGE Project since March 2022, Ishrat is overseeing the development of the National Job Portal and played a key role in various critical initiatives of component 2. Previous roles include leading the development of Bangladesh IT Connect Portals in the LICT project and contributing as a Software Engineer at Business Automation Ltd. Educationally, Ishrat holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from IIT, University of Dhaka, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Telecommunication Engineering from Noakhali Science and Technology University. Key projects include Bangladesh IT Connect Portals, One-Stop Service for BEZA, One-Stop Service for BIDA, Pilgrim Pre-Registration and Registration System, Hajj Management Information System, etc. Programming expertise includes proficiency in PHP and familiarity with Java, along with skills in Laravel, CodeIgniter, and Java Spring MVC frameworks. Database knowledge spans MySQL, MariaDB, and Oracle. Ishrat is adept at using project management tools such as Jira, Trello, Asana, GitLab, and follows software development methods like Scrum and Kanban.

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Rineela Mahmud

Technical Expert:
(Research)
Component-1

At EDGE, her current role is to oversee the implementation of the “Hire and Train” program through Public Universities, aimed at preparing and employing 20,000 recent graduates to enhance the private sector’s role in the digital economy.

She has 10 years of extensive experience working in the IT sector specializing in skill development, industry research, public strategy and policy development, project management, communication, industry promotion, and venture capital.

Before working for the World Bank-funded EDGE project as Technical Expert, Research, she worked for the government-funded LICT project in the strategy and policy team. She also served as Executive Director for the Bangladesh chapter of the largest global tech entrepreneurs’ association, TiE Dhaka. Prior to this, she was part of the Bangladesh team of Pegasus Tech Ventures (formerly known as Fenox Venture Capital), a prominent Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, as a Financial Analyst. She also worked for the largest IT-ITES Association in the country, BASIS, as a Research Executive.

She holds BBA and MBA in Finance and Economics from BRAC University.

Jannatun Nayeem Banna

Technical Expert:
(IP Management)
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She is an expert in Intellectual Property (IP) Management with a focus on technology, currently working on the Enhancing Digital Government and Economy (EDGE) project. With more than 6 years of experience in Research and Development (R&D), she has overseen numerous innovative projects and has specialized in drafting IP for over 3 years. She has successfully provided technical assistance for patent drafting and has obtained approximately 13 certified patent acceptances from the Department of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks (DPDT) Office. Additionally, she has filed multiple applications for copyrights and trademarks. Furthermore, she has more than 3 years of experience in core development and has offered technical support to innovators based on her studies. She has also been involved in application-level development for a year and has provided technical and management support for various innovative competitions such as Innov-a-thon, Hack-A-Thon, and challenge funds. She possesses strong skills in managing technical teams and has knowledge in AI-based Chatbot, machine learning, advanced technology, and IoT. With an adaptive mindset and self-driven nature, she is enthusiastic about acquiring new knowledge and excels in dynamic environments. Academically, she has completed her BSc degree in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from the American International University of Bangladesh (AIUB).
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Ashim Kumar Pall

Technical Expert:
Research & Development (R&D)
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Ashim Kumar Pall is a dynamic Technical expert with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET). He is a dedicated professional who strives to contribute for building smart Bangladesh with the youth generation, R&D enthusiast and problem solvers by actively participating in innovation and R&D initiatives.

As a Technical expert-R&D at EDGE Project, BCC, ICT Division, Ashim coordinates Research and Innovation Centers (RICs) and contributes technically to create an innovation ecosystem in Bangladesh through problem-solving, innovation, and R&D. He works closely with different government agencies, industry, and academia to conduct emerging technology-related R&D for gaining advantages of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Additionally, he is involved in the activities of Center for 4IR, Digital Economy Hubs, and other innovation and R&D initiatives of EDGE Project.

Ashim is a generalist with expertise in multiple technology domains such as IoT, Robotics, Embedded System Engineering, Embedded OS, UX Design, Innovative Solution Design, Design Thinking, Creative Design, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, and Innovative Project Management. His skills and knowledge enable him to effectively support the backend workforce in building Smart Bangladesh. He believes that with the right mindset, skills, and knowledge, youth R&D enthusiast and problem solvers can play a pivotal role in building a smart Bangladesh.

Md. Robiul Islam

Project Associate:
(Skill Development)
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I have more than 10 years of experience in arranging skill development related training, project management, budgeting, periodic report writing, and public procurement. I am fortunate to get the opportunity to manage more than 50 regional, national, and international events including World Congress on IT (WCIT), Digital World, e-Asia, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Summit, and National High School Programming Contest, etc. I have a very strong professional relationship and network with Bangladesh Computer Council, ICT Division, Planning Commission, BASIS, BACCO, e-CAB, and other public-private entities. I have also worked experience in public relations, and content development for print, electronic, and social media channels. Seven years out of my total career of ten years, I have been working for various agencies and projects of the ICT Division.