Mahmud Hossain, Chair
Born and bought up in Bangladesh, Mahmud Hossain obtained his bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), after which he joined the mobile telephony industry in Bangladesh. He also did his MBA from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka; and later received his master’s in Telecom from Concordia University, Canada. Mahmud has successfully been part of Bangladesh’s telecom industry for over twenty years.
Currently, he works as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and part of the executive management at Grameenphone, the largest mobile operator in Bangladesh. For Mahmud, giving back to society has always been a passion. Since his days in university, he has been involved in various social and community events as part of his moral responsibility and contribution to fellow humanity. He joined Spreeha in the same vein to try and bring in some positive changes in the lives of the underprivileged.
Iqbal Habib, Vice Chair
Iqbal Habib has been practicing as an Architect and Managing Director of Architectural design atelier, VITTI Sthapati Brindo Ltd. in Dhaka, Bangladesh for over two decades with the vision to promote responsible architecture for the society and environment. He is integrally involved with regulatory organizations, such as Urbanization & Governance Sub Committee Bangladesh Environment Movement (BAPA), as well as non-profit and charitable organizations such as SPREEHA Foundations Bangladesh, Ekmattra Foundation Bangladesh etc.
Mr. Habib is also involved with teaching and advisory committee of Bangladesh University and a member of the Board of Trustees in Bengal Institute of Architecture. He is an active organizer, promoter and relentless voice of change for public issues and urban renewal of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh.
Ajoy Kumar Bose, Treasurer
Ajoy Kumar Bose is the chief of institutional affairs of Dnet. He oversees governance, regulatory bodies, institutional policies, legal issues, audit committee etc. Mr. Bose is co-founder of Dnet (www.dnet.org.bd), and involved institutional building from its inception in 2001. He has experience on project design, planning, project management and has been engaged with Dnet team for building innovative models for empowerment of underprivileged communities. He managed Computer Literacy Program in Dnet that received International Award in 2009. He has also led Smart Class Room (SCR) Program in Dnet under Public Private Partnership initiative with Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC), Ministry of ICT, and Volunteers Association for Bangladesh, New Jersey Office in USA. Both CLP and SCR programs received noble recognition in Bangladesh and aboard. Mr. Bose was recognized for his work by Computer Jagat (an oldest monthly ICT magazine in Bangla) “recognizes Individual’s Contribution Towards Vision 2021: Digital Bangladesh, in 2012, for being one of the key players in Dnet for his efforts have enabled learning through education easier to the children through the Smart Class Room (SCR)”.
Over the years, Mr. Bose gained work experience with government agencies, Non Resident Bangladeshis, Private Sectors and Development Organizations at home and abroad. Mr. Bose has been involved in various social organizations in Bangladesh as part of his moral responsibility and has had contribution in the lives of the underprivileged. Prior to joining Dnet in 2003, Mr. Bose worked as Research Officer at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (www.bids.org.bd) in 1991-2002.
Asif Saleh, Member
Asif Saleh is the senior director of strategy, communication and empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International. He oversees strategy, communications, advocacy, ICT and social innovation lab, and in charge of empowerment cluster, which includes gender justice and diversity, migration and human rights and legal aid services. Prior to joining BRAC, he was an executive director at Goldman Sachs and also worked for Glaxo Wellcome, NorTel and IBM. Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded project access to information (a2i) program at the prime minister’s office. Mr. Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organization with chapters across the world focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshi people. He contributes regularly to local and international dailies.
Mr. Saleh was recognized for his work by Asia Society’s Asia 21 program in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business. He is currently a mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, a member of the advisory board of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and a board member of Institute of Informatics and Development (IID). He was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2013.
Muhammad Abdul Mabud, Member
Mabud completed his BS in computer information systems from the University of Central Missouri and currently working in telecom sector as the Chief Marketing Officer of Bangla Trac Communications Limited, a company providing range of voice and data services for both local and international market. Coming from a diverse academic and social background Mabud is a strong believer of endless possibilities in every human being and importance of little nudges here and there to maximize that potential.
Mabud joined Spreeha from the urge to reciprocate countless timely nudges from many beautiful souls. He also believes that it is absolutely important for all to be around young children as the positive energy of their spirit can help people be better.
Tamzid Siddiq Spondon, Member
Tamzid Siddiq Spondon is an entrepreneur, communication expert, planner, organizer and activist. He has more than 20 years of experience in Brand Building, Advertising, Information Technology and Tourism.
He has served as the Joint Secretary General of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Technology (BASIS) for two terms. He has directly initiated the formation of a number of companies and initiatives. He is the Founder and Managing Director of ZANALA Bangladesh Ltd., ZANALA Systems Ltd, Base Camp Bangladesh Ltd. and Director of Beshto.com Ltd.
Tazin Shadid, Founder and CEO
Tazin founded Spreeha in 2011 with a hope of empowering underprivileged people break the cycle of poverty. Before starting Spreeha, he founded and ran a healthcare program for five years that provides healthcare to people living in urban slums. Outside of Spreeha, Tazin worked for Microsoft in Program Management and User Experience roles for almost ten years. Tazin brings strong, compassionate user advocacy to the engineering process and thrives to bridge the gap between technology, users, and engineers. Outside his primary role at the Microsoft headquarters in Seattle, Tazin was involved in Microsoft’s diversity initiatives and served as the Chair for Microsoft Asian Employee Resource Group, the largest diversity organization on campus with 17 Employee Networks and over 10,000 members.
Tazin left Microsoft in October 2015 to focus solely on Spreeha. Tazin was honored with the “40 Under 40” award by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2015.