The EMERGING LEADERS CONGRESS 2019 was powered with leading corporates of Bangladesh such as Digital Tree and Lighthouse Bangladesh, Dhaka Bank Ltd, Apex Footwear Ltd and IDLC Finance in partnership with the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) as the knowledge partner and Digi-tech as event partner. This grand event was held on 19 October 2019 at Lakeshore Hotel, Gulshan 2, Dhaka.
The event was inaugurated by Md. Shafquat Hossain, Head of Retail Banking, Dhaka Bank Limited who delivered the welcome message and Prof. Dr. Charles C. Villanueva for the inaugural address. In his address, Dr. Villanueva highlighted the development efforts and initiatives of AIUB in pursuing academic quality and excellence worthy as knowledge partner. The theme of the event augurs well to the slogan of the university, “where leaders are created”. A battery of prominent corporate leaders delivered keynote speeches focusing on various dimensions of leadership. Quazi Mohammad Shahed, CEO of Partex Star Group spoke on Prime Leadership Process; Akhter Uddin Mahmood, GM & CHRO of IDLC Finance discussed the characteristics of a conscious leader; Leadership Energy was the theme of Najmus Ahmed Albab, CEO of Lighthouse Bangladesh Ltd; the perspective of Future CEO was discussed by Adil Islam, CEO, Meghna Bank Ltd. Mr. Quazi Zaman delivered a keynote on disruption ahead-the evolution of Management in the age of agile. He elaborated on how in the face of the industrial revolution 4.0, corporate leaders need to navigate these turbulent contingencies to seize not only national opportunities but global too. Another keynote speaker is Samina D. Amin, Chief Human Resource Officer, Rangs Group Ltd. She elaborated on the topic: conscious leader: talent management. Mr, Sabbir Hasan Nasir, Executive Director of ACI Logistics in Bangladesh imparted his knowledge on positioning and data science function precisely where an organization needs it to improve its present and future activities. The last but not the least speaker was Shehzad Munim, Managing Director of BAT Bangladesh. He expounded on embracing challenge-accepting and Managing change. With these experienced and learned speakers, it can be concluded that indeed the Congress was a resounding success leaving brilliant ideas and insights which can enrich and provide valuable inputs to the present work of the corporate and the academe. The event was emceed by Kishwar Mubin Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Department of Management & HRM, American International University-Bangladesh. The Congress was initiated by Digital Tree and Lighthouse Bangladesh and deserves to be congratulated for the overall success of the event.