Welcoming the big crowd and esteemed speakers and performers from home and abroad, the much anticipated day-long event ‘TEDxGulshan’ successfully ended on January 18, 2020, Saturday at RAOWA Convention Centre, Dhaka.
Featuring the intriguing theme ‘Innovation Enabling Social Change’, for the first time in Bangladesh TEDxGulshan commenced at 10am and continued till 4 pm. TED is the world’s most respected speaking platform featuring leading thinkers and doers starting from Bill Gates to UN Secretary General to Shahrukh Khan as host/curator of TEDx in India.
TEDxGulshan, true to the format of TEDx events is a platform for the people to spread their story that will be thought-changing for the attendees and creating a bridge connecting the thought leaders, academics, change makers and entrepreneurs to bring about a social change.
The event was commenced with the welcome speech of the President and Curator of TEDxGulshan Mr. Ashfaq Zaman, CPA. After inauguration of the day-long event the main licensee of bringing TEDxGulshan for the first time in Bangladesh said, ‘TEDxGulshan will spread the fascinating ideas of Bangladeshis to inspire along with almost 44 million people globally through the TED channels.
At the event Hon’ble Mr. Salman F. Rahman, the Private Industry and Investment Advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, shared about the world of freelancing and how it emerged in Bangladesh. He highlighted the challenges that caused a hindrance towards bringing money from abroad and how freelancing can be institutionalized to solve the prevalent manifold problems in this sector.
Mr. Syed Tamjid-ur-Rahman, Vice President UN Global Compact Bangladesh & Vice President Bangladesh Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution, Mr. Bobby Hajjaj, Oxford Scholar & Faculty; and an International TEDx speaker, Major Mohommed Ali Shah, Indian Army Veteran & Bollywood Actor presented their speech.
During the day-long event, Ms. Zara Mahbub, Country Director & CEO, Kazi IT Centre Ltd; Dr. Yasmeen Haque, Professor of the Department of Physics, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology; Ms. Maliha M. Quadir, Founder & Managing Director; Mr. Niaz Rahim, Group Director Rahimafrooz Bangladesh Ltd; Mr. Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i, PMO shared their experiences.
Among others, Mr. Ayman Sadiq, CEO, 10 Minute School; Dr. Katherine Li, Director, Office of External Affairs, North South University; Mr. Mahir Ali Khan, Vice Chairman Rupayan Group; Ms. Sausan Khan Moyeen, Enchanted Events & Prints; and Ms. Bibi Russell, Bibi Productions Fashion for Development also shared their experiences. In the closing remarks TEDxGulshan event Curator Mr. Ashfaq Zaman gave vote of thanks to the attendees.