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Mr. Aftab ul Islam, B Com, LLB, FCA , new Chairperson of SME Foundation
Press Release
27.8.'09

Mr. Aftab ul Islam B Com, LLB, FCA has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Small & Medium Enterprise Foundation(SMEF). According to the SMEF `Articles of Association 41(i) &article 60 Mr. Aftab ul Islam has been appointed for the next two years. He succeeded three former chairpersons of the SMEF who were respectively Mr. Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury(former advisor) , Mr. Ayub Quadri(former advisor) & Mr. Dilip Borua, the present misnister for Industries. Mr. Islam is the immediate past President of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Bangladesh, in which he assumed in 2001 till 2005.

With his spectacular achievement in the IT and office automation business, Mr. Islam was elected President of the Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) and he is still widely recognised at home and abroad for persuading the government into using information technology for efficiency and competitiveness and making computer products duty free for its wider usage. He was instrumental in setting up the BCS Computer City at the IDB Bhaban, paving the way for harnessing the immense potential of the IT sector. He was elected President of the country's premier chamber, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). In the year 2001, Mr. Islam was elected to become the first-ever non-American President to lead the prestigious forum of American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham), which works to promote trade and economic cooperation between US and Bangladesh.

Mr. Islam, son of Mr. Tajul Islam, was born in November 18, 1950 in Comilla. He graduated first in commerce and then in law. Later he went on to be a Chartered Accountant and a fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh. Mr. Islam began his career in NCR Corporation, a US-based multinational IT giant, in 1976 and worked his way up to become first Bangladesh-born Country Manager (CEO) for its operation in Bangladesh. In 1992, Mr. Islam launched his own business, International Office Equipment (IOE), after the NCR closed down its direct operation in Bangladesh. Mr. Islam is the Chairman of IIT Bangladesh Ltd., an institute that grooms IT professionals; Impact PR, Bangladesh's first institutional public relations agency; Sr. Vice-Chairman of Asia-Pacific General Insurance Company Ltd., and a Director of AT AZ Bangladesh Ltd., a Joint venture Management Consultancy firm with American counterpart. He has been instrumental in attracting several foreign direct investments (FDI) in Bangladesh. Mr. Islam was elected as Director the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the apex trade body of Bangladesh, for the period of 2005-2007. Mr. Islam attended various professional and management training courses in the US, UK, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Cyprus, Belgium, Bahrain, Egypt, South Korea, Pakistan and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. He has been elected as Vice President of Fair Election Monitoring Alliance (FEMA) and also nominated the member of the Board of Governor of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a member of Eisenhower Fellowship Nominating Committee Bangladesh and also life member of Assistance for Blind Children (ABC). He is the recipient of a number of achievement awards of national and international repute.

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SM Nurul Alam, AGM(PR) , SME Foundation, Dhaka. Cell- 01552-399030.