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11:20 AM, March 10, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:31 PM, March 10, 2017

Exemplary women honoured on Women’s Day

Women In Leadership (WIL), along with its implementation partner Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF), organized Inspiring Women Award 2017, Powered by ACI PURE Spices to mark the International Women’s Day 2017 at hotel Le Méridien Dhaka. The award aims at recognizing the inspiring women in different sectors who have contributed to the organization as well as to the society.  The gala ceremony was the second part of the daylong initiatives taken by WIL, following the Le Méridien Dhaka Women Leadership Summit 2017, Powered by IPDC Finance Ltd.

Ms. Syed Alamgir, Managing Director, ACI Salt Ltd. & Executive Director, ACI Ltd, gave the welcome speech and inviting all the guests to the gala. Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Director, Bangladesh Brand Forum & President, WIL congratulated the winners in advanced and also praised all the nominations for their hard work that their respective organization has already recognized as an inspiring leader. A special speech was given by Ashwani Nayar, General Manager, Le Méridien Dhaka.

This year, call for nomination of Inspiring Women Award included 12 categories. More than 150 nominations under different professional categories from 58 organizations and more than 50 nominations under IPDC Leaders of Tomorrow category from 18 universities were received. Three jury panel consisting of total 20 jurors evaluated the nominations based on set criteria of respective categories.

The gala started in a flamboyant manner. The awards were given as winners and honorable mention. A total of 14 women professionals, 10 student leaders, two organizations and one initiative who were awarded.

The invited guests of the award included winner & their family members, ambassadors of different embassies in Bangladesh, female activists, academicians, politicians, social and media celebrities, high officials from corporate sector, students and others.

The award is Powered by ACI PURE Spices, RFL Plastics Limited and The Daily Star as In Association With, Advance Development Technologies Ltd. as Lifestyle Partner, Le Méridien Dhaka as Hospitality Partner, FICCI & MCCI as Partner, Colours FM & Marketing Society of Bangladesh (MSB) as Strategic Partner, GTV as TV Partner, Masthead PR as PR Partner and Webable Digital as Social Media Partner. 







Inspiring Female Professional




  1. Aspiring Woman Leader


Farhana Chowdhury

Area Manager

British American Tobacco Bangladesh

Honorable Mention


Afifa Abbas

Information Security and Governance Lead Engineer

Banglalink Digital Communications Ltd.

  1. RFL Plastics Progressing Woman Leader




Sababa Islam

Area Sales Manager, Modern Trade and Shopping Complex

Unilever Bangladesh Limited

Honorable Mention


Adrita Datta

Marketing HR Business Partner

British American Tobacco Bangladesh

  1. Le Méridien Dhaka Inspiring Woman Leader



Sanjana Farid

Regional Head (SEA and ASPAC)

Instant Cash FZE (A subsidiary of Emirates Post)

Honorable Mention


Sharmin Rahman

Group Creative Director

Asiatic Marketing Communications Limited


Le Méridien Dhaka Most Female Friendly Organization


Unilever Bangladesh Limited

Honorable Mention

Paxar Bangladesh Ltd.


ACI PURE Spices Most Dynamic Woman of the Year



Farzana Chowdhury ACII (UK)

Chartered Insurer

Managing Director & CEO

Green Delta Insurance




IPDC Leaders of Tomorrow


Abanti Shreya Saha

IBA, University of Dhaka


1st Runner up


Alif Laila Nabila

Khulna University


2nd Runner up


Abreshmee Adeeba Haque

IBA, University of Dhaka

Honorable Mention


  1. Kanis Fatema Nila,  Jahangirnagar University
  2. Marjina Masud, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur
  3. Monon Muntaka Shova, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
  4. Shafika Ahmed, IBA - Jahangirnagar University
  5. Syeda Nafisa Fahrin, Jahangirnagar University
  6. Tasfia Tabassum, IBA - Jahangirnagar University
  7. Zerin Tasnime, IBA - Jahangirnagar University


IPDC Inspiring Female Entrepreneur



Kohinoor Yeasmin

Chief Executive Officer



IPDC Inspiring Female Startup



Achia Khaleda Nila


Women in Digital


Colours FM Power Woman of the Year


Ifreet Zahin Kunjo

Founder & Chairman

HelpAid Foundation, Justice for Women Bangladesh (JFWBD)


ACI PURE Spices Inspiring Woman in Culinary Art



Alpana Habib

Culinary Artist



Inspiring Woman in Technology



Samira Zuberi Himika

Founder & Managing Director

Team Engine


RFL Plastics Inspiring Woman in Defense



Flight Lieutenant Nazia Afrin

Squadron Pilot

Bangladesh Air Force


Inspiring Female in Promoting Art


Tayeba Begum Lipi

Visual Artist and

Co-founder, Britto Arts Trust


Inspiring Female Friendly Initiative


BraveMen Campaign

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