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12:00 AM, July 08, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:55 AM, July 08, 2015

Renata chairman Humayun Kabir passes away

Syed Humayun Kabir, chairman of Renata Ltd and founder of SAJIDA Foundation, died at 6:36pm yesterday in the capital's Apollo Hospital, aged 83.

He left behind his wife, two daughters, and a son.

He will be buried at Banani Graveyard today after three namaz-e-janazas 

-- at Renata at 10:00am, atol Brac Centre at 12:30pm, and at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Zohr prayers.

Humayun Kabir was among the country's most respected business professionals whose career had long been associated with leading multinational organisations.

He graduated in chemistry from Dhaka University and studied pharmacology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

He was the founder of Bangladesh's Pfizer Ltd, which later turned into Renata Ltd, and had been its chairman for 21 years till death.

Humayun Kabir served as chairman and president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Bangladesh Employers Association, Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industries, American-Bangladesh Economic Forum, and Transparency International Bangladesh. He was also board members of several banks, an insurance company and a trustee of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

He had board-level association with Brac since 1972.

Humayun Kabir had devoted his life to reaching out to the poor and marginalised, and thus SAJIDA Foundation came into being, a seedling planted during his 25th wedding anniversary when it was founded as a gift to his wife, Sajida Humayun Kabir.

The organisation has come a long way since its humble beginning in 1993, reaching out to the poor families and helping them break out of poverty traps.

Humayun Kabir accredited the growth of SAJIDA to the competence and professionalism of its personnel and the organisation's strong focus on empowering the mother in order to empower the family. This organisation is driven by a strong family unit.


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