Putting people at the heart of innovation

Innovator, co-founder, investor. These three titles don't necessarily do justice to the person we are meeting. Donning a mischievous smile throughout the interview, Abdur Chowdhury, former Chief Scientist of Twitter and Co-founder of Aura Frames, talks about his plans, passions, and most importantly what brings him to Dhaka.

The data-driven future is here

Next Step speaks to Cramstack, a data company with its very own business intelligence and analytics platform, about the data revolution in Bangladesh.


Closeup, Lux, Horlicks. Behind these brands' success in resonating with the audience is GroupM, a one-stop media solution. Executive Director Morshed Alam shares GroupM's star-studded journey throughout its 17 years of operation.

Going international: Cambridge's plans for Bangladesh

In conversation with Guy Chapman, Deputy Director, International Network at Cambridge International Examinations

Management in the fast lane

We caught up with the Head of HR of Bangladesh Express Ltd., licensee of FedEx Corp, to get to know more about this fast paced business sector.

Chorki: A startup to look up local content online

Chorki is a local search engine that specialises only in local content. We talked with Rashed Moslem, Chorki's Chief Operating Officer, about how Chorki works, its future plans and the team that built this platform.

What real estate has to offer

Next Step caught up with Sadat Hossain Salim, a prominent figure in the country's real estate arena and advisor to Rupayan Group, to talk about the real estate market and its career scope.

Never back down

Managing people is a challenging task in any business. What makes it even more daunting is diversity, trying to manage different people who are very different from each other. To find out how this challenging task is done, we caught up with someone who has no trouble managing the talent of one of the largest multi-nationals in the world: Giovanni Giordano, Director of Group Human Resources at British American Tobacco (BAT).

Nurturing home-grown talent

A data science enthusiast and Lecturer at NSU, K. M. Saqiful Alam talks to Next Step about his projects and the future of education in Bangladesh.

Jugaad: The budget approach to innovation

We recently interviewed Dr. Jaideep Prabhu, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Business and Enterprise at Cambridge University and a leading researcher of Jugaad—a frugal and flexible approach to innovation—to talk about why innovation knows no boundaries and how it is evolving every day.

The 10 million connection

This year Synergy Global.co, a team from Bangladesh won the Shanghai Regional Round of the Hult Prize, defeating 45 teams from top business schools.

Weaving a career in RMG

With over 30 years of experience in the RMG industry, Md. Moshiul Azam Shajal, former Director of BGMEA & Managing Director of Posmi Sweaters, gives us the scoop on how rewarding this industry can be career-wise.

Marketing to the masses

We talk to Solaiman Alam, Senior Director, Marketing at Banglalink about the changing face of the telecom sector.

The power of 'we'

Over the last two decades, Ajeyo Rohitashwo ~ Al Quazi has distinguished himself as both a corporate leader and a creative mind. A talented HR generalist, lovingly called 'corporate poet' by his peers, Ajeyo now leads as Group Chief People Office of Aamra Companies, one of the largest names in the IT and services industry. Ajeyo has been recently ranked 46th in CHRO Asia's "100 most talented global HR leaders". The first ever live mobile app on Bangla poems 'Ajeyo Kobita' portrays his writings and is available on the Google Playstore.

Digital hammer: Breaking geographical boundaries with internet for all

Yasir Azman talks about Grameenphone's plan to bring in full internet connectivity for Bangladesh and how he draws insights into the Bangladeshi youth by following his 12 year old son's behavior.

It's all about moonshots

A moonshot is an idea so big, so bold, that it is thought to be impossible until it isn't anymore. We caught up with John Sculley, former Former CEO of Apple and PepsiCo to talk about moonshots and the next big thing.