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05:08 PM, July 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:13 PM, July 16, 2019

Bangladesh Youth Skills Summit held at UIU

To fortify quality education, and core values within students who face a lot of problems with proper employment opportunities due to lack of skills, Torun organised Bangladesh Youth Skills Summit on July 13, 2019 on United International University (UIU) campus in Dhaka.

The initiative was taken in a bid to indicate the World Youth Skills Day observed on July 15 every year.

Professionals from corporate fields, entertainment sectors, and many other different areas conducted interactive sessions where students directly engaged with the esteemed leaders to learn about skills in different sectors.

The event was initiated by Tajdin Hassan, US state alumni after he completed IVLP.

“My passion towards working with and for the youth swelled after I completed my IVLP program as I believe that there is scope for skill development in a nation where graduates suffer finding proper jobs due to inadequate skills,” he said in the welcome speech.

The event, presented by SBK Tech Ventures in association with IPDC Finance, Faraaz Hossain Foundation, and UIU, turned out to be a successful one.

The event began with an opening session by Sonia Bashir Kabir, founder, chairman and CEO of SBK Tech Ventures, where she enlightened everyone about what the initiative was about.

Next up was Malik Talha Ismail Bari, director of United Group, who also shared his insights about why this type of event is important for the youth of Bangladesh to develop the skillset that they need to excel in their careers.

The morning sessions began with the one titled “3 elements of practical psychology”, an insightful topic about mastering interpersonal skill, conducted by Ejazur Rahman, managing director of Mind Mapper. The next speech was on financial innovation which was a significant one for those who want to work in the financial sector. It was conducted by Syed Mohammad Kamal, country manager of Mastercard.

Arif Nezami, CEO of Preneur Lab, shed some light on digital products helping those who want to pursue their careers in the tech industry.

After a short breakfast break, the lunch session kicked off with the interesting topic of “Job Switching” which was conducted by Galib Bin Mohammad, head of marketing of Arla Foods Bangladesh Ltd.

The lunch sessions continued with more insightful talks by some amazing speakers and well-known corporate personalities from financial and FMCG industry of Bangladesh where they discussed about the key skillsets they seek for in the respective industries. The speakers were: Jane Alam Romel, CMO, IDLC Finance Ltd; Faisal Mahmud, senior marketing manager, Bangladesh Edible Oil Ltd; and Mahzabin Ferdous, head of brand and corporate communication, IPDC Finance Ltd.

Ayman Sadiq, founder and CEO of Robi 10 Minute School, moderated a panel discussion on “Startup Ecosystem of Bangladesh” for the young minds wishing to be future entrepreneurs. The panelists were: Waiz Rahim, founder and CEO, Deligram; Ilmul Haque Sazib, co-founder and COO,; and Didarul Alam Sunny, director of BASIS.

Solaiman Shukhon, head of corporate affairs and PR at Nagad, conducted a session, followed by one of the most interactive sessions of the day by Prito Reza, the founder of Wedding Diary Bangladesh.

The afternoon talks started with an engaging session by Ghulam Sumdany Don, chief inspirational officer of Ghulam Sumdany Facilitation and Consultancy. Then there was a presentation on Faraaz Hossain Foundation which edified the significance of friendship and courage.

The limelight of the event was a session conducted by Zaved Akhtar, marketing transformation director (South Asia) at Unilever, on emotional intelligence, a significant skill that the youth should develop to fight challenges in their upcoming days.

The session was followed by the long-awaited face of the day, Minar Rahman, a popular singing sensation of the country. Minar, very interestingly, enlightened the youth about how practicing and appreciating arts can help people grow various skills which can be utilised in their corporate careers.

Finally, the event ended with a heavyweight panel discussion moderated by none other than Sonia Bashir Kabir herself. The panelists, this time, were some of the veteran leaders of the country: Shehzad Munim, president at Foreign Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Mominul Islam, MD and CEO of IPDC Finance Ltd; and Fahim Mashroor, CEO of Ltd.

They spoke about the skills and motivational factors that have driven them to climb up the stairs in their careers and also mentioned about the things that the would-be leaders should keep in their mind during their future journeys.

The emcee for the event was Ayman Sadiq, who is a winner of The Queen's Young Leader Award 2018 and got enlisted in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the same year.

Although it was a gloomy, rainy day, but the young faces at UIU shone bright as these future leaders and entrepreneurs were enlightened about how to turn their long-cherished dream into reality: the dream of breaking the chain of unemployment and creating an impact.  

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