Testing the Strategic Mettle of the Youth
Strategy Master, an initiative by The Daily Star, is a business competition that aims to test the strategic business acumen of its participants. The challenge offered the youth of the country the opportunity to connect with various corporate leaders and digital media entrepreneurs. The event was powered by Bangladesh Brand Forum, exclusively focusing on digital media.
Each university handpicked 3 to 5 teams for the challenge, who then received a case via email. The teams were given 24 hours to come up with a solution, complete with a PowerPoint layout, to present to the judges. After deliberation, the judges announced one team as winner from each university.
The event took place from April 4 to 19, on selected university campuses across Dhaka. Out of a total of 30 teams, 6 were announced winners, representing the leading universities of Bangladesh.
The judging panel included some of the most influential corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and faculties, such as Shiblee Shakik Ahmed, Head of Marketing MMDS, South East Asia New Markets, Microsoft Corporation; Ovick Alam, CEO, WebAble; Dr. A.N.M. Shibly Noman, Associate Professor, Independent University Bangladesh (IUB); Solaiman Shukhon, Head of Marketing (Brand & Product Development), Aamra Networks Ltd.; Taslim Abedin Chowdhury, Retail Manager, DHL Express Bangladesh; Francis Gomes, Senior Business Development Manager, Eastern Bank Limited; Tajdin Hassan, Head of Marketing, The Daily Star; Shuvashis Roy, Strategic Project Planner, The Daily Star; and Rishad Sharif, Demand and Supply Planning Manager, GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Ltd.
The following teams were announced winners of "The Daily Star Strategy Master 2016":
Independent University-Bangladesh (IUB)
Team: The Maverick Invaders
Sadman Samad Sad
Zobaydul Goni Ifat
Noor Nayeem Hasnat Farhan
American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB)
Team: Squad of Gladiators
Ahmed Ishtiaq Zadid
Jahangirnagar University (JU)
Md. Fahimul Islam
Al Yousuf Hridoy
North South University (NSU)
Sheikh Asadur Rahman
Dhaka University (DU)
Team: The Holmes Sapiens
Mobassira Fabiha Haque
Ananta Prosad Paul
Team: The X Factor
The award presentation ceremony was held at The Daily Star Centre. The winners received crests, certificates and the unique opportunity to attend the Bangladesh Brand Forum Leadership Summit 2016 at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka.
Mahfuz Anam, Editor and Publisher of the Daily Star, and Shariful Islam, Founder and Director of Bangladesh Brand Forum, presented the awards to the winners. During his speech, Mahfuz Anam stressed that "hard work, commitment, honesty, and dreams" are the fundamentals we must live by in order to be successful.
Ecstatic with the results, the winners were in high spirit. Shamma Rahman, from the winning team of AIUB, said, "Even though it wasn't an extensive competition, I have learnt much from this experience – most importantly, how to analyse problems and implement ideas."
Al Yousuf Hridoy, from the winning team of JU, said, "I have to thank The Daily Star and Bangladesh Brand Forum for giving me this opportunity. Through this Challenge, I've been given the tools to tackle any problem calmly and efficiently. It's been a valuable life lesson."
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