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Discussions to look forward to on ‘Youth Skills Summit 2020’

World Youth Skills Day is observed by UNESCO-UNEVOC on July 15. The aim of the occasion is to recognise the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges. The official theme for World Youth Skills Day this year is 'Skills for a Resilient Youth'.

The Daily Star will host 'Youth Skills Summit 2020', in association with SBK Tech Ventures. The virtual event, marking World Youth Skills Day, will be live on The Daily Star's Facebook page (http://facebook.com/dailystarnews) from 9 am onwards, on July 15. Star Youth, 10 Minute School and Youth Opportunities are the youth engagement partners of the summit. 

56 speakers from home and abroad will join this event as speakers, panelists and moderators. The line of speakers consists of industry leaders, entrepreneurs and young aspirants representing different fields. The aim of the summit is to create a bridge between the veterans and the youth.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to closures of educational and training institutions, interrupting the skill development opportunities among the youth. It has led to job cuts in some industries, creating fears among the youth regarding their careers. As a result, it is time to enlighten the youth about the job market, during and post the pandemic, to guide them about the skills they need to acquire to be competitive in the job market.

The summit will feature a series of panel discussions where experts will talk about different industries, starting from tech and business to arts and culture.  The experts will guide the young attendees about the career prospects of different skills. Here is a list of all the panel discussions.


Our Youth Shaping 'Digital Bangladesh'


Time: 9:00-9:50 AM




Didarul Alam Sunny



Iqbal Bahar


Nijer bolar moto ekta golpo

Towhid Hossain

Secretary General


Prito Reza (Moderator)

Host, Photographer & Director



This session will shed light on how our youth plays a significant part in shaping 'Digital Bangladesh'.  The speakers will discuss recent contributions and youth initiatives, as well as how today's youth can leverage the digital disruption and bring innovation in the country through their work.


Role of the youth in nation building


Time: 10:00-10:50am




Md Shumon Zihady

Assistant Secretary

Ministry of Public Administration

Md Shabuddin Kabir

Additional SP

O&M, Bangladesh Police

Dr.Sirazul Islam Khan

Medical Officer

RAB 6 (Deputation)

Mir Sohel Rana (Moderator)

AIG Media

PHQ, Bangladesh Police


This session comprises of young aspirants working in the Bangladesh Civil Services. The discussants will talk about their work, their inspirations,  their preparations for their careers and the positive changes they want to bring about in the country, through their roles.


Diana Awards: The Changemakers


Time: 11:00-11:50 AM




Shah Rafayat Chowdhury

Co-Founder & President

Footsteps Bangladesh

Sheikh Inzamamuzzaman


Study Buddy

Muhammad Jahirul Islam


Ignite Youth Foundation

Rafiul Haque Anter

Organising Secretary

Volunteer For Bangladesh

Akib Bin Rashid (Moderator)

In-charge, Shout

The Daily Star



The Diana Award was established in memory of Princess Diana in 1999. It is regarded as the most prestigious accolade young individuals can receive for their social and humanitarian work. With a vision to empower the youth, it celebrates individuals from different countries for their notable contributions to society. The Diana Award is given out by the charity of the same name and is supported by Princess Diana's sons, The Duke of Cambridge Prince William and The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry. Six young changemakers from Bangladesh received the award this year at a virtual ceremony on July 1. Four award receivers will be joining as the panelists of this session to talk about their journeys.



The Importance of Women Entrepreneurs in Business


Time: 12:00-12:50 PM




Monoshita Ayruani


WebAble Digital

Siffat Sarwar

Co-founder & COO


Tawhida Shiropa


Moner Bondhu

Tinker Jannat Meem

Managing Director

Pop of color Ltd.

Sayeda Nabila Mahabub (Moderator)

Director- Marketing and Public Relations





This session will highlight the skills women in Bangladesh need as entrepreneurs and the different challenges that they need to overcome. The panel consists of successful women entrepreneurs of Bangladesh and women working in startups.


Organisations in Pandemic Times: Adopt and Adapt a Winning Culture


Time: 1:00-1:50 PM




Shehzad Munim

Managing Director

British American Tobacco Bangladesh

Zaved Akhtar

Vice President, Digital Transformation and Growth

Unilever South Asia

Sonia Bashir Kabir


SBK Tech Ventures

Tanjim Ferdous (Moderator)

National Consultant

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)


COVID-19 has led organisations to adopt new strategies to cope up with the challenges. In this session, leaders from prominent corporate houses like Unilever, BATB and SBK Tech Ventures will join and shed light on how their organisations are adapting to the challenges. They will share their life lessons to inspire the current generation.



Transitioning from Academics to Corporate: The Post-COVID-19 Scenario


Time: 2:00-2:50 PM




Mohammad Baktiar Rana

Associate Professor

Institute of Business Administration, Jahangirnagar University

Md Saimum Hossain

Assistant Professor

Department of Finance, University of Dhaka

Mohammad Mahboob Rahman

Vice President


BRAC University

Galib Bin Mohammad (Moderator)

Head of Marketing

Arla foods Ltd.


The pandemic has resulted in closures of educational institutions worldwide. This session will shed light on how the pandemic has affected students and graduates. It will address the challenges that students and graduates will face, the demands of the job market, and the ways through which graduates can make the transition from the academic to the corporate world in these critical times.  



Socially Responsible Leadership in Fighting a Pandemic


Time: 3:00-3:50 PM




Yasir Azman


Grameenphone Ltd.

Tanvir A Mishuk

Managing Director


Arif R. Hossain


Aamrai Bangladesh

Asif Saleh

Executive Director


Korvi Rakshand


Jaago Foundation

Zunaed Rabbani (Moderator)


The Right Kind and AIRN


Different organisations have taken bold steps during the pandemic to serve the community. The panelists in this session are from organisations who have made a mark through notable initiatives in this time of crisis.


Creating Content for a Dynamic Internet Audience


Time: 4:00-4:50 PM




Sakib R. Khan

Country Lead-Bangladesh

Hoichoi Technologies Bangladesh Ltd.

Rumman R Kalam



Safa Kabir

Actor and influencer


Md. Sohan Haidear (Moderator)


Smartifier Academy


During the pandemic, internet consumption has increased significantly. With the boom of YouTube and social media, content making has turned into an interesting career for the youth.  In this session, content creators and influencers will answer queries and discuss how to cater to a dynamic internet audience.


The Experience of Women in Workplace


Time: 5:00-5:50 PM




Nafisa Shadaf

Territory Officer – Kushtia

British American Tobacco Bangladesh

Tahsin Noor

Campaign Manager


Afifa Sultana

Senior Executive, Brand and Corporate Communication

IPDC Finance

Nourin Jahan Rinta

Marketing Executive

The Daily Star

Mahzabin Ferdous Sharna (Moderator)




This session will shed light on the experiences on women in their workplaces, including the skills they need to thrive in the job market, the challenges they face and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their professions. The panelists are young aspirants working in leading organisations.



Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Job Market


Time: 6:00-6:50 PM




Md. Faisal Imtiaz Khan

Chief Human Resources Officer

Robi Axiata Ltd.

Zulfiqar Hussain


Grow and Excel

Fahim Mashroor

Co-founder & CEO


Ghulam Sumdany Don (Moderator)

Chief Inspirational Officer

Don Sumdany Facilitation and Consultancy


In this session, HR professionals and trainers are going to speak about the current and post-pandemic job market, including the skills, preparations and competencies required for different jobs.



Skill-driven Online Education for an Adaptive Workforce


Time: 7:00-7:50 PM




Tawsif Alam Khan

Founder & Managing Director

Vertical Horizon Education Institution




Rakhshanda Rukham


Preneur Lab

Osama Bin Noor


Youth Opportunities

Rafiath Rashid Mithila (Moderator)

Head of Early Childhood Development Programme



In this session, speakers from the education sector will discuss the ways in which Bangladesh can leverage an online education system. They will talk about the challenges, prospects and platforms that can play key roles in developing a skill-driven online education system.


Creativity and Adaptivity: How Businesses can Sustainably Innovate During COVID-19


Time: 8:00-8:50 PM




Sabbir Nasir

Executive Director


Mahtab Uddin Ahmed

CEO and Managing Director

Robi Axiata Ltd.

Momin U Islam

Managing Director and CEO

IPDC Finance

Anna Kiernen

Co-Director of MA Creativity: Innovation and Business Strategy

University of Exeter

Shuvashish Roy (Moderator)

Digital Marketing Manager

The Daily Star


Creativity is the need of the hour, as it can result in the best strategies and innovations for an organisation. This session will discuss this specific skill and how it can help organisations and industries to sustain in the long run.



Digital Skills for the Future


Time: 9:00-9:50 PM




Ayman Sadiq

Founder & CEO

10 Minute School

Imran Kadir


Mission Save Bangladesh

Jabed Sultan Pias

Head of Digital Business at Prothom Alo

Prothom Alo

Azim Hossain (Moderator)

General Manager - Digital

Channel i


In this session, digital experts are going to enlighten the youth about developing skills for digital innovations.  


The Changing Entertainment Industry: Opportunities and Challenges for Artistes


Time: 10:00-10:50 PM




Tahsan Rahman Khan

Musician and Actor


Ashfaque Nipun

Writer and Director


Iresh Zaker

Managing Director

Asiatic 360

Elita Karim (Moderator)

Editor, Arts & Entertainment and Star Youth

The Daily Star

Media personalities, singers, filmmakers and actors are going to join the panel to discuss the changes in the entertainment arena. The discussion will explore whether the popularity of streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hoichoi, Iflix and others is a challenge or opportunity for artistes.

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