MUSTAFIZUR R KHAN

– FOUNDER & CEO, Startup Dhaka

Mustafiz is an entrepreneur, angel investor, startup community organiser and a marketer with over 17 years of experience of heading teams across diverse industries in Asia. He started his career as an entrepreneur managing an engineering SBU and later managed brand like HSBC in several countries. He co founded coolest co-working space in Dhaka, crowd funded and directed a documentary on tech startups in Dhaka which later pivoted to a content & event platform that connects entrepreneurs & innovators. He is passionate about technology and studies film in his spare time. He holds a double major in business and fine arts from COE College USA and an MBA from Nanyang Business School in Singapore.

FAYAZ TAHER

– COFOUNDER, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, Startup Dhaka

Fayaz is a serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor and a startup community advocate from Bangladesh and the current CEO of Fortuna, an innovative group of companies invested across various industries. Fayaz was one of the youngest Vice-Chairman of the Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods Manufactures and Exporters Association. Fayaz is also passionate about community building. Fayaz started his first venture at the age of 13 starting in retail and later went on to found Fortuna Fried Chicken while he was in High School. Fayaz was also a Director of Union Capital Leasing Ltd, and also helps set strategy with Peoples Life Insurance Company and Popular Life Insurance Company ltd. Fayaz is also an integral member & co-founder of Infrablue technology which as was announced as one of the winners of the Facebook Fund for their technology skills back in 2008, the only company from Bangladesh. Fayaz completed his undergraduate degree at Babson College in Entrepreneurship in ‘03 and completed his masters in International Development and Social Change at Clark University in Massachusetts, USA in ‘09. He is also a research fellow at Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and a fellow at Jaago Foundation.

SAMAD MIRALY

– COFOUNDER, DIRECTOR INVESTORS RELATION & INTL. PARTNERSHIP, Startup Dhaka

Samad is a Canadian-Bangladeshi investor. An Executive Director at Olympic Industries Limited, a publicly listed consumer goods manufacturing company. Samad contributes some time community-building for entrepreneurship and angel investing in Bangladesh. His main interests lie in working toward upliftment through entrepreneurship, via impact investing and disruptive technologies. Out side of startups, he is a director at Universal Financial Solutions Limited, a licensed asset management company.