DHAKA: SBA (Small Business Administration) of USA has honored Bangladesh-origin business personality Aziz Ahmad, Managing Director of Grameen Solutions Ltd. and CEO of UTC Associates for his extraordinary contribution in the field of business and financial sector for more than two decades in the USA.
He was honored at NASDAQ closing Bell ceremony took place on February 12 in NASDAQ MarketSite located at 4 Times Square in New York, where Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of SBA and a member of President Obama's cabinet, joined.
Over 50 entrepreneurs were present, including NASDAQ and SBA leadership team, chamber and business leaders in this auspicious event.
Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Ringing The Closing Bell at the NASDAQ is very special, where stocks of over 2,300 U.S. companies and over 275 foreign companies and its market capitalization of the stocks listed is over $4.5 trillion, the bell watched live by over 100 million people worldwide.
Aziz Ahmad is inducted into highly coveted SBA Emerging Leaders program in 2015.
Aziz Ahmad, Vice Chairman, USPAACC-NE, led the delegation team of US Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce where Susan Allen is its National President and the CEO.
The US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce, a non-profitable organization representing all Asian Americans and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, and education, public and community services.
Aziz Ahmad, an accomplished business leader and network architect, was the lead architect of AT&T’s 21st century networks.
Aziz Ahmad directed the AT&T team in the Next Generation Internet (NGI) Consortium, which was created to research, develop, and demonstrate the next generation broadband access network based on IP and Multi-Wavelength optical technology.
His work required the management and coordination of teams of several hundred technical, academic and management personnel spread across the United States.
An accomplished business leader, Aziz was the lead architect of AT&T’s VoIP and 21st century networks. His work required AT&T’s Sr. management sponsorship and coordination of teams of several hundred technical, academic and management personnel spread across the United States.
Aziz Ahmad recently joined board of directors of CodersTrust, a Danish company, a company supported by DANIDA with a vision to democratize access to education via the Internet on a global scale. He serves as a board member of numerous technology companies in the USA and Bangladesh.
He founded Vonair, Inc. a leading multimedia-based applications and Netra Systems and co invested Vidtel and later successfully sold it.
Aziz Ahmad is the board member of Engineering Leadership Council at the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York.
He is the recipient of the City University of New York’s First Asian American Distinguished Alumni Award. He was inducted into the Wall of Honor at the Grove School of Engineering, City College of City University of New York.
A leading community leader and benefactor, Aziz Ahmad has established the "Aziz Ahmad Leadership Lectures Series" at the City College of New York, CUNY where fortune 500 corporate leaders are invited to offer keynote speeches.
The Bangladesh-origin businessperson in USA is a member of Economic Development commission, appointed by Mayor of Marlboro Township of state of New Jersey.
Aziz Ahmad served as advisory board member of The High School for Enterprise, Business, and Technology of NYC department of Education located at 850 Grand Street in Brooklyn.
Aziz Ahmad participated numerous speaking engagements in the area of technology and social venture initiatives. Recently, Aziz Ahmad participated as a panel speaker in Guatemala about the importance of technology and innovation for underserved and unserved part of the world.
Also in Copenhagen, Denmark about improving technological skills for students of underdeveloped and emerging countries along with Sir Richard Branson, The founder of Virgin and Morten Lund, co investor of Skype.
The NYSE honored Aziz Ahmad at its ‘Ringing the Closing Bell’ programme on January 11, 2013.
Contacted, this successful business personality told in a press conference that this invitation is same prestigious for both Bangladesh and also for him.
ভিডিও বার্তায় যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের এই প্রভাবশালী কংগ্রেসম্যান আরও বলেন, স্রেফ ইন্টারনেটের সুধিধা ব্যবহার করে এখন ক্যালিফোর্নিয়ার একটি কোনও কোম্পানির সঙ্গে চট্টগ্রামের একটি কোম্পানি সহজেই যোগাযোগ স্থাপন করতে পারছে। যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের কোনও কোম্পানি খুব সহজেই বাংলাদেশের কোনও সফটওয়ার কোম্পানির সঙ্গে যোগাযোগ করতে পারছে। এভাবেই গোটা বিশ্বের ক্রেতা বিক্রেতা আর সেবা প্রতিষ্ঠানগুলো একযোগে কাজ করতে পারছে।
তিনি বলেন, বাংলাদেশ বিশ্বের অন্যতম জনবহুল দেশ হওয়া সত্তেও এত আশাবাদী, কঠোর পরিশ্রমি মানুষ আমি আর দেখিনি।
প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনার ডিজিটাল বাংলাদেশের উদ্যোগ দারুণভাবে সফল হচ্ছে উল্লেখ করে মাইক হন্ডা বলেন, বাংলাদেশ তার এই সম্ভাবনা নিয়ে দক্ষিণ ও দক্ষিণপূর্ব এশিয়ায় প্রধানসারির অর্থনীতি হিসেবে প্রতিষ্ঠিত হবে।
শেখ হাসিনার নেতৃত্বের প্রশংসা করে মাইক হন্ডা বলেন, প্রযুত্তির এই উন্নয়নের মাধ্যমে বাংলাদেশ সত্যিকারের সোনার বাংলা হিসেবে গড়ে ওঠার পথেই অগ্রসরমান।
যুক্তরাষ্ট্র ও বাংলাদেশের মধ্যে তথ্যপ্রযুক্তি খাতে পারস্পরিক সহযোগিতার সম্পর্ক আরও জোরদার হবে বলেও আশাবাদ এই মার্কিন কংগ্রেসম্যানের।
ভিডিও বার্তায় প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনার পাশাপাশি তার সরকারের সকল মন্ত্রী তথা তথ্য প্রযুক্তি প্রতিমন্ত্রী জুনায়েদ আহমেদ পলকের প্রশংসা করেন মাইক হন্ডা। এছাড়াও তিনি উল্লেখ করেন যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে প্রবাসী বাংলাদেশি আজিজ আহমদের কথা। ইউটিসি অ্যাসোসিয়েটস-এর সিইও আজিজ আহমদকে তথ্য প্রযুক্তি জগতের একজন অনুপ্রেরণাদায়ী নেতা হিসেবেই উল্লেখ করেন এই কংগ্রেসম্যান।
NEW YORK: Eminent Bangladeshi entrepreneur in USA Aziz Ahmad joined the 114th congressional Swearing in ceremony in Capitol Hill on January 6th 2015 as an honoured guest. Mr. Ahmad Shown here in the picture, second from the left, along with the reelected United States Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Congressman Mike Honda from California, among other dignitaries.
Mr. Ahmad said "as our Democracy forges a new horizon, both Democrats and Republicans will have to mix in order to spawn new creativity, nourish the human spirit, spur economic growth and empower nations"
Aziz Ahmad is a well known personality in the mainstream political and business community in United States and the Bangladeshi diasporas as well.
Aziz Ahmad is the CEO and President of UTC Associates, Inc., a leading systems and network integration company.
President & CEO Aziz is also co-founder of Vonair Inc, a software provider of video enabled Softclient for the wireline and wireless markets.
Mr. Ahmad's career in the telecommunications and information technology industry spans nearly two decades. During that time, he progressed steadily upwards in the ranks of management and business leadership positions, in some of the largest and technically advanced companies in the United States. Mr. Ahmad brings his vast experience to UTC Associates, Inc. headquartered on Wall Street in New York City, of which he is a co-founder.
An accomplished leader and network architect, Aziz was the lead architect of AT&T’s VoIP networks. Mr. Ahmad managed the network design and development efforts for AT&T and specialized in areas of multi-services broadband technology and packetized voice. Mr. Ahmad directed the AT&T team in the NGI (Next Generation Internet) Consortium, which was created to research, develop, and demonstrate the next generation broadband access network based on IP and Multi-Wavelength optical technology. His work required the management and coordination of teams of several hundred technical, academic and management personnel spread across the United States.
He has extensive experience in developing and rolling out new services from concept to revenue generation stage. Aziz also served as Director of Service Provider Solutions at Thrupoint and was responsible for developing and introducing a broad range of IT and telecommunication solutions for the service provider market.
Mr. Ahmad's travels and international business experiences, particularly in Bangladesh, inspired him to found US Bangladesh Partners, a business endeavor focused on developing business opportunities for US, Canadian, Pacific Rim and global companies, seeking to invest in, source from, do business with, manufacture in, joint venture or partner in Bangladesh. In support of this endeavor, US Bangladesh Partners and UTC Associates, Inc. have brought together their networks of chambers of commerce, corporate leaders, the academic and business communities to introduce and connect them to the opportunities available in Bangladesh, including organizing and co-hosting the 2009 Bangladesh Investment Summit in NYC, at which the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina presided, the 2010 Power and Energy Investment Road Show, and the US Bangladesh Technology Summit in 2010.
Mr. Ahmad is very proud to serve as a Managing Director of Grameen Solutions (www.grameensolutions.com), Grameen Bitek in Bangladesh where Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus serves as the Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Ahmad is a recognized business leader who has played a prominent role in the business and corporate community. Mr. Ahmad is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the US Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce, North East Region (USPAACC), a national, non-profit organization representing all Asian Americans and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, and education, public and community services.
GSL's honorable MD, Mr. Aziz Ahmad was part of the glorious US Bangladesh Executive Round Table event that took place on Tuesday 23-09-2014 at 9:30am EST in NYC with numbers of high level Bangladesh govt official's delegation team. The delegation team is visiting New York as part of Bangladesh Prime Minister Hon. Sheikh Hasina who is attending the 69th UN General Assembly session from September 23rd through 29th.
The principal attendees were
Mr. Shahriar Alam - Hon’ble State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohammad Ziauddin - Hon’ble Ambassador of Bangladesh to the USA, Mr. Kazi Akramuddin Ahmed - President, FBCCI, Mark Jaffee - President, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Savio Chan - President, US China partners, Mr. Aziz Ahmad - Chairman, US Bangladesh partners, Joyce Moy - CEO, US Bangladesh partners and Executive Director, CUNY American Asian research Institute, Myles Matthews - President, Global Trade and Technology partners.
The speakers focused on the strong partnership between United States and Bangladesh, specially in the business leadership and policy level solutions.
The US delegates showed keen interest to participate in joint collaboration in immediate future.
A new era has initiated for Grameen Solutions Ltd. (GSL) with collaboration with Denmark based Company CodersTrust.
The partnership was announced before Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group and Morten Lund, Co-investor of Skype, ZYB.
This auspicious event held in Copenhagen where over 500 Business leaders and entrepreneurs were present.
GSL's Managing Director, Aziz Ahmad and CodersTrust' CEO Ferdinand Kjærulff spoke before audiences about the significant of this join initiative.
CodersTrust is supported by Denmark's development cooperation, which aims to fight poverty in developing countries with economic growth. Enabling the private sector to create economic growth is one of the preconditions for effective poverty alleviation.
Ferdinand Kjærulff, CEO of CodersTrust said: "We are extremely honored to enter a partnership with Grameen Solutions on the journey of strengthening the Bangladeshi workforce. The partnership means that our goals will be reached in giving young IT coders with limited means better qualifications and access to the job market."
"With support and local guidance from Grameen Solutions we will select the best and brightest young people in emerging countries, including Bangladesh, finance them with micro-loans while they optimize their skills through on-line training programs thereby giving them access to more and better paid jobs." he added.
Partner and chairman of the board Morten Lund said: "Grameen Solutions is the strongest partner CodersTrust could get. At the same time, CodersTrust is the most promising project, I have ever been a part of. With support from Grameen Solutions we are developing a system, which activates young brilliant people, make them enter the global market and work locally from where they are - it is strategic upgrading of tomorrow`s technological labor force. The Joint Venture between Grameen Solutions and CodersTrust will take micro-loan into a new era."
Aziz Ahmad, Managing Director and CEO of Grameen Solutions said, "The strategic relationship between CodersTrust and Grameen Solutions is a very natural one, as our DNA uniquely focused on alleviation to poverty and removing barriers for young generation to grow as independent and raise productivity with significant wage increase."
"Both of our organizations' cultures are continuously improving; and I believe we will accelerate to do so with the combination of our strength," he also said.
Grameen Solutions Limited (GSL) is the flagship technology company of Grameen family of organizations founded in 1999 by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, The founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
"Grameen Solutions" literally means solutions for the villages. GSL offers Software Solutions, Cloud Services Solutions, Mobile Applications, and Analytic Solutions at competitive pricing. Since its inception, GSL has taken several pragmatic steps to attract global technology companies, create technology based solutions and opportunities, and increase overall digital inclusion in the country.
Its goal is to ensure Emerging Technologies gives the ultimate power of Economic development, thus empowerment in the hands of people through emerging Technology, bringing in positive growth to Country's GDP. For more information.
CodersTrust is an investment platform, funding tech-based education in emerging markets. Its business idea is essentially very simple: one of the biggest barriers to technology-based economic development in developing countries is the relatively high cost of - generally poor quality - of appropriate education and particularly access for "base of the pyramid" to education and jobs within the tech-based economy. For more information, please visit : http://www.coderstrust.com