Coming from different backgrounds, experience on leadership in different scales, learning from global perspectives and from the celebrated icons who are striving for the country literally alone, making networks among the future leaders, challenging the life map and accelerating strides for dreams and hopes! All these encompass in one basket and that is BYLC summit 2012. It is the most innovative youth leadership summit in Bangladesh since no organization has come forward with such start to give hope to the youth community, the most frustrated and most aspirant for ‘doing something great for the country’.
Hundreds of dreams in frame
Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center BYLC, a Harvard innovated idea, gives the opportunity to the youngsters of the country. For three days they have explored new scopes of leadership challenges, potentials, opportunities, embattled with their previous experiences and formulated the motivation for driving together, if not, only alone. The summit reaches the optimum diversity in terms of participation from different classes, backgrounds, education level, working areas and potentials. So the ideas, change makers and path creators have mingled with desire to drive towards new and unexplored chances for a country of 160 million people. Though the scale seems pretty little but it makes the beginning of the beginning as all the speakers of the summit acknowledged ‘we see the future in you, among you and upon you- the youth’.
Founder and President of BYLC Ejaj Ahmed and Keynote Speaker of the Summit Marty Linsky, Co-Founder and Principal; Cambridge Leadership Associates
The BYLC summit ranges the sessions on the most contemporary and relevant issues of the time. However, it is has been excellently promising since the best hands carried the two- way and engaging discussions and brainstorming sessions with the youth leaders.
On 26th April, 2012 the summit started at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, Dhaka without much notice from the mainstream media and excessive coverage though the future leaders gathered there. The inaugural gave the widely expanded hands of Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, who has been one of the most cherished icons among the youth. He ignited the youth to nurture and go for dreams those are big like bigger than even thought.
“A leader is a person who has the courage to revolt and go against odds. He must be different from all and choose to remain different. So have the courage to go beyond ordinary and be passionate about your cause. Be a true leader”
His sessions followed by journey of leadership by the Director of City Year Max Klau which rang bell of leadership in the hearts of the participating leaders. (https://southasianyouthnewsnetwork.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/max-klaus-discussion-rings-bell-amid-bangladeshi-youth-leaders/)
Later in the three-day of immersion in the discussions ranging from career building to realizing the deepest dreams, the discussants put great foods for thoughts and exploration. The striking sessions on ‘Diagnosing and Mobilizing the System’, conducted by Joe Hsueh, Systems Dynamic Model, MIT Sloan School of Management;
40 years of Bangladesh Economy: Achievements and Challenges, chaired by Debapriya Bhattcharya, Distinguished Fellow, Center for Policy Dialogue with co-panelists Fahmida Khatun, Head of Research, Center for Policy Dialogue, Nazneen Ahmed, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Policy Dialogue;
Social Impact Markets: Fostering Collaboration Across Private, Public and Non-Profit Sectors; chaired by Syed Kaiser Kabir, Managing Director and CEO, Renata Limited with co-panelists Pradeep Shrivastava, Chief Marketing Officer, Robi Axiata Limited and Qahir Dhanani, Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group;
Technology and Innovation: Transforming Our Thinking and Practices conducted by Munir Hasan, General Secretary, Bangladesh Mathematics Olympiad with co-panelists Pial Islam, Member, Governing Board, BYLC and Managing Partner, pi Strategy Consulting and Kamal Quadir, CEO, BKash Limited;
“When you pair technology with a purpose, don’t focus on the technology. Focus on the social impact”-Munir Hasan, Secretary General, Bangladesh Math Olympiad
Agriculture: The Need for a Paradigm Shift, Entrepreneurship: moderated by Shykh Seraj, Founder Director and Head of News, Channel I with co-panelists Niaz Rahim, Group Director, Rahimafrooz Limited, Selina Quader, Proprieter, Agroconcern and Wais Kabir, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council;
What does it take to become a Successful Entrepreneur- chaired by former President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annisul Huq with panelists Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, Chairman, Adcomm Ltd., A.K. Azad, President, The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Salahuddin Kasem Khan, Managing Director, A.K. Khan & Company Ltd;
“Once you’ve achieved from the society, you must give back to the society”- Salahuddin Kashem Khan
Social Media- moderated by Habibullah N. Karim, President & CEO, Technohaven Group; Shariful Islam, Founder, Bangladesh Brand Forum; and Nazim Farhan Choudhury, Managing Director, Adcomm Limited and Toufiq Rahim, Director, Globesight;
Yes, social media augments, assists, and enables us to reach a wider audience, but at the end of the day, it is the youth who make it powerful by utilizing it in the right way- Taufiq Rahim
Good Governance- chaired by Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh with other panelists Manzoor Hasan, Chairperson, BYLC; Shaheen Anam, Executive Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation and Alexious Butler, Director, Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID;
Women and Leadership- chaired by Nasim Firdaus, Executive Director, Bangladesh Alliance for Women Leadership with panelists Hasina Newaz, Managing Director, Orchid Printers; Luna Shamsuddoha, Chairman, Dohatec New Media; and Saima Anwer, Deputy Country Representative, The Asia Foundation, Bangladesh;
Climate Change and Renewable Energy- chaired by A. Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies with panelists Munawar M. Moin, Managing Director, Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited; and Sarwat Chowdhury, Climate Change Specialist, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Bangladesh and Syeda Rezwana Hasan, Executive Director, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA);
The only source of social renewable energy is the youth- Syeda Rezwana Hasan
Education for Career- chaired by A.K. Azad Chowdhury,Chairman, University Grants Commission with panelists M. Omar Rahman Vice Chancellor, Independent University Bangladesh, Rasheda K. Choudhury Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)and Kazi Anis Ahmed Director, Gemcon Group.
“Don’t prepare for the future world, because one thing’s for sure, in future, the world will be what you didn’t expect it to be”. – M. Omar Rahman, Harvard Alumni
The summit ended on 28th April at the Bashundhara Convention Centre in Dhaka with inspiring remarks from the U.S Ambassador to Dhaka Dan W. Mozena quoting “You are the leaders of today. You will build the Golden Bangladesh and America is your partner in this task”. The U.S. Embassy Dhaka was the title sponsor of the summit.
The participants’ shared experience in their social networking groups showed how they have been touched with the splendid awakening like Rakib Rokon Shared
“A moment can change the life”………….. I believe it. We want to be famous but we don’t like to go through the process. Let’s work hard and keep the confidence in your mind that you will be succeed. According to Munir Hasan “Lege Thako”.
A glimpse of engagement –
#Photo and data Credit: BYLC Official Facebook Page and U.S Embassy Dhaka, Official Facebook Page#