Having obtained my Postgraduate degree in Economics from the country’s second largest Public University in 1966, I set an ambition to build a career in a multinational company. Fortune smiled on me sooner than I had expected. Through a competitive interview I was selected for an executive job in the Marketing Department of Pakistan Tobacco Company, a member of the British American Tobacco Group in Karachi. After completion of training and orientation, I was posted in the then East Pakistan Office in Dhaka and made responsible for the management of a marketing zone.
My initial training and orientation and subsequent practical experience of doing a challenging marketing management job for several years gave me the inspiration and impetus to resign my job and form my own business enterprise, ARENCO in 1974 and put it into motion in 1975.
Having landed into business I got associated with different trade bodies to join hands with my senior business friends in ventilating demand for an enabling environment for investment.
In 1993 I was elected a member of the Board of the country’s largest trade body, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and in 1999 I was elected President of DCCI. I also had the privilege to represent the private sector in the Boards of the Dhaka Stock Exchange, Dhaka WASA and Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
Several times I traveled abroad as a member of the Prime Minister’s, Finance Minister’s and Commerce Minister’s entourage. I am a Paul Harry’s Fellow of the Rotary International. I am actively associated with a number of business and social organizations.