Mr. Shameran Abed is the chairman of the Board of Directors of bKash Limited. He is part of the senior management of BRAC's Microfinance Programme in Bangladesh, which accounts for a major portion of Bangladesh's over $3 billion and 22 million borrower microfinance industry. In addition to managing a part of field operations, he works on product development and delinquency management issues. Prior to joining BRAC, Shameran worked as an editorial writer at one of Bangladesh's main English daily newspapers where he wrote primarily on politics.
He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Hamilton College in New York, and qualified as a lawyer and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in 2006.
Mr. Ryan Gilbert is a Director of bKash Limited nominated by BRAC Bank Limited. He is the co-founder and CEO of Better Finance, providing innovative financial solutions to small businesses through partnerships with retailers and financial institutions.
His 20 years of payments and start-up experience include executive and strategic development roles at VC firm Venrock, Real Estate Payments Company, PropertyBridge (acquired by MoneyGram), Wells Fargo Bank and Andersen Consulting.
He is a director of River City Bank, and an investor in payment companies including Eventbrite and Square.
Ryan is a member of the State Bar of California and YPO. Ryan holds a B.Com and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Mr. Selim Reza Farhad Hussain is a Director of bKash Limited nominated by BRAC Bank Limited. He joined BRAC Bank Limited as the Managing Director & CEO on November 8, 2015. Mr. Hussain is a career banker and an immediate past CEO & Managing Director of IDLC Finance Limited who is widely recognized and highly acclaimed across the financial sector for being the architect of IDLC Finance’s meteoric rise over the past six years. He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 of IDLC Finance’s two subsidiaries – IDLC Investments Limited and IDLC Securities Limited.
Mr. Hussain has an Honors degree in Accounting from Dhaka University and an MBA (Major in Finance) from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University.
He worked in various roles with the two largest multi-national banks in Bangladesh, ANZ Grindlays Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, for twenty-four years, before moving to the IDLC Group in 2010. He has resided and worked in India and Australia for a significant period of his career. Prior to taking over the helm at IDLC Finance Limited, he was the Head of Finance & Strategy for Standard Chartered Bank\s Consumer Banking Division in Mumbai, India. Mr. Hussain was also the CFO of Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh, from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Hussain was also a Director at the Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh (CRAB) and the Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Leasing & Finance Co Association (BLFCA) since 2012.
Mr. Meheriar M. Hasan is a global thought leader, innovator and a voice of authority in the realm of digital banking, bringing with him 35+ years of rich experience in breakthrough innovation and pathbreaking disruption, building direct/digital distribution channels to generate new profit sources at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. He possesses an unparalleled track record in enabling businesses to accelerate profitable growth through design thinking and building multi-channel sales/service processes and platforms.
Notably, Mr. Hasan founded Terafina Inc, a leading digital omnichannel sales solution provider in the financial services space. He also served as Senior Advisor to McKinsey from 2012-14 and was also a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, from 2006-08. Mr. Hasan holds a Master of Science in Finance, Master of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Arizona.
Some of Mr. Hasan’s most distinguished engagements include the following:
Defined the vision and led the building of Terafina, which was ranked amongst the top-two fintech disruptors by Celent. Terafina was acquired by NCR Corporation in February 2021.
As head of digital banking at US Bank, he led the build-out of one of the largest digital banking channels in the country in record time, which now delivers millions of dollars of bottom-line. The digital channel ranked first in overall customer experience by Keynote, a third-party benchmark.
As Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo, he designed and developed one of the largest direct-to-consumer/digital lending channels in the financial services industry, resulting in 100% growth in revenue, 118% growth in net income and 104% growth in portfolio balance over a three-year period.
He designed and delivered the largest digital sales channel in the financial services industry at Wells Fargo, integrating call center and branch, which resulted in 190% growth in core bank product and investment product sales over a two-year period.
He was responsible for the design, engineering and management of B2B and B2C products for Digital Insight, the largest online banking application service provider in the US to serve credit unions and small/mid-sized banks.
At Transamerica, he pioneered the first private-labeled direct-to-consumer channel in the insurance industry, fully integrated with independent agencies and business back-office operations.
Over his long and resplendent career, Mr. Hasan, in addition to his current membership on the Board of BRAC Bank, also holds Board membership across such other prominent companies as Toyota Financial Savings Bank (since 2015) and Mechanics Bank (since 2013).
Mr. Asif Saleh is a director of bKash Limited, nominated by BRAC Bank Limited. He is the executive director of BRAC Limited. He brings with him a diverse multi-sectoral experience in senior leadership roles in private, public and non-government sectors, with a proven track record of effectively managing interfaces of development programming, operational and financial sustainability and building effective partnerships, both within and outside BRAC.
Mr. Saleh has been deeply anchored in driving the strategic direction of BRAC. He joined the organization in 2011 and took up an increasingly important role in leading advocacy for social change, information technology, communications and social innovation. He has been instrumental in BRAC's concentration on emerging development challenges in the areas of urban poverty, youth skills development, inclusive growth and migration. As the senior director of the empowerment program cluster, he led BRAC's new programmatic areas, namely, the urban development program, human rights and legal aid services, skills development program and migration program. He also led the development of BRAC's five-year strategic plan in 2016.
Prior to joining BRAC, Mr. Saleh worked as a policy specialist for the Access to Information (A2i) Program at the Prime Minister's Office. As part of the Government's Digital Bangladesh initiative, he led the policy effort to expand affordable broadband connectivity across Bangladesh and devised the Government's m-governance strategy. He was also a key part of the Union Digital Centre team that created digital service centers in every union in Bangladesh. Since then, he has actively promoted the role of technology and frugal innovation in the development sector. He spent 12 years in Goldman Sachs in different fintech roles and institutional client sales in New York and London, ending his term there as an Executive Director. He has also worked in Glaxo Wellcome, IBM and Nortel.
Mr. Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organization with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis. He was recognized for his work by the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, Asia Society's Asia 21 program in 2008 and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Mr. Saleh is an active member in a range of international networks and alliances, advocating inclusive achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Millions Learning International Advisory Group, Brookings Institute, which addresses the question of how to scale quality education for all children and youth. He is also a member of the South Africa-based Innovation Edge, an institution promoting early Childhood development. Mr. Saleh chairs BRAC IT Services Limited, co-chairs BRAC Net, and is on the Board of BRAC Bank, and edotco Bangladesh Ltd. He is also a board member of multiple non-profits, including Institute of Informatics and Development, and Maya.
Mr. Saleh holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in management and marketing from the Stern School of Business, New York University.
Ms. Fahima Choudhury was appointed as an Independent Director to the board of BRAC Bank Limited in April 2018. At present, she also serves as member of the Board Risk Management Committee and the Board Audit Committee.
Since end-2018, Ms. Choudhury also serves as a BRAC Bank Nominated Director on the boards of BRAC-EPL Investments Ltd. and BRAC-EPL Stock Brokerage Ltd.; and is currently the Acting Chair of both these companies. In the end of 2021, she was nominated by BRAC Bank as a Director onto the board of bKash Ltd.
Ms. Choudhury is a management consultant and a marketing communications & advertising specialist with over 25 years of experience in various entrepreneurial and leadership roles across multiple firms. Due to her long involvement in the advertising business, she has had the opportunity to serve diverse range of local and international clients across a number of sectors and industries.
Ms. Choudhury started her career in Adcomm Limited (one of the oldest and most renowned advertising agencies in the country) rising to the position of Director, before moving on to establish her own integrated marketing communications agency called Marka. Later, Marka was acquired by Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide (part of the WPP Group), and Ms. Choudhury became the Managing Director (and shareholder) of Ogilvy & Mather Bangladesh. In the past she has also been a member of Ogilvy APAC regional council, as well as Assistant General Secretary in the Advertising Agencies Association of Bangladesh. Ms. Choudhury left the advertising industry in 2020 in order to focus on her consultancy business.
Aside from this, Ms. Choudhury is also a Director of Adcomm Holdings which has business involvements in various other industries (including hospitality, media and IT).
Ms. Choudhury did her B.Sc. (Hons.) Management and M.Sc. Management from the London School of Economics & Political Science in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Nicholas Hughes is a Director of bKash Limited nominated by Money in Motion LLC. He is the Managing Director of Signal Point Partners, established in 2009 to focus on mobile commerce opportunities in emerging markets. Hughes was previously Head of Mobile Payments at Vodafone, where he founded the payment service M-PESA. In Kenya, M-PESA has attracted more than 13 million subscribers since its launch in 2007.
In 2010 Hughes was a winner of The Economist's Innovation Award for Social & Economic Impact. He holds a PhD In Applied Science (1992) and an MBA with distinction from London Business School (2001).
Mr. Shinya Yoshino has over 16 years of experience in the financial and technology sectors in Japan, the U.S., Asia, Latin America, and several other emerging markets. His career with IFC began in 2007. At IFC, he has played a key role in implementing venture capital investment and corporate finance projects in FinTech. His responsibilities also included managing multiple portfolio companies. He focuses on early stage/growth investments in FinTech. He is currently leading the global portfolio operations of IFC's FinTech investments and managing 45+ active investments globally. Prior to joining IFC, Shinya worked for technology giant Mitsubishi Corporation, where he was responsible for investments in IT businesses, business development, and strategic partnerships. Shinya holds a BA from Keio University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Guoming Cheng is a Director of bKash Limited nominated by Alipay Singapore E-Commerce Private Limited. He is a Senior Director of Ant Group, the Head of Global Payment Partnerships which covers Ant Group’s payment joint ventures and partners in global market, including Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, India, Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan, etc. He has decent experience in Fintech and online payment business. Before joining Ant, Mr. Cheng held various major positions in other renowned or listed companies, including J.P. Morgan, HSBC and AGTech Holdings Limited.
Jungnam Jason Park is a Director of bKash Limited, nominated by SoftBank Investment Advisers. He is an Investment Vice President at SoftBank Investment Advisers, which manages the funds of the SoftBank Vision Fund. Currently, he focuses on identifying and investing in technology companies in Southeast Asia and Korea. Mr. Park has been active in a wide range of growth stage VC investments in Asia, including bKash in Bangladesh, since joining SoftBank in 2017. Prior to this, he was a technology strategist at SK Telecom and LG Electronics, helping corporates make decisions on their technology acquisitions and alliances. He also co-founded Frontrow in 2009, a fashion e-commerce company which is now a part of Shinsegae Group. He received a BA in Economics from Seoul National University, majoring in agricultural economics and rural development.
Mr. Chris Lee is a director of bKash Limited, nominated by SoftBank Investment Advisers. He is an Investment Director at SoftBank Investment Advisers, which manages the funds of the SoftBank Vision Fund. He is focusing on identifying and investing in technology companies in Southeast Asia and Korea. Mr. Lee is based in Singapore and is currently a board director of various investments in Southeast Asia (Biofourmis, Trax, Carro, Advance Intelligence Group) and Korea (Yanolja, Riiid).
Prior to joining SoftBank, he has spent his career in the U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore with various private equity investment roles at GIC, CVC Capital Partners and Headland Capital Partners. Mr. Lee received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Anita Ghazi Rahman is a director of bKash Limited, nominated by BRAC Bank Limited. She was appointed as an Independent Director to the Board of BRAC Bank Limited in February 2022.
She is an Independent Director of Chittagong Stock Exchange and Lightcastle Partners. She is a member of the National Advisory Board for Impact Investment in Bangladesh and also a member of the Investment Committee in Startup Bangladesh Ltd, the flagship venture capital fund of the ICT Ministry of Bangladesh.
She has experience in the corporate legal sector and heads the litigation practice of her law firm called The Legal Circle. She provides corporate and transactional advice for business formation, employment, financing, IP, services and procurement contracts, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, and other business restructurings.
Apart from this, Ms. Anita also mentors national and international incubator and accelerator programmes. Anita frequently mentors for BetterStories, Founders’ Institute, GP Accelerator, LightCastle Center for Advanced Learning, Seedstars, Startup Dhaka, YGAP, and BYLC Ventures, among others. She is a sponsor-member of Bangladesh Angels Network (BAN).
She obtained her LL.B. (Hons) degree from University College London (UCL) in 2002 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from Lincoln’s Inn in July 2003. Ms. Anita qualified as an Advocate in Bangladesh in 2004, as Advocate of the High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court in 2006, and as Advocate of the Apex Court, the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court in 2018.
Mr. Douglas Feagin is a director of bKash Limited, nominated by Alipay Singapore E-commerce Private Ltd. He was a Board Director in bKash from 2018 to 2020. He is also currently working as the Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships and Investments at Ant Group. He joined Ant Financial in June 2016 to spearhead Ant Financial’s globalization strategy as well as Alipay’s international business development, operations, and marketing activities. Before joining Ant Financial, Mr. Feagin was a senior partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and had been maintaining good working relationships with a wide range of clients in the US, Latin America, and Asia across many sectors including banking, tech, and insurance. During his 21-year tenure at Goldman, Sachs, Mr. Feagin specialized in merger and acquisition, IPO, equity offering, principal investing, and corporate restructuring. He joined Goldman Sachs as the Managing Director in 2002 and later became a Partner in 2006. Douglas graduated from the University of Virginia in 1988 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994.
Dr. Jamaluddin Ahmed, FCA is a director of bKash Limited, nominated by the Money in Motion LLC. He is one of the sponsor directors and Chairman of Emerging Credit Rating Ltd. Mr. Ahmed is professionally a Chartered Accountant. He secured First Class in Honors and Masters from Accounting Department of Dhaka University and has been awarded Ph.D in Accounting from Cardiff Business School, University of Wales, under Commonwealth Scholarship in 1996.
He has many years of experience in the financial sector of Bangladesh. He is the Audit Engagement Partner of numerous banks, leasing companies, energy companies, listed non-bank companies and tax advisor for many local and multinational companies.
He was a Member of the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Bank (2016 – 2019), Janata Bank Limited (2008-2013), Grameenphone Limited (2010-2015), Dhaka WASA, Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited, Essential Drugs Limited and HR Committee of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited. He was also the Chairman of Board Audit Committee of Bangladesh Bank, Janata Bank Limited, Grameenphone Limited, and, HR Committee of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited. From 1999 to 2013, he was a partner at Hoda Vasi Chowdhury & Co., an Independent Firm of Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu.