Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar

Senior Advisor

Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar is the Professor and Director of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. He is in the teaching profession for more than 32 years. His area of specialization has been marketing, strategic management, brand management (including city & nation branding), corporate social responsibility including social enterprise management, and SME management. In addition he is an expert in education with focus on tertiary learning and vocational & technical education. He has worked as consultant for the major private sector companies, public sector, and development agencies.

Dr. Ferhat has more than 65 publications in international and national journals. He is writer of 3 major books on business management. He has undertaken more than 70 consulting assignments and conducted dozens of training programs on marketing & strategy.

Dr. Ferhat is the Founder Director of Kotler Center for Marketing Excellence, University of Dhaka. He is also the Chief Patron of Marketing Society of Bangladesh and Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Brand Forum.

He is an independent board member of Singer (Bangladesh) Ltd. and International Appliances Ltd. He is also a member of the board of Asia Marketing Federation (AMF) and Vice President of Association of Management Development Institutes of South Asia (AMDISA).

Dr. Ferhat completed his post-graduation from Department of Biochemistry from Dhaka University; Master’s in Business Administration from IBA; PhD in Marketing Systems, jointly under University of New Brunswick Canada and University of Dhaka; and Post Graduate Diploma in University Teaching from University of New Brunswick Canada. He is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

Dr. Abdul Hannan Chowdhury

Senior Advisor

Dr. Abdul Hannan Chowdhury is the former Professor and Dean of the School of Business & Economics at North South University (NSU). Formerly, he served as the Vice Chancellor of Primeasia University from 2017 to 2020 and Pro Vice Chancellor of Eastern University from 2014 to 2017. Earlier he has worked as Professor and Dean of the School of Business, Director, BBA Program, Director, CPDS, Executive Director and Syndicate member of NSU. Dr. Chowdhury taught Business Statistics, Operations Management, Quantitative Analysis and Total Quality Management courses in the MBA and EMBA programs. He has 32 years of teaching and research experience with various reputed institutions in Bangladesh, Canada, and USA. He has worked as a faculty member at the University of Windsor, Canada, Northeastern University, USA, and at Islamic University, Bangladesh. He served as a visiting Professor of Yunnan Normal University, China. He received both MS and Ph.D. degrees from Northeastern University, USA and post-doctoral fellowship from University of Calgary, Canada. He also earned his B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc degrees from Jahangirnagar University. He has published more than 50 papers, two books and presented more than 50 papers in different national and international conferences. He has organized numerous conferences, seminars, workshops, prestigious events and led many academic teams in global platforms.

He has edited many papers in different national, international journals and attended in intl. conferences as invited speaker. His publications have appeared in Quality and Reliability Engineering Int., Quality Engineering, Int. J. of Industrial Engineering, Int. J. of Production Economics, Int. J. of Productivity and Quality Management, J. of Finance and Economics, Int. J. of Business and Economic Development, Int. J. of Economics and Finance, South Asian J. of Management, J. of Knowledge Globalization, Int. J. of Electronic Govt. Research, and Business Education & Accreditation.