9 Bangladeshis featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list

Published at : 16 May 2024, 02:00 pm
9 Bangladeshis featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list

Nine Bangladeshis aged under 30 were named in the financial magazine Forbes "30 under 30 Asia list" released on May 15.

The list includes the top 300 young entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators to watch for in each of the ten different categories assessed by judges who are leading figures in their fields in the region.

The Khaborer Kagoj takes a look at who they are and how they manage their success.

Anusha Alamgir

Anusha is a multidisciplinary artist with a master's degree in architecture from the Royal College of Art in London. She is listed under the arts category in Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia. Anusha was the only female Bangladeshi to exhibit in the 18th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2023 Venice Biennale with a film called Porda, which means veil in Bangla, addressing Muslim veiling practices. Her artistic practices apply architectural concepts to sculpture, painting, photography, and performance while also exploring contemporary issues in Bangladesh such as the female body image and the so-called male gaze. Her work has been exhibited by the Oitij-jo Collective in London, at the La-La Land Gallery in Los Angeles, and at the Drik Picture Library in Dhaka. Alamgir is also the founder of the online thrift store Colors Dhaka.

Redwan Ahmed

Award-winning freelance journalist Redwan Ahmed is the co-founder of Bangladeshi Journalists in International Media (BJIM), an organization that has worked to defend regional journalists. He has been listed in the media, marketing, and advertising category. Redwan was honored with the 22nd Human Rights Press Award for his coverage of the Rohingya crisis for Agence France-Presse. Additionally, his investigations for the British news outlet The Guardian exposed the mistreatment of workers in Bangladeshi garment factories. He was also named a fellow in the 2021 Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalism Program.

Mehedi Shoron

Mehedi Shoron, co-founder of HelloTask, made the list in the consumer technology category. HelloTask, the "Uber for Maid Service," offers hourly bookings, monthly subscriptions, verification of the maids it employs, and safety features to protect them from exploitation or violence. Hellotask has raised funding from investors as well as grants from the World Bank and Oxfam. The company hopes to expand its force of maids to 100,000 by 2025 and explore international markets.

Sultan Moni, Mumtahina Anika

Sultan Moni and Mumtahina Anika, co-founders of Zatiq, have been recognized in the Finance and Venture Capital category. Sultan Moni and Mumtahina Anika co-founded Dhaka-based fintech startup Zatiq, aiming to help small companies better manage their accounting with software and hardware that are easy to adopt. One example is a business calculator that can be synced with smartphones to track finances and generate reports. Zatiq also offers a simple way for small businesses to start an e-commerce website. In August, Zatiq raised a $1.6 million pre-seed funding round led by Dekko ISHO Venture Capital.

Fahad Ahmed

Wind.App, a cross-border remittance platform that uses blockchain technology and stablecoins to offer faster and cheaper transactions, was co-founded by Fahad Ahmed in 2022. Fahad has been honored in the Finance and Venture Capital category. The startup secured $3.8 million in pre-seed funding led by Global Founders Capital and Spartan Group in November. Before Wind, Fahad was part of the founding team and head of product at Pathao, where he launched services such as food delivery, payments, and ride-hailing in Bangladesh and Nepal. A self-taught coder, Fahad earned a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from the University of Dhaka.

Md. Shahidul Islam, Abdul Gaffar Sadi, and Md. Tushar

Md. Shahidul Islam, Abdul Gaffar Sadi, and Md. Tushar established Drutoloan in 2019. They have been featured in the Finance and Venture Capital category. The Dhaka-based startup helps micro and small businesses obtain loans by simplifying paperwork and assessing creditworthiness. The Dhaka-based Drutoloan has disbursed over $2 million in loans and raised $125,000 in pre-seed funding.