BritBangla had its relaunch and celebration event on Monday 22 May 2017 at a City of London venue to announce its new vision ‘Creating the Future Leaders of Tomorrow’.
BritBangla’s new focus will be on leadership and empowerment to advancing our community. BritBangla was prompted into action following the Government’s recently published Baroness McGregor-Smith Review ‘Race in Workplace’. BritBangla’s work will help to increase BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) representation in all sectors. Also, with globalisation rapidly redefining today’s world vast opportunities for growth are emerging however with a shrinking talent pool organisations must build its leadership.
The evening presentations were delivered by inspirational and award winning entrepreneurs. Charlene Laidley, who is the United Nations Women Ambassador for Economic Development and CEO of Advancing Women Leaders; said that she was proud to support BritBangla. Celebrity entrepreneur Syed Ahmed (CEO, Savortex), shared his best tips for entrepreneurs and said “If you believe, it happens”.
Taryn Khanam BEM CEO of BritBangla said “Leadership must develop to meet the future needs. With globalisation, technology & climate change we need leaders that are innovative and to create a sustainable future. BritBangla will support the development of leaders to integrate and position itself within UK and globally.”
The new dynamic BritBangla Board members were introduced: Rini Lasker (Director, UBS); Zacharias Miah (Barrister, ASW6 Chambers); Monir Ali (Marketing/Media); Moinal Haque (Youth/Community Consultant), Dinar Hossain (Director, Safer Citizens Ltd) and Jannat Tania (AVP Project Analyst, Bank of America).
Rini Lasker said “BritBangla will be a platform for future leaders and change makers. It’s important to develop voices for the diverse members of the community.
BritBangla announced its future initiatives these include its Leadership Mentoring programme, Internship programme for university undergraduates/graduates and the Chai Latte Club (women’s empowerment group). Aktharun Khatun, Head of Human Resources at SSAT (the schools, students and teachers network), will be leading on the coordination of the Internship programme. BritBangla will work to open up doors that would lead the path to opportunities.
The evening was sponsored by Diamond Jewels and involved exclusive networking with high profile people. Notable community figures and the movers and shakers who supported the celebration evening include Dr Sanawar Choudhury (European Bangladesh Federation of Commerce & Industry), Abdul Karim Goni (Editor, Bangla Mirror), Saquat Ali (CEO, Aequitaz), Kuhinoor Kabir (Channel S presenter), Tania Rahman (CEO, Chit Chaat Chai), Mustafizur Rahman (CEO, Bangladesh Centre), Penelope Mawson (Consultant for international development & sustainability), Sheuly Begum (CEO, Jands Cosmetics), Suman Bhuchar (PR), Joe Dilger (Vice-Chair, John Adams Society), Abdul Rob (Sugar Media & marketing Ltd), Saif Islam (CEO, Drik Gallery), Misbah Mosobbir (Risk Analyst, VirtusaPolaris), Sarmin Hossain (Lecturer, Brunel University), Kays Chowdhury (QVIS Technology), and Kazi Mahjabeen (artist) and Lord Kamru Ali (District One Estates Group).
Dr Sanawar Choudhury said “Now is the time to not only to break the glass ceiling at the top but nurture the green shoots of women empowerment across race, religion and communities.”