Sayed Javed Ahmad
Back in the mid 80s, after getting introduced to a personal computer (PC) at work as a young executive in a private company; he developed interest in computers. At that time Computer Science was a new discipline that was developing. Hence he opted to become a Computer Scientist and moved to United States of America to get a higher education in Computer Science. After graduating from LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York with an Associate of Science (AS) in Computer Science, he moved to the City College of New York of CUNY to continue his education. But later, he immigrated to Canada without completing his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree; and transferred all his credits to Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia and continued his studies in Information Technology (IT) and graduated with Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree from that university. Working few years in different companies there, he then proceeded to complete his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Digital Technology Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada.
After twenty years in North America, he then returned to his home country as a Bangladeshi-Canadian in 2004 and joined Southern University of Bangladesh in Chattagram as an Assistant Professor taking charge of the department as a Chairman or Head of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) in 2005. There he taught CSIT and Business courses at the bachelors and masters level while looking after the administrative duties as a department head. During his involvement there, he attempted to pursue his Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Computer Science degree at the University of Chittagong. But that was left undone when he had to move to Dhaka with an offer to join Sigma Technologies Limited as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2007. As a student at Chittagong University, he published a research paper related to his thesis work “Use of Geographical Information System (GIS) in Developing an Intelligent Transport System (ITS)” in the Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, USA.
At Sigma, he used to deal with electronic security systems and developing support software for them. In a short time, he moved up the ranks to become the Technical Director of Ornate Group, the parent company of Sigma. In 2008, he briefly worked at Solstice (BD) as an Executive Director where he looked after the trading and manufacturing business of corporate gifts.
In 2009, he joined Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). CDBL is the central depository of electronic securities of registered investors linking with the stock exchanges dealing in the capital markets. During that time the country was going through political and economical unrest. Observing the scenarios, he then developed interest in politics and economics and got himself admitted into the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) in Governance & Public Policy at the Bangladesh Institute of Governance & Management (BIGM), formerly Civil Service College under the University of Dhaka, which he managed to complete while working fulltime. The shorter version of his thesis entitled, “Good Governance in Bangladesh: A Quest for a Non-Political Party Approach” was published in Journal of Politics and Law, Canadian Center of Science and Education (CCSE) in 2009.
When the Bangladesh Rating Agency Limited (BDRAL), a subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet Credit Bureaus Limited advertised for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), he applied to compete and got hired to lead the organization which he did from 2014 to 2021 transforming a losing startup into a profitable entity. During his tenure at BDRAL, he noticed the failures and delays in implementation of e-governance services in the country; therefore, he decided to look into the problems academically by enrolling in a PhD program in Computer Science at the University Utara Malaysia (UUM) by working on a dissertation “The integration of e-Governance services model in public sector: A case of Bangladesh”. As a requirement of the program, he published a paper called, “Total e-Governance: Pros & Cons” which has been published in the proceedings of 2018 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence (CSCI), and IEEE Network 2020 in the USA.
BDRAL is a Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) focused multi-national rating agency. Having considerable experience dealing with the SMEs, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) hired him as an independent consultant to conduct a research work on “Role of Credit Reporting Service Providers (CRSP) in facilitating access to credit to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the Asia-Pacific region” for their SME related training program.
At present, he is showing interest in agro based industries and focusing on aquaculture projects investigating biofloc fish farming in and around Dhaka. He has established “IQ Aquaculture” fish farm at Modhu City 2, Vhawal, Kolatia, Keranigonj, Dhaka along with a partner.