Md Shahid Uddin Akbar, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development

Md Shahid Uddin Akbar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID), a private sector initiative to promote the use of ICT as a tool for sustainable development through entrepreneurship. BIID covers research and development (R&D), Project Design & Development, Implementation, Impact Assessment on telecentres, e-Agriculture, e-Health, Tele-Medicine, e-Governance, capacity building and content development. BIID is now working in Bangladesh and Tanzania on ICT4D projects. Presently leading telecom operators like Grameen Phone, agri input suppliers like ACI, leading bank like BRAC Bank and regulator like TCRA, Tanzania are few of major clients. 

The flagship initiative e-Krishok (Electronic Farmer) is one Mr. Akbar’s effort to innovate & demonstrate the scopes of ICT to serve the rural farmers and develop a business model. e-Krishok won various national and international recognition for its contribution to food security.

Md Shahid Uddin Akbar completed his Masters in Finance and Banking, Mr. Akbar joined a private commercial bank and served as Credit Officer for 8 eight years. While working at the bank, Mr. Akbar volunteered in various ICT4D initiatives. In 2000, Mr. Akbar established a voluntary organization titled ICT for Development Program Bangladesh (ICTDP’B) to bring the benefits of ICT in the rural areas. He contributed in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at national and international level.

Mr. Akbar worked as ICT Consultant in SwissContact/Katalyst, Bangladesh from July 2004 to June 2008. Katalyst, a multi donor funded project promoting competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and to address the ‘information failure’ exists in rural areas. Katalyst is implementing ICT4D projects to bridge the gap with special focus to farmer, rural business and livelihood as a whole. Under this project, new business model for establishing Telecenter (Rural ICT Center) in rural areas has been developed to serve the rural communities in a sustainable and commercially viable model.

Mr. Akbar is now serving as a Secretary General of Bangladesh Telecentre Network (BTN), a coalition of telecentre practitioners in Bangladesh. He also involved with Junior Chamber International (JCI), Internet Society and Diplo Foundation activities.

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