board-of-directors
Mr. Romo Rouf Chowdhury

Chairman

Mr. Romo Rouf Chowdhury is one of the Sponsor Shareholders as well as Sponsor Directors of Bank Asia Ltd. Before being elected as the Chairman, he was one of the Vice-Chairmen of the bank. He is a graduate in Engineering from Durham University, United Kingdom. He has more than 30 years of experience as an industrialist. He is one of the successful young entrepreneurs of the country.

Currently, Mr. Chowdhury holds the position of Chairman of Rancon Group. Rancon Group has more than 30 subsidiaries, a few of which are Rancon Motorbikes Ltd., Rancon Motors Ltd., Rangs Ltd., Rangs Properties Ltd., Rancon Automobiles Ltd., Rancon Oceana Ltd., Rancon Sea Fishing Ltd. and Rancon Electronics Ltd.


Mr. Mohd. Safwan Choudhury

Vice Chairman

Mr. Mohd. Safwan Choudhury did his Masters from the University of Dhaka. He has an impressive professional experience and has business interest in tea manufacturing, textile and cold storage. His flagship company M/s. M. Ahmed Tea & Lands Co. Limited. is a 4th generation tea producing company which has been doing business since the British India. He is the former Chairman of Bangladesh Tea Association which represents 126 tea plantations belonging to both Bangladeshi and foreign companies. Mr. Choudhury is also involved in social development. He is the President of FIVDB, an NGO providing primary education to the underprivileged children. He is also the past President of Sylhet Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Mr. Choudhury is the Nominated Director of Phulbari Tea Estates Limited in the Board of Bank Asia Limited.


Mr. A. Rouf Chowdhury

Director

Mr. A. Rouf Chowdhury is one of the Sponsor Shareholders of Bank Asia Limited. He is a graduate in Business Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He has a wide range of experience in several industries including Automobile, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals and Petroleum. He was the Resident Manager of two American pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh. Being in the senior management position in Jamuna Oil Company, he contributed for 15 years in the market development of petroleum products in Bangladesh. Both Rangs and Sea Resources Groups which are comprised of 35 companies were formed under his dynamic leadership. The huge success of the companies of the two groups during a short span of time substantiates his charismatic leadership and progressive mindset. Mr. Chowdhury also has his dynamic foothold in the print media; he is the Director of Media world Limited, parent company of renowned English daily, The Daily Star.


Mr. Rumee A Hossain

Director & Chairman of the Executive Committee

Mr. Rumee A Hossain is one of the Sponsor Shareholders of Bank Asia Limited. He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in International Business Management. He has more than 27 years of business experience in several industries such as Electronics, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals, IT, Publishing and construction. He is the Managing Director of Rangs Industries Limited. (Distributor of Toshiba and Samsung) and Romask Limited. Currently, he is the Chairman of Executive Committee of the Board of Bank Asia Limited.


Mr. Dilwar H Choudhury

Independent Director & Chairman of the Audit Committee

Mr. Dilwar H Choudhury had been a career banker with 35 (thirty five) years of work experience in eight different countries. This is spread over a multicultural situation in Asia, Africa and Europe. In the last lag of the career, he was the Managing Director (CC) of City Bank Limited. His most significant career exposure transpired while managing and operating three full-fledged banking operations as Chief Executive Officer in Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He was also a Banking consultant for KPMG Dhaka during 2004-2005. Currently, pursues a freelance career in M&A, organization development and Credit Portfolio Audit of banks.


Ms. Romana Rouf Chowdhury

Director

Ms. Romana Rouf Chowdhury is one of the Directors of Bank Asia Limited. She has an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and completed her graduation from BRAC University. She has also received executive education from Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. She has more than 25 years’ experience as an industrialist and founded multiple ventures in different fields, such as food, retail, architecture. Currently, she holds the position of Managing Director in Sea Natural Food Limited, Sea Fishers Limited, Sea Resources Group etc. She is a Director of various sister concerns of Rangs Group as well. She is the Nominated Director of Maya Limited on the Board of Bank Asia Limited.


Mr. Enam Chowdhury

Director

Mr. Enam Chowdhury, a graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Ohio, USA, has more than 35 years of experience in Information Technology field in banking and finance industry. After working with global financial and technology firms for several years in Australia, Japan and the USA he is now permanently residing in Bangladesh. His experience includes working with Deutsche Bank AG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Compass Group, DXC Technology and EDS Japan. He is the Managing Director of Deep Sea Fishers Limited and Fishers Shipyard Limited, and an Executive Committee member of Bangladesh Marine Fishers Association. He is also the Chairman of IT startup Tiger Digital Ventures Limited. He is the Nominated Director of Zest Polymers Limited in the Board of Bank Asia Limited.


Ms. Hosneara Sinha

Director

Ms. Hosneara Sinha is one of the Sponsor Shareholders of Bank Asia Limited. She is involved with different business houses and organizations under Sinha group. She is the Director of Pritha Fashions Limited. Sinha Auto Spinning Mills Limited and Sattar Jute Mills Limited.


Ms. Naheed Akhter Sinha

Director

Ms. Naheed Akhter Sinha is one of the Sponsor Shareholders of Bank Asia Limited. She obtained MBA in Finance from North South University. She has been involved with different business houses and organizations from her early career. She is one of the promoters and Managing Director of Enterprise Cluster Pte. Limited. a Singapore based company. Currently, she is one of the directors of Cluster World Pte. Limited and Lafarge Holcim Bangladesh Limited.


Ms. Farhana Haq

Director

Ms. Farhana Haq is one of the Sponsor Shareholders of Bank Asia Limited. She obtained her Masters in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. She holds directorship of various renowned business concerns such as DHS Motors Limited, Platform Solutions Limited, Ali Estates Limited, DHS Automobiles Limited and FAR Limited.


Mr. Ashraful Haq Chowdhury

Independent Director

Mr. Ashraful Haq Chowdhury served country’s largest Mobile Phone Operators like Grameen Telecom, Telekom Malaysia Bangladesh, Warid Telecom Bangladesh and Bharti Airtel for 21 years in the top management position. He was also the Trade Adviser for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, & Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism of the Caribbean Countries in addition to serving in the Export Promotion Bureau and BIDS at the initial stage of his career. His most recent assignment was as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer (CXO) of Airtel Bangladesh-a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel the 3rd Largest Mobile Operator in the World with 303 million customers in 22 countries. Mr. Chowdhury obtained Honours & Masters degrees in Economics from Chittagong University. He then completed higher studies in International Development Economics & Business Administration from the Stockholm University, Sweden. He was also a Research Fellow at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is currently the Managing Director of Star Infrastructure Development Consortium Limited and Additional Managing Director of Star Allied Venture Limited. He is the Member of the Board of Trustee and Country Representative, European Economic Development Council (EEDC).


Mr. M. A. Baqui Khalily

Independent Director & Chairman of the Risk Management Committee

Mr. M. A. Baqui Khalily joined as a faculty member at the Department of Finance in the University of Dhaka in 1975 after completing his B.Com (Hons) and M.Com in Finance from University of Dhaka. He also obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees with major in Finance and Development in 1987 and 1991 respectively from Ohio State University, USA. He became Professor in 1994. After a successful teaching career of 37 years, Professor Khalily retired from University of Dhaka in 2012. Dr. Khalily is a renowned academician of the country, an eminent economist and finance scholar of national and international repute. He has large number of publications especially on rural finance, financial inclusion, and microfinance and SME development in prominent national and international journals. He also authored/co-authored of many books and research monographs. Other than having a prominent teaching career, Professor Khalily also held many important administrative positions like Executive Director of Institute of Microfinance, Acting Vice Chancellor & Pro Vice Chancellor of Presidency University, Chairman of Department of Finance, University of Dhaka, Director of Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited, only to name a few. During his long career, he visited many countries around the globe for professional purposes. Professor Khalily currently teaches at Department of Business Administration, University of Asia Pacific.


Mr. Md. Abul Quasem

Independent Director

Mr. Md. Abul Quasem completed his B.S.S. (Hons) and M.S.S. in Economics in 1973 and 1974 respectively from University of Dhaka. He started his career with Bangladesh Bank, the Central Bank of Bangladesh, as Assistant Director in 1976 and concluded the same as Deputy Governor in 2016. During his about 40 years tenure with Bangladesh Bank, he performed responsibilities in many departments like Currency Management, Payment System, Accounts & Budgeting, Debt Management, Human Resources, SME & Special Programs, Agricultural Credit, Communications & Printing, Common Services, Investment Promotion & Financing Facility, Research, Statistics,

Central Bank Strengthening Project (CBSP), Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), etc. Besides being a career central banker, Mr. Quasem held many important administrative positions like Observer in the Board of The City Bank Limited & Pubali Bank Limited, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM), Director of Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited, Director of SME Foundation and Director of Security Printing Corporation (BD) Limited. While working in Bangladesh Bank, he attended many domestic/foreign training programs and seminars organized by different international organizations including IMF in various countries around the globe.


Mr. Helal Ahmed Chowdhury

Independent Director

Mr. Helal Ahmed Chowdhury is a seasoned banker with around four and half decades of banking experience. He started his career at Pubali Bank in 1977 as a Class-I Officer through Superior Service Examination and was promoted in course to MD & CEO (2006-2014) in the same bank which is a rare event and record. Under his dynamic leadership, Pubali bank got transformed into an institutional role model of government turned private commercial bank and won the prestigious award “Best Financial Institution” of the country given by DHL and the Daily Star in 2009. He is an M.A. and a Diplomaed Associate of IBB. He participated in different training, seminar, short and long courses both at home and abroad including Oxford and Cambridge Universities of UK and UC Berkeley and Columbia University of USA. Mr. Chowdhury was an independent Director of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited and presided over as the Chairman of Audit & Risk Management Committees of the Bank in different times. He was Supernumerary Professor of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM), a Board Member and Vice Chairman of Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB) and a Board Member of BIBM. He is a General Body Member of PKSF, Independent Director of Baraka Power Limited, Baraka Patenga Power Limited and member of ICC Banking Commission. He is engaged with a number of Social Organizations and Trade Bodies at different capacities and working as a resource person in different training/seminars etc.


Ms. Tania Nusrat Zaman

Director

Ms. Tania Nusrat Zaman is the Nominated Director of Amiran Generations Limited in the Board of Bank Asia Limited. Ms. Zaman began her career in 1987 as a young professional with UNDP. After stints in policy and programming in New York, Nepal and Vietnam, she joined the International Health Policy Program, housed in The World Bank, in Washington DC. Between 2001-2020, she took on managerial and technical roles in public, private and non-profit organizations in Bangladesh and USA that included BRAC, Future Generations, HLSP Consulting

Inc, the Netherlands Embassy in Dhaka, Nirapon Inc. and Plan International. Currently, she is a Director of General Advisory Services Limited and works as a management consultant on human resources, safety and youth issues. Ms. Zaman holds a Bachelor’s from George Washington University and an M.Phil from Yale University. She also holds an American Management Association certificate in human resource.


Mr. NAFEES KHUNDKER

Director

Mr. Nafees Khundker is one of the Sponsor Shareholders of the bank. He worked for Standard Chartered Bank and Deutsche Bank in Bangladesh, UAE and Singapore for more than 20 years. His last assignment was as Managing Director, Head of Transaction Banking, ASEAN, Commercial Banking. His expertise is in Corporate & Financial Institutions client coverage, Transaction Banking and Strategic Partnerships. Mr. Khundker is currently engaged in setting up a Venture Capital Fund for investments into South and South East Asia. He has investments and board oversight in various businesses in retail, distribution, finance, media, information technology and logistics. He also has a special interest in sustainability initiatives and works with small non-profit organizations.


Mr. Areef Billah Adil Chowdhury

President & Managing Director (CC)

Mr. Adil Chowdhury has been appointed by the honorable Board of Directors as the 6th President & Managing Director (CC) of Bank Asia Ltd. on 7th August 2022.  Prior to his new mandate, Mr. Chowdhury held the position of Additional Managing Director, supervising Global Banking (ID, OBU, FRD, CTSU and CPTC), Global Subsidiary Operations and Special Asset Management Division of the Bank. Mr. Chowdhury has over 22 years of successful banking experience with more than 15 years of international exposure, most recently serving as Director of The Bank of Nova Scotia (Canada) in Hong Kong and Singapore. He brings with him his international banking, group treasury, regulatory laws and comprehensive enterprise-wide operations experiences.
 

He embarked on his professional journey as Deputy Manager in Credit Agricole Indosuez, Dhaka in 1995. After serving there for more than 3 years, he joined American Express Bank (Dhaka). In 1999, Mr. Chowdhury joined as Head of Treasury at The Bank of Nova Scotia (Dhaka), where he set up the treasury department and ensured best governance & practices.
 

In 2001, he was relocated to The Bank of Nova Scotia in Hong Kong where he was responsible for business development and strategic planning that covered financial institutions for 13 countries in Asia. He was promoted as Director International Funding under Group Treasury at The Bank of Nova Scotia, Singapore, in January 2011, where his mandate covered Asia Pacific Region & Middle East North Africa, managing a portfolio of 9 billion US dollars while serving Central Banks & Government Investment Agencies.
 

Mr. Chowdhury holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin, USA and an MBA Degree from Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also holds several International Financial Markets Regulatory & Practices (FMRP) certifications from different countries & regions.