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Tasmin Mahfuz, the first Bangladeshi descent women and South Asian received Gracies Award

People from Bangladesh have been contributing in different sectors successfully. This includes media, especially, journalism. A Bangladeshi descent, Tasnim Mahfuz (Bengali: তাসমিন মাহফুজ), has been awarded as with ‘Gracies Award*’ for the category of ‘Outstanding Producer – News’ in recognition of women in journalism, newspapers, radio and television in the United States of America in 2015. This is the leading award in women’s journalism in United States of America. The Society of Professional Journalists – Utah Chapter also presented her with an award for multimedia journalism in the same year.

Tasmin Mahfuz is the first Bangladeshi descent great women who received this honorary award. Even she is the first South Asian who received this award. She is the daughter of Abul Wahid Mahfuz and Nazmun Mahfuz. Tasmin was born on 28th May, 1987 in West Palm Beach, Florida in United States of America. She was also raised in the same place. This is noteworthy that Nazmun Mahfuz, mother of Tasmin, also had track record in Journalism. She produced and hosted weekly television shows for South Florida’s PBS and cable television. Tasmin learned the basics of TV from her mom.

Tasmin Mahfuz is a graduate of Emory University in International Studies. After graduation, she completed a two-year internship at the United Nations and also received a Master’s degree in Legal Studies.

She produced her first report as a ‘broadcast journalist’ from Istanbul, Turkey in 2012. Then, she started a job as a ‘news reporter’ with an international network called Ebru TV where she reported from New York City, New Jersey and Washington DC. Tasmin also reported live from the United Nations, providing breaking news from the UN General Assembly.

She was the Southern Utah Bureau Chief at ABC 4 Utah earlier. She launched the station’s first TV news bureau and was responsible to cover an area of 20,000 square miles that has a population of 200,000+ people.

At present, she is working as the evening news anchor at WHAG News. She produces and presents the news to audiences in the four-state region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia of United States of America.

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*The annual Gracies Awards, established in 1975, celebrates the accomplishments of women in media in the U.S.

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Thamina Kabir, a Bangladeshi descent British citizen represented in world famous Mrs. Universe competition as the first ever Bangladeshi

She is Lawyer. She is an activist. And she is a contestant Mrs. Universe 2013. This is all about Thamina Kabir (Bengali: তাহমিনা কবীর), who was the first to represent Bangladesh at the Mrs Universe pageant as the first ever Bangladeshi. Moreover, she is the principal of Thamina Solicitors. She came fourth in the fans’ votes and received friendship award.

Thamina Kabir was born on May, 10th, 1985 in Mirsarai, Chittagong. She is the daughter of Humayun Kabir Helaly of Sandwip, Chittagong and Nazma Kabir of Mirsarai, Chittagong.

Thamina was a brilliant student who stood 9th in the combined merit list in Secondary (SSC) and 6th in the combined merit list in Higher Secondary (HSC). Later, she moved to the UK in 2003 at the age of just 18. She started studying for Bachelor of Law along with raising her children. She graduated with a LLB (Honor’s) from University of Northumbria in 2008, followed by the Bar Vocational Course from the prestigious City University in 2009. Subsequently, she was called to the Bar in 2009. She is a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In 2011, she became a Solicitor.

She became an advocate in Bangladesh in 2016. In spite of this, she got a post graduate diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary University, London. She is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Young International Arbitration Group -LCIA.

Thamina received ‘Maa Amar maa’ award in academic achievement category in 2013. She was also recognized in the annual ‘British Bangladeshi Who’s Who’ in 2015. In her personal life, she is the mother of one daughter and two sons.

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Dr. Jamal Uddin, the inventor of world’s most efficient Solar Energy cells

People of Bangladesh residing worldwide bring money, fame and even contributes to the world economy and development through their innovation and discovery. Such a name of a Bangladeshi Bengali is expatriate scientist, Mr. Jamal Uddin (Bengali: ড. জামালউদ্দিন).

This invention is very crucial for the world, especially for Bangladesh. As we know, as per the data of Bangladesh Govt, 55.26% people of Bangladesh have electricity and most importantly, 42.49% people of rural areas in Bangladesh have electricity.* This shows that the huge deficit of electricity in Bangladesh. Most importantly, lack of electricity creates space for kerosene. Maximum people of the off-grid areas have to rely on using kerosene lamp at night due to unavailability of on-grid electricity.

One statistics shows that the typical expenditure on kerosene is around 1 to 2% of the monthly incomes of Bangladeshi households. With 94% of this kerosene being consumed for lighting, the resulting expenditure on kerosene for lighting is approximately USD 0.36 billion.** This is huge indeed, so as to say!

The work of Mr. Jamal Uddin is also huge! He invented the world most efficient solar cell which has 43.4% of the solar cell renewable energy production capacity. He made new world record in this case by using meta physics, Kasmol software and PC One-D. His invention will create more opportunities for solar technology even impact on the lives of the people of the third world country and developed country.

Dr. Jamal has completed his Honour’s and Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Dhaka. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Osaka, Japan.

He is currently working as an ‘Associate Professor’ at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland of United States of America. And he is the researcher in Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology. He is the resident of Hajiganj of Chandpur district. He is the son of late Abdul Jalil and Begum Fazilatunnesa.

He received Wilson H. Elkins Professorship, second year in a row. He is the recipient of the 2014 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award. Founder and director of Coppin State’s Center for Nano-technology, Dr. Jamal Uddin plans to use the funds to continue supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) research, especially solar research. This is redundant to say that the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Award is the highest honor that the Board of Regents’ bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.


Department of Natural Sciences, Coppin State University, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216, USA
Corresponding: Tel.: +1 410 951 4118; fax: +1 410 951 4110 (Md.J. Uddin), tel.: +1 410 706 8409; fax: +1 410 706 8408 (J.R. Lakowicz).

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* Household income & Expenditure survey, 2010


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Afshan Azad, A Bangladeshi born UK citizen acted in different international film series including Harry potter

She is an actress. She is a model. And she is Afshan Azad (Bengali: আফসান আজাদ), a Bangladeshi descent who had played the role of ‘Padma Patil’ in the harry potter film series. She was born in Longsight, Manchester, England on 12th February, 1989. She had studied in Whalley Range High School and later she studied in Chemistry, English, Biology and Business Studies at Xaverian College in Rusholme. She is the daughter of Abdul Azad.

She got the character of a witch in the same year as Harry Potter at Hogwarts, first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire. She also featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final film of the saga.


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Durreen Shahnaz, the founder of world first Social Stock Exchange

When you come-up with an idea to change the things how it is, there is a great chance that someone surrounded by you will oppose you. The level of opposition will turn to the greatest, if the idea is something greatest!

Yes, Professor Durreen Shahnaz (Bengali: দূরীন শাহনাজ), a proud Bangladeshi woman who wanted to change the world with her very special idea, faced barriers to establish her idea into reality. Even her idea was rejected by many countries of the world. But with utmost try, She was able to establish her idea-the world first ‘Social Stock Exchange’, known as ‘Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) in Mauritius. There are two special characteristics of this-the first one is ‘Social Enterprise’ and the second one is ‘Impact Investing’.

As described in the Canberra Times (, “Instead of making maximizing profit, social enterprises use business principles to pursue social and/or environmental missions while also generating a sufficiently robust bottom line to be sustainable, rather than relying on grants from philanthropists and other donors.

Through IIX’s social stock exchange known as Impact Exchange, investors across the world will be able to finance the growth of social enterprises by buying bonds (debt securities) and, within a few years, stocks. These securities will then be openly traded on IIX.”

Shahnaz has built the ecosystem and the IIX has been improving the lives all over Asia. It has converted power plants in Cambodia from diesel to biofuel; built water purification plants in India; provided vocational training in the Philippines; and across Asia the exchange has improved access to affordable housing, credit, clean energy, and low-cost education. Overall, the IIX has reached more than 10 million people — and she believes it has struck significant blows in the war on income inequality.

Her life was a challenging one. She had worked in Morgan Stanly in 1989. However, Morgan Stanly is one among the titans of Wall Street. At that time, very few women were employed in such strong financial institutions. She had founded IIX 5 years after her returning from Wall Street.

She worked as the the ‘chief’ of Asia regions of two renowned magazines-1. HUST Magazine International, 2. Reader’s Digest. This creative person founded another social organization, ‘Onenest’ which created an international market for handicrafts. She had launched a programme on social innovation in Lee Kuan Yu School of Public Policy. Moreover, she had worked in the World Bank loan section through which various services were provided to more than 100 countries.

This noble women, Shahnaz honored by Asia Society as she was recognized as the early member of our Asia 21 Young Leaders Network before and honored with Asia Game Changer Award for social-impact investing that changed the game for millions. She was also honored by one of her alma maters with the Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact.

In her personal life, she had married to Robert Kraybill. Now she is working in Impact Investment Exchange Asia and National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. In her education life, she had completed her MA
from Johns Hopkins University, BA from Smith College, MBA from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School of United States of America.


Impact Investment Exchange (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
Corporate Headquarters
38 Carpenter Street, Singapore, 059917, Singapore
Phone: 65 6221 7051, Fax: 65 6535 3622

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Uching Loyen, the first Rakhain teacher of any public university in Bangladesh

Uching Loyen (Bengali: উচিং লয়েন) became the first ever teacher of any public university from the Rakhain community in Bangladesh. He is from chatanaparaya of Taltoli sub-district in Barguna.

Uching developed the tendency to rank ‘first’ from the first standard and so he was able to study without any education fee from the 1st standard to Higher Secondary (HSC). He passed Secondary School (SSC) from Taltoli high school in 2005 and after two years, he passed Highser Secondary (HSC) from Taltoli Degree College with GPA-5 in both the exams. He received a scholarship from the Barisal board based on the results of HSC.

He was admitted in the newly opened ‘Tourism and Hospitality Management’ in 2007-2008 education year with the help of a distant uncle. Initially the address of the first batch student was in Jagannath Hall.He ranked 4th with first class in the under-graduation level. Consequently he ranked 2nd with the first class in the Master’s level.He has also been recently qualified for 34th BCS.

This brilliant student of the Faculty of Business Studies received ‘Deans Award’, ‘Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust education scholarship’.

On July 1st, 2015, he added his name in the history of Bangladesh when he got appointment as the lecturer of Dhaka University. He became the first ever ethnic Rakhain man who is the first ever Rakhain teacher in any public university in Bangladesh. He started his class on August, 2nd as lecturer.


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Mohammad Golam Kibria, a proud Bangladeshi is creating necessary framework and research for Namibia Government on fish farming

Let’s starts with a saying that let anyone teach fishing, he will eat for a day. Let anyone teach fish farming, he will eat forever.

Mohammad Golam Kibria (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ গোলাম কিবরিয়া) a proud Bangladeshi is doing the second-teaching others how to cultivate fish. But this is not in Bangladesh, but in a country like Namibia. He is working as a ‘Special Advisor’ to the Ministry of Fisheries and Sea Resources since 2008.

Namibia Govt realized that big social change can be possible through ‘Small-scale fishery’. Fishes are cultivated throughout Namibia. Golam Kibria got responsibility to create the necessary framework and research for this. Normally fishes are cultivated in Northern Namibia. In the southern part, fishes are cultivated in concrete cistern. The two species of African Catfish and Tilapia fishes are cultivated here. The Pangas, Shrimps, fishes like Curps can be produced here. And the Government of Namibia is also interested to increase the diversity of fish species by bringing fishes from Bangladesh.

Once upon a time, Namibia was producing 200 to 300 metric tons of fish per year. The figure rose to over one thousand metric tons after he was joined there. Government is trying to export fishes to the market of Europe by fulfilling the demand of the country.

He is trying so that skilled fishermen can come from Bangladesh to work or invest in Namibia. He is also trying to promote Bangladeshi model micro-credit in Namibia. He is also trying so that the traders of Bangladesh, the fishermen and the investors can get special privilege for tax exemption in Namibia.

Before coming to Namibia, Golam Kibria used to work in Vietnam for the Commonwealth. Before this, he worked in Thailand.
In 1994, he had completed his Master’s degree from the Bangladesh Agriculture University. He also worked for DANIDA and DFID for some time in Bangladesh. In 1999, He had completed his Masters from Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.

In 2010, Golam Kibria was selected as the ‘Best Commonwealth advisor’. In the same year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) nominated him as the Global Panel members. During his tenure in 2009, Namibia’s Ministry of Fisheries has given him different awards. Awards were given from FAO, the Swedish Sea Food Award and Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa.

Golam Kibria was born in Wari in 1968. The ancestral home is in Sandwip, Chittagong. He was studied in Comilla Cadet College and Barisal Cadet College. His father, Mohammad Golam Maula was a professor. He has been working outside the country for nearly 15 years.

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Nidhir Saha, name of a greatest Bangladeshi Bengali who established the first ISO accredited printing and Publication Company in Malaysia that controls half of the entire market share of the country

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He is a man whose success was featured as the cover story in Malaysian, Singaporean, and other Asian magazines. The honorable Sultan of the Malaysian state recognized him with the title, ‘Dato’ for his success in social and business activities. He is no one, but Nidhir Saha (Bengali: নিধীর সাহা), a great man of Bangladesh. He is the son of Late Sudhir Chandra Saha.

He is the son of Dakshinpara of Savar, Dhaka. He was born in 1964. After completing his study in Adharacandra High School of Savar, he was admitted to Mohammadpur Graphics Art Institute of Dhaka in 1981. By the end of the studies there, he moved to Malaysia for higher studies with scholarships.

The person, who came to Malaysia merely for higher education, had built a huge business concern. He established an international level printing business organization, BS Print Malaysia with 60 thousand square feet area in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, beside the high way of Jalan inarahana of Kucailamaya, Malaysia.

80 local and foreigners including 30 Bangladeshis have been working there. The company has workers from Nepal, Myanmar besides Malaysian.

In the beginning, Mr. Saha saved two thousand ringgit from the money of Scholarship with which he started his business. The beginning was quite difficult. At first, he collected work orders and got supplied after printing from other presses. In short, he worked as the middleman. In 1991, he registered his factory with the name of ‘BS Print Malaysia’.

He need not look back from then. At present his organization controls 45-50% of total Malaysian publishing market. He also gets regular work orders from United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, even from Australia. And gradually his company became the first ISO accredited company of Malaysia (‘ISO 12647-2-certified printshop’) in the printing sector.

Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah of Pahang state honored him with an award, ‘Dato’ in 2013. He is engaged in business activities, as well as various social activities. He has been active for a long time with the Rotary Club of Putrajaya.

This following provides a brief look over the company:

Company in brief:
Name: BS Print (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Address: No. 10, Jalan Indrahana 1, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, 58200 Kuala Lumpur
Date of Incorporation: 6 October 1994
Director: Mr. N. Saha
No of employees: 80
Telephone: 03 7983 5753, 03 7980 1642

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Ehsan Hoque, the inventor of Mood Meter which can read the mood or smiles of human being, contributes in the field artificial intelligence

Machine can measure the smile. The man-made device can do everything. The device can even detect muscle movements, frowning or the tendency of slight lips press. If a person can smile in front of the device, it can predict the happiness of the person. This is something new and like fairytale in the field of technology considering current advancement of technology even in the developed country. But a Bangladeshi with his team mates made this possible through his historical invention.

Two youths have designed this device, ‘MIT Mood Meter’ in the media lab of MIT. One of them is a proud Bangladeshi, Mr. Ehsan Hoque (Bengali: এহসান হক).

The movement of Human face and voice analysis is of the main subject of their research to help identify the device of human emotions. However, Mr. Ehsan worked to make a first automatic robot in the laboratory of Walt Disney which could see, hear and make decisions by itself before doing this project.

MIT students, Mr. Ehsan Hoque and Mr. Xavier Hernandez began the work of the mood meter collectively. The project of Ehsan prepared a report on the level of happiness of the people of the area of MIT campus by analyzing the grimace of human face through 4 cameras placed in 4 important places of MIT Campus.

At the beginning of this study, the project faced different barriers. There was a need of sample of joy and despair. Most of the researches in the past were through the sample of acting. For example, Unsaturated people were asked to express their feeling in front of camera as if they were happy or they were disappointed.

But the data found through such acting was not found true. They needed real-time data. Computer algorithms can detect samples collected through acting. But in reality, the computer algorithm was failed totally to detect human emotions.
The computer algorithms required spontaneous expression. For this, they had to make a trap in which arrangements were made for the samples to make them laugh and disappointed.

Through this set-ups, they got the samples and they started analyze two types of samples laughter- One smile really a matter of genuine laughter, another smile even in the midst of despair. All the samples of smiling were recorded because there is less benefit in analyzing still pictures. They started analyzing the entire videos later.

A term of Computer Science is ‘machine learning. For this, there is a need of mathematical equations solving. There was no difference found between smiles of still photographs in the equations. However, the progress of two types of smiles had different developments. Spontaneous smile slowly grew and reached to intensified level, and the smile in the frustration created quickly and vanished away quite quickly.

With deep thoughts, they had created algorithm on machine learning. They have found that computer can identify two types of smiles 90% correctly. When they opened their device to public, they were surprised to see that their device can realize the smile of people more than the people do by themselves. The glorified part of this study that the device is able to understand the feelings of human being. This invention would add different dimensions in the field of artificial intelligence.

The inventor of such tehcnology, Mr. Ehsan Hoque completed his Secondary School (SSC) from Udayan School of Dhaka, Higher Secondary (HSC) from Dhaka College. He moved to United States of American for higher studies. He graduated in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Penn State University, PA, USA in 2004 and completed Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Memphis, TN, USA in 2007. He completed his PHD in Media Arts and Sciences (Media Lab) in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2013.

He is now working in University of Rochester, NY as an Assistance Professor in Computer Science Department, Assistant Director for Research Outreach of Goergen Institute for Data Science. He is now researching on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for developing computational approaches to generate new insights and theories about human behavior that are “written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all.”

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Award and Honors:
•National Awards:
•MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) Award 2016
•Google Faculty Award, 2016, 2014
•NSF CRII Award 2015
•Microsoft Azure Award 2014, 2016

Paper and Publication Awards:
•Nomination for the Most Influential Articles in IEEE transactions for Affective Computing Journal
•Best paper Award (Top 5 in 392 Submission), ACM Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing 2013
•Best paper nomination (Top 5 in 245 submissions), IEEE Automated Face and Gesture Recognition 2011
•Best paper Nomination (Top 5 in 125 submissions), Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA2006)

Thesis Awards:
•Nomination from the MIT Media Lab for ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award

Other Honors:
•University Research Awards (Previously known as Provost’s Multidisciplinary Award)-2015
•Excellence in reviewing Award at ICMI 2014
•IEEE Gold Humanitarian Fellowship for Innovative Use of Assitive Technology-2010
•Best Senior Design Award, Penn State University-2004

710 Computer Studies Building, Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: 1-408-634-6783
mehoque AT {cs dot rochester dot edu}
Twitter: @ehsan_hoque
Blog in Bengali:এহসান-হক

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Rukhsana Begum, a Bangladeshi origin British became kick boxing, Muay Thai and IFMA World champion

Ruqsana Begum (Bengali: রুকসানা বেগম) is the Bangladeshi origin British who is not only for Britain’s but also one of the world’s most successful athletes. She retained the honor of remaining champion in British kick boxing and Muay Thai champion for consecutive years. However, Muay Thai and kick boxing is a sport with high physical labor.

Rukhsana is the daughter of Minara Begum and Awlad Ali who is from Sylhet, district of Bangladesh. She brought up in East London. Rukhsana got the opportunity to learn Muay Thai, a Thai traditional, from a former world champion, renowned coach Bill Judd in a gym of Bethnal Green area of London.

The first success of Rukhsana came in 2009 when she won a bronze medal at the World Amateur Kick boxing Championship in Bangkok, Thailand as a member of Britain’s national team. In 2010, in her first final, Ruqsana won the British Muay Thai Atomweight Kick boxing Championship Professional title from the Duel at the Dome contest in Doncaster. In 2011, Ruqsana won a gold medal at the European Club Cup Amateur Muay Thai Championship in Latvia. In 2012, Ruqsana was nominated as British Muay Thai Team Captain and won bronze at the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) World Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

In March 2012, Ruqsana got the chance to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Walthamstow Town Hall, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK. She was selected to be an Olympic torchbearer in recognition of her sporting achievements and community work. In 2012, she carried the Olympic Torch in Greenwich, London. One of her famous words from Ruqsana is that ‘This is not a big thing how many times you fell down, but this is true how many times you have stood up.’

Awards and recognition:
• 2012- Ruqsana was shortlisted for the Muslim Women’s in Sport Foundation Ambassador Awards for the United Kingdom Sportswoman of the Year award held at Wembley Stadium.
• 2012- Ruqsana was named in the British Bangladeshi Power 100 for her work in education, culture and sports. In February 2012, she won a special achievement award at the Canary Wharf Sports Awards.
• 2013- Ruqsana was awarded Sports Personality of the Year at the Asian Achievers Awards.

Championships and accomplishments:
• 2009 – World Amateur Kickboxing Championships Bronze[46]
• 2010 – British Atomweight Muay Thai Champion
• 2011 – European Club Cup Amateur Muay Thai Championship Gold
• 2012 – IFMA World Championships

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