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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.

List of winners: http://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/2015-gracies-winners/

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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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Sumit Paul, the first ever Bangladeshi completed Ironman Triathlon marathon competition

There is a saying that success is for the brave one who takes risk and never looks back in adventure. Many of us may not hear about the word-Ironman Triathlon*. Triathlon is the competition in which a contestant has to ride on hill by moving impassable roads or reach to a destination by swimming in rough tide rivers. People of this part of the world used to watch this in TV broadcasting or in Movies. But a Bengali made this to prove that Bangladeshi people also can do this happen.

The name of the Bangladeshi Bengali is Sumit Paul (Bengali: সুমিত পাল). He is an Electrical Engineer by profession. He had completed the Ironman Triathlon successfully which was held in Limburg of Netherland. He had taken 5 hours and 34 minutes to complete the marathon in which he had completed successfully 42.2 KM Marathon, 180.25 KM Cycle riding, and 3.86 KM swimming without any rest. He had taken 5 hours and 34 minutes in marathon, 7 hours and 29 minutes in cycling, and 1 hour and 29 minutes in swimming. A total of 900 participants were contested in this hardest event. He had completed this as the first ever Bangladeshi with a ranking of 660 out of 900.

In his personal life, he is working in BMW as an Engineer in Germany. He had completed his Bachelor degree from BUET in Electrical Engineering. Later he had completed his Master’s and PHD in Germany. He practices at least 15-20 hours in a week even in his busy schedule in professional life. He also attended in Barlin, Rome, Geneva and Frankfurt Marathon in 2010.

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*Know more about Ironman Triathlon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironman_Triathlon

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Shefali Chowdhury, A Bangladeshi descent acted in Harry Potter Film Series and Tamil movie

Shefali Chowdhury (Bengali: শেফালী চৌধুরী), a name of a Bangladeshi descent who was acted in ‘Harry Potter’ and an Indian Tamil movie. There was need of some children who would be acting in the role of class-mates of Harry Porter in the Harry Potter’s magic school. Among them two would be twins. So, everyone of the Harry Porter went out of their search for them. One day, a unit arrived Hoyeli Ranges High School in Manchester.

After the audition, Shefali Chowdhury was selected for the character of the class mate of Harry. Later, the potter team found Afsan and Shefali side by side for the role of Patil twin. They both were collected from the two ends of London, UK. But both of them are Bangladeshi origin as a coincidence.

Shefali started acting in the Harry Potter film series in 2005 through the Harry Potter and the Globet of Fire cinema. She was studying in the final semester of Oyebharali school at that time. Shefali acted in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ in 2005, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ in 2007 and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ in 2009. Before acting in Harry Potter Series, Shefali had acted in a vital role in Tamil movie, ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’ in 2002.

Shefali Chowdhury was born in Birmingham in June, 1988. Her parents were moved to England in 1980 from Sylhet, district of Bangladesh. She had completed ‘A-level’ on 4 subjects in The sixth form college after completing her education in Oyeverly. She studied in the subject of English language, literature, sociology and religious education.

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A moment of of tamil movie, ‘Kannathil Muthamittal’

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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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Samira Amin, A Bangladeshi descent became model for world renowned, hair color product Garniar

Samira Amin (Bengali: সামিরা আমিন), A Bangladeshi descent who became the first Bangladeshi model of Olia Hair Color commercial of Garniar, Canada. The 30 seconds long campaign of the product said about the product is that ‘Canada’s best new home hair color’. The commercial showed that she is using this hair color which make her hair soft and shiny.

She is the daughter of Salma Bani, a Bangladeshi writer. She has been serving as Marketing Manager of Palmoliv, Toronto. She had completed her MBA from Schulich School of Business of Canada.

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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 (http://www.canberratimes.com.au), “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.

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38 Carpenter Street, Singapore, 059917, Singapore
Phone: 65 6221 7051, Fax: 65 6535 3622

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Ataul Karim, a Bangladeshi scientist, one among the best 100 scientists of the world, invented train which will not touch the line

The conventional idea of a train is that a train requires a line to touch to move forward. Dr. Ataul Karim (Bengali: ড. আতাউল করিম), a Bangladeshi origin scientist who stood in the list of the best 100 scientists of the world, invented train which will not touch the line. Train will run forward through magnets and reach to the destination within the blink of an eye. He is one of the world’s top 100 scientists.

Mr. Ataul Karim has been working in Dominion University at norophoke of Virginia adjacent to Washington DC as Vice President (Research) Washington DC.

However, the researchers of Old Dominion University had spent lot of money behind the research to invent this type of train past 7 years. But the real success came when Mr. Karim took the leadership of the research in 2004. Within just one and a half years, he was able to succeed in his research to invent the train which waits commercial launching.

China, Germany and Japan have discovered this type of train running over 150 miles per hour. But the average cost of the track of this train lines per mile is about $ 110 million. But the invention of Mr. Karim would cost only US$ 12 / 13 million. His design is pleasant. The main characteristic of the train is that it will not touch the line once after it is getting start.

Dr. Karim moved to United States (US) 30 years back with higher degree in Physics from the Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He had completed his MS in physics in 1978, and MS in Electrical engineering in 1979 and his PHD in 1981 in Electrical engineering from the University of Alabama. He is currently leading 5000 talented researchers-students of the World or US with his own talent and skill.

Dr. Karim is leading 6 college, at least 20 research centre, 600 faculties and more than 5000 graduate and under graduate students.

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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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Sebastian Rema, the first deputy secretary from Garo community

Sebastian Rema (Bengali: সেবাস্টিন রেমা) became the first ever Deputy Secretary of the Garo community in Bangladesh. Before being promoted to the post of Deputy Secretary, he was the Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration. Earlier he served as the Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue)in Gazipur district. He once served as Chief Executive Officer (Upazila Nirbahi Officer) in Austagram sub-district in Kishoreganj district.

On April 6th, 873 officials were promoted in three-tier of the administration. Among them 343 officers were promoted to the post of Deputy Secretary. Sebastian Rema was also included in the list.

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Arc Das, A Bangladeshi keeps his foot-print in the path of theater, television and movie in Australia

Citizens from Bangladesh tried their luck in different sectors and got success and recognitions for their work. Not so many people are engaged in film sector internationally. Very few Bangladeshi citizens made this exception.

Arc Das (Bengali: অর্ক দাশ) is one among the very few who made such examples. He acted in ‘Unindian’, a film by Anupom Sharma which was released in 15th October 2015. He acted among the famous Bollywood artists like Tanbistha Chatterjee, Stephen Halter, Gulshan Grover, Supriya Pathak, Salman Khan with guest appearance, world cricket legend Brett Lee etc. Arc Das acted in this movie as the character of Tick, a friend of Will (Bret Lee).

Arc Das was born in Chittagong in 1988. His father is the renowned Columnist and Poet Ajay Das Gupta. And his mother, Dipa Dasgupta is the teacher of Summer Field Tutorial. Mr. Ajay moved to Australia in 1996 when Arc was a student of just 2nd standard.

The acting life Arc started in 2003 in a regional Shakespeare Festival. Arc became the first in the ‘dialogue’ category of the festival in 2004. He also acted in some plays like ‘Reference to Salvadr Dali’, ‘Make Me Hot’. He joined in Ensemble theater of Sydney in 2010. His first short film was ‘Jagodi Ji’. He acted in a play, ‘Animals out of paper’ as the member of this group for which he was selected for the best new face for prize of Sydney theater award. He acted in a play, ‘Beached’ in 2013. He also acted in a TV series, ‘The code’. He also acted as a side role in a movie, ‘Good Morning’. After this he got chance in the movie, ‘Unindian’ where he got a lead supporting role. He also got the opportunity in acting in a Hollywood movie, ‘The Lion’ where he acted with Deb Patel and Nikole Kidman.
Beside this, he was also a co-producer of a joint comedy series, ’The Casuals’. He acted in this series along with directing.

He was acted in Bangladesh in a play, ‘Juta Abiskar” at the time of studying in Summer Field School of Chittagong. This was the very beginning in the path of acting for this ideal of Bangladesh.

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