Nageswara Rao Desu Rao Desu.JPGNageswara Rao DesuNageswara Rao Desu presently working as General Manager in the Department of Financial Inclusion and Banking Technology in NABARD Head Office, Mumbai, is working on reducing the gaps in the payment and acceptance infrastructure in the banking sector through various technology interventions as well as spreading financial literacy in India. He was on the Board of Sri Vishakha Gramin Bank, a Regional Rural Bank, as a Director. He is a member of ‘Committee on Index on Finance Inclusion’ set up for creating financial inclusion index for India by Government of India. He has many papers to his credit on subjects like corporate Governance in cooperative banks, Conduct of inspections under CBS environment, Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana, Financial Inclusion strategies for Arunachal Pradesh, leveraging on technology in cooperative banks etc., which were presented in various national and international seminars and published. He worked in the areas of Information Technology, Institutional Development, Micro Credit and Financial Inclusion. He did his M.Com. from Andhra University. As District Development Manager in Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh, he worked for including the entire poor population of the district into Self Help Groups (SHGs) in a saturation mode and also worked towards Watershed Development under Natural Resource Management, tribal development under ‘Wadi’ programmes. He also worked as a Faculty Member in the subjects of Financial Inclusion, Micro Finance, Information Technology, Project Management at Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), Lucknow and NABARD Staff College NBSC, Lucknow, India. He also provided consultancy on Financial Management and Management Information Systems for cooperative banks.NABARDGeneral Manager
Syed Abdul Momen Abdul Momen.jpgSyed Abdul MomenMr. Syed Abdul Momen took over as the Head of SME Banking on July 13, 2017. Syed Abdul Momen joined BRAC Bank in August 2005. He has 13 years of multifaceted experience in the Banking Sector primarily concentrating in Technology, Operations and Business Functions. During the first 2 years in BRAC Bank, he restructured technology infrastructure and played a crucial role in the Core Banking Platform migration. In August 2007, Momen was posted in BRAC Afghanistan Bank as Chief Operating Officer (COO) on a 2 year secondment. During his tenure in Afghanistan, he looked after the bank's SME Business & expanded bank's network in three provinces. He has also contributed in the development of SME Banking Policies & Guidelines of Central Bank of Afghanistan. After his return from Afghanistan in 2009, he joined BRAC Bank’s SME Division and ran a special collection project, which was portfolio’s prime concern. After successfully driving the countrywide collection initiative, he was appointed as the Head of Small Business in July 2010 and since then he is leading the industry’s largest small business portfolio. His team was awarded Chairman's Excellence Award in 2012 for extraordinary business achievement. Mr. Momen started his career in ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1999 where he played an instrumental role in the migration of Core Banking Platform in Middle East & South Asia region including Bangladesh, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Nepal, Sri Lanka after the acquisition of Grindlays Bank’s operation by Standard Chartered Bank. He was also instrumental in Standard Chartered Bank’s IT service delivery & business process centralization Project. Mr. Momen is a Computer Communications Graduate from Middlesex University, UK with distinction. During his 13 years of banking career, he attended numerous seminars, trainings and workshops in and out of country. BRAC BankHead of SME Banking
Md. Arfan Ali Arfan Ali.jpgMd. Arfan AliAn MBA from The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka University, Md. Arfan Ali is currently holding President & Managing Director. He joined Bank Asia as an AVP on September 13, 1999, three months before the commercial opening of the bank. During the initial years at the Bank, Md. Arfan Ali was in charge of the Treasury Department. Subsequent to that, he was the Head of two of the major Bank Asia branches namely: Principal Office Branch and MCB Banani Branch. Arfan Ali started his career as a Probationary Officer in Arab Bangladesh Bank Limited on May 02, 1991. Prior to joining Bank Asia, he worked for Hanil Bank (now Woori Bank) of South Korea from 1996 to 1999. Apart from working for the Bank, Md. Arfan Ali worked as a Part Time Lecturer for Jahangir Nagar University, MBA Department for six years. He is one of the key resource persons for Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM), Dhaka. Md. Arfan Ali is actively involved in enhancement of formal and informal education for the village people. Bank AsiaPresident & Managing Director
Abdullah Saqib Saqib.jpgAbdullah SaqibMr Abdullah Saqib is currently spearheading Viamo’s efforts in Pakistan and Bangladesh as Country Manager focused on helping international nonprofits strengthen their interventions by leveraging mobile technology. In his previous role at Acumen, he focused on developing global investment strategies across Latin America, Africa and South Asia to enhance poverty alleviation outcomes by addressing issues concerning productivity, income volatility and climate change. During his tenure at Telenor Pakistan, Abdullah designed and launched innovative value-driven information and financial services for rural masses across health, education and agriculture sectors. His work in mobile agriculture received global recognition and convinced the organization to set up a dedicated department focused on initiatives for Pakistan’s agricultural ecosystem. He is a firm believer of knowledge sharing and has served as a mentor at the MIT D-Lab for enhancement of investment readiness of startups ranging from diverse backgrounds (Latin America and Africa) and focus areas (FinTech, Education, Health, Energy, etc.). Moreover, he has also supported Duke University in curriculum design for social enterprises around the world. ViamoCountry Manager
Debbie Watkins Watkins.jpgDebbie WatkinsMs Debbie Watkins has over 20 years of experience in technology for finance, mobile-enabled products and services, business and strategy consulting and management. She has led customer-centric market research and product development engagements; supported clients in technology platform needs assessment and implementation; built multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in a number of countries; and acted as Project Director for a number of long-term multi-million dollar mobile money and financial services solution implementations. She lived in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Singapore for a total of 14 years, and worked in 20 additional countries throughout Africa and Asia. Her career in the UK included Operations Director for an ERP solutions provider and Head of Deployment for a commercial bank-enabled smart card-based electronic cash service. Fern SingaporeManaging Director, APMEA
Md. Serajul Islam Serajul Islam.jpgMd. Serajul IslamTBAERA-InfoTech LTDCheif Executive Officer
Dr. Atiur Rahman Atiur Rahman.jpgDr. Atiur RahmanTBABangladesh BankFormer Governor
Dr. Toufic Ahmed Choudhury Toufic Ahmed Choudhury.jpgDr. Toufic Ahmed ChoudhuryTBABangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM)Director General
Mridul Chowdhury Chowdhury.jpgMridul ChowdhuryTBAmPower Social Enterprises Ltd.Founder & CEO
Sarder Akhter Hamed Akhter Hamed.jpgSarder Akhter HamedTBABank Asia Ltd.SEVP & Head of Channel Banking Division