Farzana ChowdhuryManaging Director & CEO
Ms. Farzana Chowdhury, ACII (UK) is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Green Delta Insurance Company Limited (GDIC) – the only non-life insurance company with IFC World Bank equity investment in the country which has been awarded with the prestigious AAA rating for the 2nd year running.
Being the first female Managing Director and CEO in the financial sector of the country, her guiding philosophy has always been driven by the intent of adding value not just in business but in every sphere that touches her life. Accordingly for more than two decades, in a country where insurance is least penetrated at a time when it is needed the most, Ms. Farzana and her team have been able to work to bridge this gap by embracing transparent processes and forthright practices.
Having the most prestigious ACII after completing Masters from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia under AUS Aid scholarship, she introduced numerous successful integrated insurance models involving SME sector; micro health for the RMG workers and poor people through ‘Shudin’ and ‘Niramoy’; major remittance earners – migrant labors with ‘Probashi’; majority of the population – the female segment
Through ’Nibedita’ and the backbone of the country’s economy – the agriculture through Weather Index Insurance (WII).
As one of the 17 participants from across the globe, she was selected by the US State Department, for the International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership program sponsored by US State Department and Fortune 500 companies in 2006. She has been key speakers in many national and international events including recently held International Conference on ‘Transformation Challenges and Opportunities for Bangladesh Garment Industry’ at Harvard University.
She was a key speaker in Bangladesh Roadshow UK 2015 organized by Board of Investments (BOI) in London. She also was a guest speaker at Global Index Insurance Conference 2015 organized by World Bank group’s Global Index Insurance facility (GIIF) in Paris.
Ms. Farzana has received overwhelming warmth and respect for her pioneering efforts in taking the cause of insurance forward. Under her leadership, GDIC has been felicitated by many prominent institutions like ARC, IFM, SAFA, ICAB, World Finance, ICSB and these awards have driven her to scale newer heights. She is also a member of the advisory council of the BRAC Business School, BRAC University.
Customer-centricity has been the hallmark of the operations of the institutions that Ms. Farzana has worked for and she has remained a key catalyst in creating a more customer- oriented enterprise like Professional Advancement Bangladesh Ltd and GD Assist Ltd – two new subsidiaries of GDIC.
Ms. Chowdhury is a member of the advisory council of Talent Nomics India. Talent Nomics is a not for profit organization focused on the issues of ender party in leadership and pay. It aims to strengthen the pipeline of women leaders across sectors and regions.
Recently another feather was added to her glittering career. She was awarded with the prestigious Chartered Insurer Status by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) UK. According to CII, this is the gold standard for insurance professionals and a very few professionals in Bangladesh have this distinction.
With her leadership Ms. Farzana has been relentlessly working to bring forth a positive change in the industry by introducing the concept of ‘Insurance for Everyone’.
Nasiruddin Ahmad ChoudhuryAdvisor
By virtue of an experience of more than half a century in the insurance sector, Mr. Nasiruddin Ahmad Choudhury has pioneered the insurance industry of Bangladesh. He completed his Bachelor’s degree from Anando Mohon College, Mymensingh, and Master’s degree in Islamic History from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He is vastly experienced in the field of insurance and is widely respected in the insurance industry and business circles, both locally and globally. Mr Choudhury joined the Pakistan Insurance Corporation in September, 1958, and held various senior positions till the liberation of Bangladesh. In 1972, immediately after the year Bangladesh was liberated, he took the responsibility of rebuilding
the reinsurance department of the SadharanBima Corporation as a General Manager. Having achieved his objectives, he left in 1983. He was also an Insurance Adviser of Bangladesh Biman and Bangladesh Shipping Corporation for over 15 years. A former Chairman of the Bangladesh Insurance Association (2001-2004), Mr Choudhury established Green Delta Insurance Company Limited with some friends in 1985 as a sponsor and founder Managing Director and CEO. Till date, he is discharging his responsibility as an Advisor. Throughout his glorious career, Mr Choudhury has been awarded by many renowned national and international organizations for his unparalleled contributions to the insurance industry of Bangladesh.
A. S. A. MuizSenior Consultant
Mr. Muiz is a Senior consultant at Green Delta Insurance ( since 2013) and enjoys an entrenched presence in the field of Insurance for over four decades. After his graduation from Dhaka University , he started his insurance career at erstwhile Great Eastern Insurance Co. Ltd in 1969 as a probationary officer. He joined the Sadharan Bima Corporation after the war of liberation as an Assistant Manager in 1973 and went abroad for higher training and exposure and in the process got associated with large insurance organizations like Lloyds and attended Chartered Insurance College , London. He also received training on Munich Re, Germany , Swiss Re, Switzerland and Paris , France.
Upon his return after completion of his training abroad , Mr. Muiz joined Sadharan Bima Corp. and continued working at SBC holding various important and significant post till his voluntary retirement in 1997 as a Deputy General Manager. He then joined Green Delta Insurance as Director, Marketing, in 2001. Until becoming consultant he was Additional Managing Director of Green Delta in charge of HR, Marketing , Underwriting and Branch control and afterward served as Advisor to the Green Delta Insurance.
A.K.M. Iftekhar AhmadConsultant
A.K.M. Iftekhar Ahmad is a carrier insurer. After obtaining graduation from Dhaka University he joined the eastern Head Office of erstwhile Muslim Insurance Co. Ltd. on 8 January 1969. Thereafter he joined erstwhile Janata Insurance Co. fully owned by Bengali entrepreneurs in September 1970 as Asstt. Manager. After liberation the Insurance Industry was nationalized. He was absorbed in Sadharan Bima Corporation as Asstt. Manager in 1973. He held important positions in Underwriting, Claims, Branch and other departments till 1996 when he voluntarily
retired to join the private sector. In Private Sector he was the CEO of Eastern Insurance Co. Ltd. from 1998 to 2009 and CEO of Sonarbangla Insurance Co. Ltd from 2010 to 2012. He retired from Sonarbangla on attaining the age of superannuation ie. 67 years. Thereafter he joined Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority (IDRA) in July 2013 as Senior Consultant and worked
there till June 2016. He was also Member Secretary of Central Rating committee, During his tenure Money Insurance Policy (MIP) was designed by the secretariat and approved by the Authority. He also piloted many new products for non-life insurance
viz: Nibedita Comprehensive Insurance for Women, GD Health Insurance, Prime Health Insurance Hajj & Umrah Insurance, Niramay Micro Health Insurance, Weather Index Crop Insurance, Mass Health Insurance, Probashi Insurance for migrant workers, through Central Rating Committee and approved by IDRA. He received extensive training on insurance in home and abroad at various stages of his carrier. He was a member of Central Rating Committee from 2000 to 2012 and also Chairman of Misc Rating Sub-Committee for one term. He played an active role in product design and pricing of non-life Insurance. He was an elected member of the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Insurance Association from 2002 to 2008 and played vital role in shaping the industry.
Syed Moinuddin AhmedAddl. Managing Director & Company Secretary
Spanning more than 20 years, Mr. Ahmed possesses an extensive career in the banking and finance industry. Majoring in Finance from the University of Dhaka, he started his career at Southeast Bank where he was responsible for the credit-related activities of the bank. Starting his career as a management trainee, Mr Ahmed worked in various roles with several reputed commercial banks in Bangladesh for significant periods of his career prior to joining the GDIC Group in2009 and subsequently taking over the role as an Additional Managing Director and Company Secretary.
Mr. Ahmed’s core competence have been the highlight of his career at Green Delta Insurance, including board affairs, business development, business process optimization, structuring of credit facilities, studying the capital markets, managing strategic alliances, HR supervision and project management that have collectively ensured strong and consistent growth for the Company over the years. Moreover, his knowledge and experience in conceiving, developing, strategizing and implementing the SME finance model at BRAC Bank has ensured proper insurance coverage for such enterprises, which continue to contribute to the economic development of the country. Overall, his experience and vision have been a source of inspiration for the team.
During his long career, Mr. Ahmed has participated in a number of workshops that have enabled him to gain a more holistic and globalised viewpoint and inspired him to attain greater heights.
Wafi Shafique Menhaz KhanDeputy Managing Director (GDIC) and Managing Director & CEO (GDSL)
Mr. Wafi Shafique Menhaz Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Delta Securities Limited, one of the few renowned brokerage houses of Bangladesh. He is also the Deputy Managing Director of Green Delta Insurance and is currently heading Retail , Micro & SME department. Prior to join Green Delta, he was the Vice-President and Head of Non- funded Business at The City Bank Limited. Mr. Khan has extensive experience in the banking industry and set benchmarks for others to pursue. He started his glorious career from ANZ Grindlays Bank and gradually earned diversified experience while working with BRAC Bank Limited, American Express Bank Ltd. and The City Bank Ltd. He was directly involved with the launching of numerous retail, card and loan products. Throughout his career, he has been assessed as a result oriented & strong team player, activator and developer. He has taken up several successful training and workshops held locally and globally on career management & leadership. He has attended various international conferences held in USA, UK, Dubai, Singapore, Thailand, India and China
Md. Rafiqul IslamDeputy Managing Director (GDIC) and Managing Director & CEO (GDCL)
Md. Rafiqul Islam, Managing Director & CEO of Green Delta Capital Limited, prior to join this position, he was the Chief Investment Officer of the company. Mr. Islam specializes in providing Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Corporate Treasury. His extensive professional experience encompasses both in Debt and Equity Capital Markets products where he comprises in many transactions for raising debt &equity funds including Foreign & local Syndication and IPO in various sectors such as Infrastructure, Power, Energy, Financial, Agro, Textile, Telecom, Manufacturing, FMCG and Food processing sectors. Mr. Islam also specialize in Private Equity and M&A transactions, Structuring PE & M&A deals.
With over 13 years of professional experience, Mr. Islam has built a successful track record of consistent sustainable value creation in the field of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance with raising funds from domestic and foreign markets for both debt and equity.
Mr. Islam beginning his career with a major conglomerate in Bangladesh in 2002 moved to Orascom Telecom. Mr. Islam was also with BRAC EPL Investments Limited as Associate Director & Head of Structured Finance.
Mr. Islam completed Master of Commerce in Accounting and he has also completed MBA in Finance from East West University, Bangladesh. Also he is the Associate Member of CPA Australia.
Mr. Md. Anisur RahmanDeputy Managing Director & Head of Claims
Mr. Md. Anisur Rahman brings more than 29 years of valuable experience in the Insurance Industry and have total 36+ years’ experience. Before joining our Company, he has served as Deputy Managing Director at United Insurance Co. Ltd. Previously, he also worked in Reliance Insurance, Pragati Insurance, Bangladesh Insurance Academy, Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Investment Corporation of Bangladesh ICB), Standard Chartered Bank etc. He has completed his MBA from Dhaka University.
Kabir Ahmed ChowdhurySr. Executive Director , Head of Audit and Compliance
Kabir A. Chowdhury, Sr. ED, Head of Internal Audit & Compliance has completed his 30 years of Insurance career. After completion of his Master Degree in Accounting & Finance from Chittagong University he joined with BGIC in October 1985. He has work experience in Marketing, Underwriting, Accounts and other administrative works in different departments. He started with Green Delta in 1986 as a founder Manager of Comilla Branch. Later he opened another branch at Eliphant Road, Mohakhali. Prior to joining the Internal Audit he was the In-charge of Principal Branch, Dhaka for more than 5 years. He participated insurance related courses and seminars arranged by the insurance related institutions in home and abroad.