SOAS University of London

SOAS programme trains future leaders of Bangladesh

12 February 2015

Six promising young leaders from Bangladesh are currently resident at SOAS as they have been selected to take part in the pilot year of the School’s Future Leaders of Bangladesh programme – a bespoke three week course developed by academics Mr Sham Qayyum and Professor Werner Menski in conjunction with the School’s Research and Enterprise Office.

Future Leaders 2015 (1)
From left to right: Muhammad Neamul Ibna Kabir; Sandip Ghosh; Dorinne Tin Ming Kaw; Professor Werner Menski; MD Latiful Bari; and Abdullah Ullah

The final six candidates, all professionals from Bangladesh that include doctors, engineers and business people, underwent a highly competitive process to earn their place on the programme, which included a two month televised series of leadership-themed tasks.

The candidates are currently two-thirds of the way through their three-week training programme. Once completed, the six future leaders will have covered a variety of topics, such as: how to devise and evaluate your vision, strategy and tactics, business intelligence, performance management, managing diversity, governance, growth and poverty reduction, and how to address the challenges to democracy, accountability, the rule of law and human rights in Bangladesh.    

Professor  Werner Menski said: “It has been a rewarding experience to work with this selected group of young future leaders. They hit the ground running and have been highly articulate and open to interdisciplinary debates.”

Testimonials from some of this year’s participants:

“This course gave me the chance to look into the depth of myself and explore the true potential I have. It helped me to determine my goals and objectives in my personal and professional life.” Dr Md Latiful Bari

“It was really an amazing course on leadership. It really changed my views and will help me to take proper decisions in my life.” Md. Neamul Ibna Kabir

“This particular programme has the proper blending of law, politics, economics and obviously leadership. I personally find it very interesting and believe that it will help me to assist my country in the future.” Sandip Kumar Ghosh

“An interesting course from inspirational teachers, who made me rethink my aim in life and the ways to navigate to it.” Abdullah Ullah

Funding for the candidates was provided by Future Leaders Ltd, a company based in Bangladesh. SOAS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the company to deliver this programme once a year until 2019.