Team Members


Sajid Amit
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Enterprise & Society (CES)

Sajid Amit has more than fifteen years of experience in four distinct sectors: investment banking, management consulting, academia, and social/market research. He was a Director at BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage Limited where at the age of twenty-nine he was the youngest Director at a BRAC company. At BRAC EPL, he managed a portfolio of US$ 250 million, mostly those of foreign institutional investors such as Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank amongst others. He has overseen research operations of KPMG’s global offices in the US, UK and EU. He has also won back-to-back research awards from BlackRock (UK) Advisory Ltd Research Award and Morgan Stanley Investment Management (2012-2013). Furthermore, he is a recipient of KPMG India’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Award (2009), Columbia University’s prestigious Richard Hofstadter Faculty Fellowship (2007), Columbia University’s South Asia Institute Research Award (2006), and Dartmouth College’s Vivian B. Allen Foundation Scholarship (2000-2004). Last but not least, he was one of the twenty-five Global Leaders under twenty-one selected by Credit Suisse in New York.


Other team members include:

MD Oliur Rahman Tarek
Research Associate
Center for Enterprise & Society (CES)

After his bachelor studies, MD Oliur Rahman Tarek worked for several years in the shipping and advertising industries. While working in the advertising industry, he worked with some of the most prestigious global brands operating in Bangladesh. In 2018, Oliur received his master degree from HEC Liège, Belgium (AACSB and EQUIS Accredited) with Distinction (Cum Laude). He also served the digital marketing team of a venture-backed SaaS start-up in Belgium as an Intern. At ULAB, Oliur investigates a wide range of issues related to Sharing Economy, Collaborative Consumption, Innovation Rejection, Digital Credit, and Entrepreneurship as part of his research duties. He is providing grant management support to re-designing of a grant awarded by a prestigious US donor. Oliur is also involved in curriculum review for Founder Institute, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator program for leading startups in Bangladesh. Recently he has received 2nd Best Paper Award at the 4th International Conference on Globalisation, Entrepreneurship and Emerging Economies (ICGEEE), organized by Centre for Business & Economic Research (CBER), UK.

Lumbini Barua

Research Associate
Center for Enterprise & Society (CES)

Lumbini Barua is an experienced social researcher in a diverse range of sectors including e-learning, inclusive education, higher education, financial inclusion, social media radicalization, countering violent extremism, youth development and SDGs. She has co-authored a book chapter published by Routledge. She has also co-authored a paper selected for publication by USAID. Besides research, she is involved in coordination of a US State Department funded project and hosting national and international conferences. She is also engaged in content developing for a MOOC on diversity, tolerance and pluralism to be launched internationally.
Prior to joining CES, she worked as a researcher at Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and has co-authored a paper on SDGs and youth with renowned economist, Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya. During her tenure in CPD, she provided coordination support to the secretariat of the Citizen’s Platform of SDGs, Bangladesh and was involved in organizing two national conferences. She has also worked with international organizations including Agami Education Foundation and Transparency International Bangladesh and has wide teaching and mentorship experience. She graduated from Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka with the highest distinction securing first and second position in her department in Master’s and Bachelor’s degree respectively.

Sharjah Ibrahim

Coordinator, Conferences and Training
Center for Enterprise & Society (CES)

Sharjah Ibrahim’s areas of expertise include event organization, communications, stakeholder and partner relationship management. At CES, she has been involved in organizing the inaugural Masterclass with the Chief Business Officer, Grammenphone. She has provided external relationship management support while organizing the first ever webinar on digital credit organized by Digital Finance Forum Bangladesh, a network of leaders from government and non-government banks, NBFIs, startups, NGOs etc. She has been responsible for coordinating events of national and international donor funded projects by the US State Department, British High Commission Dhaka. She is providing support in launching an accelerator program by the Founders Institute, a silicon based startup accelerator organization.
Previously she has gained experience in higher education consultancy, and education and career counseling. She was a recipient of the IDP Global Excellence Awards (2016-17), IDP Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd Excellence Awards (2015-16). Also, she has received recognition for her academic excellence, Vice Chancellors Certificate and Dean’s Certificate during her undergraduate at BRAC University, and holds the 5th position in the department at Jahangirnagar University. She is also an alumna of King’s College London.

Iftakhar Ahmed

Research and Admin Officer
Center for Enterprise & Society (CES)

Iftakhar Ahmed has professional experience in stakeholder communication, financial management of donor funded projects, vendor liaisons, and event management. At CES, he has been responsible for coordinating the budgeting and financial planning activities of multiple projects funded by international donors, including the US State Department and the British High Commission Bangladesh. He has been involved in organizing the first ever Financial Inclusion Summit in partnership with Bkash. He has experience in liaising with national and international organizations like UNCDF, MicroSave, Bank Asia, Innovision, and many others. He also has expertise in data collection (IDI, FGD, and KII) and analysis (MS Excel and SPSS) and he has coordinated several nationwide surveys. Iftakhar has completed his BBA and MBA from ULAB.and KII) and analysis (MS Excel and SPSS) and he has coordinated several nationwide surveys. Iftakhar has completed his BBA and MBA from ULAB.


The Center was founded by Dr. Daniel M. Sabet, a former Fulbright Fellow who earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University under the direction of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom. He joins ULAB from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington DC, where he remains an affiliated researcher.



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