Social Enterprise Summit 2019



Mr Farhad REZA
Mr Farhad REZA
President, Build Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Farhad Reza is in a ‘mission’ to establish the Impact Economy Ecosystem in Bangladesh. His dream is to have at least 'few minutes' with people from all over the world on their own soil to reconfirm 'human commonalities'.

Farhad is leading Build Bangladesh, a body that encompasses social entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and environmental sustainability while focusing on intergenerational well-being and the UN’s Social Development Goals. His focus is the ‘Impact Investment Movement’ to ensure a sustainable impact economy, using the concept of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0). Build Bangladesh is in partnership with UNDP SDG Innovative Finance (UNSIF) and has launched two Impact Funds to provide funding for people at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ and to accelerate programmes to support young entrepreneurs.

Farhad has been working in Australia and Bangladesh in the last 20 years. As Senior Executive for the Australian Government, he ensured A$120bn worth of welfare payments being delivered to eligible recipients, established strategic policies on housing and infrastructure for remote Indigenous communities and managed A$100m per year worth national programme.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and a Master of Social Science (CIDA Scholar) from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He is a fellow of Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) and a corporate member of Planning Institute of Australia.