About Tiger Tours

 

The Tiger Tours Team
Tiger Tours Limited represents the realization of a vision of a very senior and effective former civil servant of the country for 33 years, later Executive Director of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, working in countries across the developing world. Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury’s vision is of Bangladesh becoming established as a global tourist destination, especially for those most concerned with the natural environment, interested in innovative works for human development, poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship and enterprise and a very extensive waterway formed by three major rivers of the world and their several hundred branches and tributaries.
Whilst various nations in and around South Asia have developed tourism as a sustainable contribution to their Social and Economic development, Bangladesh has in the past neglected the development of infrastructure to support tourism. Things are now changing focussing on promotion and development of domestic and inbound tourism.
We feel Bangladesh is now ready to be unlocked, allowing visitors to travel safely, and in some comfort, to explore this new destination on the world travel market, and sharing their own experiences with ours to help build our nation.

We are a Joint Venture company - a consortium of private investors, both resident in Bangladesh and from an international diaspora, and network of friends. We aim to develop year round sustainable tourism based on fairtrade principles, caring for our natural environment and biodiversity, sensitive to local cultures and values whilst contributing to social and economic development of rural communities and the nation at large. Fairtrade Tourism doesn’t just ‘happen’. In a developing nation like ours we have to innovate and pioneer to achieve all that it implies. It will take time to ‘get it right’, but we are determined to involve the communitites across the country so that they gain financially from tourism in their areas. We know that this itself is  an innovation in sharing income, creating local capacity and developing tourism infrastructure at grassroots level to showcase people-centred life and culture of Bangladesh.

Management
Board of Directors
Faizur RahmanMr. M. Faizur Rahman graduated from Dhaka University and then went to London for higher studies and training. In UK he was trained by the Commercial Union Assurance Co. Ltd. in 1962. He also studied at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Chartered Insurance Institution, London. He was one of the senior most insurance sector executives of the then East Pakistan. After the creation of Bangladesh, he started his own business. He is the founder Chairman & Managing Director of Asian Surveyors Ltd., one of the largest, nationally & internationally known firms of surveyors, valuers and loss adjusters in the country. He was a Director of National Tea Company Limited (a holding company for stateowned tea gardens), and Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Centre for many years. He is also a Director of Pubali Bank Limited and of Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Ltd. He is connected with many social and welfare oriented organizations in Bangladesh.
Mr. Salahuddin Kasem Khan is the former Chairman of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), Under Privileged Children's Education Programme (UCEP) and also of a pioneer mobile phone operator AKTEL, Bangladesh. His family is a leading industrial family in Bangladesh since 1950s. He is the CEO of AK Khan group of Companies which is developing a Special Economic Zone near  the national capital Dhaka and a five star International Hotel in the port city of Chittagong. Their group is involved in several other businesses. He is well known in the regional and international business development arena for his active role in promoting business and cooperation. He did his schooling from Aitchison College, Lahore, 1964; Graduated from the University of Punjab in 1968 and did Post Graduate in Legal Studies in London (1969-1972).
Dilruba ChowdhuryMrs. Dilruba Chowdhury is a Director of East Coast Group of Companies, a family owned diversified conglomerate with primary focus on Oil & Energy. She is the Managing Director of Parkesine Products Limited, a subsidiary of East Coast Group of Companies that specializes in the manufacture of plastic goods. Since 2011, she has been serving as the Director and currently also the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Green Delta Insurance Company Limited, one of the oldest and most successful general insurance companies in Bangladesh. Mrs.Chowdhury is also involved in social and educational development activities, which includes the management of Diabetic Centre namely ‘Bakhtunnessa Chowdhury Diabetic Centre” that provides free medical treatment and “Mohtasin Ali High School”, a private high school which is providing access to education of under-privileged people in their ancestral locality of Kulaura under Moulvibazar district.
Mrs. Chowdhury completed her BA (Hons) in International Business (Finance and French) form the European Business School, Regents' Unviersity, Lonodn.
Bajloor RashidMr. Bajloor Rashid MBE, is a Bangladesh-born British restaurateur, philanthropist and humanitarian. From 2006 to 2012, he was the President of the Bangladesh Caterers Association in UK. His family hails form Maulvi Bazar district. He went to the UK in 1978 for higher education and stayed on by opening his first restaurant "Curry Garden", in High Street, Dover in 1980. Between 1980 and 1993, he and his brother set up a number of restaurants in Kent and London. This gained him prominence in the early 1980s as a young entrepreneur in the curry industry, which led him to join the Bangladesh Caterers Association. He has also been involved in property investments owning commercial buildings. In 1993, he also got involved in a wholesale business, selling rice and spices. He is well-known for building up a substantial support network of agencies, working closely with the UK Government, members of Parliament, UKBA, MAC and the Police. He is also a senior Director of the British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce which was established in 1991. He is Chairman or Director of 20 different companies in UK and Bangladesh.
Mr. M.A Rouf Mr. M.A Rouf is also a Director of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd. (MTB). He is the Chairman of Britannia Properties Ltd., Britannia Holdings & Management Ltd., Britannia Developments Ltd., Diamond Properties (Bangladesh) Ltd., and Diamond Properties (UK) Scotland. He is the Chairman of Balaka Bangladeshi Food Limited and one of his restaurants, Balaka, located at St. Andrews, Scotland, was recognized as the Best Restaurant in the UK in 2003. Mr. Rouf is Chairman of Diamond Properties (U.K.). One of the buildings built by this company received the Civic Trust Award from the Scottish Building Standards Authority, the first enterprise of South Asian background to receive such this accolade. He is also Chairman of Dilse Restaurant Ltd. (U.K.), in Dundee, which was voted Best Restaurant in Scotland in 2004.
Maizuddin AhmedMr. Maizuddin Ahmed, besides being a sponsor and Director of Tiger Tours Limited, is the Chairman of Nice Paper Industries and also of Reliance Steel Ltd. He is a Director of Chand Group of Industries and the Proprietor of Rose Bricks Mfg. Co. Ltd. He is also a member of Khulna Club Ltd. and Narayanganj Club Ltd. He is active in social development and is an EC Member of Gulshan Society, Gulshan Society Jam-e-Mosque and also of Gulshan Masjid.
Fatema ZahirMrs. Fatema Zahir is an executive member of Gulshan Ladies Community Club, Dhaka. She is actively involved in different social and charitable activities of the Club which amongst others provide free education and other facilities to the underprivileged children and sponsor their education to higher levels. Since 2004, she is a communicative English Language teacher under the U.S. State Department funded English Access Micro Scholarship Program, conducting courses for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is a shareholder of Bay Leasing and Investment Ltd and was a founder Director of the company. She is also a shareholder Director of Exim Bank Ltd and the Managing Director of Blue Flying Academy. She manages her work while being a devoted homemaker and a socialite. She is an exceptional cook and loves to entertain family and friends.
Fawzia RabFawzia Rab is a homemaker currently living in Dhaka. She lived in Brussels for nearly three decades and is now a Belgian citizen of Bangladesh origin. She is a sponsor and Director of Tiger Tours Limited. She is also an investor Director a joint venture company Nautrebac Limited and Managing Director of Tigerbac Limited. During her long stay abroad she has always been very passionate about culture and heritage of Bangladesh which prompted her to support this tourism company from the start.  
Managing Director and CEO:
Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury Executive Director of BRAC <www.brac.net> from 2000 to 2006. As a career civil servant he has previously spent more than 3 decades in the Government of Bangladesh reaching the position of a Permanent Secretary in 1994. He held charge of various ministries from 1994 till his retirement in July 2000. In 1998 he successfully implemented the nearly $950 million US dollar Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge Project supported by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and Goverment of Japan. It is 4.8km major feat of civil engineering "Bangabandu Bridge" named after the Father of the Nation. He was made a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), UK for his leadership of this mega-project. His last assignment was as Secretary of the Internal Resources Division of the Ministry of Finance and ex-officio Chairman of the National Board of Revenue which is the apex body in all matters relating to customs,income tax and VAT administration of the country. Earlier he was CEO and Member of the Board of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from 1991 to 1994, responsible for streamlining a loss making airline and delivering an operating profit. In 2001 he served as an Adviser to the non-party Caretaker Government, where he had responsibility for five Ministries.
Asbia Begum ChowdhuryAsbia Begum Chowdhury: Born and brought up in the UK, Asbia Begum Chowdhury has been passionate about travelling, history and culture; she is a photographer; a campaigner for social and cultural development; and a kind donor.
She has participated in numerous fund raising activities and was very much involved with charities or not-for-profit organizations, including, Age UK, Princess Royal Trust, the Al Isharah, and is also actively involved in the establishment of VDAMS (Voluntary Diabetes Awareness and Management Services), a charity that provides Diabetes Awareness Workshops as well as other free healthcare to the needy people of rural Bangladesh. In 2007, Asbia migrated to Bangladesh. She prides herself being a Bangladeshi and the rich history and breath-taking landscapes inspired her to join the Tiger Tours family. Asbia Chowdhury is as passionate as the rest to present and promote Bangladesh to the rest of the world.

 

Sumala Subhat Chowdhury Sumala Subhat Chowdhury: Sumala Chowdhury is currently serving as the COO in Tiger Tours Ltd; she has the zeal to travel, meeting new people and appreciates rich history and culture. Before joining Tiger Tours, she worked in various sectors. She started work at Brac as a researcher and has an extensive knowledge of grass roots programs. She had the privilege to gain a substantial exposure in the corporate sector in BracNet. As a young visionary, she worked as the Country Head at a Japanese NGO, AFF (Alliance Forum Foundation) funded by a Japanese Corporation. Overtime at Tiger Tours, she attended several international seminars and training program in North America and Asia, including two programs run by Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA). These  have enriched her knowledge, enhanced her confidence and built up her dynamic personality. She completed her under graduation (BBA) top of business school from IUB and later obtained her Masters in Governance and Development from IDS, University of Sussex.

 

Syed Rezwanul Kabir Syed Rezwanul Kabir: After completing his high school and college in Bangladesh, Syed Rezwanul Kabir completed his BSc Honor’s Degree and MBA from the USA; where he was enlisted in the National Dean’s List. He worked with multinational companies in the USA before returning to Bangladesh to work with multinational companies, International Development Organization, International NGO, and Diplomatic Mission(s) in senior positions, in both public and private sectors. He received numerous professional training in the business and general administration field. He worked for some time as the Commercial Advisor of the Embassy of United Arab Emirates. He is now involved in International trading, both export and import and also a founder member of CBCCI and its former General Secretary. He also worked as the MD and CEO of the state sponsored not for profit Small and Medium Enterprise Foundation.

 

A.K.M. Badiul Alam A.K.M. Badiul Alam: Attended Dhaka University to complete his undergrad in Business Commerce (Hons) and Masters in Commerce (Management). Later on in his professional life, he established a garments buying house named Apparel Marketing and Trading Network Limited; he is a well established and successful entrepreneur owning several 100% export oriented garments factories. His experience extends to the energy sector where he holds the position of a sponsor director of Shahzi Bazar Power Co. Ltd (85 MW) and of a petroleum-based refinery industry. His social affiliations are tied with educational institutions where he is the founder of Badiul Alam Science and Technical Institute and chairs a few educational institutions in Kasba and Brahmanbaria. He is also the founder director of Australian International School, Dhaka and of Eden Multicare Hospital Ltd; He is the sponsor director of Midland Bank Ltd and Zenith Islami Life insurance Ltd.

 

Iftikhar KhanIftikhar Khan: Mr. Khan is a professional civil engineer of international repute working with reputed UK consulting companies. In 2009 he has set up his firm Medway Consultancy Services (UK) Limited and since then is working in Bangladesh mainly for donor agencies and multinational organisations. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), UK and also represents the ICE in Bangladesh and the region around it.

He was born in India and emigrated with his parents to Kenya where he spent his formative years and completed the schooling. In 1966, he went to the UK to study civil engineering, obtained a B.Sc degree from the London University and decided to settle there. His first overseas posting was in Libya followed by Bangladesh in 1987, where he has remained ever since. He has worked on a number of engineering projects in Bangladesh – mainly bridges including the Jamuna Multi-purpose Bridge. He was then employed by Rendel Palmer and Tritton (RPT), UK. Medway Consultancy Services (UK) Limited has also set up a local company MCS (Bangladesh) Limited to be able to take up local financed engineering projects.

In 2009, Ifthakar was made Officer of the British Empire (OBE), by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to UK-Bangladesh trade and development relations and corporate social responsibility.

 

Salahdin Irshad ImamSalahdin Irshad Imam: Salahdin Imam has had an extensive career as an International Banker and now lives in Bangladesh working as a Financial Consultant. He hosts cultural and other events at the Radius Centre on Gulshan Avenue which is a popular hub in the city for people of different ages and nationalities.

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