Next Billion Operations Lead and Kormo Founder, Google
Bickey Russell is a member of Google's Next Billion User organization and leads Kormo, an app to help people in emerging countries like Bangladesh and Indonesia find jobs and build careers. Bickey has been with Google for 11 years, leading various teams within Google's Global Business Organization. He is a founding member of Area 120 and founded Kormo in late 2016. Bickey is passionate about solving problems with technology in emerging countries like his native Bangladesh. After spending 9 years in San Francisco, he moved to Singapore in August 2020 where he currently lives with his wife, Ivy, and two children, Ameena and Emir.
Kazi Inam Ahmed
Director, Gemcon Group
Kazi Inam Ahmed is a Director of Gemcon Group, a family business conglomerate that has operations in supermarkets, tea, media, and education. Inam studied Theater at Wesleyan University, and moved back to Bangladesh immediately after; he has been working in the family business since then. Inam oversaw the growth of Meena Bazar, a supermarket chain, from one store to 18 stores over the past 15 years. Meena Bazar has developed a comprehensive training program that has trained thousands of youth to enter the modern retail workforce. He also worked closely with Kazi & Kazi Tea, the one and only certified organic and fair-trade tea garden in Bangladesh with a US tea brand, Teatulia. Inam is very passionate about cricket and serves as a Director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board. He is a foodie and loves to travel with his wife, Madiha, and daughter, Amelie.
Executive Director, ACI Logistics (Shwapno)
Sabbir Nasir is a strategic leader with 20+ years of proven experience in transforming, leading and delivering critical business, manufacturing operations, and strategy initiatives for global retail companies. Sabbir currently runs Shawpno, one of the largest retail chains in Bangladesh with 140+ outlets and 3000+ employees. He has been successful in driving transformation and innovation in the business since being appointed to the role in 2011. Prior to Shwapno, Sabbir has held leadership positions in a number of companies and geographies, including Otobi, Tetrapak and Bata. A lifelong learner, he is a graduate of IBA Dhaka and completed executive courses at Harvard, MIT and Haas Business School. Based out of Dhaka (Bangladesh), Sabbir is also a highly regarded artist and musician.