Secretary General of Amnesty International & Human Rights Activist
Our Group wishes to acknowledge Ms Irene Khan as being the first ever Bangladeshi woman, Muslim and Asian to hold a position of Amnesty International Secretary General. She is also a Human Rights Activist. We are proud of her work and contribution towards human rights issues.
Irene Zubaida Khan was born December 24, 1956 in Dhaka. She left Bangladesh as a teenager for school in Northern Ireland, later went to England and studied law at the Victoria University of Manchester and then, in the United States, at Harvard Law School. She specialized in public international law and human rights, graduating in 1978.
Khan helped to create the organization Concern Universal in 1977, an international development and emergency relief organization working in partnership with Children in Crossfire. She began her career as a human rights activist with the International Commission of Jurists in 1979, later went to work at the United Nations in 1980, after spending 20 years at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR), she was appointed UNHCR Chief of Mission in India, the youngest representative at that time.
After joining the Amnesty International in 2001 as its Secretary General, She became the first woman, the first the first Bangladeshi and the first Muslim to hold the position of Amnesty International Secretary General Khan received a Ford Foundation Fellowship and the Pilkington "Woman of the Year" Award 2002 as well as the Sydney Peace Prize 2006. In 2007 she received an institutional honorary doctorate at the Ghent University. In July 2009 she was appointed as Chancellor of the University of Salford.
Co - Founder of YouTube.
This group acknowledges the role of Jawed Karim as being the Co-Founder of YouTube.
Karim was born in 1979 in Merseburg, East Germany. He is the co-founder of the popular video sharing website YouTube. Many of the core components of PayPal, including its real-time anti-fraud system were also designed and implemented by Karim.
His father, Naimul Karim is a Bangladeshi researcher at 3M. His mother, Christine Karim is a research assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. Karim grew up in Germany and graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He left campus prior to graduating to become an early employee at PayPal, but continued his coursework, earning his bachelor's degree in computer science in 2004.
After co-founding the company and developing the YouTube concept and website with Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Karim enrolled as a graduate student in computer science at Stanford University while acting as an advisor to YouTube. When YouTube was acquired by Google, Karim received 137,443 shares of stock, worth about $64 million based on Google's closing stock price at that time. More recently, Jawed has launched a venture fund called Youniversity Ventures, with the goal of helping current and former university students to launch their business ideas.
Our Bangladesh Group and Fans wishes to acknowledge Dr Muhammad Yunus for putting Bangladesh on the World Map.
Muhammad Yunus, born 28 June 1940, is a Bangladeshi banker and economist. He previously was a professor of economics where he developed the concept of microcredit; these loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans.
Yunus is also the founder of Grameen Bank. In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to create economic and social development.
Yunus himself has received several other national and international honors. He is the author of the book, ‘ Banker to the Poor’ and a founding board member of Grameen America and Grameen Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation,
Our Bangladesh Group and Fans wishes to acknowledge Shah Abdul Karim (February 15, 1916 - September 12, 2009) as one of the most famous legends of Bangladeshi folk music.
He specialized in Bengali Baul music. Born and brought up in the village of Ujan Dhol, Sunamganj, he lived there until his death. He was awarded the Ekushey Padok in the year 2001 for his outstanding musical achievements.He also received Drouhee Kotha-shahitayk Abdur Rouf Choudhury Award in 2000. His contributions were reflected by the modern singer Habib Wahid.
Baul Shah Abdul Karim has written and composed over 1600 songs. These songs are organized in six books, like: Aftab Sangeet, Gano Sangeet, Kalnir Dheu, Dholmela, Bhatir Chithi and Kalnir Kooley. Bangla Academy has translated ten of his songs into English language.
Shah Abdul Karim, the legend of Baul songs and a versatile genius had all through lived a very simple life often faced with harsh reality. However, with the recent trend of popular 'modern' versions of his (and other) Baul songs in Bangladesh, he is now widely recognized and honored by people, even by the younger generations who had never been 'fans of tradition folk songs'. Though much belated, his contributions to Bengali Music has now been officially recognized by the State and its people.
Through this website we would like to acknowledge the achievements of a young Bangladeshi boy, who in 2007 was awarded an Oscar in Hollywood for the SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL SECTION.
You might see 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' where roaring water splashed on your eyes virtually. Certainly the movie allured you in suspense as well as thrill. You will be more astonished to know the water maneuvering software was designed by Bangladesh born software engineer Nafees Bin Zafar who became one of the gurus of special effects in the motion picture.
The viewers of 'Stealth' and 'Flags of Our Fathers' enjoyed his new kind of mastery over creating special effects in the motion picture. He is the first Bangladeshi who is selected for the Oscar 'Scientific and Engineering Award' of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Our Group & Fans would like to acknowledge how proud we are of Dr Amit Chakma (PhD in Chemical Engineering) for his position as President (Vice- Chancellor) of the University of Western of Ontario, Canada.
Born in southeastern Bangladesh, he moved away from his nomadic tribe to study chemical engineering at Institute Algerien du Petrole in Algeria. In 1977 he graduated at the top of his class. He then moved to Canada and earned a MASc and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Amit Chakma is the 10th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario, succeeding Dr. Paul Davenport on July 1, 2009. Dr. Chakma arrived at Western after serving the University of Waterloo since 2001 as Vice-President, Academic & Provost, and as a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Engineering and then Vice-President (Research) and International Liaison Officer at the University of Regina. He began his academic career as a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary and worked there from 1988 until 1996.
Irene Zubaida Khan
Dr Muhammad Yunus
Shah Abdul Karim
Nafees Bin Zafar
Dr Amit Chakma