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Kamal Quadir

CEO, bKash

Kamal Quadir applies technology to allow people to advance economically, which in its wake brings about social progress. Currently, Kamal is the CEO of bKash, a leading mobile money service owned by BRAC Bank, Money in Motion, IFC and Gates Foundation, which offers millions of unbanked people access to financial services through basic cell phones in Bangladesh.

Earlier he founded CellBazaar, a communications company that has introduced electronic marketplace in Bangladesh. Under Kamal's leadership CellBazaar reached 4.5 million users and won the Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development Award 2008 from GSM Congress and Asia Telecom’s Innovation of the Year 2008 Award.

The initiatives he has worked on are interventional tools for the poor to access state-of-the-art technologies to leapfrog into some form of inclusivity, be that financial access or electronic marketplace.

Kamal is a founding member of Open World Initiatives, a Lausanne, Switzerland based organization of young thinkers. He is involved with Anwarul Quadir Foundation which recognizes innovations in developing countries. He received the Tech Award in 2007 for “Applying Technology to Benefit Humanity.” He is a First Mover Fellow of The Aspen Institute. In 2009 the World Economic Forum and TED have respectively selected him as a Young Global Leader and a TED Fellow. Kamal is an accomplished artist whose work is in the collection of Bangladesh National Museum.

He has a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.