Atiqul Islam

Atiqul Islam

Mayor of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Atiqul Islam is Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation. He is currently serving his second term, having first been elected by popular vote in 2019. As Mayor, he governs the administration of approximately 10 million residents in Bangladesh’s capital city.

He is an active participant in, and leader of, various international city-focused forums such as the Mayor’s Migration Council (MMC) and C40 Cities. He is a member of the MMC Leadership Board, Vice Chair of C40 Cities, and a member of the C40 Steering Committee. He is also Co-Lead of the C40-MMC Task Force on Climate & Migration, and Chairman of the C40 Steering Committee for the South & West Asian Region.

For over three decades he has been a key figure in Bangladesh’s RMG manufacturing industry. He is Managing Director of Islam Garments, which he founded in 1985 and today employs over 20,000 people. He served as the President of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers Exporters Association (BGMEA) from 2013 - 2014. During this time, he led the industry’s crucial response and recovery after the Rana Plaza industrial crisis of 2013. Previously, as a Director of BGMEA, he was a part of the leadership team that eliminated child labour from the RMG sector.

The President of Bangladesh appointed him as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Manarat International University in 2022, and he also is a member of the senate of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

In the sphere of sports and community leadership, he is the President of the Volleyball Federation of Bangladesh, and was a Paul Harris Fellow at The Rotary Foundation.

He and his wife have been happily married for 33 years, and are proud parents to a daughter, and doting grandparents to a granddaughter.

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