Selima Ahmad
Business for Peace Honoree
President
Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI)

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Empower 5000(Initiate on June, 2014)
Empower 5000’ with a commitment to develop 5000 women into entrepreneurship and leadership by 2020

Promoting Women Entrepreneurship through Improving Regional cooperation
To enhance women entrepreneurship development through facilitating crosses border trade in south and central Asian regions since August, 2014

Women Entrepreneurship development resource Centres
To increase economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs through marketing their products and providing business information since February, 2014

Transformational Leadership: An Initiative to Promote Women Leaders
To strengthen women entrepreneurs to emerge as transformational leaders in their communities and improve their participation in the political arena from August to December, 2014

Enable Poor Women’s participation in renewable energy sector in Bangladesh
Worked as Team leader for ADB funded project from August 2013 to June 2014

BDS Specialist
EU Funded ‘Socio- economic Empowerment of women through promotion of natural fiber-based products from agricultural wastages’ project since November 2013

Program Head of Women Leadership School (WLS)
A Project of Women Democracy Network of IRI which is to build the capacity of women in politics

Economic opportunities and sexual reproductive health and rights – a pathway to empowering girls and women in Bangladesh
Worked as a technical expert with this project with UNFPA in 3 remote and conservative areas of Bangladesh which are Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Sylhet since April 2013

Promoting Women's Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh
Worked as a Technical Advisor to enhance capacity of women entrepreneurs and associations to fully access the financial resources and services earmarked for women small- and medium-size enterprises under the ADB Loan from Sep 2010 to June 2013

Proactive Engagement of the Members of Parliament to Enhance Women Entrepreneurship Development trough Policy/Legislative Support’ project funded by USAID-PRODIP
Working as a technical expert since March 2012 till date

Capacity Building of Rural Women Entrepreneurs in Climate Resilience
Worked as a technical expert from 2011-2012

Engaging Women Entrepreneurs in Anticorruption Reform Efforts’ project funded by USAID-PROGATI
Worked as a technical consultant from 2009-2012

Public Policy Advocacy for women entrepreneurship development
Responsible to oversee the project named ‘Promoting Women Entrepreneurship through Advocacy’ supported by the Centre for International Private Enterprise, USA since March 2005-2012

Engendering PRSP
As a member of the project management team and the Chairperson of the Advocacy group of the project named ‘Engendering Bangladesh Poverty Reduction Strategy’ funded by Netherlands Government and CIDA, worked for engendering PRSP

Business Counselling
Developed 3000 Women Entrepreneurs through counselling

Product and Design Development
Design and product development of Bangladesh handicraft from 1985-1995, responsible to coordinate the first national craft show in the year 1995.March 2006 to February 2007, March 2007 to February 2008 and March 2008 to till date

Promotion of product, design and access to market in Europe and USA for African and Bangladeshi Women Entrepreneurs through the World Women Trade Fair of USA
Identification and development of product for European and US. Market

Promote access of rural women enterprises and farmers to business information through ICT
Designed course curriculum and module for Gender sensitization training held in Rajshahi, Bargachi, Tanore and Thakurgoan in Bangladesh under the pilot project named Bangladesh Rural ICT Development for Small and Medium Enterprise undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat from July 2007 to December 2007

Human Resource Development of Women Entrepreneurs
Conduct TNA, Curriculum Development, Module development, Capacity building of Canadian Interns on women SME development, Train the Trainers, developed training resources for into provide training to women wanting to establish micro enterprises and small business in cooperation with the Humber Institute of Technical and Advanced Learning of Canada since 2005

Business Incubator for Women SME in Service Sector
Designed the concept of the project named ‘Arushi Mini Bazar’ and Food Court’ and carried out the whole planning, supervision, monitoring and management of this project since 5th May, 2005 to 2009.This project has been undertaken in cooperation with the Australian High Commission

Promotion of access of women entrepreneurs to finance
Identification of potential women entrepreneurs, facilitate them to get access to finance, upgrade them from micro level to graduate level

Identification and development of Women BDS providers
SWISS Contact for Seven days in 2001

Women Entrepreneurship Development and Capacity Building:

  • Focal Person for the projects named ‘Support to Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2002-2003, Capacity Building of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2003-2004 and Support to Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry under 2005- 2007 under Gender Fund, CIDA
  • Designed the concept notes and program on the capacity building of women entrepreneurs now being supported by the embassy of the Royal Netherlands.
  • Supervised training programs for capacity building of 2000 women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh
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