Women In IT: Inclusion of women in smart Bangladesh

  • Date

    23rd Feb 2023, Thursday

  • Type

    Big Show

  • Speakers

    10 Speaker(s)

  • Total Attendance


  • Time

    03:00pm - 05:00pm

  • Venue

    Big Tent



The Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) will host BASIS Softexpo 2023, a large ICT exposition in the South Asia region, from February 23-26, 2023. Bangladesh has made significant progress in digital transformation, utilizing the opportunities provided by Information and Communication Technology (ICT). An increasing number of women are now involved in this important sector, indicating positive growth previously not seen in this field. BASIS has played a vital role in maintaining this trend by initiating programs such as the BASIS Women's Forum (BWF), empowering women to pursue ICT careers regardless of their educational background. As part of this consistency, BASIS and Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT) will host the "Inclusion of Women in Smart Bangladesh" conference during the SoftExpo on February 23, 2023, at 3 pm. This session will discuss the potential opportunities, challenges, and steps to be taken for women's involvement in shaping the IT sector of Bangladesh. This inclusion of women is crucial to the flourishing of the sector and the economy. The discussants are expected to offer valuable suggestions on how to overcome these challenges to ensure women's inclusion in the ICT industry, which may pave the way for achieving the target of Smart Bangladesh by 2041.

Programme Details:

Chief Guest: Ms. Selina Hayat Ivy, Honorable Mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation.

Special Guest:

1. Prof. Dr. Shireen Akhter, Vice Chancellor of University of Chittagong.

2. Rubana Huq, Vice Chancellor, Asian University for Women.

3. Barrister Nihad Kabir, Chairperson of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD).

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lafifa Jamal, Professor, Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Dhaka.


  1. Ms. Samira Zuberi Himika, Senior Vice President of BASIS and Managing Director of Giga Tech Ltd.
  2. Ms. Rezwana Khan, President of Bangladesh Women in Technology and Managing Director & CEO, Star Computer Systems Limited.

Guest Speaker:

  1. Zara Jabeen Mahbub, Country Manager, Dun & Bradstreet Data & Analytics Private Limited.
  2. Ms. Azmeri Haque Badhon, Actress

Moderator: Mr. Ghulam Sumdany Don, Chief Inspirational Officer, Don Sumdany Facilitation and Consultancy.


Chief Guest

Dr. Salina Hayat Ivy

Honorable Mayor

Narayanganj City Corporation

Special Guest

Professor Dr. Shireen Akhter

Vice Chancellor

University of Chittagong

Special Guest

Dr. Rubana Huq

Vice Chancellor

Asian University for Women

Special Guest

Barrister Nihad Kabir



Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lafifa Jamal

Professor, Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering

University of Dhaka


Ms. Samira Zuberi Himika

Senior Vice President

Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services


Ms. Rezwana Khan


President of Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT)

Guest Speaker

Ms. Zara Jabeen Mahbub

Chief Executive Officer

Dun & Bradstreet Data & Analytics Private Limited

Guest Spaker

Mr. Ghulam Sumdany Don

Chief Inspirational Officer

Don Sumdany Facilitation and Consultancy