IEEE Women in Engineering Int’l Leadership Summit Dhaka ’18 held
"IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit (ILS) 2018" was held on 12-13 October, 2018 at BSMMU Convention Center with the theme of "Dream, Believe, Achieve, Empower". This global summit was organized by IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group of Bangladesh.
The first day of the summit started with the brief overview of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group (AG) Bangladesh section and background of IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit presented by General Chair of the summit, Dr Celia Shahnaz, professor, Department of EEE, BUET and Chair of IEEE Bangladesh Section along with a video display of the highlights of the journey.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs, Meher Afroz Chumki was present as chief guest and Professor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua, vice chancellor; BSMMU was present as special guest during the inauguration.
The sessions commenced with a message for delegates from Bozenna Pasik Dunkan, IEEE WIE Chair (2017-18) and her vision for IEEE WIE is presented by General Chair Dr Celia Shahnaz. The first keynote speech was delivered by Samira Emerson, analytics and data science director, The Center Of Applied Data Science, Malaysia.
This was followed by keynote speeches from Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, CEO and MD, Robi Axiata limited and Michael Patrick Foley, CEO, Grameenphone Ltd.
There were also talks on the challenges faced by women in entrepreneurship and leadership roles and how to surpass them successfully. The speakers talked about exciting and innovative ideas for entrepreneurship, emerging medical research customized for women, role of women in national development, role of women in developing sustainable energy, empowering women, and progress of women in various technical sectors.
A total of 55 speakers including 13 foreign speakers, 33 WIE -IHTPC participants (19 teams) including 8 foreign participants (5 teams) from 8 different countries, namely USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh along with more than 300 delegates, volunteers, press and media journalists took part in the summit.
Later in the day there were keynote speeches by Prof. Dr Dil Afroza Begum, member, United Grants Commission of Bangladesh and IEEE Region 10 Educational Activities Coordinator, Zuhaina Zakaria.
The day ended with a grand celebration of "25th anniversary of IEEE Bangladesh section" and winning of "2018 IEEE MGA outstanding large section award" in the presence of Architect Yeafesh Osman, minister of Ministry of Science and Technology as the chief guest and celebration evening keynote speaker.
The second day of the summit is started with a keynote speech by Rokia Afzal Rahman, president, Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs, Agnes Irwanti, co-founder of Multikom Global Mediatama Company, and Selima Ahmad, president, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The event drew to a conclusion where Mustafa Jabbar, minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology was present as chief guest and closing ceremony keynote speaker. He shared his thoughts on how women should constantly be empowered and encouraged to achieve more and about how our country has progressed in ensuring a rise in educational and professional opportunities for women.