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Himika - inspiring, thriving entrepreneur
Farhana Naznin
Published :Monday, 21 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 189
Samira Zuberi Himika, Founder and Managing Director of Team Engine, is the second woman and the youngest Executive Committee member and Director of "Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services" (BASIS) for the tenure of 2014-16. Apart from these, she is also the Chairperson of Inspira Advisory and Consulting Ltd and Founder of 'Social Good Foundation'. She is also the board member of Dnet (internationally and nationally awarded social enterprise).
She is awarded with "Global Women Leader for Social Development" by World Leadership Congress 2015 for her diversified initiatives as social entrepreneur and campaigner for SME, ICT, Innovation, Health, Culture etc.
She plays the role of a global Startup Mentor in Malaysia, Brunei, India, USA etc. She worked as Head of Communications, BBC World Service Trust and also served as Communications & Development expert in different NGOs before she became an entrepreneur.
"I could have built up my career in UNDP. But I wanted to do different things, of my own to be specific," Himika told The Daily Observer explaining the reason of leaving her previous job.
Very recently Junior Chambers International (JCI) - Bangladesh, have honoured her as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Bangladesh (TOYP) 2015 for her achievements and contribution as most inspiring young leader of Bangladesh. Himika has recently been listed as one of the inspiring individuals to follow in 2015 in Bangladesh by SD ASIA for her contribution in the start up-enterprises.
Throughout her life, she has been dedicatedly producing many first-of-its kind projects and platforms for society and people of Bangladesh and beyond. She believes in working for bridging gaps in relevant fields for "missing-middles". Himika is actively involved in mentoring and promoting local artisans and creative minds through her organizations. She is a regular speaker at different events, conferences and summits nationally and internationally representing Bangladesh.
"I intend to help the mass, to improve their social condition so that they individually could be an asset of the country. In addition, I want to introduce Bangladesh globally. I want the world leaders to pay attention to Bangladesh," Himika revealed.
This year, Himika has taken initiatives to promote and support women in tech field and inspire more women to participate in the ICT industry of Bangladesh by launching BASIS Women's Forum - a national platform for Women in Technology by BASIS.
"We are trying our best to make women understand that they are capable of changing the condition of Bangladesh in IT sector," Himika said stressing that women need to involve in IT sector.
"I have recently heard some inspirational stories from the women coming from different countries while I was in World Women Leadership Congress. Total of 120 women from 83 countries joined the programme. Everyone has a story what could encourage others. I want to let our Bangladeshi women hear these stories. I am sure they will be inspired immensely," she added.
Early this year, her R&D team from Team Engine introduced global innovations - Bangla OCR, Bangla Text-to Speech and Bangla Corpus. With these series of innovations, Team Engine has designed roadmap to enable digitalization of billions of Bangla contents (online, offline platforms).
In 2013, Himika conceptualized and hosted country's first summit for Entrepreneurs of all kinds and sectors. "National Entrepreneur Summit" (NES) is celebrated by more than 32,000 entrepreneurs and SMEs from around the country. Parallel to NES, she is working on an initiative to take off in collaboration with Government of Bangladesh, International community and other leading corporations with a roadmap to connect and support millions of entrepreneurs of Bangladesh by year 2021.
Her previous team (BBC Janala team) received a global award - BBC Reith Award 2010 (best craft category) for their extraordinary global innovation in enabling people to learn English language through mobile technology.
She also led all communications and media activities for national and international programmes such as BBC Sanglap, BBC BUZZ and World Debate in Bangladesh.
In 2010, Himika also abstracted and produced GP House Profiling - an Art Hub which is the first conceptually curated art project for any multinational companies in Bangladesh.
Previously, Himika's team also led nationwide projects - ALCHEMY (Healthy Living national campaign and Telemedicine revolution project).
As a judge, coach, organizer, public speaker and curator Himika led and contributed in more than 25 startup platforms or events like Startup Weekend Dhaka, Startup Cup Bangladesh, World Bank Hackathon etc in Bangladesh and abroad.
Moreover, she was nominated as a delegate by the US State Department to represent Bangladesh in Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 in Malaysia participated by more than 130 countries.
For the last 15 years she has been active as an artist and campaigner in music and visual art.

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