Tamara Hasan Abed has been heading BRAC's 13 social enterprises, including Aarong, BRAC Dairy, and BRAC Seed and Agro Enterprise as Senior Director since 2014. She was redesignated as the Managing Director, Enterprises, effective August 1, 2019. Ms Abed brings with her extensive experience in investment banking, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise with a career spanning over two decades, across diverse sectors. Leading by example, she has carved a respectful position as a senior leader in the traditionally male-dominated industries and has inspired more women to come forward and make a mark. She is passionate about driving value-based business models, operating at the intersection of social good, sustainable business and inclusive growth. Ms Abed began her career in the corporate finance sector in 1995, at Peregrine Capital Ltd, a Hong Kong-based investment bank in Dhaka. Later she moved to New York and worked for Goldman Sachs in Mergers and Strategic Advisory. She joined Aarong as the General Manager, Design and Product Development in 2002. She later took charge of its export division and established the Marketing Department. In 2005, she was promoted as the Head of Aarong and Ayesha Abed Foundation. Under her leadership, Aarong has gone from strength to strength, celebrating 40 years in 2019, as Bangladesh’s most popular lifestyle retail chain. She has been instrumental in driving the expansion of Aarong to 21 national outlets, multiple brands, e-commerce and digital platforms. In 2006, she was given the charge of BRAC Dairy and since then has built a strong team to take the dairy business in Bangladesh into new heights. BRAC Dairy is currently the third highest dairy processor in Bangladesh with a diverse portfolio of products. Ms Abed served on the Board of Directors of BRAC Bank for eight years from 2008 to 2016. She currently serves on the Boards of IPDC Finance, BRAC EPL Investments, BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage, edotco Bangladesh and BRAC Tea Estates. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of BRAC University and Chairs the Board Finance Committee. She chairs the Board of BRAC Services Ltd. and is the Executive Trustee of Ayesha Abed Foundation. Ms Abed has represented Bangladesh globally and was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a 'Young Global Leader' in 2010. She also represented Bangladesh during the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington in 2010. Ms Abed is an Asia 21 Young Leader. She received the Outstanding Women Leadership Award from the World Women Leadership Congress in 2014. Ms Abed has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. She completed her BSC in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2014, Ms Abed attended an executive course for Young Global Leaders on Transformational Leadership at Oxford University’s Said Business School.
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