Experience of GES : Samira Zuberi Himika, Bangladesh


I met the whole world at Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Malaysia. Back in 2009, US President Barack Obama initiated the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) with a view to empower entrepreneurs by uniting them on a global platform. Addressing the summit he said that part of the progress made by GES over the last four years includes but is not restricted to “empowering a new of generation of entrepreneurs, including women, with new skills, training and access to capital.” This year the event took place in Kuala Lumpur.

When I was nominated to participate in GES from Bangladesh, I was quite surprised. I realised people of our country were very hopeful about it. I was chosen because I represent an average Bangladeshi entrepreneur. Projects of my company, Team Engine Ltd, address the problems of Bangladesh as a whole, not just the capital. I expected nothing out of my tour to Malaysia to attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit and Global Startup Youth but it became one of the most memorable and joyful moments of my life.

I met the whole world at Kuala Lumpur in less than a week. In his speech, Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, said: “Greater opportunities for our entrepreneurs will not only drive national progress but also help us address the great global problems of our age: poverty, sustainability and development.” US Secretary of state John Kerry encouraged young entrepreneurs by saying: “Bend a bamboo; start when it’s still a shoot. Every step towards progress starts with young people.” Such words of inspiration from global leaders boosted and reaffirmed my motivation to bring positive changes within my own country through entrepreneurship. A young generation of promising individuals is trying from their own sector, and a big part of Team Engine is to talk about these positive things. We try to work with the missing billions who are neither poor nor well off. The theme of GES this year was “Empowering and Connecting Entrepreneurs.” Selected youth entrepreneurial minds, young leading entrepreneurs and policy makers from around the world were united at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and its side events – Global Startup Youth (GSY) and Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST).

Bangladesh boldly stepped in to the global entrepreneurship ecosystem showcasing its innovative approaches, activities and future plans through entrepreneurship. There were a few others from Bangladesh who I found at the airport or at the event. As a mentor for development and social issues at GSY, I met and worked with more than 500 delegates aged 18-25 years from more than 123 countries. During GES and GSY, I met Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary-General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance Malaysia, Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce, Rich Barton, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Zillow, Inc among many others.

Source Article : http://www.dhakatribune.com/career/2013/nov/10/empowering-entrepreneurship-through-networking

Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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