Posted Wednesday 17 June 2015
Tanvir Ahmed – young entrepreneur and Kingston University alumnus – has recently been named the youngest 'Commercially important person' in Bangladesh for his contribution to the real estate company Sheltech (Pvt.) This recognition is given by the government to a handful of industrialists who have made significant contribution to the national economy of Bangladesh.
This year, out of the 52 industrialists who received this recognition, Tanvir was the youngest to have ever received it at aged 29. Tanvir is also involved with social and welfare initiatives for underprivileged people and works closely with a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to alleviate poverty.
He is the development director of Sheltech, and is in charge of the development and operations of the Platinum chain of hotels, which are the first boutique hotels in Bangladesh.
"I have always believed that there truly is no shortcut to success." says Tanvir. "Honesty, integrity and hard work play a major part in my work. I believe in empowering my associates, people with responsibilities and those who I think can make a difference, giving them the facilities and platform their journey to success – after all, they are the people who drive the process.
I also believe that business is just not about generating profit, it is about creating a sustainable environment, creating better opportunities for the stakeholders of the company and giving back to the community."
He added: "My degree in Business Management from Kingston University helped me develop my skills as I had the opportunity to explore different activities. The course was structured and designed in such a way that it gave me an insight to the business world before I even entered it. The practical projects and case studies helped me gain a new perspective into business."
I still cherish the time I spent at Kingston and the wonderful network of people that I have met during my days there. I have made some amazing friends from all over the world and we still keep in touch and visit each other when the opportunity presents itself. I feel a sense of gratitude as I have learned so much from all my lecturers and each and every course has played a significant role in helping me understand the business world."