The Team

We want to extend a thanks to all the daily volunteers that came and helped make the festival happen, without their dedication the festival would not have happened. We were lucky to have the wealth of knowledge and experience along with the energy in the team of people below that worked behind the scenes in the build up to the festival.


Abu Siddiki
An architect with experience on commercial and residential projects and involved on the board of school governors and as an architectural consultant.  Wants to make the impossible, possible by creating amazing architecture in cities where it is unheard of. Recently awarded WCCA award 2012 for his contribution to the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS)

Adam Charlton and Raju Rahman
Owl and the Abacus
Owl and the Abacus create interactive installations that communicate and translate narrative. Established at the beginning of 2012, O&A
have had trans-media installations shown at the London Design Festival, the V&A Museum and exhibitions across London. O&A is formed
of filmmakers, communication designers and industrial designers. The studio produces installation for commission and exhibition.

Becken Yambuya
Becken Yambuya is a filmmaker. He graduated with a Master degree in Moving Image in London in 2012. His films have received awards and has been nominated in various international and national film festivals.  Knife Crime – After Effect  received award of excellence in filmmaking at the Canadian International Film Festival in 2010.In 2011, The Cost of Living – Healthcare in Congo was nominated at the Royal Television Society in 2011– London student awards. Since then he has gained a strong reputation for making visually dramatic, sensitive and emotionally engaging documentaries.

Ejel Khan
Media Freelancer, BA (Hons), MA. Aspire to volunteer in Bangladesh in the near future.

Enamul Hoque
Enamul Hoque is a photographer based in London. He has been a professional photographer since 1989 and has worked on numerous campaigns for brands such as General Motors, Kodak, Nike, Sony, Virgin, Unilever, YKK among others. His photographic work has been featured in various international magazines, exhibitions and museums. Hoque is also a film maker  and has been making and producing films since 2003.

Fahmida Islam
Videographer/editor. Studied Media & Cultural Studies, ended up in Marketing for 2 and a half years and now pursuing my love for Film. Looking forward to setting up my own company for the corporate film industry very soon. Watch this space! I want to teach when I travel and film the world as I pass it by. One weird fact: I sleep with my socks on. =D

Fokrul Hoque

Frode Hegland
Frode Hegland is an evangelist for richly interactive text. He is a software developer with the Liquid Information Company Ltd and a lecturer at London College of Communication.

Frode is also an accomplished photographer and a film maker

Haroon Choudhury

Leesa Gazi
Leesa Gazi is a writer and actor. She was the script-writer and a performer in ‘Six Seasons’ and ‘A Golden Age’ at the Southbank Centre. Her theatre work includes: Sonata, Rokeya’s Dream, Demon’s Revenge, People’s Romeo, Bonbibi, Whisper-Me-Happy-Ever-After. Leesa worked as the cultural coordinator and as a voice artist for Akram Khan’s ‘Desh’. She has worked as a script interpreter on ‘The Tempest’ for the Globe Theatre. She hosts a weekly show on Bangla TV, UK. Rourob was her first novel.

Lipi Begum
Lipi Begum is a trend-forecaster, fashion marketing lecturer at the London College of Fashion and MBA lecturer at Trinity Saint David. Currently working on collaborative projects between UNIDO and Bangladesh University of Fashion Textiles to promote the importance of research, innovation and branding. She likes to add Tabasco to everything!

Mohammed A Haque
Mohammed is a chartered accountant (ICAEW), tax and business advisor with 8 years experience gained at prestigious firms in the City of London. He has a proven track record of helping clients to save tax, deal with complex issues, broker deals and to find innovative ways to grow their businesses.

Md-Mamunur Rahman
Md-Mamunur Rahman is serving  Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Foundation Bangladesh as a part of senior management.  He also worked for UNFPA  and UNDP Bangladesh as gender and enterprise development expert. In addition, He did research and consultancy for University of Sussex UK,  University of Bern, Switzerland, UNTAD head quarter in Geneva. Mr Rahman was awarded British Chevening Scholarship, a flagship scholarship of HMG,  to do his post graduation degree from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK.

Muhammad Ahmedullah

Pam Beddard
Pam Beddard is a communications consultant working nationally and internationally to promote and publicise actions and activities which help to make the world a fairer, greener, safer, more vibrant, colourful and jollier place. She takes a special interest in projects involving the arts, culture, conservation, film/tv, literature and fair trade. A little known fact is that she’s sung a song with someone who once sung the same song on set with Laurel and Hardy.

Raju Rahman

Rifat Wahhab
Rifat Wahhab was born in Bangladesh and arrived in the UK with her family in 1964. Rifat was the previous Chair of Abbey Community Centre , a settlement charity in South Westminster . She is currently Acting Chair of the Muslin Trust, a new UK based charity that will work with Bangladeshi organisations to preserve, promote and protect Bangaldesh’s heritage textiles. Rifat is also Company Secretary of Consortium of Bengali Associations.Educated to Masters level, Rifat has degrees in Librarianship, Womens Studies and Management. Rifat is currently working in the NHS.

Rimon Rahman

Rukia Begum

Salam Jones
Mr Jones: (talented) carpenter by day, writer by night, and poet by nature.I am also heavily into charity, and run the monthly event that IS Hope N Mic nights, an open mic event in order to encourage local young writers/poets to get creative, and give them a platform to showcase their talent, but from where all the door money goes to a charity to help the needy of this world. (in this case underpriveledged children in Bangladesh). i believe in working in such a manner that any form of “business” is MUTUALLY beneficial for ALL parties involved. ie, the venue, the charity, the public, and the artists.  I am currently working on 2 novels.

Shahidul Alam

Stefan Berci

Sophia Hyder
Sophia’s passion in life = incorporating fashion and international development. Her Bengali roots inspired her to develop Evolvemint’s brand in country. Sophia has a BA in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, and an MA in International Development Policy, Duke University. She has a black-belt in kickboxing; not many believe it!

Tanha Habib

Tania Afroze
An Architect,graduated in 2010, worked with various development projects in Bangladesh which has been instrumental in the redevelopment sector. Majority of those projects were commercial, residential and interior based which I have managed to embark on with the help of great team. I would love to indulge myself with more creative designs guided by green and sustainable principles and aspire to become a successful architect in future.

William Conner
William J. Conner has more than 35 years experience in development and as a management consultant in philanthropy. Since 2008 he has been the Development Director at Wolfson College, University ofOxford, and maintains an active consulting practice.  Current clients include Live to Love International, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and The Churches Conservation Trust. He was a Director of Brakeley Ltd which he joined in 2001 and was, until September 2010, the Development Director at New College,University of Oxford. His institutional experience included the role of Associate Dean for Advancement with the London Business, Director of Development for the San Francisco Opera and earlier management roles in the arts and higher education. Current interests include trying to understand better how to induce the very rich to engage more robustly with philanthropy.


Abbas Nokhasteh
Abbas Nokhasteh is a curator, filmmaker and producer. In 2006, he founded Openvizor, an international non-profit arts and cultural organisation currently working in over 15 countries. Openvizor builds multi-disciplinary partnerships that combine practical knowledge and research in collaborations exploring new ways to express, educate and organise from the ground up.

Atique Choudhury
A property Developer for almost 40 years and an Award winning restaureatuer for over 25 years – Mr. Atique Choudhury has been a success story in the hospitality and property development business. Mayor’s best in the business award – 2010 and best Thai Restaurant awards numerous times are just a few to name. Recently Yum Yum Thai Restaurant owned by Mr. Atique won the best Thai restaurant category in the Asian Curry awards 2012. Yum Yum is the largest Thai restaurant in UK with over 400 seats and has celeberated its 20th Anniversary in 2012.

Enamul Hoque
Enamul Hoque is a photographer based in London.He has been a professional photographer since 1989 and has worked on numerous campaigns for brands such as General Motors, Kodak, Nike, Sony, Virgin, Unilever, YKK among others.His photographic work has been featured in various international magazines, exhibitions and museums.Hoque is also a film maker and a partner in Underbelly Film and has been making and producing films since 2003.

Haroon Choudhury
Haroon has worked in the catering sector for over twenty five years. He has been operations &  training  manager for various restaurant chains. Currently focusing on the younger British Bangladeshi to get to know a little more about their heritage and traditions hence involvement in Oitijjo project.

John Baker
Leader of Leabank Project, a not-for-profit organisation working in the area of the River Lea in Tower Hamlets, London. John seeks to engage and represent ordinary people in planning and development, prepares young people for careers especially in construction, and undertakes ‘community projects’. Educated in the life and medical sciences, he retains interests in community health, has served as a housing association director, and enthusiastically promotes cross-cultural cohesion.

Maher Anjum
Maher’s work has spread across UK’s public, private and international business sectors. Maher coordinates actions, events and strategy to encourage and assist businesses to invest in Bangladesh and those from Bangladesh in the UK. Maher believes in implementing practical sustainable practices and solutions based on evidence and stakeholder engagement.

Nazmus Saquib Chowdhury

Nazmus Saquib Chowdhury is a practicing architect in Bangladesh. He has completed his graduation on Bachelor of Architecture from BRAC University and post graduation on Architecture in Rapid Change and Scarce Resources from London Metropolitan University. He has the passion to succeed in establishing design strategies and planning that will enable to alleviate poverty. He prefer swimming for recreation.

Ruhul Abdin
My aspirations are linked closely with being a leader in the built environment, working slowly towards shaping policy of Bangladesh and collaborating with a diverse range of creative practices.

Runi Khan
After a successful career for over 30 years in the financial sector & international trade and global marketing, Runi followed her passion for the arts with primary focus on securing a sustainable place for Bangladesh’s cultural heritage in the global cultural arena. Productions across art form aim to achieve world class standards and are creatively innovative.In Bangladesh Culturepot Global draws on artists from less privileged backgrounds, who are hugely talented but have little exposure or opportunity, with a view to developing their creative abilities and facilitate visibility on a global stage – branding Bangladesh through its culture right down to roots.