Syed Manzur Elahi
(Chairman of Apex Group)
(26 February 1942 )
A BIOGRAPHY OF SYED MANZUR ELAHI
Syed Manzur Elahi is an entrepreneur and prominent businessperson in Bangladesh. He is the chairman of Apex group. He is also the founding chairman of Mutual Trust Bank and Grey Advertising Bangladesh and has been the head of 22 different companies.
He occupies the position of Chairman of Apex Tannery Ltd., Chairman of Apex Footwear Ltd., Chairman for Gallerie Apex (a subsidiary of Apex Footwear Ltd.), Chairman for Apex Pharma Ltd., Chairman at Grey Advertising (Bangladesh) Ltd., Chairman for Holiday Publications Ltd., Chairman for Quantum Market Research Bangladesh Ltd., Chairman of Quantum Consumer Solutions Ltd., Chairman of ManusherJonno Foundation, Chairman at Blue Ocean Footwear Ltd., Chairman of Apex Investments Ltd.(Bangladesh) and Chairman at Apex Enterprises Ltd. Mr. Elahi is also Chairman at Bangladesh Freedom Foundation and on the board of 8 other companies.
In his past career Mr. Elahi held the position of Chairman of Pioneer Insurance Co. Ltd., Chairman for East West University Foundation, Chairman at Bangladesh Association of Banks, Director at Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd., President for Dhaka University Alumni Association, President at Bangladesh Employers Association, President of Bangladesh Employers Federation, Member of Public Administration Reforms Commission and Member of Regulatory Reforms Commission.
Mr. Elahi has participated in many international workshops on private sector development, including University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA and at Harvard University, USA. Mr. Elahi served twice as an Advisor in the Caretaker Governments in 1996 and 2001.
He is a Trustee of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading think tank of Bangladesh and a Board Member of BIRDEM.
He is the Chairman of Freedom Foundation, successor to Ford Foundation of USA. Also, a Trustee of “ManusherJonno” (DFID organization). Both the organizations fund NGOs, who resist woman and child oppression.
Name: Syed Manzur Elahi
Date of Birth: February 26, 1942
Place of Birth: Calcutta, British India
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Education: St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, University of Dhaka in Economics
Father: Sir Syed Nasim Ali
Spouse: Niloufer Manzur.
“Business Executive of the Year 2000” by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Bangladesh
“Business Person of the Year 2002” award, sponsored by the Daily Star and DHL Worldwide Express.
Birth, Educationand Early Life of “Syed Manzur Elahi” :
Elahi’s father Sir Syed Nasim Ali was the Chief Justice of the undivided Bengal in 1946.
Elahi received his B.A. from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Dhaka in Economics. He founded and is the chairman of Holiday Publications Limited. He moved to Dhaka in 1962 from Kolkata. In 1972, he resigned from his job and started working as an agent for a French leather importer. In 1975, the Bangladesh government started to privatize companies that were nationalized. He bought one such company, Orient Tannery, in Hazaribag, Dhaka for 1.2 million taka.
Syed ManzurElahi ventured into the business world on his 30th birthday after a 7-year tenure at British American Tobacco. He is the chairman of Apex group. He is an administrator of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is a former advisor to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh. He is the chairman of the Trustee board of East West University. In 2008, he was the president of Dhaka University Alumni Association. He held a term as the chairman of Pioneer Insurance Company Limited. He is the chairman of Bangladesh Freedom Foundation.
Career As a Chairman of Syed Manzur Elahi Enterprise:
He is today the Chairman of Syed ManzurElahi Enterprise with interests in leather, footwear, insurance, advertising, banking, and pharmaceuticals. This group is best referred to in Bangladesh as the pioneering and driving exporter of leather and leather footwear.
Career As a Chairman of Apex Group and other Organizations:
Notwithstanding his situation as Chairman of Apex Pharma Ltd, Mr. Elahi is additionally as of now Chairman of Apex Tannery Ltd, Apex Footwear Ltd, Apex Enterprise Ltd, Apex Investments Ltd, Blue Ocean Footwear Ltd, Gray Advertising Bangladesh Ltd, and Quantum Consumer Solutions Bangladesh Limited.
As a Founder Chairman of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd.:
Mr. Elahi was likewise a founder Chairman of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd and directly a Board Member of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd, Pioneer Insurance Co., Ltd, and International Publications Ltd, an owing organization of the Financial Times.
Participation in Different Workshops:
Mr. Elahi has taken an interest in numerous worldwide workshops on private division advancement, including the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA and at Harvard University, USA. Mr. Elahi served twice as an Advisor in the Caretaker Governments in 1996 and 2001.
As a Chairman of Different Concerns under Apex Group:
Mr. Syed Manzur Elahi is a
◉ Chairman at Apex Enterprises Ltd.
◉ Chairman at Apex Footwear Ltd.
◉ Chairman at Apex Investments Ltd.(Bangladesh)
◉ Chairman at Apex Pharma Ltd.
◉ Chairman at Apex Tannery Ltd.
◉ Chairman at Blue Ocean Footwear Ltd.
◉ Chairman at Gallerie Apex
◉ Chairman at Gray Advertising (Bangladesh) Ltd.
◉ Chairman at Holiday Publications Ltd.
◉ Chairman at ManusherJonno Foundation
◉ Chairman at Quantum Consumer Solutions Ltd.
◉ Chairman at Quantum Market Research Bangladesh Ltd.
◉ Member at Diabetic Association of Bangladesh.
As a Member of Board of Directors:
He is on the Board of Directors at
◉ Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd.
◉ Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Ltd.
◉ International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh
◉ International Publications Ltd.
◉ MTB Exchange (UK) Ltd.
◉ Mutual Trust Bank Ltd., and Center for Policy Dialog and Bangladesh Freedom Foundation
Mr. Elahi was beforehand utilized as a Chairman by
◉ Pioneer Insurance Co. Ltd.
◉ Bangladesh Association of Banks
◉ A Vice Chairman by Bangladesh Association of Publicly Listed Co.
A President by
◉ Bangladesh Employers Federation
◉ Dhaka University Alumni Association
A Trustee by
◉ East-West University, Inc.
A Member by
◉ Public Administration Reforms Commission
◉ Regulatory Reforms Commission
He likewise served on the board at
◉ ACI Ltd.
◉ Bangladesh Krishi Bank
◉ Central Bank of Bangladesh
◉ Export Promotion Bureau Bangladesh
◉ Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and
◉ Sonali Bank Ltd
Engaging in Business Activities:
Having gone to various International Workshops including Workshops at the University of Michigan and Harvard, Mr. Elahi has likewise included himself in various exercises outside of his business that has additionally contributed to Bangladesh’s advancement:
As an Advisor in Caretaker Government:
He filled in as an Advisor in the Caretaker Governments of Bangladesh in 1996 and 2001. In addition, he was likewise the President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bangladesh Employers Federation.
Contribution in Education Sector of Bangladesh:
He contributed to the education part of Bangladesh by being the Founding President and Treasurer of a main Bangladeshi Private University. At long last, he’s likewise a Trustee for CPD (Center for Policy Dialog), one of Bangladesh’s driving research organizations, and he’s a Trustee of “ManusherJonno” (a DFID association). Both the associations subsidize NGOs, who oppose lady and child persecution.
Honors and Awards:
Syed Manzur Elahi has won various honors, two of them being “Business Executive of the year 2000” by the American Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh and later the “Business Person of the Year 2002” honor, supported by the Daily Star and DHL Worldwide Express.
Elahi was married to Niloufer Manzur. She had founded Sunbeams School in Bangladesh. Both of them contracted COVID-19 in 2020. Niloufer died on 26 May 2020.
Major Professional Involvement:
◉ 1965 to 1971 Senior Manager Pakistan Tobacco Co. Limited
◉ Founder Chairman, Apex Tannery Group, 100% export oriented finished leather, leather shoes, lather garments, leather goods. (1973 till date)
◉ Founder Chairman, Pioneer Insurance Co. Limited.
◉ Founder Chairman, Grey Advertising (Bangladesh) Limited.
◉ Director, International Publications Limited (Financial Express).
◉ Chairman, Holiday Publications Limited.
◉ Founder Chairman, Mutual Trust Bank Ltd.
◉ Member of the Board, East West University.
◉ Member, Regulatory Reforms Commission
◉ Member, Public Administration Reforms Commission.
◉ Councilor, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh.
◉ Trustee, Freedom Foundation.
◉ Director, Export Promotion Bureau.
Other Professional Involvement:
Ex-Advisor, Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, 1996 and 2001.
Ex-Director, Bangladesh Krishi Bank.
Ex-Director, Export Promotion Bureau.
Ex-Director, Bangladesh Bank.
Ex-President, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Ex-Director, Sonali Bank.
Ex-President, Bangladesh Employers Association.
Syed Manzur Elahiis a “prominent business person” who is a forever inspiration of entrepreneurship and businessto the nation as well as to the young business entrepreneurs
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