SELISE CTO at the IEEE Pro Talks: Igniting the Entrepreneurial Spirit - SELISE

SELISE CTO at the IEEE Pro Talks: Igniting the Entrepreneurial Spirit

October 14, 2015

IEEE Pro Talks is an Initiative by the IEEE Bangladesh Section and aims to create a massively open online professional course-ware for Bangladeshi Engineering Professionals. The event took place on the 10th of October at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where Technical Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Managers of this sector took the stage to speak on three broad courses that defined the event:

  1. BDSP 101- Technical Leadership
  2. BDSP 103- Technical Entrepreneurship
  3. BDSP 105- Technical Management


Of apartments in Dhaka, stable jobs, and the entrepreneurial spirit..

SELISE CTO, Shah Ali Newaj Topu, engaged and enthralled the crowd while speaking as the keynote speaker on Technical Entrepreneurship. The audience, which consisted of both IT professionals and students, were genuinely inspired as Topu took them for a ride through his charming entrepreneurial spirit and proceeded to demolish the idea of a nine-to-five job. He kicked things off by a simple matter-of-fact analysis to how a salary-based savings trajectory can never allow you to save enough for a 2000 square feet apartment in Dhanmondi. The rest of his presentation, laden with doses of humor, quirky quotes and useful tips and insights, was appropriately complemented with his stories from his own entrepreneurial life and resulted in a seemingly wonderful session for everyone present.

With him, speaking on the same topic were Jennifer Farrell (founder, Criticalink), Hasibur Rashid (director, Novotel) and Weidong Xue Benny (Solarland Bangladesh) among others.

Tanzim Sakib (DX Head, Microsoft) was the keynote speaker for Technical Leadership, with Syeda Kamrun Ahmed (Director, and Redwan Hasan Khan (Assistant Director, Grameen Phone), among others, also sharing their views. For the Technical Management course, the keynote speaker this time around was Intekhab Sadekin (Technical Director, IMS Health), and the session was further enriched with participation from Selima Ahmed (Chairman, Bangladesh Chamber of Women), Anamika Bhokto (Technical Regulation and Regulatory Affairs, ROBI), and Maruf Ahmed (Head of Operations and Maintenance, Banglalink).


Media partners for the event were The Daily Star, ABC Radio and Desh TV.

The sole objective of such Pro Talks is to help professionals prosper in their careers and acquire the relevant soft skills.