Zaidul Kabir

Chairman, Dot 2 Dot Limited

Scion of one of the most aristocratic families of Bangladesh, the Mians of Ghorashal, Zaidul Kabir has proved himself worthy of the family name. The eldest child of eminent banker, Faizul Kabir and famous media personality, Hena Kabir, Zaid has proved his mettle in his area of expertise – business. For the last 22 years he has been involved with the power and energy sector and has contributed significantly to bringing in the best technology and human resources to this strategic area. Born in 1956 in Dhaka, he studied at Notre Dame College and later English Literature at Dhaka University before he launched his career. Currently he represents a number of leading energy companies of the world and lives in Uttara, Dhaka. Before entering the power and energy sector, as a student in 1974, Zaid startedworking as a broadcaster with the National Radio as a Newscaster and Radio Jockey, which he continued till 1979. The music programme “World Music”, which he used to conduct, was a very popular one and the first of its kind in the country. Almost simultaneously, he worked as an English Instructor in a prestigious Catering Institute in Dhaka, which led him to his first business venture as the Management Contractor for “Hotel Salim” in Khulna, the second largest port city of Bangladesh. The hotel was owned by the state owned Tourism Corporation of Bangladesh. He started concentrating in the power and energy sector in the late ‘80s starting with the feasibility study of Bangladesh’s lone coal mine in Barapukuria in 1989. Since then he has been involved with many other projects in the extraction and electricity sectors. Never confined to the narrow alleys of fun and family, Zaid also takes a keen interest in the welfare of the people. He has been involved with a number of philanthropic activities in Ghorasal which includes schools and stipends for poor students. He was also on the executive committee of “Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition”, an NGO working for the empowerment of women and their health.

In future, he would like to play a more substantial role, both nationally and internationally, for the betterment of the people of Bangladesh, principally in enacting certain reforms that he feels is necessary if the country is to join the growing ranks of Newly Industrialised Countries (NICs).