DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, in association with Daily Star, the leading daily newspaper of the country, hosted the Bangladesh Business Awards 2013 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on 28thMarch, 2014. Bangladesh Business Awards (BBA) recognizes and celebrates excellence in business leadership in Bangladesh.

In its 14thyear, the Bangladesh Business Awards 2013 was attended by some of the most influential people, ministers, business leaders and dignitaries of Bangladesh. A pioneer among the awards ceremonies, BBA was established in Bangladesh in 2000 and within a decade has established itself as the most prestigious event in the Bangladesh business community. 

The BBA was established in 2000 by DHL & Daily Star with a specific objective of creating an environment of excellence and competitiveness which would drive the members of the business community to achieve greater heights of productivity, efficiency, financial discipline and modern management.

Addressing the audience at the awards night, Desmond Quiah, Country Manager, DHL Express Bangladesh in his speech, stated, “In the true Bangladeshi spirit of ‘resilience’, DHL Express and the Bangladeshi business community have always demonstrated strength of character, working to overcome challenges. This evening we have gathered to express our commitment to rebuild the country as a reliable place for business and economic activity. Now, as the business community looks forward to renewed business momentum, we stand ready to support our customers as we strive to make our customers successful across over 220 countries and territories we operate in.”

The event was graced by the presence and address by Mr. Tofail Ahmed MP, Honourable Commerce Minister, GOB as the chief guest; Mr. Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Limited as special and Mr. Mahfuz Anam, Editor and Publisher, the Daily Star.

The Awards ceremony saw recognition of outstanding contribution to the business community in the calendar year 2013 across 4 categories, which includes a category that recognizes the pivotal role that female leaders have played in Bangladesh economy. The awardees of this year are:

  • Habib Group represented by Mr. Yasin Ali, Managing Director, was awarded with the “Enterprise of the Year 2013”.
  • “Outstanding Woman in Business of the Year 2013” went to Ms. Tania Wahab, Managing Partner, Karigar.
  • “Best Financial Institution of the Year 2012”, was awarded to Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd represented by Quazi M Shariful Ala, Managing Director and
  • Laila Rahman Kabir for “Lifetime Contribution Award 2013” for her outstanding contribution in business.