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Speaker profile
Nowshad Matiul
Chief Corporate and People Officer
Robi Axiata

Nowshad is a proven leader in the field of Human Resources and Corporate Management in Bangladesh and the South East Asia region. His career spans nearly 3 decades with more than 18 years in strategic leadership positions either as a Chief Officer (CxO), a divisional head or a Board Director. His contributions to the profession has been recognized by CHRO Asia at the 2014 World HRD Congress as the “50 Most Talented Global HR Leaders in Asia”. In 2011 he was also awarded with “Best HR Leader” of the year award at the World HRD Congress. His current organization, Robi Axiata Limited, has been recognized consecutive four times as “Best People Management Company” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and his personal contribution duly recognized with milestone awards “HR Leadership” at the Annual Axiata Group Awards Program.

In his current role as Chief Corporate & People Officer, Nowshad is uniquely responsible for verticals ranging from human resources, regulatory affairs, corporate affairs, legal, corporate communication, corporate responsibility and facilities management.

Under his leadership, Robi HR has transformed itself to exceed Global Telco and Asian norms in many of its functions as identified by PWC in 2014 assessment report. As the key architect of the organizational culture and the main driving force behind employee engagement, under Nowshad’s leadership the company has built a sustainable environment which is able to ensure that employees are engaged at a level above Globally High Performing Company Norm in the Towers Watson Global Employee Engagement Report since 2014. Since he took over Corporate, Regulatory and Legal Division (CRL) besides his HR role in 2014 he has successfully transformed the function wherein Robi enjoyed the highest unpaid media coverage in the Telco Industry in 2015. He has deep understanding and hands on experience in merger and acquisition, especially successfully leading the People and Cultural Integration Stream both home and internationally.

Prior to joining Robi on February 14, 2010, Nowshad served in Coats Bangladesh Limited from December 07, 1992 to February 13, 2010 in different capacities and as the Human Resources Director from 1999 to 2010. He was also a board member of Coats plc subsidiaries; Coats Bangladesh Ltd. and Coats Crafts Bangladesh Ltd for over a decade. Prior to joining Coats Bangladesh he served in Deundi Tea Company (UK) Ltd. (then a subsidiary of REA Holdings plc) until November 30th 1992 in various roles. Nowshad started his career with Surmah Valley Tea Plc. (a Subsidiary of Sime Darby Group) in it’s elite covenanted staff cadre as a management trainee.

His experience encompasses the Tea, Textile and Telecom industries. In his various roles he has proven not only to be technically adept in the different functions he manages but a very strong strategic and financial manager who is able to effectively ensure ROI of different initiatives.

Besides his fulltime role with Robi Axiata Ltd. he also serves as an Independent Director in the Board of the largest Non-Banking Financial Institution of the country IDLC Finance Ltd.

Nowshad has a Master’s Degree in Business from Victoria University, and is a Chartered Manager and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, UK and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, UK. He has attended several general management, functional and leadership development programs in renowned business schools.

Agenda sessions

Day 3

May 17, 2017

  • Agile Operations & IT Live!

    • 9:20 am
      FIRESIDE CHAT with introductory presentations: Delivering on the Ambidextrous Challenge – Skill Gaps and Leadership Requirements For Digital Success