McKinsey supports dialogue series hosted by Bangladesh Brand Forum

09 May 2019 3 min. read

Local development organisation Bangladesh Brand Forum has hosted the first in a series of dialogues on future business and economic challenges, with support from McKinsey.

Bangladesh Brand Forum – a public spin-off from local brand and management consulting firm Brandzeal Consultancy – is a multifaceted knowledge-sharing organisation which seeks to promote Bangledeshi development through seminars, workshops, and a monthly print magazine, “with the vision of transforming Bangladesh through knowledge, ideas, innovation, and a branding ethos.”

“It is evident that the transformation that Bangladesh requires cannot take place through mere government intervention or the sole effort of the private sector,” the organisation states. “Rather it requires multi-dimensional initiatives by all parties, facilitated by government support. In addition, the effort must entail multifaceted activities that are essential to foster both a smooth transition towards sustainable growth under stiff competition and to enhance the image of country as well.”

To further support its mission, Bangladesh Brand Forum has launched the latest of its dialogue series – ‘Long Horizon Dialogue’ – with a focus on the long-term business, economic and social aspects of decision-making and aimed at helping business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and academia to explore the possible challenges of the future and prepare for them now. Supporting the initiative is global strategy leader McKinsey & Company.McKinsey supports dialogue series hosted by Bangladesh Brand ForumHeld last week at the Radisson Blu in Dhaka, the first session of the Long Horizon Dialogue series saw Bangladesh Brand Forum founder & managing director Shariful Islam joined by Md. Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and three speakers from official knowledge partner McKinsey: Harsh Chhaparia, Suvojoy Sengupta, and Pinak Dattaray.

A partner based in McKinsey’s Kolkata office, Chhaparia has been with the firm for close to a decade (before which he was a summer associate at McKinsey in New York), and co-leads the Industrial M&S practice in India – advising on growth strategy across sectors with a focus on automotive and building materials. Earlier in his career, Chhaparia spent a year at Citibank in Singapore.

A more recent recruit, Suvojoy Sengupta – who, based out of Gurgaon, leads McKinsey’s renewables work within the Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice in India – has more than two decades worth of consulting experience, previously serving as a partner and vice president at Booz & Co. (now Strategy&) after joining Booz Allen Hamilton in 1997. Before Booz, Sengupta was a senior consultant at Andersen Consulting.

The third of the guest speakers, Pinak Dattaray, is an associate partner in New Delhi and leads the Digital & Analytics practice. Describing himself as an evangelist for Industry 4.0 tools ( IoT, Advanced Analytics, RPA) in traditional sectors such as steel, chemicals, oil refining and other process industries, Dattaray also first joined McKinsey’s summer associate programme, before becoming a junior associate in 2013.