|Gupta Bahadur Banjara
GB Banjara has taken his role as General Manager from April 2017 in Katalyst.
He joined Katalyst in June 2013 as Division Manager of Knowledge and Capitalisation Management. Since September 2014, he has worked as Head of Sectors in Katalyst.
He brings with him 24 years of private sector development experiences covering M4P, value chain promotion, project management, entrepreneurship, service markets development, vocational training and strengthening of business associations.
Prior to joining Katalyst, GB worked with Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) in Ethiopia as Senior VCD Advisor –Agriculture. From 2009 to 2012, he worked with Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) as a National Manager of a Market Development programme covering 18 agriculture and service value chain markets in Afghanistan. Before AKF, GB also worked in Nepal with Swisscontact’s BDS market development project for 7 years and with GIZ’s private sector promotion project for 4 years, where he coordinated promotion of seven different agriculture value chains.
GB has been a lead resource person in many Value Chain training courses in Asia and Africa. He has offered consulting services to several organisations including AKF, SKAT, GOPA, GIZ, ICIMOD and DFID. During 2002-2008, he taught operations management and entrepreneurship courses and conducted seminars for Executive MBA and MBA level students at the Ace Institute of Management in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Before joining the development sector, GB worked with private sector in Nepal for 4 years where his achievements include setting up of a 100,000 liter per day capacity dairy plant and an electric vehicle company. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee (India) and a MBA with specialisation on marketing from Pokhara University in Nepal. He is a Nepali National.
Deputy General Manager
Ashfaq Enayetullah has taken his new role as Deputy General Manager in Katalyst.
He is a Bangladeshi national who joined Katalyst in September 2009 as Senior Business Consultant. He has worked as the head of cross – sectors from 2014 in Katalyst.
|Pijush Kumar Biswas
Head of Finance, Administration and IT
Pijush Kumar Biswas has adopted his new role as Head of Finance, Administration and IT in Katalyst.
He is a Bangladeshi national who joined Katalyst in February 2010 as Finance and Accounts Manager. He served as the Deputy Head of Finance, Admin and IT from September 2014 till March 2017 in Katalyst.
Prior to joining Katalyst, he worked with Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP), successor to the Bangladesh office of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, for about 10 years, lastly as Assistant Director, Finance & Contracts. In BCCP, he worked for development projects of USAID, World Bank, EU, UN bodies, UK and the Govt of Bangladesh. Prior to that, he worked in profit sectors also for a few years. His core competencies are financial management, contracts management, procurement, internal control, audits, local compliance along with broader management, administration, HR and IT issues. Pijush holds an MBA from IBA, Dhaka University with focus in Finance. He has got international training on financial management, contracts management, procurement, people management and business communications.
|Abu Saif Ansari
Manager, Programme Implementation
Abu Saif Ansari has taken his new role as Manager, Programme Implementation in Katalyst.
He is a Bangladeshi national who joined Katalyst in July 2012 as Business Consultant. He has worked as Manager, Information Channels from 2015 in Katalyst.
Prior to joining Katalyst, he worked in Airtel Bangladesh Ltd., as Knowledge Management Manager. His core competencies are in accounting, programme designing and project management. Ansari holds a BBA degree and Masters in Development Studies.
|Jannat Adib Chowdhury
Manager, Captalisation and External Relations
Jannat Adib Chowdhury joined Katalyst in July 2012 as Business Consultant. Prior to taking up the role of Manager, Captalisation and External Relations, She has worked as the Manager of Sectors (Maize and Fertilzer) in Katalyst.
She has developed 5 years of professional expertise in the context of market development (M4P), private sector development (PSD) and business development. Additionally, she has gathered 4 years of voluntary work experience in the field of youth engagement and leadership development through her experience with a non-profit called Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center and AIESEC (the world’s largest student-run organization). Jannat holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and Master’s in Development Studies from BRAC University. She has recently been awarded a professional fellowship from the Government of Netherlands