Ejaj Ahmad is the founder and president of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC). He developed the idea of BYLC while he was a graduate student at Harvard, and established the nonprofit in Bangladesh in January 2009 with the vision of creating a more just, prosperous, and inclusive society by training the next generation of leaders. Over the past eight years, he has overseen the organization’s rapid growth—to date, there are 2,700 BYLC alumni, many of whom have gone on to leadership roles across Bangladesh and abroad.
For his work at BYLC, Ejaj has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards and fellowships, most notable among which include the Ashoka Fellowship, Eisenhower Fellowship, and Harvard Kennedy School’s Rising Star Award, which is given annually to a Kennedy School graduate who, within six years of graduation, has stood out as a catalyst for change for the greater good and has demonstrated unparalleled leadership at the national or global level.
Ejaj frequently speaks on leadership and large scale adaptation to senior professionals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in Bangladesh and abroad. He has guest lectured at leading universities in Asia, Europe, and America. Currently, he serves as an honorary fellow at the School of Management at University of St. Andrews.
In his former career, Ejaj worked as an economist and entrepreneur in Bangladesh. He worked in several World Bank/UNDP/Bangladesh Government projects pertaining to banking, international trade, sustainable environment management, and private sector development. He founded an international trading company engaged in the pharmaceutical sector.
Ejaj holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a master of arts with honors in economics from the School of Economics and Finance at St. Andrews University.
Ejaj lives in Dhaka with his wife Shammi and daughter Aisha. When he’s not working, Ejaj enjoys running and reading to his daughter.