Syed Faruque Ahmed
Syed Faruque Ahmed is the current Chairman of aamra Companies (formerly known as The Texas Group Bangladesh) and is one of its founder shareholders. aamra Companies is a dynamic, futuristic and leading business group, represented by 11 independent business units in Garments & Textile, ICT, Lifestyle and HR Development, since 1985 in Bangladesh.
After having played a major role in helping set up the Group’s export oriented readymade garment business unit from 1985 to 1988, he left for USA in 1988 in pursuit of higher education and exploring the Group’s garment export market. Through his 4 years stay in the U.S., he garnered a much wider exposure to the garment industry, in particular the US garment industry, as well as gained a rare insight into the corporate America.
A technology and open-source evangelist, Faruque was among the pioneers in the mid- 1990s to popularise network computing and Internet in Bangladesh and helped start one of the first ISPs in the country. Today, aamra companies, with an average annual revenue of BDT 2.3 Billion, is recognized by Dun & Bradstreet as one of the leading 500 companies in Bangladesh.
Faruque, is active in various industry level initiatives and was an Executive Committee Member of the Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) for 3 consecutive terms, and a former Vice President and Executive Committee Member of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Service (BASIS) where he was an active contributor to various initiatives for the development of the ICT Industry.
Faruque has represented Bangladesh IT industry in many International Conferences and platforms over the years.