Mentors

Many emerging markets have been able to step into the next phase of growth with help from the diaspora who decide to give back to their home country. Years of global experience allow them to bring a wider perspective, deeper technical mindsets and more expansive networks. However, Bangladesh’s best and brightest often leave the country with no way back. With each generation, the impact of the brain drain is reflected in the limitations of the country’s economic and innovative potential. Now, with stories of more opportunity and increasing local talent, Bangladeshis and others are searching for ways to reconnect.

At Anchorless, our goal has been to build this bridge for Bangladeshis and others from around the world to guide the most promising founders to take their startups to the next level. Here are some of the mentors who are making it possible.

Aaisha Bhuiyan
Aaisha Bhuiyan
Amazon
https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaishabhuiyan/https://twitter.com/AaishaBhuiyan
Aaisha is a Program Manager at Amazon Web Services focused on national security with prior roles in product management and sales at Amazon. Outside of work, she has been active in humanitarian relief work, gender equity and social advocacy. She is a graduate of Penn State.
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New York, USA
Afrin Bhuiyan
Afrin Bhuiyan
Harry's
https://www.linkedin.com/in/afrinbhuiyan/
Afrin is a Senior Associate at Harry's, a men's hygiene and accessories company that's raised over $650 million. Prior to Harry's, she was an Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays. She is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University.
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New York, USA
Bickey Russell
Bickey Russell
Google
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bickeyrussell/https://twitter.com/Bickeyr
Bickey is the Director of Global Operations for the Next Billion Users Initiative at Google. He also founded Kormo by Google in 2017—a job and career development service that connects millions of people to jobs in Bangladesh, Indonesia and India. Bickey is also an advisor at Maya, a Bangladeshi-Singaporean healthtech startup. He is a graduate of King's College London.
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Singapore
Laviva Mazhar
Laviva Mazhar
Luge Capital
https://www.linkedin.com/in/laviva-mazhar/https://twitter.com/lavivamazhar
Laviva is an Investment Associate at Luge Capital. focusing on fintech and investing in early-stage teams shaping the way the world experiences financial services. She was previously an Investment Analyst at Frest Capital Partners and an Advisor at the Holt Accelerator. She is a graduate of McGill University.
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Montreal, Canada
Naeem Ahmed
Naeem Ahmed
ContentFly
https://www.linkedin.com/in/naeemtal/
Naeem is the founder and CEO of ContentFly, a Y Combinator (W21) startup that has an on-demand platform for creating high-quality content for businesses using AI and world class writers. It recently raised $9 million led by Khosla Ventures. Naeem was previously Head of Growth at Zapier. He is a graduate of University of Toronto.
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Toronto, Canada
Quazi Zulquarnain
Quazi Zulquarnain
Uber
https://www.linkedin.com/in/zulquarquazi/https://twitter.com/nondeplume
Zulquar is the International Head of Innovation Products at Uber where he works on launching new verticals for the company's Mobility business. He has previously worked at Rocket Internet and International Finance Corporation. He is a graduate of North South University.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rakib Azad
Rakib Azad
Chainalysis
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rakibazad/
Rakib is the Vice President of Finance at Chainalysis, a blockchain-centric company that provides data and analysis to government agencies, banks and businesses around the world. It's raised over $250 million to date. He was previously the Senior Director of Finance at MongoDB and Head of Finance at Ladders. He is a graduate of University of Rochester and the Stern School of Business at New York University.
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New York, USA
Rezaul Hoque
Rezaul Hoque
Wave
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rezahok/https://twitter.com/rezahok
Reza is the Director of Engineering at Wave, a modern accounting solution acquired by H&R Block in 2019. Previously, he was a Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft. He is a graduate of North South University and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
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Toronto, Canada
Rudmila Rahman
Rudmila Rahman
Amazon
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rudmilarahman/https://twitter.com/rudmila
Rudmila is a Corporate Development Manager at Amazon with a focus on payments. Previously, she was the Director of Financial Institution Partnerships at OnDeck, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Barclays and an Analyst at IFC. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School.
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Seattle, USA
Sajjad Kamal
Sajjad Kamal
Global Ventures
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sajjadkamal/https://twitter.com/sajjadk
Sajjad is a Venture Healthcare Partner at Global Ventures, an emerging markets venture capital fund. Prior to that, he was the co-founder and CTO at Y Combinator-backed AlemHealth (W17). Sajjad also co-founded Aythan, an enterprise SaaS product for healthcare insurance that was acquired and rebranded as Beneple. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.
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Dubai, UAE
Shamma Raghib
Shamma Raghib
Collibra
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shammaraghib/
Shamma is a SaaS Transformation Manager at Collibra, an end-to-end data intelligence platform to accelerate digital businesses that's raised $350 million. She is also the founder of Girls Get Funded, a platform for female entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of North South University and Vlerick Business School.
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Brussels, Belgium
Shammi Quddus
Shammi Quddus
Google
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shammiquddus/https://twitter.com/shammiquddus
Shammi is a Product Manager at Google, where she builds payments infrastructure at scale, real world identities for users and transparency for payments data privacy. Prior to Google, she worked at PayJoy, a fintech app that enables smartphone financing through proprietary locking technology. She is a graduate of MIT, Harvard Kennedy and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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San Francisco, USA
Syam Anupom
Syam Anupom
TimeTackle
https://www.linkedin.com/in/anupom/
Syam is the founder of TimeTackle, a Y Combinator (W21) startup that analyzes calendar data and optimizes time using analytics, machine learning and workflow. He has previously led teams in distribution systems at Netflix, data/machine learning infrastructure at Evernote and development at The Walt Disney Company. He is a graduate of North South University.
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San Francisco, USA
Taneem Taldar
Taneem Taldar
Dheo
https://www.linkedin.com/in/taneemtaldar/https://twitter.com/taneem
Taneem is the co-founder of Dheo, an F-commerce logistics platform to power the emerging ecommerce needs of Bangladesh. He was previously a Senior Product Manager at Amazon Web Services, a Senior Manager at Blackberry and a Program Manager at Microsoft. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.
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Detroit, USA
Tasnia Huque
Tasnia Huque
Endeavour Capital
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tasniahuque/https://twitter.com/tasniahuque
Tasnia is on the investment team at Endeavour Capital, a growth private equity firm, focused on the technology vertical. She has previously worked at Warner Bros. Entertainment, Toast, and Cue Ball Capital as a venture investor. She is a graduate of Bates College and Harvard Business School.
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Los Angeles, USA