UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr. António Guterres appointed Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir as Governing Council Member for another 3 year term in the United Nations Technology Bank from January 2020 to December 2022. She is an impact investor focusing on tech startups in emerging markets of South Asia.
Sonia began her career as a Tech Corporate Professional and her journey led her to become a Tech Entrepreneur, an Angel Investor and a Philanthropist. She is currently the Founder, Chairman & CEO of SBK Tech Ventures. Sonia is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of SBK Foundation – her “Not for profit” entity which believes in empowering rural communities with Technology. She is the Founder of “Tech Hubs”, an initiative of SBK Foundation.
Sonia currently serves as Vice President and Co-Founder of D Money Bangladesh Limited (a Fin-Tech startup), independent board director of IPDC Bank, Vice President and Co-Founder of Bangladesh Women in Technology (BWIT). Besides co-founding Tech Startups Syntec & Pulse (health), Uqeel.com (legal tech) and Digiland (blockchain) in Bangladesh, Sonia has served as the Managing Director for Microsoft Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Laos, Country Director of Dell Bangladesh, Director Business Development for South East Asia, New Emerging Markets in Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer for Aamra Technologies Ltd.
Sonia has also served as a Board Member of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) from 2016-2018. Sonia currently serves in the Board of BRAC University, Advisory Board of the School of Business and the School of Computer Science of North South University and in the School of Business Advisory Board of Independent University Bangladesh.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Sonia in 2015 to the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) for a 3-year term. She was elected as Vice Chairman of UN Technology Bank in 2017. Sonia is also a Board member in UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.
Sonia was recognized by UN Global compact in 2017 as a SDG pioneer. She was recognized for integrating seven Global Goals into her business practices and strategies: no poverty; quality education; gender equality; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; creating partnerships to meet the Goals. Sonia actively supports youth in technology and women empowerment with youth-led initiatives all over Bangladesh
BRAVO Sonia Bashir Kabir! What a great achievement! WBO congratulates the UN Technology Expert!