Syed Nasim Manzur / Managing Director of Apex Footwear Ltd.

Syed Nasim Manzur is the Managing Director of Apex Footwear Ltd, the largest leather footwear manufacturer and exporter in Bangladesh. While developing fashion footwear is his prime passion, Nasim also sits on the Boards of a diverse set of individual businesses in Bangladesh that include Apex Pharma Ltd, Apex Investments Ltd, Landmark Footwear Ltd and joint-venture companies Blue Ocean Footwear Ltd, Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd and Quantum Consumer Solutions Ltd. As a representative of the new emerging Bangladesh private sector, he was selected to join the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit, Kuala Lumpur in November, 2009 and the Global Forbes CEO Forum in Dubai in 2012.

 Syed Nasim Manzur completed his BSc Economics in entrepreneurial management from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1990. He came back to Bangladesh pursuing a dream to set up world-class and globally competitive leather shoe manufacturing in Bangladesh using an appropriate mix of modern technology and human resource development. He has learnt from teaching a course in International Business at the undergraduate level at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Dhaka and also is a regular guest speaker at the National Defense College (NDC).

Nasim is also currently serving on the Boards of the following organizations: Pioneer Insurance Limited, Guardian Life Insurance Company, International Publications Limited (the owning company of The Financial Express), Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA) and FRIENDSHIP, a NGO which provides health and educational service in remote and inaccessible areas in North Bangladesh & Savar Golf Club.  He is also the immediate past President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dhaka (MCCI), the oldest business chamber in Bangladesh and Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB).

He was a Member Delegate at the Budapest Water Summit, 27-30 November, 2016, Budapest, and a Member Delegate from Bangladesh at the WTO 10th Ministerial Conference, 15-18 December, 2015, Nairobi, Kenya. He has been invited to serve as Chairman of the Trustee Board, Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and as Advisory Committee Member, BRAC Business School (BBS), BRAC University, Dhaka. Nasim also works as a Core Member from the private sector of CITIZENS PLATFORM which was launched to support the government’s efforts in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Bangladesh.