The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Shahid Akbar

Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Md Shahid Uddin Akbar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development (BIID), an inclusive business initiative to promote the use of ICT as a tool for development. Fostering ICT integration in development initiatives and mainstreaming ICT4D in developing countries is the core focus area of BIID. Mr Akbar led various e-Agriculture projects and entrepreneurship development programs for small business and youth. e-Krishok is one of the flagship ICT service brand in agriculture sector targeting farmers and agro-businesses. Innovation is the driving theme of BIID for developing sustainable ICT4D services. Md Akbar, born on August 4, 1970 at Chittagong, Bangladesh completed his Masters in Finance and Banking from University of Dhaka, Mr. Akbar worked as ICT Consultant in SwissContact/Katalyst, Bangladesh from July 2004 to June 2008 and introduced Rural ICT Market in Bangladesh led by private sector. Mr Akbar also served in financial sector for 8 years. He contributed in various global ICT4D initiatives including the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) at national and international level. Mr Akbar also served various positions in Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN), JCI Bangladesh and Rotary District 3281.