The EBF is run by an Executive Board appointed from within the Founding members and organised as follows

JOINT PRESIDENTS

Dr Wali Tasar Uddin, MBE, JP, D.Litt, FRSA
Policy & regional compliance

Dr Wali Tasar Uddin is respected throughout Europe and Bangladesh as a successful businessman. To list a few of Dr Uddin’s accomplishments – He is the Honorary Consul-General of Bangladesh in Scotland; Chairman and Chief Executive of Universal Koba Corporation Limited T/A Britannia Spice, Edinburgh, past Chair of the Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce, Founder and Chair - Bangladesh Samity (Assoc) Edinburgh, Director - Edinburgh Mela Ltd (founding director); Edinburgh and Leith Chambers of Commerce, Director of the Sylhet Woman's Medical College Hospital.; Chairman of Ornate Arcade (BD) Ltd.

For his social and community work, Dr Uddin has been awarded honorary degrees by Napier University, Heriot Watt University, and Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh. The business community has awarded the Asian Jewel Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), BIBA Industry Personality of the Year award (2006), Asian Power 100 (2005), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Dr Uddin was born in Moulvibazzar, Bangladesh in 1952. Following high school education in Moulvibazzar, he travelled to the UK in 1967 where he started working in restaurants in London and before entering further education. In 1976, having gained sound experience in the catering profession, he moved to Edinburgh. Dr Uddin now lives with his wife, Syeda and three of his five children in Edinburgh and readily admits he is a keen supporter of Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

Dr Uddin puts his success down to a combination of values: "People respect you when you have determination, dedication, honesty and integrity. Teamwork is very important too, and you have to give something back to society." Young Scot of the Year - Junior Chamber of Commerce (1992).

Jan Frederik (Fred) Oldenhuizing
Policy & regional compliance

Managing Director and President of several profit companies, senior business consultant for national and international businesses and accountant. Finance and tax specialist. Fred’s career spans over 20 years and worked for organizations like Ernst & Young and Price Waterhouse.

Fred is currently the President and owner of NAG Controllers & Consultants B.V.

Fred is the President of Bangladesh-Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Chairman LFB Nederland (Organisation for mentally disabled persons) and Chairman Christian Basic School “CBS de Borg”.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Dr Sanawar Choudhury, FCA, PhD
Strategy, planning & operations

With a PhD in Finance and having worked in risk management, mergers and acquisition and corporate finance, Sanawar has undertaken successful consultancy assignments at ‘blue chip’ companies in Europe, Far East and USA. Recently, under the World Bank funded ‘Central Bank Strengthening Project’, Sanawar has worked as a consultant at Bangladesh Bank, advising on internal control, audit, performance management and corporate reporting.

Having spent five years in Dhaka with his family Sanawar resettled in the UK in 2006 with his wife Nasima, and four children, Nazma, Shaheenur, Shajahan and Shafiul. Amongst his portfolio of businesses ranging from property to professional training Sanawar now concentrates on RCi Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors with offices in London, Luton and Peterborough, with new offices planned for Birmingham and Dhaka.

A participant in numerous business and professional organisations, Sanawar is also an active member of the export promotion committee headed by the Bangladesh High Commissioner to London and regularly contributes to media and community programmes emphasising Bangla heritage and culture.

Enam Ali, MBE, FIH, FRSA
PR & Marketing

Enam Ali is one of the most prominent Asian personalities in the United Kingdom. Known for his leadership and passionate concern for the interests of the Hospitality industry and British Asian, he is frequently to be seen and heard in the UK's print and TV media acting as a spokesman for Asian business sector and as an unofficial ambassador for the country of his birth.

Enam launched 'Spice Business' magazine in 1999, featuring articles in English, combining information on the restaurant sector and community news. Today it boasts readership of over 100,000 and, as Enam points out, "Spice Business magazine” has succeeded in opening new channels of communication for the Asian community to give our needs the authority they deserve. In 2005, his creative marketing ability was applied to the launch of the British Curry Awards with the intention of generating positive image for the UK south Asian restaurant throughout the world. Undisputedly the most spectacular Awards Ceremony on the British restaurant calendar.

Enam is an Advisor to the Home Office Hospitality Advisory Panel, Director of Bangladesh- British Chamber of Commerce and the Founder of The Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs.

Aziz-ur Rahman
Membership & business networking

Aziz is major restaurant entrepreneur in the UK with wealth of knowledge in this sector and has gained reputation for culinary excellence. His restaurants consistently rated among the top Asian restaurants in the Uk.

He has been involved in various business ventures and charitable projects over the years. He was a Director of Frontline Travel Ltd (Travel Agency), Chairman of Global Money Transfer (2003) Ltd, the first money transfer licence holder from the UK to Bangladesh.

Aziz is the Founder Trustee and Vice Chairman in 2005 of the Jagannat Pur Education Trust (Primary and Higher education trust), Trustee of Learn Foundation (Centre for IT training for the underprivileged), Trustee of the Bangladesh Female Academy (First all female academy in Bangladesh), member of the Jagnnath Pur Probashi Kolyan (Providing mobile medical facilities in Bangladesh), set up the Oxford Academia (in Bangladesh) to promote and facilitate prospective students to study at the Oxford Brookes University, Trustee and Chair of the Management Committee of Iqra School in Oxford (the only all girls Islamic School in Oxford).

He became Director of Bangladesh British Chamber of Commerce in 1992 and was elected the Director general in 2005. He was re-elected as Director general 2007. He was the Chairman of the Dine Bangladesh Campaign and Founder Chairman of the Guild of Bangladesh Restaurateurs.

He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University.

Ron Huisma, BEc,BCom, BCS, Business Consultant
International projects

Started in 1983 his career at PWC. Involved as business consultant since 1991 in many trade missions and various projects in Baltic States, China, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

 

 

ADVISORS

Peter Fowler CMG
Appointed as a Non-Executive Director for Cairn Energy PLC in 1996 and since 2001, Peter has been an International Advisor to the company. Peter joined Cairn Energy following his retirement from a distinguished career in HM Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Peter’s overseas posts included Budapest, Lisbon, Calcutta, East Berlin before Counselor level postings to the Cabinet Office, the Geneva Comprehensive Test Ban delegation, Bonn (Berlin and Inner German relations) and the FCO (Head of North America Department). From 1998 to 1993, Peter held the posts of Deputy High Commissioner in India and from 1993 to 1996 was the British High Commissioner in Bangladesh.

Peter is Chairman of the Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust. Peter had grammar school education at York and open Scholarship to Trinity College, Oxford to read History. Later Philosophy and Politics.

Nick Dowling

Nick Dowling is an experienced professional whose career has been focused on business development within a B2B environment. Nick’s career started with Unilever after graduating from University College London with an Engineering Degree and since then he has worked for large multinationals in key Sales and Marketing positions across Europe.

Nick has over 20 years experience developing strategic business for large manufacturing facilities across both Western and Eastern Europe and therefore boasts a wealth of knowledge covering all aspects of the supply chain.

In addition to this business vein, Nick has also worked in a project management role with Bangladesh business partners experiencing first hand the challenges and opportunities that the country has to offer.


  • Dr Stefan Frowein, Ambassador,
    Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Bangladesh
  • His Excellency A H M Moniruzzaman, Bangladesh Ambassador to Brussels and the EU.
  • Chairman of BRAC
  • Mr. David Martin, MEP
  • Mr. Nirj Deva, MEP