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Ahmed Us Samad Chowhdhury

EDUCATION 1972 - 1977 City of Bath College, South Bristol College Arrived in the UK in 1972 and enrolled in higher education gaining Management qualifications and becoming Student Vice President in Bath before continuing at South Bristol College and becoming Student President Fellow of Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of Institute of Sales Marketing Management, Fellow of Hotel Catering International Management Association BUSINESS 1979 present Rajpoot and Group Restaurants South West, UK Formed and managed chain of South Asian themed restaurants in the south west of England including multi award winning Rajpoot 1997 present Kushiara Composite Knit Industries Dhaka, BD Director of high volume clothing producer The company is 100% export orientated, workforce of over 4,000, and complies with international regulations for product standards and working conditions 2000 present Paragon Property Ltd UK/BD Chairman of multi million pound property development in Bangladesh 2001 present London Property Partnership London, UK Director of property investment and letting company MEDIA 1997 2008 Potrika Newsweekly London, UK Chairman and Editor of Bengali language non profit publication widely distributed throughout the UK and Europe 2007 - present Channel S Television London, UK Chairman of the Bengali language channel, one of the most watched ethnic channels in Europe Channel S conducts various community campaigns for the betterment of the Bangladeshi community in the UK and the charity department champions philanthropic projects in Bangladesh & UK Head of Channel S news department within UK and Bangladesh PHILANTHROPIC ACHIEVEMENTS 1985 1995 Bangladesh Association Bristol, UK As President headed numerous community projects, pioneered the Bangladesh Womens Group, established two community centers: Bangladesh House & Bangladesh Centre, currently a lifelong Trustee. Responsible for community integration, education, youth and family activities 2 1998present Shahjalal Jame Mosque Bristol, UK Responsible for fundraising, establishing, and managing (as Trustee) the 1.3m project catering for thousands of worshippers every week The Mosque was fully functioning in 2002, four years after project inception 2000present Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) Sylhet, BD As Founder and Chairman established first ever IAS office outside the UK providing genuine applicants with immigration related legal advice Other Has given time and energy for a number of charitable projects in Bangladesh including the Lions Children Hospital, Jalalabad Hospital for the Disabled, Bangladesh Female Academy (school for orphaned girls of Dirai) and other notable projects including Low Cost Homes, the Sylhet Central Library, and to cyclone shelters in Chittagong Has also raised thousands of pounds toward charities in the UK such as Macmillan Cancer Research and Bernandos OTHER UNPAID POSITIONS 1991 - present Bristol Bench (Bath since 1998) UK Magistrate (Justice of the Peace), first of Bangladeshi origin in South West Life Member of Commonwealth Magistrates & Judges Association 1993 - present Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce UK Founder, Director, South West Region President of organisation promoting and providing support for investment and trade between Bangladesh and Britain 1994 - 1996 Bangladesh Caterers Association UK Advisor to the association that represents 12,000 Bangladeshi restaurants and takeaways across the UK 1995 - 2001 City Of Bath College UK Governor at the city college with over 8,000 students yearly 1996 2004 Bangladesh-British Friendship Society UK, BD Founder, Chairman of organisation working relief poverty and advance education in both Britain and Bangladesh through promotion of friendship and exchange of culture, technology, and knowledge 1999 - 2002 Hospitality Training Foundation UK National Steering Committee Member, worked on making the NVQ/SVQ qualifications more accessible to the Asian catering industry 2000 - 2001 New Deal Task Force UK Minority Ethnic Advisor, advised the governments New Deal programme for ethnic groups

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