Asia 21 Young Leader of the Week: EJAJ AHMAD
EJAJ AHMAD, founder and president of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) is the Asia 21 Young Leader of the Week!
BYLC is Bangladesh’s first youth leadership institute which aims to foster a more tolerant, inclusive, and just society by training the next generation of leaders in Bangladesh. As president, Ejaj spearheads BYLC’s international award winning leadership program which unites youth from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds, equips them with leadership skills, and engages them in service-oriented projects in local communities toaddress Bangladesh’s most urgent developmental needs.
We are happy to have Ejaj as an important member of the Asia 21 community. “Many of the challenges we are facing in the world today are inter-connected and hence require a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. The strength of Asia 21 is in its capacity to bring together young leaders from diverse sectors and to engage them in dialogue and knowledge sharing. I have greatly benefited from my association with Asia 21. The Summit provided a space for reflection and learning—and I continue to cherish many of the friendships that I forged during my fellowship year” he says.
Ejaj is also actively engaged with several youth-run initiatives in Bangladesh and serves on the board of a secondary girls’ high school. He speaks on leadership to diverse audiences, including, in recent years, Geneva, Kyoto, Nairobi, San Francisco, Washington DC, New Delhi, and Kuala Lumpur. Ejaj earned his first degree in economics from St. Andrews University and later received a graduate degree in public policy from Harvard University. He is an Asia 21 Young Leader, Fellows Class of 2012.