Ejaj Ahmad, founder and president, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), developed the idea of BYLC while he was a graduate student at Harvard. He established the non-profit organization in Bangladesh in January 2009 with the vision of creating a more just, prosperous, and inclusive society by training the next generation of leaders. Over the past twelve years, he has overseen the organization’s rapid growth. To date, there are over 5,500 BYLC alumni, many of whom have gone on to leadership roles across Bangladesh and abroad.
For his work at BYLC, Ejaj has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards and fellowships, most notable among which include the Ashoka Fellowship, Eisenhower Fellowship, and Harvard Kennedy School’s Rising Star Award. He served as an honorary fellow in the School of Management at University of St. Andrews between 2015 and 2018.
In his former career, Ejaj worked as an economist and entrepreneur in Bangladesh. He worked in several World Bank/UNDP/Bangladesh Government projects pertaining to banking, international trade, sustainable environment management, and private sector development. Ejaj holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a master of arts with honors in economics from the School of Economics and Finance at St. Andrews University.