Sonia Bashir Kabir
Sonia Bashir Kabir
Independent Director

Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir is an Independent Director of IPDC Finance Limited and also Chairman of Board Audit Committee. Ms. Kabir has been educated/ trained in Silicon Valley. After completing her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business of Administration (MBA) degrees, she worked in Silicon Valley for Sun Microsystems/Oracle, Venture Capitalists and startups. Ms. Kabir worked as the Country Director for Dell Bangladesh, Director Business Development for South-East Asia, Managing Director for Microsoft Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Laos and Chief Operating Officer for Aamra Technologies.

Ms. Kabir is also working as Vice Chairperson of United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries, Co- Founder & Vice Chairman of both D Money (Fin Tech) and Syntec (Health Tech). Sonia is also a member of the Governing Board of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in New Delhi, India. MGIEP is the youngest of UNESCO’s category 1 institutes, and the only one in Asia Pacific.

In 2016, Ms. Kabir was 1 of the 5 recipients of Microsoft's Prestigious Founders Award given by Bill Gates. Every year 5 employees out of the 100,000 employees in Microsoft gets this award. In 2017, Ms. Kabir was recognized as 1 of the 10 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) pioneers by the United Nations Global Compact and in 2016, Ms. Kabir was 1 of the 10 recipients of Microsoft's Prestigious Founders Award given by Bill Gates. In 2019, Ms. Kabir became the 1st woman to receive the ICT Businessperson of the Year Award from The Daily Star ICT Awards (biggest award platform in the country from the highest Selling English Daily).

Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir also involved with other entities in the following manner:

Founder:

  • SBK Foundation
  • SBK Tech Ventures

Board Member/Trustee:

  • CXO Advisory of Dell Asia Pacific & Japan, Dell Technologies
  • UNESCO's Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education and Peace
  • International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA)
  • BRAC University Bangladesh 
  • Shakti Foundation for disadvantaged women.