Muntasir founded Inspira Advisory & Consulting Limited (www.inspira-bd.com) during his senior year at the business school, with a vision to help bi-lateral donors, UN agencies and nonprofit organizations to engage with Bangladeshi private sector for designing interventions rooted in market systems. He realized that global development landscape had been increasingly shifting from the traditional ‘aid’ model towards more sustainable ‘trade’ based partnership models whereby private sector enterprises were becoming the silver bullets for success. Consequently, Muntasir introduced a new yet high-impact practice area titled PDP4SDG (Private-Development Partnership for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals) and delivered a number of assignments for his clients from multilateral & bi-lateral development partners including the US Government (USAID), UK Government (FCDO-formerly DFID), Australian Government (DFAT, AusAid), Dutch development agency (SNV), German development agency (GIZ) etc. In pursuit of the nexus between market (business) and development (ODA), Muntasir also advises UN agencies (such as: UNICEF, IOM, UNOPS) and international NGOs (examples include International Rescue Committee, Save the children, Oxfam, ACF, DanChurchAid, Solidarites International, Start Fund Bangladesh, etc.) in undertaking evaluation studies, project monitoring, value chain development exercises, needs assessment and scoping studies so that the program design is informed by the ground level voices.
Muntasir has graduated from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka (IBA-Dhaka University) majoring in Marketing with distinctive course work on research methodology. His education from one of the best business schools in South Asia coupled with decade long experience of working with bottom-of-the pyramid consumer cohorts; has enabled him to become an off-the-grid business model mapper. He has been involved in a series of assignments aimed at systemic, structural changes in market value chain and ensured inclusive businesses and supply chains by connecting large enterprises with micro-small enterprises. Muntasir has deep knowledge on domestic investment landscape and serves as an advisor for the industry associations of the nascent yet high-growth sectors of the country. He advises the CXOs of a few large enterprises of the country (ex: Bengal Group, BEXIMCO group, HSBC Bangladesh etc.) in assessing feasibility of new venture ideas, raising impact investment from alternative sources and improving operational efficiency.
Muntasir is a Cox’s Bazar (where 1 million Rohingya refugees are currently staying) native with proficiency in local dialect and a long-standing exposure to Rohingya communities, which has enabled him to interact directly with both host and Rohingya communities as an ethnographic researcher in humanitarian context. He has been part of a number of livelihood/IGA/economic diversification assignments commissioned by development partners, UN agencies and INGOs operating in humanitarian landscape.
Muntasir received a number of accolades during his student life for his work on inclusive business design as part of a number of business competitions. He led a team of 5 young Bangladeshi innovators in achieving Outstanding Innovation award at International Dell Social Innovation challenge 2013. He was one of the top 10 thought-leaders of Socio-Camp 2011 organized jointly by World Food Program and Unilever Project Laser beam. He is passionate about visual storytelling in business presentation, hence he Started Bangladesh’s first Data Visualization Design & Training Platform named Slide Up in association with Bdjobs.com and trained 300+ Entry-Mid-C level executives of local and multi-national companies so far. Muntasir has also a vibrant presence in Dhaka’s budding Start-Up ecosystem. He was the keynote speaker at ‘Social Start-Up Summit 2014’ held at World Bank and a panelist of ‘Digital World Tech Start Up’ Session organized by the ICT Division, GoB
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