No plans for a Google country office in Bangladesh yet
Google has no plans to open a country office in Bangladesh yet, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.
The now viral Tanveer Rahman, who has recently been cited in media reports as the country director of the tech giant, is apparently going to lead one of Google’s Cloud and AI units — not the country office.
Rahman, a Bangladeshi freelance-coder said he has previously worked for tech giants Apple, Microsoft, and Google. He also told Dhaka Tribune that Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to be his immediate boss and will likely make the announcement soon.
Asked about the media reports on him being appointed as Google country director, Rahman said this was a misunderstanding and that his words had been taken out of context.
Google did not respond to Dhaka Tribune’s queries till the filing of this report.
But PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Bangladesh, which is acting as the local consultant of Google in the country, also said they were not aware of any decision by Google to open an office here.
Both PwC and Fuad Hasan Sakib, another Bangladeshi who works for Google as an account strategist, said they were not aware of Tanveer Rahman’s appointment either.
Mir Wasi Ahmed, a renowned software development engineer who works in Amazon, said he doubts the entire story.
“This gentleman is claiming that he has been appointed as the second Bangladeshi as the director of Google. And it has also been published in Bangla Tribune,” he wrote in a social media post.
“Great news. I thought his career must be very rich. But the news did not say where his current workplace is. An organization like Google usually hires people who have experience in a position in the same position elsewhere,” he added.
Besides, being a director at the age of 32 is quite unprecedented, Ahmed wrote, adding that he found Rahman’s profile on LinkedIn with great difficulty.
The profile was later found to be deactivated.
Rahman told Dhaka Tribune that he has worked with Microsoft for five years, but as he does not have any degrees, he is not well known in the community.
He also claimed that he has learned to code on his own and has contributed to big codes of tech giants, which put him in Google’s radar.
Google had earlier hired Kazi Monirul Kabir as a country consultant in Bangladesh. At that time, it was heard that Google would open an office in Bangladesh, but it did not happen later.
Kabir handled Google's activities in Bangladesh from the office in Singapore.
Another Bangladeshi, Kazi Anwarus Salam, has worked as a country engineering consultant for some time at Google.
In 2019, Zaheed Sabur became the first Bangladeshi principal engineer at Google, where he also serves as a director.
Munazah Alam Chowdhury, who wrapped up a 12-year tenure at Google two years ago, was the first Bangladeshi director at the tech firm. She was promoted to that position back in 2015.
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