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Team Bangladesh lifts the Unilever Future Leaders' league trophy

The internationally renowned competition is centred around creating a better business and a better world through empowering the youth to solve real-life business challenges

Update : 21 Jul 2022, 07:11 PM

A three-member team from Bangladesh won the Unilever Future Leaders’ League (UFLL) competition, a global business case competition that connects students from all over the world.

The internationally renowned competition is centred around creating a better business and a better world through empowering the youth to solve real-life business challenges, according to a press release.

This year over 54,000 applications were received from 45 universities globally.

Abrar Mahir Ahmed, Afnan Sayed and Rafsaan Muhab Shams won the award after competing with 23 countries in the final round.

All three of them are currently management trainees of Unilever (Unilever Future Leaders League – UFLP); Abrar and Afnan are alumni of North South University, and Rafsaan, of IBA, University of Dhaka.

As the winners, they will receive a career development opportunity of an all-inclusive trip to the Unilever Headquarters in London, an immersive experience with senior leaders, and a working opportunity with a global brand.

In Bangladesh, the opportunity to participate in this global forum is awarded to the champions of BizMaestros – the flagship business competition of Unilever Bangladesh.

From 340 students in their undergraduate final years, the BizMaestros finalists had to go through multiple rounds with increasing levels of challenges to solve.

Through these rounds, the participants were provided with hands-on training from managers, learning sessions with real business cases and mentorship from leaders of Unilever.

With this win, Bangladesh proudly holds two championships and three runners-up trophies from Unilever Future Leaders’ League.

Mohammad Zaved Akhtar, CEO and managing director of Unilever Bangladesh said: “It is a moment of pride for Unilever Bangladesh to witness our talented team's glorious win in the UFLL Competition. The team showcased their skills and talent on an international platform and upheld the Bangladesh flag. The youth of Bangladesh have limitless untapped potential and are our nation's greatest resource. To further fuel the country's growth, nothing is more important than investing in the youth and equipping them with the appropriate skills so that they are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that come our way. As a key partner for Bangladesh's development, we are committed to grooming aspiring business leaders, under our compass commitment to upskilling one million youth with future-fit skills by 2030. For the past 12 years, we have been investing in the students of Bangladesh by running our flagship programme - BizMaestros. I wish all the very best to the winning team and encourage more youth to take such opportunities and represent Bangladesh in the global arena.”

Unilever Bangladesh shares career and professional development opportunities for aspiring individuals. To learn more, visit their social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram or reach out to their university campus ambassador, Sparks.


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