ABOUT

Mr. Annisul Huq, founding chairman of Mohammadi Group, was born in Noakhali, Bangladesh on 27 September in 1952 who was also the first & former Mayor of the Dhaka North City Corporation, after being elected in April 2015.

Mr. Huq established his own business in 1986 and is the chairman of nine export-oriented organizations under the trade name of “Mohammadi Group” which directly employs approximately 10,000 individuals in solely the RMG sector. In addition to the export of ready-made garments, the group has a real estate division, two IT companies, a power generation company that directly contributes to the national grid and a distribution company that represents multiple foreign television channels. Also, the Group has launched an independent TV Channel named Nagorik TV.

Mr. Huq is the only Bangladeshi who represented so high profile local and international trade organizations. He served below mentioned major apex trade bodies in Bangladesh:

Former President: SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SAARC CCI), 2010 – 2012.

Former President: Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), 2008 – 2010.

Former President: Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), 2005 – 2006

Mr. Huq was the Former President of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the apex trade body of South Asia, representing the Federations/National Chambers of commerce of all South Asian countries comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, focusing on trade and investment facilitation at a multilateral level in the region, encouraging employment, economic empowerment of women, developing young entrepreneurs, stressing on poverty reduction, and prioritizing people to people connectivity.

Mr. Huq also served as the President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for two consecutive terms in 2005 and 2006. BGMEA, the largest trade body in the country represents the interest of the 3500 factories and 3 million workers. Ready-made-garment solely contributes to 80% of the export of the country. As a President of BGMEA he initiated negotiation for duty free access of Bangladesh apparels and the formation of the 17 members Caucus by the members of the Senate and the Congress of the United States of America. During his presidency the caucus raised a bill in Congress and Senate, titled ‘Tariff Relief Assistance for Developing Economies Act of 2005’ or ‘TRADE Act of 2005’ focusing on duty free entrance of Bangladeshi garments to the US market. As a President, Mr. Huq also worked extensively for changing of European Union’s Rules of Origin favoring Bangladesh’s duty-free access and equally progressed with obtaining duty free facilities under SAARC countries accumulation.

He was also the founding President of Independent Power Producers Association (an organization of all companies that owns power plants in the country and supplies to the national grid). It’s a newly formed association since 2014 which negotiates with Power Development Board and Govt, on behalf of owners, assumed to be very powerful to influence Govt policies. 

Apart from business, as a passion Mr. Huq was affiliated with the electronic media scene in Bangladesh. He hosted many interviews with politically significant personalities, including an interview with the current Prime Minister live on national television. Mr. Huq hosted interviews that had influenced national vote in forming Government, such as the interview of four major political parties during election time. Huq often hosted high-level business discussion programs on television in which he interviewed both political and business personalities including Finance and Commerce Ministers. Mr. Huq completed post-graduation majored in Economics from University of Chittagong and graduated from University of Rajshahi.

Mr. Huq worked alongside his family, most notably his wife Mrs. Rubana Huq, who is currently the Vice- chancellor of Asian University for Women (AUW) & the chairperson of Mohammadi Group. She was elected as the first women president of BGMEA. She is currently pursuing in achieving fellowship from Harvard University, America. She achieved a PhD in literature from Jadavpur University in India.  In addition to running the day-to-day operations of the group, Mrs. Huq is heavily involved in the literary circle in Bangladesh. She writes weekly sub-editorials for the leading English newspapers in Bangladesh, the “Daily Star” the “Business Standard” as well as contributing to the “Wall Street Journal”, an American international daily newspaper that mostly focuses on business and economic news. Mrs. Huq is heavily influential as she writes on relevant topics such the garments industry in Bangladesh as well as the current political situation. Mrs. Huq was also the General Secretary for the SAARC Literary Foundation for the Bangladesh chapter. In 2009, she won the SAARC Literary Award for her book of poems “Time of My Life”. In 2013 & 2014, Mrs. Huq was chosen to be the only woman from Bangladesh for BBC’s 100 Women Conference featuring 100 women from around the world. Following the conference, BBC created and telecasted a 22 minutes documentary based on Mrs. Huq and her journey to empower a young underprivileged Cambodian girl.

Mr. and Mrs. Huq are the parents of four children. Navidul Huq, the eldest and only son is currently the Managing Director of Mohammadi Group. He has obtained a management degree from Bentley University in Boston. After completing studies at New York University and Princeton University, Wamiq Umaira is currently working as a director of Mohammadi Group. She also worked at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Completing bachelors in Political Science and Economics form Simmons College in Boston, Tanisha Huq is now leading Mohammadi Group as a director of the company. And Sharaful Huq, who was the youngest of all siblings, passed away on 27th April, 2002.  Mr. Huq has enjoyed doing business with his family for over two decades. Together, they have created an influential and respected family in the business, political and societal circles in Bangladesh. This unparalleled business & political leader left us all forever on 30 November in 2017.