EDRC Symposium

November 26-27, 2022

Women Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh Challenges and Opportunities

The Entrepreneurship Development Research Center (EDRC) along with the Central Queensland University of Australia and the Entrepreneurial Creatives (a women centric entrepreneurial training platform) are planning to organize a two-day international Symposium on November 26-27, 2022 along with a training workshop focusing on women entrepreneurial issues and related activities.

The objective of the seminar will be: (a) to review the baseline scenario of women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh, (b) assess the financial and regulatory framework; (c) to provide opportunities for the potential women entrepreneurs to network with the banks and financial entities in a sustained manner; (d) assist trainees with a project and financial planning and (e) cope with the newly emerging digital marketplace with the support from national and international researchers and resources persons.

Speakers at the Symposium


Empowering Entrepreneurial Women through New Venture Creation

Dr. Kosmas X. Smyrnios
Adjunct Professor
University of the South Pacific, Australia.

Prof. Kosmas has developed an extensive applied research record with over 150 international and national refereed publications in different disciplines, including marketing, psychology, family therapy, physics, management, and accounting. Kosmas has established international credentials in family business, having been involved in a number of prominent national and international research projects. He is a co-author of a top 10 Family Business Review cited manuscript. Professor Smyrnios has secured over $1.5m in competitive and industry research funding and has supervised 30 PhD candidates to successful completion, the projects of which include family business best practice, organizational resilience, strategic and marketing capabilities, information systems capabilities, accounting and strategic management education, business coaching, and the biological and genetic basis of narcissism.

Kosmas has undertaken several research consultancies for prominent multinational corporations including AXA, the Commonwealth Bank, MGi Australasia, Price Waterhouse Coopers, BDO Chartered Accountants, and Family Business Australia. Professor Smyrnios is also frequently called upon to provide expert media commentary on pertinent matters relating to family business and entrepreneurship. Finally, Kosmas is a foundation board member of a number of startup companies.


Wicked Problems and the Role of the Social Entrepreneur

Dr. Olav Muurlin
Associate Professor
School of Business and Law, Head of Course, CQ University, Australia

Dr. Olav Muurlink is a research-focused professor of sustainable innovation at Central Queensland University in Australia. He is an experienced researcher and practitioner in the Bangladeshi context, having led the board of a Co-operation in Development NGO, which has been building and running schools and kindergartens in southern Bhola Island for 22 years. He is co-editor of The Emergence of Bangladesh, and an award winning PhD supervisor and researcher.


From innovative value propositions to successful Business Ventures: How to go for it

Dr. Masud Isa
Adjunct Professor
ZNRF University of Management Sciences

Dr Masud Isa is currently engaged in consultancy and research; teaching entrepreneurship, innovation, start-ups, and management sciences. He also worked for the Business for Development (B4D), a Melbourne-based international development organization, as Director of Projects during 2009 - 2013. In that role, he designed and helped set up inclusive businesses in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Dr Isa was also the Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in the Foundation for Development Cooperation, a Brisbane-based international development organisation, during 2008- 2009, designing pro-poor development initiatives in inclusive finance. He also worked as a microfinance consultant for DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Australia, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), and Grameen Trust.


Professor Quamrul Alam
Professor of International Business & Strategy at the Central Queensland University in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Quamrul Alam is a Professor of International Business and Strategy at Central Queensland University. Before joining Central Queensland University, Professor Quamrul Alam worked at Monash University, La Trobe University, and Victoria University of Australia. Professor Quamrul Alam has a strong research and project management background. He has published over 50 journal articles, presented over 100 conference papers and reports, six books, 21 book chapters and chaired many sessions in international public management and governance conferences.  Professor Alam has supervised 20  PhD research topics including public governance, regulatory governance, public sector leadership, public-private partnership, economic geography and international business, and local government and disaster management. Professor Alam conducted training programs on leadership and governance, and capacity building in the public sector organisation for public servants from Bangladesh, India, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. These programs were funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Australia, UNDP, and the Bangladesh Government.  Professor Alam received over A$3 million in grants.  Professor Alam’s research articles have been published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration and Development, Administration and Society, Public Management Review, Journal of Local Government Studies, International Review of Administrative Sciences, International Journal of Public Administration Thunderbird Journal of Business Review, European Journal of Management,  Journal of Management History, South Asia, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Business Ethics. Professor Alam has co-edited a special issue of Public Administration and Development in 2021.

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