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UBL Celebrates Team Bangladesh at the Global Future Leaders' League


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A three-member team from Bangladesh has secured the position of second runners-up among seventeen other competing countries in the final rounds, in the Unilever Future Leaders' League (UFLL) competition. The team, consisting of Abdullah Azwad Rafeed, Afnan Faruk Aninda, and Ferdous Hasan, showcased their remarkable skills and expertise, ultimately securing the second runner-up position. All three team members are currently employed at Unilever Bangladesh and are alumni of BizMaestros 2022. They graduated from IBA, University of Dhaka.

Unilever Future Leaders League runners-up ‘Team Bangladesh’ members

UFLL is a renowned global business competition which provides young talents with a unique opportunity to experience the essence of Unilever, including its brands, culture, and people. This competition comprises of two stages, beginning with local competitions; for example, in Bangladesh, this contest is named BizMaestros. Champion teams from various countries then proceed to the global platform of UFLL for the ultimate showdown.

Participants have the privilege to collaborate with Unilever leaders, work on real business scenarios, and gain invaluable development experiences throughout the process. The competition's core focus lies in empowering youth to tackle real-life business challenges, thereby creating a better business and a better world.

This year, UFLL received over 34,000 applications pouring in from universities worldwide. Among the top-performing countries, Team Bangladesh demonstrated exceptional talent and dedication. Finalists of BizMaestros - Unilever’s flagship business competition - represented Bangladesh in the global FLL.

From a pool of 115 final-year undergraduate students, the BizMaestros finalists underwent multiple rounds, facing escalating challenges. They received hands-on training from managers, engaged in learning sessions centered around real business cases, and received mentorship from Unilever leaders. This global platform provided students with the opportunity to showcase their talent and represent Bangladesh on an international stage. With this achievement, Bangladesh proudly adds two championship trophies and four runners-up trophies to its collection in UFLL.

Expressing his pride on this momentous occasion, Zaved Akhtar, CEO and Managing Director of Unilever Bangladesh, said, “It brings me great joy to congratulate the talented team that achieved a fantastic Top 3 position in the UFLL Competition. They showcased their skills and talent on the global stage, representing Bangladesh proudly. The youth of Bangladesh have unlimited potential and are our country's greatest assets. To drive our country's growth, it is vital to invest in their development and provide them with the right skills to face challenges and seize opportunities.

As a committed partner in Bangladesh's progress, we are dedicated to nurturing aspiring youth and supporting their transformational journey. Our goal is to empower one million youth with future-ready skills by 2030. For the past 12 years, we have been investing in the students of Bangladesh through our flagship programme, BizMaestros. I extend my best wishes to the winning team and encourage more individuals to embrace such opportunities and represent Bangladesh globally.”

About Unilever Bangladesh Limited

Unilever Bangladesh Limited (UBL) is the largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company with a heritage of 60 years, with more than 9 out of 10 households using one or more of its brands for their daily needs. With over 26 brands including Lux, Lifebuoy, Surf Excel, Closeup, Sunsilk, Ponds, Vaseline, Dove, and Pureit, the company is a part of the everyday life of millions of consumers across Bangladesh.

UBL is a subsidiary of Unilever, one the world’s leading suppliers of consumer-packaged goods in more than 190 countries. UBL’s purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace with a vision to grow the business, while reducing environmental footprint and increasing positive social impact.

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