Managing Director of Baraka Power Limited as well as Baraka Group, Gulam Rabbani Chowdhury reflects on his diverse career in machine manufacturing, real estate, power, education and readymade garments industry, where dynamism of entrepreneurship and management discipline are the best parts of it; how to make a new startup to a huge success, how to engage and inspire NRB investors to invest in Bangladesh, how to lead a huge capital investment and extremely complex operation oriented business like power generation successfully, how to develop a strong and high level international network of business relations, how to brand yourself as a respected business leader and many more.
At present he is leading the Baraka Power Limited which continuously supplying electricity to the National Grid. The plant is situated at Fenchuganj, Sylhet and powered by General Electric (GE) installed generators producing 51 MW of power and has been operational since 2007. With power plant in profitability, Mr. Chowdhury successfully took the private company to IPO flotation, listing it on both Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges in Bangladesh.
With the efforts of Mr. Chowdhury, the success story of Baraka Power Limited set a new milestone for NRB investors, encouraging them to make further investment in the power sector. In 2011 Baraka Power signed a second PPA & IA to build a 50 MW power plant at Patenga, Chittagong which has been continuously supplying electricity to the national grid since the 4th May 2014. Inspired by the success of these two power plants, he is leading the construction of another 110MW HFO fired power plant at Chittagong. Developing his entrepreneurial vision further afield, he ventured into the readymade garments industry and he started of a readymade garment under the name of Bela Fashions Limited; a ten lines capacity woven garmentslocated at Tongi, Gazipur.
Before starting Baraka Power Limited, Mr. Chowdhury with the support of a group of NRB investors successfully established an innovative and unique large-scale townscape vision by the name of “Royal City” in Sylhet, on 2006 which is a project of Royal Homes Limited. It has made a significant impact in the future of Sylhet as a fast-developing city, providing well planned residential and commercial facilities.
During his career, Mr. Chowdhury identified the lack of high international standard educational facilities in Sylhet. Along with a consortium of NRB investors, he has been a key figure in establishing a leading educational organization by the name of Royal Educare Limited (REL) which aims to raise children with the highest standards of education. REL currently comprises of educational facilities from Eurokids Kindergarten up to and including primary and secondary schooling in RISE (Royal Institute of Smart Education). RISE school has incorporated the world respected and renowned Cambridge Curriculum. The Cambridge body has approved RISE as one of the best technology based premium international schools in the country, located in the heart of Sylhet.
Mr. Chowdhury started his business career as Founder Managing Director by establishing Alim Industries Ltd. (An agricultural machinery manufacturing company) in the early 1990’s. His enthusiasm, hard work, dedication, dynamism, foresight and skilled leadership took the company into one of the top-rated companies in the Agro Machinery Manufacturing sector. As a result, the company achieved a Presidential Award as a leading Agricultural Machinery Manufacturer of the company in the Bengali year 1395.
Mr. Chowdhury is also actively involved with some professional organizations where he significantly contributes to the achieve the respective organizations’ goals. At present he is holding the position of Vice President of Bangladesh Independent Power Producers’ Association (BIPPA) and an Executive Member of Bangladesh Association of Publicly Listed Companies (BAPLC).
Mr. Chowdhury earned his bachelor degree in science under the Chittagong University. He attended many overseas trainings; specializing in metallurgy & manufacturing process, gaining a deep understanding and knowledge of industrial manufacturing and development. He has attended Business Leadership Forum on Smart Energy in Italy. He has visited many countries and attended seminars, international conferences and exhibitions such as in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA. As a result of the numerous business successes across a variety of sectors, Mr. Chowdhury has received many accolades and corporate awards.
He was born in 1966 & brought up in a respectable family at Sylhet. Whilst he continues to establish successful business, Mr. Chowdhury holds dear to his heart the most important work which needs to be done to enhance the education and health and living standards of the poor and needy throughout Bangladesh. He contributes significantly in many ways to these major and most important issues that Bangladesh is facing.