Faculty Profile

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  • University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh House 56, Road 4/A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1209
  • MPhil from Maastricht School of Business, The Netherlands.

    MBA from University of Technology Sydney, Sydney Australia.

    BBA from North South University, Bangladesh

Areas of Interest

ICT4D, Agricultural Extension, Rural Development, ecommerce.
Developing Framework on using Prayers as a tool to for Mental Health Professionals.
Empirical Research on Informal Markets- Street Food Vendors looking into income expenditure and sustainability of life style.
Quantitative study on Education Sector regarding linkage of funds, the case of Bangladesh.
Union Digital Centers – a tool used to provide rural extension of government services; Qualitative study looking into Key Success Factors for Sustainability.
Quantitative study on UDCs- Developing Sustainability Models.
Study on Ecommerce sector during Pandemic, looking into Challenges, success stories and way forward.

Ahmed Saad Ishtiaque

Assistant Professor & Researcher Fellow


Mr. Ahmed S. Ishtiaque has been working as a Researcher for Center for Enterprise and Society for about 8 years and his primary responsibilities include designing research tools & methodologies, conducting field surveys, project implementation and quality control supervision along with critical analysis and report writing. Prior to this he has worked for Nielsen Bangladesh & Australian Market Research Institute as a researcher and has research experience on issues such as:
Health & Education, Sanitation, Migration, Rural & Urban Development, Telecoms, usages of ICT4D, Product Branding etc.
Mr. Ishtiaque has over 20 years of research experience working closely with the development sector. In the academic arena he has completed his MPhil from Maastricht School of Management. His research interest lies in Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Education, ICT4D, Agricultural Extension & Urban & Rural Planning & Development.

Research & Awards

Research Project Lead:

  • KAP Baseline Survey of Community Gatekeepers of the Adolescents.
  • Rural IT Development (Community Information Center of GP)
  • Baseline Survey: Rural ICT in Bogra
  • Acceptability & Adherence Test of Zinc Tablet in Young Children
  • Develop a Comprehensive Strategy for Advocacy for Iodized Salt
  • Evaluation of NGOs using MOCAT Tools
  • Promotion of Child Participation in Communication in Realizing Child Rights
  • Research on Early Marriage and its Consequences
  • Assessment-SANJOG (social communication project on child protection)
  • Post Intervention Study-II
  • Urban Primary Health Care Project (UPHCP-II)
  • End Evaluation of Gender Based Violence During Pregnancy Program
  • Assessment & Review of the Existing Health Services Facilities to Advocate for Adolescent Friendly Access and Referral System
  • Produce semi-organic vegetables and generate income by the female
  • Interim Impact Assessment of “Grameenphone Community Information Centre (GPCIC)” & “Banglalink Jigyasha 7676 & 7677” service.
  • Business Challenges Survey for Real Estate, IT & Furniture Sector
  • Exploring the Scope of Mobile Financial Services for Rural Bangladesh enabling linkages with ICT services.
  • Primary School Parents Satisfaction Survey
  • Baseline Study for GRATS project
  • Baseline Study on Internet Usage Behavior & ISP Businesses in Bangladesh
  • Market Analysis for Bangladesh Cement Industry
  • Baseline Study for Garments Workers Work Life Balance
  • Baseline Study on Water & Sanitation usage of rural communities in Chittagong
  • National Opinion Poll 2017
  • Study on Bakery Sector Sensed & Audit
  • Study on Active Learning
  • Observatory Study on Super Shops in Bangladesh
  • Water Purifier Census Study
  • Study on Bangladesh Freight Industry
  • Study on National Nutrition Services
  • Study on Cyber Bulling
  • Customer Satisfaction Study- YLP
  • Customer Satisfaction Study for Robi
  • National Opinion Poll 2018
  • Baseline Study on Targeting Rights & Interests in Fish & Shrimp Processing Sector in Bangladesh
  • “Exploring the scope of Crop Insurance in Bangladesh enabling linkages with ICT embedded services”
  • NGO Program Evaluation Research using MOCAT Tool
  • Program Evaluation on RMG sector Labor Unions

Committee Member:

  • Senior Member- Research Committee for Ecommerce Association of Bangladesh working closely with the ICT Ministry.
  • Senior Trainer- LICT project designed to develop Startups & Youth Entrepreneurs.
  • Research Director- Creative Research & Consultancy.
  • Chairman, Jovend Ltd. An online platform for Bangladesh ecommerce sector.
  • Consultant- Bangladesh Institute for ICT for Development
  • Consultant- Nextel Research Ltd.


Journal Articles

Overcoming Business Challenges in Bangladesh: Findings from a Survey of Firms in Real Estate, IT & Furniture Sector (Coauthors: Daniel Sabet, Mehdi Rajib)

“Shoppers Survey on e-Commerce in Bangladesh Perception, Demand and Trend Usage” (Coauthors: Sajid Amit, Adib Sarwar)

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“Undergraduate Academic Experience Survey” (Coauthors: Sajid Amit, Adib Sarwar)

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“How E-commerce is Transforming in Bangladesh” (Coauthors: Adib Sarwar)

“Emergence of International and Local Clothing Brands in Bangladesh and Its Impact on Consumers” (Coauthors: Abdul Baten, Adib Sarwar)

“How Turnover is Effecting Employers in Bangladesh and What Steps Employers are taking to Reduce Turnover in Their Organizations” (Coauthor: Abdul Baten, Shahdat Hossain)

Conference Proceedings

“An Exploratory Study on what are the Critical Success Factors to make Multipurpose Telecommunication Centers Self-sustaining in Bangladesh” (Coauthor: single author)

“Parents’ Perception Study on What are the Success Factors which Makes Good Quality Primary Schools in Dhaka.” (Coauthor: single author)

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“How International and Local Clothing Brands are Emerging in Bangladesh and What Impacts Consumers are Making in This Transition” (Coauthor: single author)

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Program Affiliations

Courses Taught

The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.

emk Since March, 2018, the University of ​Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) is associated with the EMK Center as its management partner along with the American Center of U.S. Embassy Dhaka.