"I appreciate your work,
But I won't follow your footsteps.
I've taken the road less travelled;
And the mind gazed in wonder at the sea of ideas before me.
I think, therefore I am.
Well here I am - with something NEW.
NEW that is Prospective. NEW that is Proficient. NEW that is Profound.
NEW that is Productive. NEW that is Profitable".
YES! This is the core philosophy of Niaz Uddin. He is an Idea programmer, an Information Architect and a Creativity Evangelist. His seven passions are Entrepreneurship, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Disruptive Innovation, Social Computing, Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence. He has been working as Entrepreneur, Information Technology (IT) Researcher, Business Model Generator, Management Consultant, Education Analyst, Motivational Speaker, Marketing Analyst, Blogger alongside a lot else!
Niaz is an avid researcher. His core research areas are Entrepreneurial Innovation, Big Data, Technology and Social Change, Entrepreneurship, Macro Economic Development, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, Disruptive Innovation, Education, Marketing Science and Social Entrepreneurship. His passionate dedication along with dedicated passion speculates that unless something happens somewhere that has to do with idea or innovation or business or entrepreneurship or education, Niaz refuses to get up! Business is his business. He has been keenly working on his big ideas to build next big organizations to solve macro problems of this Mother Earth.
As the first Bangladeshi to receive the prestigious Frontline Full Scholarship, Niaz feels honored to attend TEDMED 2012 at the Opera House of Kennedy Center in Washington DC, where imagination, innovation and inspiration at the edge of medicine, non-medicine and technology happen. He has also attended TEDMED 2013. TEDMED is an annual conference that brings together adventurous thinkers and doers, from 300 medical and nonmedical disciplines for four exciting days, modeled after the TED talks that share ideas worth spreading on technology, entertainment, design. An independent offshoot of the TED, TEDxDhaka, TEDxBoston and TEDxToronto showcase the greatest innovators and daring entrepreneurs. Niaz was there too!
He is one of the few individuals who have watched almost all TED Talks!
Niaz attended United Nations General Assembly for One Day on Earth’s Global Screening. He was selected as a delegate of Seliger International Youth Forum in Russia. He has been ardently attending Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Luncheon Series and Events, Harvard Innovation Lab’s Events, MIT Media Lab’s Event and Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship’s Events.
As a first Bangladeshi, he is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in UK. He is also an executive member of Academy of Management (AOM).
Niaz has worked for some Social Organizations including JAAGO Foundation, Poverty Fighter Foundation and Idea Resource Foundation.
From March 1 to March 3, 2012 Dhaka played host to the first World Marketing Summit, an initiative of Philip Kotler and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Niaz was there as a delegate to understand how Marketing can make the World a Better Place. He was a Delegate in the Youth Leadership Summit 2011 by the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center, which promotes the future leaders of the country. Inspiring Future Minds, a youth session organized by the Bangladesh Brand Forum, brought Niaz in contact with the Marketing Guru himself - Dr Philip Kotler. Alongside seven selected workshops of eAsia 2011, fifty more have accepted him as a trainee. The wheels have come full circle - Niaz is now the mentor!
He was selected as the youngest speaker of Career Summit 2012 with top thought leaders of Bangladesh from both local and multi-national organizations, organized by Melange Communications. He did a Trend Setting Session: 'Blogging: Let's change the world with ideas' at Dhaka City College with 300 enthusiastic students of BBA department. His theory ‘How can marketing change the world’ was promoted by Greatest Digital Marketing Conference FutureM, powered by MITx.
On July 27, 2012, The Independent Newspaper has featured Niaz as ‘Making a Mark’.
He found time to graduate with honors on Marketing in his Bachelor in Business Administration degree from a reputed university in Dhaka, United International University. He did his intern from British American Tobacco.
Niaz is a bookworm in a disorganized library! The avid reader's booklist includes the whole spectrum of knowledge. From the art of the East to the literature of the West, big business to microeconomics, quantum physics to cosmology, biodiversity to evolutionary biology, anthropogenic global warming to natural disasters, urban planning to agribusiness, epistemology to ethics - simply put, he knows a bit about nearly everything. He is a regular reader of Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, Wired, MIT Sloan Management Review, MIT Technology Review, Huffington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Seth Godin’s Blog, Entrepreneur and watch every new TED Talk.
Epitaph and Prologue - the beginning and the end.
Before his exodus, Niaz would like to leave behind a life dedicated to making Sol's third planet a bit more special - a better place to live.
He can be reached at niaz [at] niazbiz [dot] com
He is also on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@NiazBiz).