Founder Chairman, NRB Bank Limited
Iqbal Ahmed is the Chairman & Chief Executive of Seamark Group of companies. He is also the Founder Chairman of NRB Bank Limited and Chairman of UKBCCI (UK Bangladesh Catalyst of Commerce & Industry).
Iqbal’s clear vision for the business has led to a string of prestigious awards for Seamark, a Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1998 in the UK and a number of Gold trophy Awards from the Government of Bangladesh for achieving the highest exports of seafood. Seamark Group employs 4,500 people worldwide.
He has successfully established NRB Bank Limited by bringing together 46 NRB (non resident Bangladeshi) entrepreneur investors from all over the world to invest in Bangladesh.
Over the years Iqbal Ahmed has played an active role in a number of government committees, ministries and advisory bodies in the UK. He was recognised as one of UKTI North West Export Champions for his company’s contribution to the economic growth of the region by exporting in
November 2014. Iqbal is also a Catalyst UK Member working with UK Trade & Investment to promote UK excellence internationally.
Despite his busy schedule Iqbal makes time for charity works including the development of a secondary school and college for 1450 pupils in Sylhet in north east Bangladesh and the formation of The Iqbal Bros Foundation, a charity registered in the UK.
Iqbal was awarded an OBE for services to International Trade in 2001. Recent awards include, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 – Northwest winner and national finalist; Variety, the Children’s Charity – Legends of Industry Awards 2012 for outstanding achievement in the
export/import industry and Asian Achievers Awards – Business Person of the Year 2015.