“Developing Leadership in Action in Developing Countries – The BYLC story” by Ejaj Ahmad

Organised by the University of St Andrews as a part of the Laidlaw Global Talks Series.

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This event is a part of the #LaidlawGlobalTalks Series, in which our partner universities invite speakers to share their leadership journeys and issues pertinent to their experience in order to support the development of Laidlaw Scholars as next generation leaders. 

Date: Tuesday, 16th June 2020 from 4pm – 5.30pm (BST) [11am – 12.30pm (US Eastern)]

Title: “Developing Leadership in Action in Developing Countries – The BYLC story” by Ejaj Ahmad

Format: Talk followed by Q&A

PresenterEjaj Ahmad, President - Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC)

FacilitatorAlexander Stanley


In only 10 years the Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) grew from being a social enterprise, $10K living room project, to one of the most trusted and sought after leadership development platforms in Bangladesh with 80+ full-time staff and a $2M+ yearly operating budget. Driving this project, with his passion for teaching, entrepreneurship, and public service, is its founder Ejaj Ahmad. A graduate of the University of St Andrews and Harvard University, Ejaj continues to drive BYLC forward and along the way has received countless honours and awards for his entrepreneurship, leadership development, and contribution to society. He has also become a sought after public speaker so we are very fortunate that Ejaj has agreed to take some time out from his busy schedule to share his story with our Laidlaw Scholars.

About BYLC: disrupting the higher education landscape in Bangladesh BYLC  provides world-class leadership training through physical and blended courses, tackling youth unemployment by influencing government policies, connecting youths to jobs through physical and online networks, and instilling in them values of public service and community engagement. Furthermore, BYLC is creating the next generation of high impact entrepreneurs through incubation and investment support.





University of St Andrews

The Laidlaw Scholarship Programme in Research and Leadership is sponsored by a generous donation from The Rt Hon Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, an honorary graduate of the University. This exciting programme equips students with the skills and values to become the leaders of tomorrow in their chosen discipline and beyond University. Over two years Scholars complete a bespoke, intensive leadership training programme. In addition, they participate in two periods of research during which they work on designing, pursuing and reporting a research question in collaboration with an academic in their chosen School. This programme is open to undergraduate students in their penultimate year of study. Please see the Laidlaw website for more information at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/go/laidlaw