TIAW Announces SELIMA AHMAD as the 2014-2015 World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) is delighted to announce Selima Ahmad as the 2014-2015 TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. This prestigious honor is bestowed each year upon a woman of great achievement, whose actions have truly made a difference globally in the economic empowerment of women.
Selima Ahmad, Founder of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Vice
Chairperson of Nitol-Niloy Group is the developing world’s personification working for the
private sector development for last 28 years. With her deep understanding of business, she
focused on developing entrepreneurial talent, organizing financial and marketing resources to
enable women get over hurdles. She founded BWCCI in 2001 to empower women into
businesses and developed more than 7,000 women entrepreneurs.
Her dynamic advocacy for women entrepreneurs’ access to credit resulted in collateral free loan
at low interest by central bank and created separate allocation of US$ 12.88 million in national
budget. Ahmad is an activist who promotes democracy, gender equality, anticorruption and
Ahmad is in the board of Sonali Bank, the largest public commercial bank of the country and the
key person of Women Democracy Network’s Bangladesh chapter. She is a Global Ambassador
of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) and also teaches Entrepreneurship
Development in a renowned private university in Dhaka. She is the board member of SME
foundation. She acts as mentor for women around the globe.
She has been awarded with the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace Award 2014. She received
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award 2013, Islamic Development Bank Prize 2012, Priyadarshini Award
2012, TIAW World of Difference Award 2010 for her accomplishments. Among many others,
she has also been awarded with the title of best female entrepreneur in Bangladesh by different
organizations and best women achiever, 2005, 06 by Consortium of Women Entrepreneurs of
She obtained her graduation and Masters in Business Management from University of Dhaka and
did many short courses from USA, Japan, Denmark and Canada. She is a fellow of Stanford
Indeed, when we look at the TIAW motto "Connecting to Make All the Difference in the World" Ms. Ahmad completely embodies that notion through all the work she's done and the impact it's had internationally. Ms. Ahmad is truly an inspiration!
Recognizing our TIAW World of Difference Award recipients is a highlight of our year when we hold a gathering of women from around the world to participate in our Global Forum that informs and inspires a broad base of influential local and international participants. This year's Global Forum event will be held October 21 - 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.
As always the highlight of this event will be the TIAW World of Difference Awards Dinner/Gala on October 22nd, 2015 when we will honor the TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; TIAW Mandy Goetze Award winner as well as announce recipients of the TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards. Ms. Ahmad was a World of Difference 100 award recipient in 2010.
TIAW includes women's networks representing thousands of women around the world who are part of our organization and our mission to promote the economic empowerment and advancement of women, so on behalf of every one of them, we congratulate Selima Ahmad for the outstanding impact she has made throughout the world!
-Margaret (Peg) Weir, President, TIAW