SAK Ekramuzzaman was born in 1957 in the central east of Bangladesh. The second child of an aristocratic family in Chaportala village under Nasirnagar Upazila of Brahmanbaria - he was raised with 3 brothers and 4 sisters. His inner calling for entrepreneurship guided his journey from his birth place to the country’s capital and then his flight to the middle-east, where a new chapter of success was waiting to be written.
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He got enrolled in Dhaka University – the top education institute in Bangladesh – only to switch later to a BA Pass Degree but it was from a very young age that he nurtured the idea of entrepreneurship, which he prioritized over academic education. He has valued education all the way through. However, to him, the pages of the world were more inviting and intriguing than the pages of academic books.
He was getting close to his goal as he left for UAE in 1983. Initially, he served a government industrial organization where it took him only three years to become a top executive. It is in UAE that he got the idea of ceramics business when he came in contact with Dr. Khater Massad of RAK Ceramics. This marked the inception of an entrepreneurship and the beginning of a hope for the country he had hailed from.
Climbing the ladder of career with passion and dedication, he soon became a successful executive at RAK Ceramics in UAE. With the hard work, knowledge, and trust gained from RAK, he came up with the idea of running a business in Bangladesh in collaboration with them. His dream for entrepreneurship was soon to be a reality. He approached the company chairman of RAK UAE to launch a project in Bangladesh.
During his days in UAE as an RAK executive, SAK Ekramuzzaman gave his heart to his job, earning not just money but the trust of his employer as well. With HH Sheikh Saud Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, chairman of RAK Ceramics, he shared his lifelong dream to come up with a venture in Bangladesh, the land where he had been born and brought up. HH Sheikh Saud Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi agreed to come up with the venture of RAK Ceramics Bangladesh in partnership with SAK Ekramuzzaman, investing TK 1500 million in 1998. The path to ceramics industry was thus paved in Bangladesh with a legacy of RAK Bangladesh. There began the journey of his entrepreneurship, which he had valued all the way through. The corporate landscape of Bangladesh was not very welcoming then but he took the challenge to break the status quo and set trends and standards in business.
From then on, he had no way to look back. His business embodied in creativity and diversity the way ceramics appears in delightful patterns. Now he owns a TV channel to broadcast the nation's voice, textile to weave your dream, pharmaceuticals to give you better health, property business to manage your living space and many more. Having started from the scratch three decades ago, he now oversees 15 of the largest companies in the country, ensuring a living for nearly 80,000 people. Aligning his ventures with quality and ethics, he takes the pride of being the highest taxpayer of the country in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, the year when Bangladesh was declared to be one of the fastest economies in the world.
He also received the prestigious “Bangladesh Bank Remittance Award” in 2013. As he lives a life in service to others, he mulled over the housing crisis of middle-class people. He has arranged housing at prices people in general might afford. His success story opens up a chapter in the book of Bangladesh – the country all set to be the middle-income country by 2021 with an unstoppable economic growth the world is applauding.
Better to collapse with own ideas than to survive with others
“ A country excels only when it creates ample opportunities to employ people. By employment, I don’t mean a job or salary below one’s capability. If one comes all the way to higher education only to be offered a below-standard salary, where will he get the motivation from? When we envision better economy, we must envision better employment opportunities first.”
“Entrepreneurship is not motivated by money but a hunger for creating something new and a desire for adding value to lives. When I started Bijoy Rakeen City project, I tried to add value to middle-class lives by arranging them living space at an affordable price."
“I am a traveler by heart. I have travelled Europe, US, Middle-East, Far-East and so on. This enabled me to witness how countries have changed over time, how the world started changing since 1970s. All that can be attributed to the success story of the developed world is good governance. This is one single quality that can lead a country to a paradigm shift. Without the presence of good governance, all other qualities may go in vain.”
“I had some inborn leadership quality, which attracted my parents. My father was always very confident upon me. My mother believed that I would do and undo anything anytime. This is a success story – I must say. Before you become an entrepreneur, you must have some success stories in one form or another. This will motivate you during the toughest days of entrepreneurship."