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Md Ashif Zobayer IFC MGT '22

Mohammad Ashif Zobayer




RMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2022
Co-sponsor: Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association


Lead Technical Consultant
International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, Bangladesh
“I am determined to apply my knowledge and lessons from the Master of Global Trade by structuring and designing learning frameworks and innovative approaches to advance global trade sustainably.”

Scholar background

Mohammad Ashif Zobayer is a Lead Technical Consultant at the International Finance Corporation (IFC Bangladesh), World Bank Group – the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries.

In his current role, he leads a part of Gender Equality and Returns (GEAR) program where they create opportunities for women in garment factories to take on supervisory roles. GEAR is a Better-Work training implemented by IFC in partnership with the International Labor Organization.

His team provides training to factory managers on how to select, promote and support female talent. Zobayer also works closely with the Better-Work Bangladesh team, along with the sustainability team of the program’s brand partners, including Marks & Spencer, H&M, Levi's and Ralph Lauren.

Before joining the IFC-Bangladesh, Zobayer has over eight years of work experience in reputed multinational companies, particularly in the apparel industry. He was a Team Leader of the Industrial Engineering Department of Amigo Bangladesh from 2015. He was an Executive at Ananta Huaxiang from 2013 and a Senior Officer for Production and Planning at BRAC-Aarong from 2012.

Ashif earned his Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh in 2012.

Personal statement

As a highly ambitious professional in the apparel industry, I have always been eager to integrate my extensive experience in manufacturing and project management, and knowledge of international trade to work inclusively for the development of the ready-made garments and other manufacturing sectors.

I have been passionate about achieving sustainable development global goals for the advancement of the apparel industry. For many years, I have been involved in promoting innovation and technologies for productivity improvement, and generating thousands of employment opportunities by capacity expansion of factories. I was also part of projects which enable better career and livelihoods for hundreds of women through skills upgrading, lessening the gender imbalance in management level and so on.

I have constantly endeavored to enhance my proficiency in the fields of global trade, value chain and business strategies. I aspire to become well-recognized globally as an industrial trade leader through my contributions using my expertise.

Earning a master’s degree in Global Trade from the prestigious School of Business and Management at the RMIT University Vietnam, through the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship, will enhance my aptitudes in the areas of global business management. This will eventually shape my dream of becoming a global trade leader.

Providing an opportunity to learn up-to-date aspects of global trade, this program has also created a path to the global expert community through the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association.

I am determined to apply my knowledge and lessons from the Master of Global Trade by structuring and designing learning frameworks and training modules on contemporary and innovative approaches to advance global trade. I can also offer expert assistance to global manufacturers in training and educating their professionals, which will provide long-term benefits to the manufacturing industries. I can help shape the future economy of my country and beyond.