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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, Düsseldorf, Germany
“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

Originally from Bangladesh, Ashif is a Lead Technical Consultant (Manufacturing and Quality) at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC is part of the World Bank Group, the largest global development institution focused on growing the private sector in developing countries.

Ashif leads the team responsible for a project designed to help women in Bangladesh develop the production skills they need for gainful employment in the garment manufacturing sector. He also assists teams with similar projects in Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Before joining the IFC, Ashif worked for several multinational companies within the apparel space. He was a Team Leader of the Industrial Engineering Department at Amigo Bangladesh and a Senior Officer for Production and Planning at BRAC-Aarong.

Ashif earned his Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology from the Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh in 2012 and his Master of Global Trade at RMIT University through the Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholarship Program in 2022. He currently is pursuing a second Master’s in Textile Trade and Technology Management from Hochschule Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

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.