About GCC

Global Communication Center (GCC), the R&D wing of Grameen Communications, aims to produce and promote ICT to provide social services to and generate income for the people at the BoP (Base of the Pyramid). The major target of the research activities is to identify technical requirements and develop affordable services along with business models that are replicable and self-sustaining.

GCC has been launched as a joint project based on the agreement between Grameen Communications, Bangladesh and Kyushu University, Japan to carry out collaborative research towards the goal of building a Social Information Infrastructure (SII) model for developing countries.

GCC is currently working to develop villager-friendly BoP Adaptation Layer in order to provide them access to the Social Services. This layer would be compatible with the less intelligent devices so that villagers can afford and operate those effortlessly.


Management Team of GCC:


Managing Director, GC

Nazneen Sultana

Ms. Nazneen Sultana is performing the role of Managing Director in Grameen Communications (GC) since its inception in 1997. With her long experience in Social Business, she has taken GC to a leading IT solutions provider in Bangladesh. She is leading the research initiatives of GCC with her extensive global network and multi-dimensional skills.

Email: nazneen@grameen.com

Director, GCC

Prof. Dr. Ashir Ahmed

Dr. Ashir Ahmed is the Director of GCC. GCC was initiated by him in 2007. He has also been serving as an Associate Professor at Kyushu University, Japan. His key research interest is to reach social services to the unreached communities by studying their requirements and creating technologies according to it.

Email: ashir@grameen.com, ashir@ait.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Profile: Dr. Ashir Ahmed at Kyushu University

Director (Operations), GCC

Dr. Kazi Rafiqul Islam Maruf

Dr. Rafiqul Islam is the Director (Operations) at GCC. He has been with GCC since 2009. Previously, he has served in various leading ICT companies in Japan. He obtained his PhD in Information Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan.

Email: rimaruf@grameen.com

Profile: Dr. Rafiqul Islam Maruf at Linkedin

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