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 unreached communities. The major target of the research activities is to identify technical requirements and develop affordable services along with business models that can be easily replicated and self-sustaining.

GCC has been launched in 2007 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 also supervising the research initiatives of GCC with her extensive global network and multi-dimensional skills.

Email: nazneen@grameen.com

Director, GCC

Dr. Ashir Ahmed

Dr. Ashir Ahmed is the Director of GCC who has initiated this center 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. Rafiqul Islam Maruf

Dr. Rafiqul Islam Maruf has joined GCC as a Director in 2009 to lead the project operations. Now he has also been serving as an Associate Professor at Kyushu University Hospital, Japan. Previously, he served in various leading ICT companies in Japan. He obtained his PhD in Information Engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan.

Email: rimaruf@grameen.com, rimaruf@med.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Profile: Dr. Rafiqul Islam Maruf at Linkedin