Syed Manzur Elahi
Syed Manzur Elahi

General Information
Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government
Entrepreneur, Industrialist

Full Name: Syed Manzur Elahi

Affiliation: Apex Group

Current Position: Chairman

Date of Birth: February 26, 1942

Place of Birth: Kolkata

Home District: Dhaka

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Syed Manzur Elahi (born 26 February 1942) is a Bangladeshi businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist. He is the Chairman of Apex Group, the leading business organization of Bangladesh. He is known as the founder chairman of Mutual Trust Bank and Gray Advertising Bangladesh and former advisor to the caretaker government of Bangladesh.

Manzur was born in Kolkata. His father Syed Nasim Ali was the Chief Justice of Kolkata High Court. Manzur lost his father when he was only 4 years old. His entire educational life can be said to have been spent in the same educational institution. Studied from primary to graduation in St. Xavier's College, one of the best educational institutes of the subcontinent established in 1860. From there, in 1962, after completing BA with distinction, he moved to Dhaka. He was admitted to Dhaka University that year. He completed MA in Economics from Dhaka University in 1964 and started working at British American Tobacco in Liverpool, England.  

February 26, 1972, Manzur’s 30th birthday. He chose this day to leave his comfortable life and embark on an uncertain journey of success as an entrepreneur. On this day, he left his job at British American Tobacco and set out to become an entrepreneur. The beginning of that journey, after a long journey of 48 years, today he has built Apex Group, one of the top industrial and business groups in the country.

Manzur is the Founding Chairman of Mutual Trust Bank Ltd. (MTB), Pioneer Insurance Company Limited, Chairman of MTB Foundation and served as the Chairman of the MTB Board Executive Committee of the bank. He is the Chairman of Apex Group, a leading business conglomerate in Bangladesh, and has won various awards for his contributions to trade and industry including “Business Executive of the Year 2000” by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Bangladesh and “Business Person of the Year 2002” award, sponsored by the Daily Star and DHL Worldwide Express.

Besides being an eminent industrialist, Manzur was also appointed Adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, twice (1996 & 2001), for his leadership qualities, professionalism and nonpartisanship.

Manzur is also Managing Director of International Publications Limited, the owning company of The Financial Express, Director of Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh Limited (CRAB), Director of Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd. (CDBL), Chairman of the Board of Trustees of East West University, Member of the Board of Trustees of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Member of Trustee Board of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh and Member of Trustee Board of Bangladesh Freedom Foundation.

Previously, Manzur has served as Chairman of the Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB), Chairman of the East West University Foundation (EWUF), Chairman of Central Depository Bangladesh Ltd. (CDBL), Vice Chairman of the Bangladesh Association of Publicly Listed Companies (BAPLC), Director on the Boards of Bangladesh Bank, Sonali Bank and Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Director of the Export Promotion Bureau, Bangladesh, President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI), President, Bangladesh Employers Association (BEA), President of the Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) and Honorary Consul for Belgium in Bangladesh.

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