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Shazeeb M. Khairul Islam

Columbia University Scholars 2020-2021


Founder & Managing Director of YY Ventures





Shazeeb M Khairul Islam is the Founder & Managing Director of YY Ventures, a social business company founded in Bangladesh to build, accelerate, and invest in social businesses that are moving towards a world of three zeros - zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero carbon emission. Before founding YY Ventures, Shazeeb led the establishment of Bangladesh’s first independent social business incubator, ‘YY Goshti,’ which has backed 36 social entrepreneurs since 2016 who have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people. Previously, Shazeeb was the Founding Country Director of YGAP in Bangladesh, an innovative international development nonprofit, where he supported 30 social entrepreneurs. He has also worked as the Bangladesh Country Advisor at Give2Asia, a U.S. based non-profit, where he helped build and sustain innovative collaborations between philanthropic investors and vetted community-based organizations that are addressing the most pressing issues at the local level.