Ratul Dev is a Social Entrepreneur from Bangladesh. He grew up in an urban neighborhood of Dhaka city, playing cricket on the streets, having a contemporary family background where he had many opportunities to experience the mainstream society of Bangladesh. Ratul was involved with leadership roles in both of his school and college and the journey continued till graduation. In 2011, Ratul initiated ‘International Association of Business Communicators’, BRACU Chapter – An USA originated professional association where he has served as the Founder President. Apart from all these, he is also a senior executive board member of South Asian Youth Society (SAYS). Previously he had also served the United Nations Youth & Students Association of Bangladesh as an executive coordinator. He is a JENESYS (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Young Adult Fellow which is one of the prominent fellowship programs by Japan government. This fellowship helped him to excel his understanding on environmental role-playing for youth towards sustainable development. Previously he received ‘Women Deliver’ Young Leader Fellowship which focuses on Women Sexual Health and Rights. The most recent accolade is his profile is the Professional Fellowship he received from US Department of State. Under this fellowship, he went through extensive training on entrepreneurship and leadership for community development.
He has always been a prominent voice in his country’s youth field as an activist. His field of interest is not only limited to these but also lies around youth empowerment, education rights, women rights, child trafficking, and freedom of expression. In his leadership activities, he has always supported volunteerism and active citizenship. His education area falls under Marketing and Communication, which has allowed him to work as a social media marketing manager in separate organizations and he can effectively build brands that can knock out the target audience. He was a finalist in Unilever BIZMAESTROS 2011, which is the country’s largest Marketing competition till date. He also attended an International Marketing Summit in 2011 which took place in Kolkata, India.
He is working on Bangladesh’s long-fostered culture of religious harmony. Gen Lab, a youth organization aims to create a platform for youth to engage in the social development process of the country by acting together to bring about positive change. He is co-initiator of “Bridging the Divides – Bangladesh Peace & Harmony Week” in Bangladesh. With a view to attaining intercultural tolerance among young people coming from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, it is a platform to speak for peace, and tolerance, at a time when their peers are being poisoned by hate speech and seduced by divisive discourse.