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‘I Intend to Increase Engagement And Activism Among The Bangladeshi Diaspora In The United States’

Kawser Jamal

Kawser Jamal is a business entrepreneur, social activist, community organizer and an avid technologist. Above all, however, he is a proud Bangladeshi-American, humanitarian, father, brother and friend to all those to whom he can offer a helping hand.
Kawser received his BBA from the University of Arkansas in 2000, with a specialization in Computer Information Systems. He went on to pursue his Masters at Webster University, with an emphasis in Management and Leadership. Fusing his proclivity for tech and his educational background, he went on to found his own IT Consulting company in 2003.
Kawser Jamal currently resides in Santa Clara, California with his wife and their three children.
PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Ascend Technology Inc


Kawser Jamal is the Founder & CEO of Ascend Technology, Inc., a company that he began building as a young, bright-eyed college student at the University of Arkansas. Driven by his passion for technology, his determination to give back to his community and his vision of attaining the American Dream, he has guided Ascend’s growth since its inception in 2003.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ascend has grown its presence across the globe, with offices in the United States, Canada, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, India and Singapore. In February 2020, Ascend acquired its own office building in the heart of San Jose, also known as the heart of Silicon Valley, California.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Ascend delivers Hardware, Infrastructure & IT Solutions & Services to its Customers in the USA and across the globe. Providing comprehensive IT solutions to its Fortune 50 to 500 clients, Ascend has forged fruitful partnerships across the globe with pioneers in the field of technology
Starting from Hardware & Infrastructure Procurement, Installation to Managed IT Solutions, Ascend’s offerings encompass a broad range of services for Enterprise and SMB customers. Ascend has partnered with industry leaders such as Cisco, VmWare, EMC, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Getac, and Microland to deliver solutions that focus on the overall productivity, improved efficiency and enhanced security of the IT landscape. Ascend also provides IT Staffing Solutions for emergent technologies.
Ascend is proud to have opened up opportunities for young engineers and techpreneurs of Bangladeshi-origin by mentoring, hiring and guiding them to join Fortune 500 companies in the US and Canada over the last two decades.
CHARITY WORK


An active member of numerous political and sociocultural groups, Kawser Jamal has established his commitment towards serving his Bangladeshi community, as well as contributing to the betterment of his motherland, Bangladesh.
During his college years, he began to proactively volunteer with flood victims and relief groups in Bangladesh. During one of the worst floods of 1998, Kawser worked with volunteer teams to gather food and essentials and distributed them to remote areas of the country. When Cyclone Sidr hit the country in 2007, Kawser worked with BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, to provide relief to affected families. Through this initiative, more than $250k USD was acquired and distributed via the United Bangladesh Appeal. Under Kawser Jamal’s supervision, these funds were used to help thousands of families throughout the country whose livelihoods were affected by the disaster.
In 2018, Kawser Jamal visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, where he helped provide aid to hundreds of displaced families. Beyond monetary contributions, these relief efforts were centered around empowering some of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised communities in Bangladesh. Working closely with Congressman Ro Khanna from District 17 California, Kawser also authored a bill in congress to bring an end to the plight of Rohingyas refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kawser Jamal founded Food Bank Network Bangladesh. By donating personal funds, business revenue and raising donations through crowdsourcing, Kawser Jamal’s Food Bank Network was able to help thousands of day-laborers (rickshawalas) in Bangladesh affected by the pandemic. Funds were used to help 4500 families with their daily necessities, and at least two weeks’ worth of food.
With over 30 years of nonprofit experience and engagement, Kawser Jamal is currently in the process of founding ‘The Bangladesh Foundation.’ Through this foundation, he aims to increase educational resources, entrepreneurship opportunities, healthcare access and empowerment initiatives throughout Bangladesh. He wholeheartedly hopes that this will propel greater involvement among other non-residentBangladeshis, towards the advancement of Bangladesh.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Kawser Jamal is the President of the Bangladeshi-American Democratic Coalition and an Executive Committee Member of the ‘Bangladeshi-Americans for Political Action.’ Through his involvement in the community and public service spaces, he intends to increase engagement and activism among the Bangladeshi diaspora in the United States.
In addition to his leadership commitments, he has actively supported nonprofit and community initiatives, largely among his Bay Area Bangladeshi community. He has co-sponsored multiple events with the Bay Area Bangladeshi Association (BABA), Agami, Shonar Bangla and a plethora of sports teams, such as BD Royal Cricket Club and Bay Tigers (Cricket).
Kawser hopes his contributions will create a ripple effect in his community, and encourage further action, involvement and representation from future generations of Bangladeshi-Americans, including his own progeny.3

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