Co-founder, Vice President
Amna is a retired school teacher and has been living in Bangladesh for the past 33 years. She was born in India, a descendant from the ancient Rajput Suryavanshi warrior Bargujar clan. She loved her work with children and being a part of Thrive is a dream come true. There are hungry children in Bangladesh every where and working with Thrive gives her the satisfaction of knowing that she is doing something to give them a chance. It’s not only nourishment for the body but the hugs and smiles that are integral for the children to help them to break the cycle of poverty. She lives in Bangladesh with her husband Kamran and has two sons, Farhan, who is in Bangladesh, and Faraz, who is in the US.
Zulfikar is a Bangladeshi national and a true entrepreneur at heart. He is the Managing Director of Ezzy Group, which is a group of companies spread across several industries. He is also the Honorary Consul of Guatemala in Bangladesh. Besides being an entrepreneurial spirit, he has always been passionate about giving back to the society and supporting everyone around him. For Zulfikar, joining Thrive is a means to direct this passion into creating the most positive impact possible. On a typical day, you will find Zulfikar at one of the three places: at work, at the gym, or at home with his family.
Dana graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She has a background in non profit fundraising in the areas of politics, health research and education, and higher education. She spent nine years living in Australia and Brazil with her husband and son. While in Brazil, she volunteered in a orphanage close to her home, where she snuggled babies and worked with toddlers to develop fine motor skills. Today, she is a photographer living in Michigan.
Sharmin Akhi (SpaceDawg)