9th Mile, Ri Bhoi, 7 February, 2019:Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Civic Leader, and Thought Leader from USA, Mr Frank Fakhrul Islam, who is popularly called Frank Islam, will be receiving the Degree of Hon. D.Sc. from the University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya on 11 February, 2019.The Degree will be conferred at the Central Auditorium of USTM by Shri Tathagata Roy, Hon’ble Governor of Meghalaya and Visitor, USTM in the presence of Shri Lakhmen Rymbui, Minister of Education, Meghalaya; Mr Mahbubul Hoque, Chancellor, USTM; Dr P K Goswami, Vice Chancellor, USTM, apart from others.
Mr Frank Islam was born in 1953 in Kaunra Gani village of Azamgarh town in Uttar Pradesh. He briefly studied in Azamgarh and Varanasi and then went to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for studies from where he did B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Mathematics). Later, he left the AMU at quite young age and went to the United States to study at University of Colorado in Boulder from where he completed B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Computer Science).
Mr. Islam currently heads the FI Investment Group, a private investment holding company that he established in 2007 after he sold his information technology firm, the QSS Group. He founded the QSS Group in 1994 and built it from 1 employee to more than 2,000 employees and revenues of approximately $300 million before its sale.
Mr. Islam devotes majority of his time to a wide variety of civic and philanthropic activities. He has been on numerous boards and advisory councils including Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2013 to 2019); Board of Directors, Strathmore Center for the Arts (2008 to 2012); and Member, Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts (2013 to present). His civic involvement includes those in Brookings Institution Council; Woodrow Wilson Center National Cabinet; International Advisory Council of the U.S. Institute of Peace (2009 to present); National Democratic Institute (NDI) Chairman’s Council (2013 to 2016); Maryland Governor International Advisory Council (2011 to present); Department of Commerce Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) (2010 to present); and Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (2010 to 2011).
Frank Islam is a passionate educationist. He is keenly interested in higher education and has been assisting youths in pursuing their objectives. His involvement in higher education includes those in School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University Advisory Council (2013 to present); Member of the advisory board of the University of Maryland Smith School of Business (2009 to present); Member of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Dean’s Advisory Council (2014 to present); George Mason University School of Management Dean’s Council (2012 to present); American University School of International Service Dean’s Council (2013 to present); University of Malaysia (UTM) International Advisory Panel (2012 to present); Board of Trustees of the American University in the Emirates (AUE) (2012 to present); Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan; and Board of Trustees of Marymount University.
Mr. Islam is actively involved in philanthropy and business activities as well. He founded The Frank Islam & Debbie Driesman Charitable Foundation in 2007 and is its President. He is also on Board of Directors, Potomac Charities, Inc. and is its Founding Chairman since 2008. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Islam has served on the Board of Directors, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), Washington, D.C. chapter (2007 to 2009). He is also Founding Member of Board of Maryland-India Business Roundtable and South Asia Center at Atlantic Council.
Frank Islam has established a reputation as a writer and thought leader over the past several years. He has authored two books: “Working the Pivot Points: To Make America Work Again (2013)” and “Renewing the American Dream: A Citizen’s Guide for Restoring Our Competitive Advantage (2010)”. He is presently writing a third book with the working title: “Education: Creating and Connecting All the Dots”.
Being an avid writer, Mr. Islam regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and also writes occasional columns and articles for publications such as the Foreign Policy, the International Business Times and the Economic Times of India. He also hosts his own TV show “Washington Current Review” on MHz Networks and is called upon to speak frequently in a variety of business, education and non-profit venues.
Apart from receiving the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for International Service for 2015, Frank Islam has also been presented The Indus Entrepreneurs (Tie) Legends Award for 2014. He was an active participant in the information technology, aerospace engineering services, and systems integration business for more than twenty-five years. During his professional career, he garnered multiple industry awards for leadership, entrepreneurship and excellence. He was recognized by the Ernst and Young as Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year and the US Small Business Administration selected him as the Small Business Person of the Year of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area in 2001.