Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has received the ‘ICT for Development Award’. The award was given in recognition of Joy’s outstanding leadership and commitment towards ICT and Competitiveness as a tool for sustainable development.
Actor Robert Davi handed him the award at a high-level reception at One UN Plaza Millennium Hotel’s conference room in New York on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was the Special Guest at the ceremony.
Joy has been credited for spearheading the ‘Digital Bangladesh’ campaign, as a voluntary advisor to his mother. ‘Digital Bangladesh’ was used as the main election slogan of the Bangladesh Awami League when it came to power in December 2008. Since then the rate of accessing government services digitally has increased drastically. It is now 35%, compared to only 0.3% in 2008.
Joy graduated in Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics from Bangalore University, and did Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, Arlington in the US. He completed his Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.