Bushra Afreen is Arsht-Rock’s Chief Heat Officer in North Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is a social welfare executive who has advanced changes within Bangladesh’s garment sector to protect workers and deliver a more sustainable product.
Among the initiatives Afreen spearheaded was the creation of a task force to reduce heat on garment industry production floors. Furthermore, she enhanced support for working mothers by implementing changes in the factories, such as the inclusion of dedicated feeding rooms and training child-care providers in daycare.
Afreen worked closely with the local government in her role as a policy advocacy consultant, where they collaborated on policy change and the implementation of the Animal Welfare Act (2019).
Prior to transitioning to policy advocacy, Afreen worked as a Management Executive where she monitored the impact and efficacy of ongoing micro-finance initiatives and processes. She organized the annual Citi Micro-entrepreneurship Awards (CMA) with Citibank N.A. and the Credit and Development Forum (CDF) to bring funds and global recognition to socially innovative micro-enterprises in Bangladesh.
Afreen earned a B.A. Honours in Global Development Studies and Drama from Queen’s University in Canada.