Management Team


Professor Saifur Rahman

Chairman and CEO

Professor Saifur Rahman (Fellow of IEEE) is the director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech where he is the Joseph Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment at the university. Professor Rahman has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Program and the United States Agency for International Development on energy and infrastructure related projects. His work on wind and solar energy projects dates back to the early 80’s when he worked for the Carolina Power & Light Company in North Carolina in the United States. He has designed, built and carried out performance evaluation of solar photovoltaic test facilities in the US. In addition to his long-standing work with the US electric power industry, he has done renewable energy related R&D projects, and energy infrastructure studies in Bangladesh, India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Ethiopia. He is a regular speaker on the topic of renewable energy and critical infrastructures and has given lectures in over 25 countries in all six continents.


Rasheq Rahman

Director, Business Development

Rasheq Rahman is the Director of New Business Development for Akash Solar where he leads the firm’s marketing and partnership development initiatives. He was previously a founding Vice President of the Insurance Derivatives business at KBC Financial Products in New York where he managed operational teams to build a multi-billion dollar structured lending business and closed life insurance transactions exceeding US $150 million. While at KBC, he also led strategic projects for the firm’s Structured Credit and Convertible Bond trading desks. Rasheq began his career on Wall Street as a data analyst in the Fixed Income division at Goldman Sachs. He graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies and has an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Contact Details


Akash Solar Ventures, LLC
Saifur Rahman, CEO


Akash Solar Engineering, Ltd.
Saidur Rahman, Senior Project Manager
Hafizul Hasan, Manager (Sales & Technical, dept.)