Enayetullah Khan is a Bangladeshi entrepreneur, author, journalist and patron of the arts.
Khan is best known as the founder and Managing Director of the Cosmos Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate incorporating over a dozen companies operating at home and abroad.
While still a student, Khan rose to prominence as a news commentator on Radio Bangladesh and as an English newscaster on BTV, the state-owned terrestrial broadcaster. As part of a generation of media entrepreneurs, Khan in the 1980s established the United News of Bangladesh (UNB), the first fully digitalized wire service in South Asia and is the founding editor of the ‘Dhaka Courier’, an independent newsweekly.
Early life & Education
After completing his Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka in 1975, he taught briefly at the MCJ department before leaving to start his career as a media entrepreneur.
The Cosmos Group
The formal commencement of operations for the companies of the Cosmos Group began in 1973.
In less than four decades, Cosmos grew into a large conglomerate with a substantial presence in multiple sectors, namely Oil & Gas, mining, telecommunications, instrumentation, shipping & logistics, media, manufacturing, and trading. As a rising Bangladeshi conglomerate, Cosmos Group is steadily leaving its gradually-expanding footprint globally.
At the heart of this vision is an unshakable faith in Technology as a force for good in global commerce, towards delivering a level playing field for our competitors. Khan is fond of saying “Let not the sky be our limit.”
Apart from his entrepreneurial career, he is passionate about promoting and preserving Bangladesh’s history and heritage. He is also involved in environmentalism centering the Royal Bengal Tiger and is an avid promoter of art and music, for “their capacity to transcend barriers and borders”. These passions have most frequently found expression in the form of books he has either authored or co-authored.
Bangladesh: Splendours of the Past(2001), , Khan’s first book, shines a light on Bangladesh’s archeological heritage, and is notable for its exploration of Wari-Batteshwar.
His next book remains his most important, a paean to The Bangladesh Sundarbans (2011), that is as much about its most famous resident, the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger, as the bewitching mangrove landscape of the forest. Khan chairs a wildlife conservancy that has done important work to save tigers.
Khan’s third book, Boats: A Treasure of Bangladesh (2014) co-authored with French sailing enthusiast and naval architect Yves Marre, is another labour of love, a lament ruing the dying art of boatmaking in Bangladesh.
Art and Gallery Cosmos
In 2009, Enayetullah Khan established Cosmos-Atelier71, an integral part of the artistic vision Cosmos seeks to serve in the form of a printmaking studio housing state-of-the-art equipment that is extremely rare in Bangladesh. Till now Cosmos-Atelier71 has succeeded in helping Bangladeshi artists in exploring their creativity, exchange artworks and work alongside international artists for greater exposure.
He also established Gallery Cosmos which is a contemporary art space that aims to facilitate creative interventions and collaborations among Bangladesh’s growing band of young artists who are pushing the boundaries of our conception of art, as well as established luminaries.
Khan divides his time between Connecticut, Singapore and Vancouver, besides Dhaka, and likes to dabble in cookery and photography.