About Us

Resurgence is a social business formed by a dynamic group of four passionate and hardworking students (namely Ivana Asfara, Rafayet Khan, and Naziba Wafa, led by their team captain Mashiyat Rahman) from BRAC University striving to turn their ideas into reality. The individuals toiled day and night in order to come up with a foolproof plan to restore the rights and dignities of 10 million refugees by 2022.

Resurgence, the winner of Hult Prize 2017 @BRACU, developed a merchantable series of low-cost hygiene products made from an aggressive plant species. Its products and services aim to reach the lives of millions of refugees through several different phases – employment, rights to sanitation, public health education, improvement of environmental health, and the breakdown of social stigmas. The team then proceeded to compete in the Regional Finals of Hult Prize 2017 held in Shanghai, and managed to secure a position in the top 6 of the round.

Meet Our Team

We like to quote Bengali Dubs every now and then!

Rafayet Khan

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer


Mashiyat Rahman

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer


Naziba Naila Wafa

Co-Founder, Chief Marketing Officer



  • It was a happy moment to meet and review the final pitch deck of "Resurgence" of Brac University whom City Bank has supported with a small Seed Fund to run a pilot program for their Start-up idea recently. Hats off to their mentor Ms. Mahreen Mamoon for her incredible effort to elevate the team to this level. I wish the team all the best.
    Nazmul Karim
    Senior Vice President & Head of Brands | The City Bank Limited, Bangladesh
  • Really thrilled meeting you guys! I am sure, your project will be an example to follow n realize how innovation n creativity can make a big difference in our society. All the best!
    Preema Nazia Andaleeb
    Visual Artist, President of Women In Leadership, Editor of WIL Publication, and Director & Creative Editor at Bangladesh Brand Forum
  • Their idea is inspiring, and their solutions address many issues at once.

    We wish them all the best and hope that they win the US$1 million 2017 Hult Prize!

    Frederic Jeanjean
    Second Secretary | Australian High Commission, Bangladesh
  • Nahiyan Naser
    Radio Presenter at Radio Next 93.2 FM


Awareness Schemes

Social stigmas are like a maze; however, as difficult as the puzzle may seem, there is always a solution. Resurgence's public health education scheme aims to address these very stigmas in its target refugee camps and provide long-term solutions to their sanitation problems.



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