Professor A.Y.M. Abdullah has more than 26 years of academic experience as a faculty member of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at the University of Dhaka. Besides being a prolific academic, he is also a renowned entrepreneur who has established a successful business portfolio encompassing a diverse range of industries, including real estate, fisheries, hotels and resorts, import and export, educational institutions, hospitals etc. He is the current Vice-Chancellor of Northern University of Business and Technology Khulna.
Prof. Abdullah obtained his International MBA from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland, currently known as Aalto University, and obtained his Post Doctoral degree from Universiti Malaysia-Perlis. Seven of his books on business, regional economics & politics have been published and well acclaimed by the readers. His published books are “South Asian Hope SAARC: Will it Survive?” , “Bangladesh RMG Industry: Competitiveness and Productivity”, “Myanmar: The Catalyst to Bridge ASEAN and SAARC”, "দক্ষিণ এশীয় জোট (সার্ক) সংকট ও চ্যালেঞ্জ”, “ভারত ও বাংলাভাগঃ এক বিয়োগান্তক অধ্যায়", “Sheikh Mohammed: A 21st Century Leader” and “The Rohingya Crisis: Myanmar’s Lost Opportunity of the Century & Superpower Geopolitics”.
He also has over 25 research papers which were published in locally and internationally recognized research journals. He is also a regular contributor in the leading and widely circulated daily newspapers and magazines of Bangladesh.
Prof. Abdullah is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Northern University Bangladesh Trust and holds the position of Chairperson at Northern International Medical College and Hospital, Northern International Nursing College, Northern College Bangladesh and Bangladesh Institute of International Higher Studies (BIIHS). During his prolific career, he was a member of the Board of Governors of IBA, University of Dhaka and served as the Chairman of the Management Development Programme, IBA. During his tenure as the Vice Chairman of Tourism Development Association of Bangladesh, he contributed to developing the national tourism industry. Later on, he utilized his insights in promoting the industry through projects implemented in Cox’s Bazar and St. Martin’s Island.
Dr. Abdullah is the Founder Chairman of Praasad Group of Companies which is a leading corporate entity of the country. As a firm believer in actively working for humanity, Dr. Abdullah has founded and spearheaded various non-profit organizations.
Prof. Dr. A.Y.M. Abdullah has facilitated international cooperation in education through forming collaboration arrangements with educational institutions including Visva-Bharati University, University of Calcutta, Rabindra Bharati University, International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, National Heart Institute Malaysia (IJN) and Nantong College of Science and Technology, China.