• Bio

     

    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.

     

  • Post Doctorate Oct-2015

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    Universiti Malaysia-Perlis (Thesis: Myanmar- Bridging ASEAN and SAARC), Kangar, Perlis, Malaysia.

  • Ph.D 2006

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • International MBA1992

    MBA

    Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (presently known as Aalto University), Finland

  • MBA 1989

    MBA

    Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.


  • IBA 2008-Present

    Professor

    Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • IBA 2005-2008

    Associate Professor

    Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • IBA 1997-2005

    Assistant Professor

    Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • IBA 1993-1997

    Lecturer

    Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Areas of Teaching

    * International Business
    * International Marketing Management
    * Marketing Management
    * Strategic Marketing


  • Workshops & Training

    Attended significant numbers of workshops and training held in both home and abroad, notable among them are organized/sponsored by AMDISA, ITC/UNDP-Geneva, ITC/UNDP-Dhaka and WISE Workshop under the Qatar Foundation, Doha.

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2003-Present
    Numerous Awards
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    Numerous Awards from Various National Dailies & Different Social Forums
  • 1993
    Best performer in the AMDISA program
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    Awarded by: The President of Bangladesh
    Awarded for: Entrepreneurship Training and Workshop
  • 1992
    Finnish Govt. Scholarship
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    Awarded By: The Government of Finland
    Awarded For: To Study at Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (presently known as Aalto University), Finland.
  • 1981-1982
    College Blue and Best All Round Cadet
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    Awarded By: Jhenidah Cadet College, Jhenidah, Bangladesh
    Awarded For: Best All Round Cadet
  • 1980
    Placed in the Combined Merit List of Secondary School Certificate (S.S.C) Examination
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    Awarded by: Jessore Education Board, Bangladesh
    Awarded for: Exceptional results in national level in Secondary School Certificate examinations
Numerous consultancy works have been done under private sponsorships as well as projects funded by USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, private NGOs and Local Business Enterprises.
Excellent communication skills in Bengali and English
  1. Europe: The United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Latvia, Italy and Germany
  2. North America: The United States of America, Canada
  3. Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar
  4. Asia and East Asia: Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Turkey, China
  5. South Asia: India, Nepal
  6. Oceania: Australia

A diverse and global education has helped in being an excellent communicator of cultural exchange as well as developing trade and commerce between countries for successful international business endeavors. An extremely strong network is maintained within the society because of effective interpersonal communication. A well placed personality and well respected within the business and education community. Being a widely traveled person and having extensive knowledge on market and trades of different industry is highly capable to promote business.

 

A) Chairman, Board of Governors, Northern University Bangladesh (NUB) Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

B) Chairperson, Northern International Medical College & Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

C) Chairperson, Northern College Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

D) Chairman, Management Development Programme (MDP), IBA, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Period: 2012 – 2013)

 

 

E) Member, Board of Governors, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Period: 2012 – 2013)

 

 

F) Chairperson, Northern International Nursing College

 

 

G) Chairperson, Bangladesh Institute of International Higher Studies (BIIHS)

 

 

A) Chairman, Editorial Board of Bishwabidalay Porikrama (A nationwide circulated fortnightly magazine), Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

B) Chairman, Editorial Board of The Daily Vorer Pata, A Daily National Newspaper

 

 

C) President, Board of Editors at The Campuslive24.com and the monthly Campus Live

 

 

D) Chairman, Editorial Board of The People’s Time, a national daily newspaper

 

 

E) Editor, Bangladeshonline24.com

 

 

A) Chairman, Life & Hope Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

B) Life Member, Jhenidah Ex-Cadets Association – Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

C) Life Member , Cadet College Club – Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

D) Founder President , Bangladesh Association of Finland, Helsinki, Finland.

 

 

E) Member , MBA Alumni Club, Aalto University – Helsinki, Finland

 

 

F) Member , MBA Alumni Association – Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

G) Member, Dhaka University Alumni Association

 

 

H) Life Member, IBA Alumni Association Club

 

 

I) Advisor & Member, Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB)

 

 

J) Ex Vice Chairman, Tourism Development Association of Bangladesh (TDAB)

 

 

K) Executive Member, Private University Association of Bangladesh

 

 

L) Chairman, Khulna Divisional Society

 

SAARC: Will It Survive?

Published By , Life & Hope Foundations (2007)
Books Books Printed in both English and Bengali with two editions in English.

Short Description

A book which is presumably a work of huge magnitude expressing the immense potential of SAARC, one of the strongest associations of economic cooperation in the world. Printed in both English and Bengali with two editions in English.

 

Bangladesh RMG Industry: Competitiveness and Productivity

Published By , Scholars Publishers (2007)
Books Printed in English

Short Description

An insightful publication focusing on the productivity and competitiveness of the Readymade Garments (RMG) sector of Bangladesh.

 

দক্ষিণ এশীয় জোট (সার্ক): সংকট ও চ্যালেঞ্জ

Published By , Life & Hope Foundations (2014)
Books Printed in Bengali

Short Description

This book follows an analytical outlook into the importance of SAARC in the regional development of South Asia. It also delineates the challenges SAARC will face towards becoming one of the strongest associations of economic cooperation in the world.

 

Myanmar: The Catalyst to Bridge ASEAN and SAARC

Published By ,Penerbit Universiti Malaysia Perlis (2015)
Books Printed in English

Short Description

This book provides an insight into the nation of Myanmar and its economic potential and how it can play a major role in facilitating cooperation between the economic blocks of ASEAN and SAARC.

 

ভারত ও বাংলাভাগঃ এক বিয়োগান্তক অধ্যায়

Published By , Northern University Publications (2019)
Books Printed in Bengali

Short Description

This book analyses communalism and its effect on the partition of India. At the same time, this book unearths the reasons behind partition and the subsequent inseparable tragic incidents associated with it.

 

The Rohingya Crisis: Myanmar’s Lost Opportunity of the Century & Superpower Geopolitics

Published By , Northern University Publications (2019)
Books Printed in English

Short Description

This book talks about the military atrocities upon and subsequent disposition of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. The effect of the atrocities in geopolitics and rule of military led government on the fate of Myanmar’s democracy is another topic of discussion of this book.

 

Sheikh Mohammed: A 21st Century Leader

Published By , Northern University Publications (2019)
Books Printed in English

Short Description

This publication narrates the saga of the magnificent ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It focuses on his visions, initiatives and enigmatic leadership which transformed the Desert City into the City of Gold.

 

 

 

Embracing new disruptive educational technologies: Learning from the side effects of Northern University Bangladesh’s Automation Project.

Paper Presentation in Asian University Presidents Forum – 2018, Surabaya, Indonesia.

 

 

Government Facilitation of Private Higher Education in Bangladesh: The Partnership Approach.

Paper Presentation in Asian University Presidents Forum – 2017, Manila, Philippines. (Pending approval for publication in Philippine Normal Lights Journal).

 

 

Assessing Road Blocks to Bangladesh-Myanmar Trade Relations and Formulating Strategies to Increase Bilateral Trade.

Research funded by UGC in FY 2016-2017.

 

 

The Impact of Food Safety Perceptions on National Competitiveness in the Digital Age

March 2017 (Accepted for publication after peer review), Knowledge for Enlightenment – A Multidisciplinary Journal, Northern University of Business & Technology Khulna.

 

 

Myanmar as an Investment Destination: A Regional Evaluation,

January to December 2016, Journal of Business and Technology (Dhaka), Faculty of Business, Northern University Bangladesh.

 

 

India’s Interest and Influence in Marketing the Trade Liberalization Process between the SAARC countries

August 2008, the AIUB Journal of Business & Economics.

 

 

Labour Force is the only Dominant Factor of Production in the Ready Made Garments (RMG) Industry in Bangladesh

January to June 2008, Journal of Business and Technology (Dhaka), Faculty of Business, Northern University Bangladesh.

 

 

Growth History of Textile & RMG Industries: MFA Impact Analysis in the Perspective of Bangladesh

January 2008, the AIUB Journal of Business & Economics.

 

 

Level of Labor Productivity in Intra RMG Factories

December 2015, Dhaka University Journal of BUSINESS STUDIES, Vol. XXVI, No. 2.

 

 

Productivity Development is a very crucial way out to meet the Post Multi Fiber Agreement Challenges for Bangladesh

July & October 2005, Journal of Business Administration, IBA, Vol. 31, No. 3 & 4.

 

 

Labor Productivity and Wastage: The two sides of a coin-Bangladeshi RMG Perspective

August 2005, The AIUB Journal of Business and Economics (AJBE), Vol. 4, No. 2

 

 

Productivity Variables of the RMG workers of Bangladesh

2005, BIMR Journal of Marketing & Research

 

 

Overcoming the constraints faced by the RMG sector

December 2004, (Published in 2006,) A journal of Business Administration Discipline, Khulna University, Vol 4, No. 1 & 2.

 

 

Measures to be taken to make the RMG Sector more competitive to meet the post MFA challenges

December 2004, Dhaka University Journal of BUSINESS STUDIES, Vol. XXV, No. 2.

 

 

Post Multi Fiber Agreement Era & Bangladesh RMG Sector

July & October 2004, Journal of Business Administration, IBA, Vol. 30, No. 3 & 4.

 

 

Effectiveness of Outdoor Advertisement in Dhaka City

June 2004 (Published in Dec ’05), D U. Journal of marketing, Vol. No. 7.

 

 

An Empirical Study on Capital Structure of the Companies Listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange

January & April 2004, Journal of Business Administration, IBA, Vol. 30, No. 1 & 2.

 

 

Chrismatex International

1998, International Trade Centre, UNCTAD / WTO (sponsored & published by ITC/UNDP, Geneva)

 

 

International Trade Implications and Future of Ready-Made Garments Sector of Bangladesh

July & October 1997, Journal of Business Administration, IBA, Vol. 23, No. 3 & 4.

 

 

Food and Drug Adulteration Practice in Bangladesh: Nature, Extent and Associated Diseconomies

January & April 1997, Journal of Business Administration, IBA, Vol. 23, No. 1 & 2.

 

 

RMG sector of Bangladesh after 2005

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Communicating to the International Arena: Matching Advertising Strategy to Product Strategy

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Persuasive force of Marketing and Impact on the Human World

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Exploiting the Human Desire

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Marketers Move While Earth Burns

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Investment Opportunities for Finnish Venture Capitalist in Bangladesh

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Importance of test marketing in Least Developed countries

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Problems and prospects of Sea Shipping in Bangladesh

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

The Role of Private Universities in the Higher Education sector

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Democratization of Higher Education in Bangladesh

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Setting Priorities in managing Private university education in Bangladesh

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

The need to increase grants from the Government for Higher Education in Bangladesh

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Utilizing the Resources of Private Universities: Is Digitalization or a Permanent Campus more Important?

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Studying Overseas: A Major Loss of Resources

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Importance of Utilizing Technology to Ensure Quality Education

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Real Estate and Bangladesh: A Case for Soaring Together

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Democratization and Digitalization of Higher Education

Newspapers And Magazines

 

 

Bangladesh Economy: Progress Toward Sustainable Growth

Newspapers And Magazines

 

Business & Entrepreneurial Capacity

  • 2009 Present

    ABASHAN NIRMAN LTD.

    A real estate company established in 2009 to mitigate the residential demand throughout the country and primarily focused on proving aid towards small-scale apartment projects meant mainly for serving the upper middle and middle class segment of the country.

  • 2009 Present

    LIFE AND HOPE FOUNDATION

    A non-profit organization to (a) Health Support and Hospital Services for the poor people, (b) Education Services to the nation and (c) Life Saving Activities in the humanitarian ground.

  • 2006 Present

    BENGAL SCIENTIFIC SHRIMP CULTURE LTD.

    An export oriented company operating in the Satkhira region that deals with shrimp culture projects scientifically prepared to be of the highest and finest quality.

  • 2006 Present

    A.Y.M SYNERGY DEVELOPMENT LTD.

    Set up for conducting trade with Malaysia.

  • 2005 Present

    NORTHERN INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL (NIMCH)

    Northern International Medical College Hospital (NIMCH) is a 290 bed, multi-specialty tertiary care hospital. We commenced operations in June 2005 and since then have been a familiar, trusted and comforting presence to the healthcare needs not only of the immediate community but also of patients from different part of the country. It has been sets up all the policies to ensure support and enhancement of the quality of the health services provided to the patients, through the identification and determination of the vision, message, values, objectives, guiding philosophy and the mechanism of work.

  • 2005 Present

    NORTHERN REAL ESTATE LTD

    NRELTD was created to make an impact in the real estate industry through redefining finest living by providing innovative and creative solutions that will maximize the value for the money spent by our clients.

  • 2003 Present

    SAIKAT SUNDARBAN HOTEL LTD

    A proposed 5 star hotels and amusement resort in Cox’s Bazaar that is under construction with joint venture investment from abroad - the hotel will be equipped with luxurious complex with 5 star class service suites and its own water theme park.

  • 2002 Present

    PRAASAD PARADISE LTD.

    A Pioneer in promoting Cox’s Bazaar and St. Martin as tourist spots. Under this company, one 3 Star hotel and resort at Cox’s Bazaar and one motel at St. Martin Island has been constructed, with future projects earmarked for the Bandarban area in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the Sundarbans which is the largest mangrove forest in the world.

  • 2002 Present

    NORTHERN UNIVERSITY BANGLADESH

    Northern University Bangladesh (NUB) is a government approved private university in Bangladesh, founded on 17th October, 2002. It is managed by Northern University Bangladesh Trust (NUBT). The members of the Board of Trustees are the renowned academicians and business entrepreneurs with a view to imparting world class education to our students that would equip them with skills and innovations.

  • 2001 Present

    NORTHERN COLLEGE BANGLADESH

    Northern College Bangladesh (NCB), affiliated under Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Dhaka, and National University Gazipur is a venture of NUBT.

  • 1999 Present

    BENGAL JAPAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LTD.

    A business oriented company formed in association with Japanese counterparts dealing with import and export.

  • 1996 Present

    PRAASAD NIRMAN LTD

    A prominent and well reputed real estate company in operation since 1996. With over 22 years experience already handed over 30 real estate projects including luxurious residential complexes and top notch commercial establishment, primarily focused on serving the upper end client segment having business interests in both Dhaka and Chittagong.

  • 1994 Present

    SYNERGY DEVELOPMENT LTD.

    A joint venture started in 1994 with Finland and Sweden for exporting exclusive winter garments to the Scandinavian countries.

  • 1993 Present

    SUNDARBAN SCIENTIFIC SHRIMP CULTURE LTD.

    An export oriented company operating in the Satkhira region that deals with shrimp culture projects scientifically prepared to be of the highest and finest quality.

Corporate Social Responsibilities With Malaysian Counterparts

  • Organized seminar on “Navigation Eradication of Poverty” presented by Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir, the Honorable Chief Minister of Perak, Malaysia, at NUB on the 16 January 2016.
  • Signed an Letter of Intent (LOI) between Northern University Bangladesh and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) on the 13th January 2016; Brigadier General Datuk Professor Emeritus, Dr. Kamarudin Hussin, Honorable Vice Chancellor of UniMAP & Prof. Dr. Abu Yousuf Md. Abdullah, Chairman NUB Trust signed the LOI along with Tunku Syed Faizuddin Putra IbniTuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, The Crown Prince of Perlis, Malaysia.
  • Medical Campaign by InstitutJantung Negara (IJN) in collaboration with Northern International Medical College Hospital (NIMCH) from 1 to 3 July 2015 IJN Medical Symposium, Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by InstitutJantung Negara (IJN) in partnership Collaboration with Northern International Medical College Hospital (NIMCH)

 

CHARITY INITIATIVES UNDERTAKEN

Prof. Abdullah has always established himself as a philanthropist. His initiatives have always been focused on aid and prosperity of the Underprivileged section of the society. His initiatives encompass the areas of Educational Development, Health & Nutrition, Poverty Reduction and alleviation of suffering from natural calamities. Some of his many initiatives include:

  • Under the umbrella of Life & Hope Foundation, Prof. Abdullah has been operating the “Life & Hope Free Health Care Center” for the ultra poor and terminally ill people in Satkhira. These patients are provided with free healthcare, medication and consultation.
  • Free Iftar is served to thousands of impoverished families each year. Also, Free Accommodation and Tuitions along with Nutrition is provided to Orphans and Hifz Students. All of this is served under the umbrella of Life & Hope Foundation.
  • Professor Abdullah is a regular patron of the “JEXCA Free Friday Clinic” at Khulna. All the Ex-Cadets of Jhenidah Cadet College, his Alma Mater, collaboratively provide support to the distressed by providing free consultation and medication every week.
  • As a true Muslim, Professor Abdullah truly believes in the teaching of equality in Islam. As a result, he relentlessly works for the Aid of Humanity irrespective of religion, ethnicity, color or minority. 

Contact Person

At My Work

You can find me at my office located Praasad Trade Centre (10th Floor), 6 Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Banani C/A, Dhaka 1213. I am at my office every day from 10:30 am until 08:00 pm, but you may consider a call to fix an appointment.

  E-mail: draymabdullah@yahoo.com, chairman@nub.a.c.bd www.profdraymabdullah.info
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