Pro-Vice-Chancellor | Bangladesh Open University
Professor Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen
Bangladesh Open University
Professor Mahbuba Nasreen, the Director and Co-founder of the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (IDMVS), University of Dhaka has appointed on deputation by his Excellency the President of Bangladesh and Chancellor of universities as Pro Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh Open University (BOU). She has joined at BOU on 1st August, 2021. Prof. Nasreen’s career started as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Dhaka in 1988. She has conferred PhD degree with Commonwealth Scholarship in 1991 from New Zealand and developed a grounded theory on women’s contributions to disasters. After being serving as Professor in Sociology from 2005-2012 she was appointed as Director of IDMVS. For her outstanding academic performance Prof. Nasreen was awarded with the scholarships from primary to higher secondary levels of education including President Award at HSC for securing 4th position in the combined merit list in Humanities group from Dhaka Board. She has achieved Chancellor Award for securing First Class First Position in the BSS (Hons) final examination from the University of Dhaka. She has served as the Provost of Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall, University of Dhaka, Chancellor nominated Senate Member (2015-2018) and elected member of Dhaka University Teachers’ Association. She is the Executive member of the several professional bodies including Dhaka University Alumni Association, Dhaka University Sociology Alumni Association, member of Massey University Alumni Association and others. Prof. Nasreen is the member of the Women related Subcommittee of Bangladesh Awami League and Advisor of the Forest and Environment Subcommittee, Bangladesh Awami League.
Prof. Nasreen has contributed in several policies in Bangladesh as member of technical appraisal; advisory committee and author including education curriculum; SDGs; drafting chapter for the Seventh Five Year Plan; Climate Change Gender Action Plan and other policy documents. Since 2009, she is representing University of Dhaka as a member of the National Disaster Management Advisory Committee (NDMAC), and in 2019 she has been nominated as the Advisor of the first ever position on ‘Gender and Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction’ in the NDMAC formed by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (GoB). She has participated and contributed in several national and global forums organized by UN and relevant others such as World Conference on Women, Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).
Dr. Nasreen has been honored with Mary Fran Myers Award, 2016, from Natural Hazards Center, Colorado University (Boulder), USA for her three-decade long contributions in disaster research. She is involved in collaborative research and networking activities in home and abroad including Oxford University, University College London (UCL), UK; Ohio State University, Lock Haven University, The University of Mississippi, USA; Duryog Nivaran, in South Asia and others. Prof. Nasreen is the honourary Visiting Professor of University College London, UK.
Dr Mahbuba has a large number of national and international publications. She is a regular columnist in reputed dailies and a media personality on contemporary issues. She is the supervisor of number of PhD and M.Phil dissertations in home and abroad including Netherlands, UK and USA.
Personal: Dr. Nasreen is born on 1st February, 1963 in a progressive freedom fighter family in Jhiltuly, Faridpur. She is married and having one child.