Vice Chancellor, Professor Nirmala Rao, OBE, FAcSS (until December 31, 2021)
Beena Khurana, Dean, Arts & Sciences
Dr. Khurana considers herself a poster child for international education and espouses that a global conscience (Pico Iyer) underpins ‘the day-to-day practice of international fellowship’.
As an educator she has successfully contributed to three aspects of higher education; teaching, research and administration in various educational institutions in the US (Rutgers University, UC Berkeley, Cornell University, California Institute of Technology, California Polytechnic State University) and UK (Sussex University). She is passionate about students and focuses intensely on creating rewarding and meaningful educational experiences.
In addition to her leadership role on the faculty, Beena teaches an introductory course on psychology.
David Denis Taylor, Dean of Humanities
Before joining AUW, David Taylor was for many years at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he became Pro-Director, Teaching and Learning, from 1998-2002. He then joined Aga Khan University in Karachi as Vice-Provost for Academic Development and worked there from 2002-2008. He also served as Interim Provost from 2003-2008. Later, he was appointed Director of the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London from 2013-2017. He is a political scientist and historian with a longstanding interest in South Asia, which he first visited as a student in 1962.
In addition to his leadership role on the faculty, David teaches an introductory course on South Asian History.
Naznin Sultana, Director of Finance
Director of Finance of Asian University for Women had started her journey with AUW in 2017. She manages the university’s financial affairs including the internal control management, projects and donor support management, effective fund flow, revenue and budgetary control, ensure compliance and analyzing the information’s for supports the university’s mission, vision, values, and culture.
Ms. Sultana is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She did her CA articleship with one of the leading CA firm of the country “KPMG Rahman Rahman Huq”. She obtained 9th place in the order of merit in obtaining her bachelor’s degree. She is also a certified income tax practitioner (ITP) and a member of Chittagong Taxes Bar Association (CTBA). Besides, she is a social activist motivational speaker and engaged as an advisor of Mirsarai education Society. She is an honorary member of Chittagong Regional Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB).
Over the 14 years of her career, Ms. Sultana worked in diversified areas of accounts, finance, audit, compliance and administration, donor management. Before starting with AUW she served as the key finance person in the Independent University of Chittagong and in a leading national NGO.
Sanaul Karim Chowdhury, Deputy Registrar
Mr. Sanaul Karim Chowdhury is responsible for a series of key administrative functions of the University including Estates, Transport, Administrative Support Services, Student & Community Safety, Security & Protocol, Travel & Transport, External Affairs involving government agencies of foreign missions.
Mr. Chowdhury earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Science from University of Dhaka and High School degree from Dhaka College. He also achieved professional graduation on Special Investigation from FBI Quantico Academy, Stafford, VA, USA.
Mr. Chowdhury is a problem-solver and industrious, who can deserve a good result orientation. He is able to work under no supervision. Mr. Chowdhury possesses strong administrative, analytical and critical thinking abilities.
Mr. Chowdhury served in the U.S. Embassy, Dhaka for 21 years as a US State Department Employee, has extensive work experience over 30 years in the area of Administration, Personal Safety & Security. He has background in fraudulent Investigation and Security Management in international organization.
Mr. Chowdhury achieved Best Employee Award – Foreign Service National (FSN) of The Year from US Department of State, among the employees of 243 US Embassies/Missions worldwide in 2005. He trained as a Special Agent and VIP Protective Detail from Diplomatic Security Training Center (DSTC), Virginia, USA.
Tapu Chowdhury, Assistant Registrar
Ms. Tapu Chowdhury is the Assistant Registrar joined AUW in 2009 as an Administrative Coordinator and served in different departments in different capacities. In 2018, Ms. Chowdhury was appointed as Manager for Food Services. Since her promotion, the Food Services Department has been noted for improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness. In 2021, Ms. Chowdhury was promoted as Assistant Registrar of the University.
Before joining AUW, she served Thai Airways where she served for 6 years in various capacities handling progressively challenging customer service and ground handling, communications, and operations. Ms. Chowdhury took her first degree in Philosophy at Chittagong University, Chattogram, Bangladesh. Subsequently, she received her MA and continued her study, M. Phil, from Chittagong University. She has submitted her thesis entitled “Different Approaches to Feminism: A Critical Study”. She has experience of community service as a volunteer with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society since Grade Six. She is an elected committee member of the Red Crescent Alumni Association. She also serves as a member of the Bangladesh Philosophical Society (BPS).
Rehana Alam Khan, Director of Admissions
Ms. Rehana Alam Khan graduated in English Literature from Chittagong University. She subsequently attained a British Technical Assistance scholarship and received a certificate in English Language Teaching (ELT) from the College of St. Marks and St. Johns in England. She began her teaching career at Chittagong College, and has taught tertiary level English for 20 years. Prior to joining the Asian University for Women, Ms. Khan worked as a member of faculty at the Department of English at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), while simultaneously working as a consultant for the ‘Training of Trainers’ (TOT) program for BRAC. She was also the Regional Training Coordinator in Chittagong for both the ‘English Language Teaching Improvement Project ‘(ELTIP) as well as the ‘Further Improvement of Medical Colleges’ project, both DFID concerns. Ms. Khan is presently the Director of Admissions at Asian University for Women, where she is responsible for recruiting talented female students from twenty different countries to study here.
Rehana Alam Khan is the Founder Chairperson of Marie Stopes Clinic Societies Ltd and Marie Stopes Bangladesh, and presently sits on the board of these two NGOs. She was Vice President of the Federation of University Women, Chittagong Chapter. Currently she is President of Uppola, (merchant navy wives’ welfare association) and Immediate Past President of Inner Wheel Club of Chittagong.
Suman Chatterjee, Director of Student Recruitment and Acting Dean of Students
Mr. Suman Chatterjee joined Asian University for Women in the year 2017 as the Director – Student Recruitment. He is a Graduate of the University of Delhi and has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.
Prior to joining Asian University for Women, he worked with the Manipal International University in Malaysia. His professional career spans over 2 decades having worked in several leading organizations like the Manipal Education Group in India, Macmillan Publishers, Adecco India among others.
Tunazzina Salam, Head of Academic Registry
Ms. Tunazzina Salam joined Asian University for Women in February 2012. She worked as Faculty Support Coordinator to the Dean of Academic Affairs for several years, she undertook responsibilities for revising and updating academic regulations, policies and procedures, quality and standards, and the academic requirements for the progression and completion of degree programs.
In her current role as Head of Academic Registry, she manages leading registry functions – student academic records and academic administration for Undergraduate course registration, Degree planning, Student enrolment, Academic calendar, oversee graduation formalities (from registration to promotion to graduation), Degree verification, course scheduling and provides support to the Academic Actions Committee, Learning, Teaching & Quality Assurance committee and Academic Council.
She has graduated (BBA) in Marketing and Finance and completed her Post Graduation (MBA) in Marketing from Independent University, Bangladesh.
Aparajita Rahman, Librarian
A creative, engaged academic librarian with 5+ years of experience in circulation and reference services, cataloging, and library management. She has substantial knowledge of acquisitions, preservation, interlibrary loans, library management software, library policies, and services. She has additional experience in information literacy, plagiarism, citation, bibliography, and referencing styles.
She completed her bachelor’s and Masters’ degree from the University of Dhaka from the Information Science and Library Management Department. She started her career as an Assistant Librarian in Delhi Public School (DPS) Dhaka and also worked as an Assistant Librarian in International School Dhaka (ISD). She joined as a Library Officer at Asian University for Women and has been promoted to Librarian.
Her role at the AUW library is to manage, organize, evaluate and disseminate information, providing support to members of the academic community including students, researchers and staff to develop their knowledge and skills in information literacy, develop and manage collections of books, journals (both paper and electronic) and websites, select, acquire and catalog information using the library and information software, create, update and manage electronic and printed information resources, cataloging and classification, resource ordering, library loan, IT systems, open access and e-resources, library projects. Her role also involves supporting faculty members and students to develop the skills needed for effective research. This includes areas such as copyright law, information literacy, literature searching, referencing.
She spends considerable time working with electronic resources, involving library database management, assisting researchers with literature searches using databases, printed resources, and the internet, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with academic staff and students, as well as external bodies such as suppliers, take on responsibility, in some cases, for archives and other special collections, deal with user inquiries, which may involve one-on-one advice sessions, manage budgets in relation to allocated subject areas/departments and, in some cases, purchase resources, keep up to date with developments in the library sector and participate in professional groups or networks.
Md. Ataul Islam, Head of IT
Mr. Ataul Islam joined Asian University for Women in the year 2021 as the Head of IT. He is a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Science & Technology from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.
Mr. Islam worked over 20+ years of deep hands-on experience in design and implementation of large-scale ICT infrastructure in Education Sector & Banking Sector (Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd & NCCBL Bank Ltd) Data Center & Core Network Infrastructure, IT Service & Infrastructure Integration Support and design Education at Private University. Worked at East West University as Systems Manager, Head of ICS, Northern University Bangladesh as Senior Asst. Director & IT In-Charge and as System Engineer at Queen’s University and System Administrator at Internet Service Provider (ISP) Project and worked as a Consultant at Microsoft Bangladesh and worked as National Consultant of Development of ICT Infrastructure, Human Resource and Technology Skills of Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat – ICT Division, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh.