Dr. Manzurul Mannan received his PhD from the Durham University, UK. He had his Cand.Polit (MPhil) in Social Anthropology from the Bergen University, Norway. He did his M.S.S and B.S.S in Political Science from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He had also attended advanced postgraduate diploma courses at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, Victoria University of Manchester, UK. Mannan received advance training on administering, managing and marketing global academic program at the School for International Training, Vermont, USA. At IUB, he took initiative to introduce both M.S.S in Development Studies and B.S.S in Social Anthropology. Mannan’s effort made it possible for collaborative research project between Independent University, Bangladesh and Durham University, UK.
Dr. Mannan is a Co-Investigator of project on Ambivalent Sisterhood and Tabliq Women in Bangladesh. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA. His current research covers the transformation of the largest religiously plural, but secular movement of Bangladesh, the Maizbhandar Sufi movement, into a modern organization in its struggle to cope with modernity and oppose the monolithic political Islam. He is also researching on the implications of Asian Highways and geo-politics of South Asia on Bangladesh.
Prior to joining IUB, Dr. Mannan worked as Researcher, Development Manager and Trainer at various NGOs and development agencies. He has extensive experience in the areas of: teaching and training; development and partnership management; NGOs and socio-cultural development; project design and planning; management and organization development; gender; human rights; small enterprise development and micro-credit. He served as the first academic program coordinator of the international academic program Global Partnership for NGO Managers with its three centers in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the USA. In addition, Mannan possesses expertise in the Logical Framework Approach (LFA). He has developed research and training programs, identified local consultants and formulated their terms of reference, briefed and debriefed consultants, and monitored and evaluated projects for the European Commission, Save the Children (Australia), BRAC, ITDG, NORAD, etc. He has been responsible for writing research and administrative reports on various projects, as well as having prepared and monitored budgets.
As a social anthropologist, Mannan has an intimate understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social issues of Bangladesh and South Asia. He has over 20 publications in journals and books’ chapters. He has also written over 35 research and evaluation reports on topics ranging from development, technology, the competencies of NGO managers, fundamentalism, gender, environment, partnership, ethnicity and settlement, micro-credit, etc. His overseas experience includes over nine years experience in Norway, United Kingdom and USA.