Dr. Akter Mahmud is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jahangirnagar Universty, Dhaka, Bangladesh where he has been a faculty member since 2000. Moreover, he has been serving as the General Secretary, consecutively two-terms, of Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) in last 4 years. Mr. Mahmud completed his doctoral degree at Jahangirnagar University, Masters in Spatial Planning from The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Bachelor of Urban and Rural Planning from Khulna University. In the last one and half decade he devoted himself in teaching in Bachelor and Master degree programs, the research and publication of articles and books in urban planning. Concurrently, he kept himself busy with the advocacy and civil society movement for gender sensitive planning, public spaces, public transportation, and housing and, above all, planned urbanization of the country. He regularly participates on the TV talk-shows, delivers public lectures and writes for the national dailies on contemporary urban affairs. He was involved as member of Steering Committee for Revision of Bangladesh National Building Code 2015, preparation and review of various plans and planning rules/regulations of the country in local and national level. He is also involved in the plan preparation process of cities and municipalities of Bangladesh. He works with the national and international NGOs, and projects of GoB agencies.
Mahmud lives in a loving family at Dhaka with his wife, a multi-national company executive, and their two daughters, born March 2002 and September 2010. Prior to becoming a proud and obsessed father, Mahmud enjoyed playing football and cricket and still watches sports and movies on TV. He manages his time to read books and journal articles regularly and utilizes the prolonged traffic jam of Dhaka city by reading popular write-ups of planning.
Urban Planning, Transport Planning, Development Control, Community Development