Born in July 1949 in Calcutta, Professor Nasreen Ahmad had been educated in Dhaka all through. Having completed her Senior Cambridge in 1965 from Viquarunnesa Noon School and Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination from Holy Cross College (1966), she completed her Honours and Masters in Geography from the Department of Geography (1970-71) and Master of Demography (1982) from the Institute of Statistical Research and Training, DU. She was awarded Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Geography and Environment, DU, for her thesis on “Determinants of Landlessness in Rural Bangladesh.” Prof. Ahmad’s interests lies in Population Geography, Climatology and Agroclimatology.
Starting her career as a teacher of Geography in Begum Budrunnessa Govt. Girls College in April, 1974, Prof. Ahmad joined the University of Dhaka as an Assistant Professor in February, 1984, was Associate Professor (1993) and finally Professor (2000) in the Department of Geography. Prior to her appointment as the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) in June 2012, she carried out various academic and administrative responsibilities of the University. She was the Project Director and founder provost of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall (2001-2005), the elected Dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences (2010-2012) and Chairperson of Dept. of Geography & Environment, DU (2011-2012). She has been elected to the Senate a number of times and has also been an elected member of the teacher’s association, DUTA.
Actively involved with primary research with focus being mostly on people and environment, Prof. Ahmad has more than thirty-five publications in reputed journals, has authored two books, and edited books, journals and proceedings published by the Bangladesh Geographical Society. She attended seminars, conferences and workshops internationally and availed a management training program from the United Kingdom.
Apart from her involvement in different capacities in various academic and administrative committees of the University, Prof. Ahmad is affiliated with a number of government, non-government organizations / institutions. A syndicate member of BUET and United International University, she is also a member in selection committees for faculty recruitment of a number of universities, including Jahangirnagar, Jagannath, Chittagong and Maulana Bhasani University; Member, Board of Trustees CEGIS; Board member , House Building & Research Institute; Member, Academic Council of Central Womens University; Chairman, Board of Governors, Central Womens College; and, Member, Expert Committee, National Land Use Policy, Land Ministry. She was also a member in the National Committee, Padma Bridge Project for NGO Recruitment for Resettlement Implementation and for Environment, Health & Safety; was a member of GOB’s Taskforce on Rivers; and chaired or was member in national committees dealing with scientific research on environment and climate change. She is associated with a number of professional institutions/organizations, notably, Bangladesh Geographical Society, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, and International Geographical Union.
A student activist in her university days Prof. Nasreen Ahmad was elected as the Commonroom Secretary in the DUCSU election of 1970-71. She takes pride in her active involvement with the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra at Mujibnagar in 1971, where she read the English news regularly as “Zareen Ahmad” along with taking part in other programs.