Arif Anwar is an author, professor, and international development professional and technology expert. His first novel, The Storm, spanning fifty years of Bangladeshi history to tell five intertwined love stories, was critically acclaimed by the New York Times and published in multiple languages. Arif’s fiction has appeared in The Daily Beast, Vice Magazine, Electric Literature and Prospects Journal. He also has authored and co-authored a number of academic works. As a lecturer, Arif has been invited to speak at UC-Berkeley’s LSE-Chowdhury Center Summit on Bangladesh, the Brooklyn Book Festival, and the Bengali Literary Resource Centre in Toronto.
His career in international development includes UNICEF Myanmar and BRAC, the world’s largest NGO based in Bangladesh. While working at BRAC, Arif led a pioneering digitization of their 40,000-strong public school program and served as the head of the Public Affairs and Communications department. His doctoral work at the University of Toronto involved an innovative study that used mobile phones as a literacy intervention tool for low-literate adults in Bangladesh. Arif is one of the co-founders of EduConverter, a Canadian start-up aimed at finding creative solutions for translating international educational credentials.