Social scientist, educationist and litterateur Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley, son of late Principal B.M. Rahman was born in a respectable Muslim family of Bikrampur/Munsigonj in 1943. He obtained his Master’s Degree from University of Dhaka in 1963 and Ph.D. from University of London in International Politics in 1976.
After a brilliant career as a student Dr. Shelley had his stints as a teacher of Dhaka University, a technocrat (non-partisan) cabinet minister for Information. Besides, he has worked as consultant on socio-economic matters to various government, non-government and international organization. After liberation he served as Director (Head of Directorate) of the Directorate of Social Service, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh during 1976-80.
Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley is a prominent personality in the country. He has earned fame in the field of education, literature and journalism for which he is widely known as an intellectual of high standing of National and International repute. Dr. Shelley is a Sponsor Director (up-to-date) & was founder Chairman of Premier Leasing & Finance Limited and Premier Leasing Securities Limited until 2011. His business activities include responsibilities as Chairman, Centre for Development Research, Bangladesh (CDRB), Mohona Holdings Ltd. He is also current Chairman of South Asia Media Commission and Chairman of Academy Press and Publishers Library.
Furthermore, he has deep affinity and attachment with number of Socio-culture and Socio-economic activities which includes member of National Education Advisory Council in 1978; Bangladesh Jail Reforms Commission in 1978-80; Bangladesh Film Censor Board in 1985-86; National Disaster Prevention Council in 1988-90; National Population Council of Bangladesh in 1989-90; the Fourth Wage Board for Newspaper Employees in 1989-90 and so on. In recognition of his meritorious and intellectual activities Dr. Shelley was awarded the highest Polish Order of Merit by Lech Walesa, a Nobel Laureate for peace in 1991. He also received the Michael Modhushudan Dutta award for his contribution to creative literature and social service 1999.