H. N. Ashequr Rahman MP was born on the 11 December 1941 in a respectable Muslim Family. His father late Md. Abdur Rahman was perhaps only Muslim student in M.Sc. in 1927 at the Dhaka University. His mother late Mrs. Hamida Khatun, a housewife was a remarkably generous ladyconstantly engaged in philanthropic activities in her own domain.
Mr. Ashequr Rahman obtained BA (Honours) degree in English and MA (English) degree from Rajshahi University in 1962. Thereafter he obtained Post-Graduate Diploma in “Social Urban Studies” from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. He is equally at ease and proficient both in English and Bengali.
After obtaining Masters Degree, he started his career as Assistant Professor of English at the Carmichael College, Rangpur and thereafter as Assistant Professor of English at the Rajshahi University. Through country-wide competitive examination, he joined Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in 1966 and served with success and reputation in many responsible positions like Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Manikganj (now a District), Deputy Secretary, Govt. of Sind in Pakistan, Deputy Commissioner Greater Cumilla District, Member, Bangladesh Tea Board etc. During the tumultuous and trying period of turmoil at the early stage of post-liberation period in March 72, he was appointed Administrator of Dhaka Municipality. He brought order and financial stability in then chaotic Dhaka Municipality. In 1979, dissatisfied and from unwillingness to serve autocratic regime of General Zia, he resigned from the coveted service voluntarily without pension and other benefits.
At present, he is a businessman as well as an Industrialist, Founder Director of reputed private East West University and Founder Chairman of Meghna Bank Limited. He is involved with Awami League politics and elected Treasurer of Bangladesh Awami League since 1993 for successive terms without break till date. He is the Secretary General of Awami Foundation.
Mr. H N Ashequr Rahman was elected as a Member of 3rd, 7th, 9th and 10th National Parliament. He is a member of current 11th Parliament as well. During the 7th Parliament he served as a State Minister for Environment and Forests. During 7th, 9th and 10th Parliament, he served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Estimates, Standing Committee on Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Public Administration. Mr. Rahman is connected with various social, cultural & philanthropic Institutions. He is one of the Founder Directors of East West University-a well-known Institution of higher education of excellence and repute. He is the former Senate Member of Bangladesh Jatiya University, Rajshahi University and Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Dinajpur. At present he is a Senate Member of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur and of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), a university run by Bangladesh Defense Forces. He is the Chief Advisor of “Kishore Bhuban”- a Juvenile Magazine since 1995. He is the Founder Chairman and Life Member of Cumilla Foundation. He was a member of Bangladesh Investment Board and Founder General Secretary of United Towns Organization, an organization affiliated to United Nations. He is at present a member of the Executive Committee of Bangladesh Freedom Fighters’ Welfare Trust.