Dr. Md. Anwarul Islam is a Professor and the Chairman (1999- ) of the Department of Zoology of University of Dhaka and the Chief Executive (2003- ) of WildTeam. He is also a Director of the Biotechnology Research Centre of University of Dhaka and the Provost of the Amar Ekushey Hall of University of Dhaka.
Currently Dr. Anwar is a part of many other noble causes, some of them are: Board Member (2009 - ), Arannayk Foundation, a joint initiative of the governments of Bangladesh and the United States for conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity, Member (2011-), Governing Body, Green Life Medical College, Northern International Medical College, Dhaka, Monno Medical College, Manikganj. Member (2015-), Governing Body, Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College, Dhaka , Member (2014-), Governing Body, Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Dhaka, Conservation Fellow (2011 - ), Zoological Society of London, Member (2011 -), the panel of conservation scientists to assess applications for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)'s EDGE Fellowship programme, Vice President (2015-), Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Member, Wildlife Advisory Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of Bangladesh, and, Convener, Scientific Committee on Wildlife Farming, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of Bangladesh.
In past Dr. Anwar left his footprints in many places, some of them are: Chairman (2011-2013), Board of Directors, Arannayk Foundation, Director (1995 – 1998), Institute of Life Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Professor (1994- 1999), Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Associate Professor (1988 – 1994), Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Head (1988-1991), Zoology Division, Institute of Life Sciences, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Assistant Professor (1986 – 1988), Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Senior Fellow (1985 – 1986), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of Bangladesh, Research Fellow (1982 – 1985), Bombay Natural History Society, India, and, Research Officer (1980 – 1981), Department of Natural History, National Museum of Bangladesh, Member (1989 – 1990), Committee for Higher Studies, University Grants Commission, Bangladesh, and, Editor-in-Chief (1995 – 1998), Bangladesh Journal of Life Sciences.
Dr. Anwar was born on March 8, 1955 and a proud citizen of Bangladesh by birth. In 1975, he completed his B.Sc. (Honours) in Zoology from University of Dhaka and in 1976 he completed his M.Sc. in Zoology (specialization: Wildlife Ecology) from the same university. In 1981, he achieved his Diploma in Taxidermy from the School of Taxidermy, Nisswa, Minnesota, USA. At the same time he completed a training on freeze-dry taxidermy at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA. In 1986, he achieved his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Bombay, India. From 1992 to 1993 he did a Post-doctoral Research as a Commonwealth Staff Fellow at the Department of Anatomy of the University of Cambridge, UK.
Research interests of Dr. Anwar are Wildlife Conservation and Conservation education. From the very beginning of his career Dr. Anwar visited many parts of the world (USA, Australia, UK, South Africa, UAE, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Spain, Japan, Singapore, France, Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Germany, China, Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka), areas enriched with different types of wild lives, zoos and attended many international seminars & conferences and presented numerous papers. He is one of the authors of the Bangladesh Tiger Action Plan (2009-2017).
Dr. Anwar is a passionate volunteer to good causes and currently a member of Elephant Specialist Group, Bear Specialist Group, Crocodile Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission of IUCN, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), IUCN. He is Life Member of many philanthropic organizations, like- Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Wildlife Society of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bird Preservation Society, Bangla Academy, Bangladesh National Biodiversity Group, American Alumni Association, Dhaka University Alumni Association, etc.
Dr. Anwar received many awards for researches and till date has published 62 research papers, 5 books and edited 10 books. His wife Dr. Zinat Mahrukh Banu is the former head of the Department of Ethnography and Decorative Art, Bangladesh National Museum. His only daughter Shahrin Anwar is a civil engineer and his son-in-law Asif Raihan is an assistant professor at BUET. Dr. Anwar is a proud grandfather of two very handsome grandsons.