Biographical Sketch

Anupam Debashis Roy was born in 14 May, 1997 in Syedpur, Bangladesh. His parents are from Bagerhat and Khulna in southern Bangladesh. Anupam grew up in Chittagong, a port city in Southeast Bangladesh where he went to Chittagong Collegiate School. In 2008, he participated in a talent hunt show called “Marks Allrounder” and became an overall Champion for his outstanding performance in acting, public speaking and recitation. He later (in 2009) rejoined the competition when it was turned into a national television reality show and became a finalist of the televised contest.

Finalist in the TV reality show Marks Allrounder (2009)

In 2009, He worked closely with his cohorts to start the student organization “Pothiktrit Collegiate” (Pioneers of Collegiate) to promote the practice of extracurricular activities among the students of Chittagong. To achieve this end, Anupam and his colleagues arranged a regional extracurricular festival titled “Pioneer Festival 2011” where a total of 8 contests ranging from Math contests to debate tournaments were held. In 2012, the organization expanded the festival to a national level and almost doubled the number of competitions. “Pioneer Festival 2012” was featured in national news due to its extensive reach. Anupam was the President of the organization during both of these festivals. In 2013 a third rendition of the festival was organized by Anupam and his cohorts and in 2014, a new executive board took on the leadership of the organization and arranged yet another successful event. Anupam’s first book of stories titled Sontan (The Child) was published in this event. His second book titled Oppraptoboyoskota (Non-maturity) came out the next year from one of the largest publication houses in Bangladesh.

Speaking in front of the United Nations Headquarters in a protest against the Rohingya genocide. (2017)

Anupam moved to Dhaka to attend high school (“college” in the Bangladeshi education system) in Rajuk Uttara Model College, in Uttara, Dhaka. At Rajuk, he became the president of Rajuk College Debating Club and represented it in the Asian Schools Debating Championship. In 2015, he graduated from high school and was promptly accepted at Howard University in Washington D.C with a prestigious full-tuition scholarship called the Howard University legacy scholarship. At Howard, Anupam joined the debate club and started the Howard University Liberty Forum. In 2018, he became the secretary of the Abram Harris Economics Society at Howard Univesity.

Anupam continued his research work alongside his political activism. His research on Political Science won the best research in social science and the best research overall (in any discipline) awards at the Howard University Research Week 2017. In the same year, he presented at the Ivy League Universities Research Symposium at University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he won the award for best research in Ethics, Religion and Law at Howard University Research Week. He also presented at the Georgetown University India Ideas Conference and VCU Political Science Student Research Conference on the same year.

with Cato Institute’s executive vice president David Boaz. (2017)

Anupam started his professional career as a freelance tutor. He started tutoring when he was enrolled in High School in Dhaka. There he had started a tutoring business with his friends that had to be discontinued after he had moved to the US. Once in the US, Anupam used his experience in tutoring to get an internship at a reputed tutoring agency in Mclean, Virginia. In 2016, he was offered a position as a full tutor at another company and moved on to work in that position for more than one year. In the Spring of 2017, Anupam was accepted for the Howard-Columbia Domestic Exchange Program and went to live in New York for four months. In New York, Anupam worked at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and conducted extensive independent research in social movements, international law, postcolonial studies and South Asian politics. At the end of the semester, he was able to finish his first research paper on social movements and political Islam. The paper was then published at the Bangladesh Research Working Paper Series. The paper is also available on SSRN and RePec. He is still working on a couple of other papers that should be ready for publication by the end of this year.

In the Spring of 2018, Anupam accepted a position at the Cato Institute as a Foreign Policy Intern. He is working closely with the scholars there to develop his skills in forien policy analysis and expand his expertise in the Middle East and South Asia region. He is also taking a graduate level course at Georgetown University with longtime Middle East peace negotiator Amb. Dennis Ross for increasing his understanding of the field. He is also working as a student fellow at the Georgetown India Initiative where he primarily works as a research contributor. He is also working as a remote research assistant for a Columbia SIPA project. During the summer, he started working for the Center for Responsive Politics, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. He is currently looking for new opportunities to become more engaged in the world of policy research in Washington D.C and contributing more to the scholarship of South Asia and the Middle East.

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