Nur Ahmed Chowdhury FCCA
Nur was born in the village of Noakhali in Southern Bangladesh, and completed up to his secondary schooling there, whilst achieving Sompara High School’s best ever GCSE results in 1977. He then took his A-levels at Government Titumir College in Dhaka, where he proved to be the highest scoring student of the year.
His strong academic achievements helped him to secure admission to the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. There he obtained a first class BSc in Engineering. He believes his university experience to have been prominent in shaping his future life, as during this time he also became involved in a number of social and charitable organisations.
Nur joined Dhaka Engineering College as a Lecturer and then spent two years as an Assistant Engineer for the Power Development Board. He subsequently moved to the U.K. with the opportunity of more expansive opportunities, but through sheer coincidence met a professional accountant, whom he to this day refers to as his mentor. The gentleman encouraged him to take up accountancy, and recommended it as a rewarding career. And it was through his mentor’s practice that he thoroughly enjoyed the interactive nature of the work in the local community, as well as realising the potential to add value to peoples’ livelihoods. Nur went on to pass all of his ACCA exams without attending college, and the partner of his practice, having been impressed with his professionalism and technical rigour for accountancy, offered him partnership in 1996. Deciding that it was better to gain greater exposure to the practices of other firms and clientele, Nur instead opted to spend a few years in a city practice. He worked for 2 years at where he developed his experience in audits and corporate tax matters.
In 2002 a second opportunity to become partner became available at his first employment of M N Haque & Co, and this time Nur accepted. He successfully ran the practice as a sole practitioner, and expanded its operations when another practitioner joined with him in 2011 to form Abacus partners (Ldn) LLP.
Mr Chowdhury also likes to put his professional skills to good use in his spare time, where he helps run a local community centre, and as a trustee of a number of charities.
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