Mr. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury is a senior journalist and respected leader of the journalist community in Bangladesh. He was the Editor of the country's now defunct premier English daily The Bangladesh Observer. After the closure of the Bangladesh Observer he has organized the new English newspaper "The Daily Observer" which is being published now on behalf of The Observer Ltd.
As a professional journalist he has covered important national, regional and international events. He also interviewed many heads of state and heads of government. He visited different countries to attend international and regional seminars, conferences and training programmes.
Beside his professional activities he is actively involved with the movement of the journalist community to ensure freedom of the press, human rights, democracy and rule of law. As the elected President, for a number of terms, of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, country's apex body of journalists, he is known and respected for his bold voice and valiant leadership to fight for the rights of journalist community and for a free media. He is an active and known figure in the country's civil society activities and democratic movements.
He is also committed to social activities. He is actively associated with a number of social organizations. He is a Rotarian and runs Rotary High School and Collage at Mirpur, Dhaka, as the Chairman of the Managing Committee. He was a member of Chittagong University syndicate, Bangladesh Press Council, Film Censor Board, National Health Policy Draft Committee and National Education Policy Draft Committee. He was a member of the Syndicate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Mr. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury ha his Graduation and Masters in Public Administration from Dhaka University. He is married and has one daughter.