Syed Badrul Ahsan is an associate editor at the Daily Observer.

He went to school in Quetta, Pakistan. He did his Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) from Notre Dame College, Dhaka, before going on to study English literature at Dhaka University, from where he did his Masters in 1979.

Ahsan went into teaching while he was a student at Dhaka University, with long stints instructing pupils in English language, literature and history at such schools as Greenherald and Scholastica. He served as a lecturer in English at Notre Dame College between 1982 and 1985. He has also been involved in part time teaching at Dhaka University, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Independent University Bangladesh (IUB).

He joined the New Nation as an assistant editor in the early 1980s, subsequently moving on to other newspapers, among which were the Morning Sun, the Bangladesh Observer, the Independent, News Today, New Age and the Daily Star.

Ahsan is a regular contributor to the Indian Express and has reviewed books for Asian Affairs, the quarterly journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA) in London.

At the Daily Observer, he writes a weekly column, news analyses, book reviews and other articles.

He is at work on a comparative study of the politics of Chittaranjan Das, Subhas Chandra Bose and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The work is the result of a fellowship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS), JNU, Delhi, between December 2012 and March 2013.

Syed Badrul Ahsan is married to Syeda Zakia Badrudduja, who lives and works in London.