Lawrence Besra was born in Rangpur, Bangladesh on 8th May 1975. He has obtained BA (Honours) and MA Degree in English Literature in 2000 from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He holds an MPA (Masters of Policy and Administration) Degree in 2005 from Flinders University, Australia. On 2015, he has achieved Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from School of Social and Policy Studies, Flinders Institute for Public Policy and Management, Flinders University, Australia supported by the AusAID funded Australian Leadership Award Scholarship.
Professionally, he has 10+ years working experiences in National and International organizations in the areas of Human Rights, Community development, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Child Well-being, Policy Advocacy, Networking and Social Mobilizations, Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL), Research and Knowledge Management in BRAC, CARITAS and World Vision Bangladesh. His Research and working interest concentrates on Social and Behavioral Sciences and Interdisciplinary subjects but not limited to Public Policy and Management, Inclusive and Participatory Governance, Human Rights, Gender and Development.
He has professional membership and affiliations with Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Network for Social Work Management, USA, a General Member of the Australia Alumni Association Bangladesh (AAAB) and Alumni of Flinders University, Australia. He has also served as a Senior Reviewer in the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017 (ACCS2017) held in Japan.
He has received Professional Training, Participated in workshops, Seminars and Presented numerous Papers in the International Conferences in Australia, Thailand, UK, France, Italy, Indonesia, India, USA, Norway and Bangladesh which have been published in the Internationally Peer-Reviewed Journals along with a Book titled : A Critical Review of Democracy and Governance Challenges in Bangladesh.