Major General AKM Abdur Rahman, ndc, psc was born in January 1964 in an elite Muslim family at Dhaka. He was commissioned in the Corps of Infantry on 10 June 1983 with 8 BMA Long course.

General Rahman is a graduate from Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) and National Defence College (NDC), Dhaka. He obtained his Master of Defence Studies from National University of Bangladesh. He is also a graduate of Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College and obtained Post Graduation Diploma (with Credit) on Strategic and Defence Studies from University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The General attended 18 professional courses both at home and abroad.

Beside his regimental appointments in five different infantry units, he commanded infantry battalion both in plain and in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). He has also commanded an infantry brigade and served as Commandant of NCO Academy. Major General Abdur Rahman served as the Grade Two Staff Officer in the Military Operation Directorate in the Army Headquarters and Colonel Staff in an infantry Division. He also served in the Special Security Forces (SSF) as the Director of Training. He is a distinguished instructor and rendered his service as Instructor in the Military Police School, Bangladesh Military Academy, School of Infantry and Tactics and Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC). After becoming Major General he served as the Military Secretary of Bangladesh Army in the Army Headquarters, Senior Directing Staff in National Defence College (NDC) and at present serving as Director General of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

He has few publications in his credit and edited academic books and journals. He has participated in more than thirty seminar, dialogue and conference at home and abroad on important national, international and strategic issues. He also presented a number of research papers in academic forums at home and abroad. His areas of interests are energy security and connectivity.

General Rahman is one of the 15 pioneer military officers of Bangladesh Army who served the United Nations Missions participated by Bangladesh for the first time. He served as UN Military Observer in 1988 in Iraq (UNIIMOG) and Force Provost Marshal in UN mission in Congo (MONUC) in 2006. He received the commendation of the Force Commander from both the UN mission he served. He sustained bullet injury during counter insurgency operation in the CHT, Bangladesh and was awarded with the ‘Major War Injury Stripe (Golden Injury)’ by the Government of Bangladesh. He also participated in operation Naaf Rakkha in the South Eastern border of Bangladesh.

General Rahman is married to Shaila Sharmin and blessed with a son and two daughters. His hobbies include music and playing golf.