Subir Chowdhury Biography
Subir Chowdhury is a best-selling author of business books. Born in the capital of an impoverished nation, he learned the value of knowledge and education as a young child. With encouragement from his family, he began an invaluable correspondence with several influential writers and thinkers, whom he would later befriend at university. Originally seeking to please his father and become a doctor, he instead enrolled at India's most prestigious technology university. After graduation, he emigrated to the United States. While working for an industry leader in the automotive field, Subir became fascinated with ways to improve assembly line quality. The aspiring writer then had the privilege to work with and collaborate on several non-fiction books with prestigious authors. After several years of publishing books, one of Chowdhury's volumes became an international bestseller. He then branched out into the consulting field, establishing his own business. He continued to collaborate with industry leaders and authored or co-authored several more books on business practices. Thanks to his financial success, the management guru today spends much of his time engaged in philanthropic activity. Today, Subir is considered a global thought leader and an influential business practices author. He is one of the wealthiest individuals of Bangladeshi origin and currently funds several non-profit endowments to promote the study of Bangladeshi culture and literature at universities in the United States and Great Britain
- Subir Chowdhury was born on January 12, 1967 in Chittagong, East Pakistan. As a child, he wrote letters to influential and popular Bengali writers such as Sunil Gangopadyay, Shamsur Rahman and Samaresh Basu, with whom he began a correspondence.
- In 1985, he briefly enrolled in ‘Chittagong Medical College’ before transferring to the ‘Indian Institute of Technology’, in Kanpur.
- In 1989, Chowdhury graduated from IIT, Kanpur with a degree in aeronautical engineering. At this time he began working with the only official ‘Apple’ computer dealer in the country.
- In 1991, the engineering graduate emigrated to the United States.
- In 1993, he received a Master's degree in Industrial Management from ‘Central Michigan University’. He was immediately hired to work as a quality and systems engineer for ‘General Motors’.
- The technocrat published 'QS-900 Pioneers', co-written with Ken Zimmer, in 1996. This book dealt with certain engineering practices related to manufacturing and standardization.
- In 1998, he became the executive vice president of the American Supplier Institute. He would hold this position for five years.
- Chowdhury published 'Robust Engineering', co-written with Genichi Taguchi and Shin Taguchi, in 1999. Genichi was his mentor and had formulated the ‘robust engineering theory’.
- In 2000, the engineer published 'Management 21C'. The same year, he also published 'The Mahalanobis-Taguchi System', co-written with Genichi Taguchi and Yuin Wu.
- In 2001, 'The Power of Six Sigma' authored by Subir was published. The same year, he also published 'The Talent Era: Achieving a High Return on Talent'. These books became management bestsellers
- In 2002, he published three books: 'Design for Six Sigma', 'Organization 21C' and 'The Power of Design for Six Sigma'. These books cemented Chowdhury's place in the non-fiction business management writing world.
- In 2003, he founded the ‘ASI Consulting Group’. He continues to serve as the chief executive officer today.
- In 2004, the practicing consultant published 'Taguchi's Quality Engineering Handbook', co-written with Genichi Taguchi and Yuin Wu. This book continues to be the gold standard for engineers worldwide.
- The thought leader published 'The Ice Cream Maker', a non-fiction book about improving quality in business practices, in 2006. The same year, he also published 'Next Generation Business Handbook'.
- In 2010, he created the ‘Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation’, a philanthropic organization.
- He published 'The Power of LEO: The Revolutionary Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results' in 2011.
- The practicing consultant and technocrat is the best-selling author of 13 books on business management and better productivity. His most famous and well-known book is 'The Ice Cream Maker', about improving quality in business processes.
- The distinguished consultant received an honorary doctorate of engineering from ‘Michigan Technological University’ in 2004.
- The author of management books has received dozens of awards, including an ‘Outstanding American by Choice’ award, a ‘Philip B. Cowsby medal’, and the ‘Henry Ford II Distinguished Award’ for ‘Excellence in Automotive Engineering’.
- The technocrat is a fellow in the ‘Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE), ‘Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME), ‘American Society for Quality’ (ASQ), ‘Royal Statistical Society’ - United Kingdom, the ‘Quality Society of Australasia’, and the ‘Engineering Society of Detroit’ (ESD).
- Subir is married to Malini Chowdhury. Together they have one daughter, Anandi, and a son.
- The books of this eminent thought leader have been translated into more than 20 languages. He said that the greatest moment of his professional life was when a prisoner wrote to him, saying the book 'The Ice Cream Maker' had transformed the prisoner's life.
- In 2012, the management consultant established the ‘Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics Fellowship’ at the ‘London School of Economics and Political Science’. The same year, the ‘Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation’ also provided a lifetime endowment for the ‘Frances Hesselbein Medal for Excellence in Leadership and Service’ award at the ‘United States Military Academy’ in West Point.
- In 2013, he established the ‘Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics Fellowship’ at Harvard University.
- In 2014, the ‘University of California’ in Berkeley opened the ‘Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies’
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