Ahsan Akbar was born in London, and subsequently grew up in Dhaka, before moving

back to the UK at 16 on his own. He studied at Exeter, worked as a vinyl record seller, 

bookseller, and equities trader in the City of London and Southeast Asia.


His debut book, The Devil's Thumbprint, is a collection of poems, and it is included in

the English literature programme at SOAS, University of London.


Akbar is founder/CEO of Teatulia UK, Oakchurch Holdings, co-founder/director of 
Dhaka Lit Fest, and board member of Phoneme Media.