Arif Anwar was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, just miles from the Bay of Bengal. He previously worked for BRAC, one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations, on issues of poverty alleviation, and for UNICEF Myanmar on public health issues. Arif completed his doctorate from the University of Toronto. He also has a BS and MS from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Si (Sandra) Lian. The Storm is his first novel.