Bonya Ahmed is a Visiting research scholar at UT Austin since Fall 2016, working on rise of Islamic fundamentalism, Also a published author and moderator at Mukto-mona blog. Until recently, she worked as a Senior Director in the Finance industry in the USA.
She is the widow of Avijit Roy, a well known writer, blogger, and activist who founded Mukto-mona as the first online platform for Bengali speaking freethinkers. Roy and Ahmed were brutally attacked in the middle of the street by Islamists during a book signing trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 26, 2015. Ahmed was gravely injured during the attack. Ahmed continues to work with international and local groups to help Bengali bloggers and activists and for justice for Avijit and others murdered. She is dedicated to drawing attention to the growing culture of impunity in Bangladesh.