Commodore M Zakirul Islam is a professional engineer of Bangladesh Navy. He joined Navy as a cadet in 1987 and commissioned in 1990. Throughout his carrier, he has undergone numerous training/ courses at home and abroad. He is a graduate from BUET and also completed Marine Engineering Specialization Course (MESC) from India. Cdre Zakir has completed Staff Course from DSCSC Mirpur, Senior Staff Course from BPATC Savar and National Defence Course (ndc) from National Defence College, Dhaka. He has also undergone International Shipyard Management Course from USA.
As an engineer, he performed duties as Engineer Officer of BN Patrol Crafts, OPVs and Frigates. He has also served as OIC, DGM and GM of BN Dockyard/ Shipyards. He also performed as Flotilla Engineer Officer, OIC NBCD School and OIC Engineering School of Bangladesh Navy. At NHQ, he served as Deputy Director and Director Naval Engineering. He served as Military Observer in UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) as well as in Maritime Task Force in UN Mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Cdre Zakir is a well travelled person and visited numerous countries in USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is happily married and blessed with three children. He has taken over the helm of Khulna Shipyard Limited in January 2021.