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The Top 66 Bangladesh Development Researchers of the Millennium
Defined as persons who have (co-)authored and/or (co-)edited at least 25 studies/reports within this
Millennium (based on the collection of studies/reports in the BDRC’s Bangladesh Development Bibliography).

Abdin, Md. Joynal
Mr. Md. Joynal Abdin is a Development Researcher, Columnist and Author. He is serving at Dhaka Chamber of
Commerce & Industry (DCCI) as Secretary from January 01, 2020 to till date. Previously he served DCCI as
Acting Secretary (January 2019  December 2019), Additional Secretary (July 2017 - December 2018), Team
Leader of DCCI USAIDs AVC Project (August 2017  July 2018) respectively.  He served as Deputy Manager
(Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, July 24, 2014  June 30, 2017), Programme Officer (Policy Advocacy and
Research, August 2010 -  July 2014) at the Small & Medium Enterprise (SME)  Foundation and as Assistant
Secretary (March 2008  August 2010) at the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Ahmad, Qazi Kholiquzzaman
Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad
(BUP) and the President of the Bangladesh Economic Association. He is one of Bangladesh’s most eminent
development economists.

Ahmed, Akhter U.
Dr. Akhter U. Ahmed is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in
Washington, DC, where he co-leads IFPRI’s Global and Regional Program on Large-Scale Human Capital
Interventions. He works on strategies for restructuring social protection and safety net programs to improve the
food security, nutrition and livelihoods of the poor in developing countries. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural
Economics from the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ahmed, Kazi Matin
Dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed is a Professor in the Department of Geology of the University of Dhaka. He has developed
an active research programs in the field of groundwater studies. His research interests include
hydrogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, contaminant hydrogeology and environmental aspects of groundwater
development. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

Ahmed, M. Feroze
Professor Dr. M. Feroze Ahmed is the Vice-Chancellor of Stamford University Bangladesh. He was a Professor,
Head, Dean of Civil Engineering Faculty and held many administrative positions at Bangladesh University of
Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. He is a Professor, Professional Engineer and a Scientist of high
national and international reputation. He was one of the pioneers of high-rise construction in Bangladesh and
Member of Panel of Expert, the highest technical decision making body for the design and construction of
Bangabandhu Bridge, design of Padma Multipurpose Bridge and worked as an expert in many projects of high
national importance. As a top scientist in the field of arsenic research, his biography was published under the
element "Arsenic" in a periodic Table published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Professor Ahmed
received BUET (Dr. Rashid Memorial) Gold Medal in recognition of his excellence in teaching and research,
Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) Medal for his contribution to engineering profession and Bangladesh
Academy of Sciences ( Dr. M. O Ghani Memorial) Gold Medal for his contribution to development of Science and
Technology. He is an elected Fellow of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and many other national, and
international professional bodies.

Ahmed, Manzoor
Before his retirement, Dr. Manzoor Ahmed was Director of the Institute of Education and Development at BRAC
University in Dhaka. Prior to joining BRAC in 2003, he was an Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor
at the Institute of Education and Research at Dhaka University, Chief of the Educational Reforms Implementation
Unit, Ministry of Education, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Senior Researcher and Associate Director of the
International Council for Educational Development in Essex, Connecticut, United States. Dr. Ahmed also worked
for UNICEF in a variety of senior positions. He holds a Ph.D. in  Educational Administration from the University of
Northern Colorado in the United States and completed his Post-doctoral studies at Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, United States.

Ahmed, Nesar
Dr. Nesar Ahmed is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the SA Water Centre for Water Management and
Reuse, University of South Australia. Currently, he is a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at the School of Natural
Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, United States. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of
Stirling, in the United Kingdom (UK), through a scholarship by the UK’s Department for International Development
(DFID). Nesar also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Charles Darwin University, Australia through
the Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship. His current research focuses on ecosystem
approach to aquaculture and fisheries in relation to climate change.

Ahmed, Syed Masud
Dr. Syed Masud Ahmed is a Research Coordinator at the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC. His
research interests include studying the impact of health and non- health interventions on the lives of the poor
especially, women and children, and exploring the mechanisms of such impact, gender and health equity and
health-seeking behavior of the disadvantaged. Dr. Ahmed is a medical doctor with a master's in Public Health.

Ahsan, Mohammad Tariq
Dr. Tariq Ahsan is Associate Professor at the Institute of Education and Research (IER) at the University of
Dhaka. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Special Education at IER during 2006-07. His areas of
specialization are inclusive education, special education, hearing impairments, alternative communication and
teacher preparation. In 2008, Tariq achieved the Australian Government’s prestigious Australian Leadership
Awards (ALA) for doing his Ph.D. at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He completed his PhD on Pre-
service teacher preparedness for inclusive education in 2014. Tariq conducted a number of research studies on
disability, education, special education and inclusive education issues and published more than 50 papers in the
form of national and international journal articles, books, conference proceedings, periodicals and reports.

Alam, Md. Mahmudul
Dr. Md. Mahmudul Alam is a Senior Lecturer of Finance at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). He is also affiliated
with University Technology MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia and International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) in
Bangladesh as a Research Associate. He obtained a Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Environment and
Development (Fin. & Econ.) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He has a good number of
publications including more than 100 articles in refereed journals and five books/ monographs. He has presented
more than 60 articles in international conferences. His research areas include sustainable development,
ecological economics, Islamic economics, governance, finance & investment, etc.

Alam, Mozaharul
Mr. Alam is the Regional Climate Change Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Region at the United Nations
Environment Program (UNEP). He worked previously at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (from
1992 to 2004 and from 2005-2009) and the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of Bangladesh
(2004-2005) as National Project Coordinator to formulate Bangladesh’s National Adaptation Program of Action
(NAPA). Mr. Alam obtained his M. Sc. degree in geography in 1989 from Jahangirnagar University in

Amin, Sajeda
Dr. Sajeda Amin is a senior associate affiliated with the Poverty, Gender, and Youth program at the Population
Council, where she has worked since 1995. She is interested in a range of issues related to gender, work,
poverty, and family in the developing world. Currently she is involved in studies in Bangladesh, Egypt, and
Vietnam on young people’s livelihood strategies with a focus on socially and economically vulnerable
populations. These studies are part of a larger program on transitions to adulthood. Dr. Amin combines
quantitative and qualitative techniques in her research. Prior to coming to the Population Council, she was a
research fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies in Dhaka. She holds a Ph.D. in Demography
and Sociology from Princeton University in the United States.

Andaleeb, Syed Saad
Dr. Syed Saad Andaleeb is Distinguished Professor for Marketing at the Sam and Irene Black School of
Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in Erie, USA. His research and teaching interests include
marketing management and strategy; marketing research methods; management of marketing channels and
physical distribution; international marketing and business strategy; inter-organizational exchange behavior; and
social marketing; as well as capacity development in research methods at higher institutions in Bangladesh. He
holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, USA.

Arifeen, Shams El
Dr. Shams El Arifeen is a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Unit of the Public Health Sciences Division at the
ICDDR,B in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a Research Associate at the Department of International Health at the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, United States. Dr. Arifeen is also an adjunct
Associate Professor at the BRAC School of Public Health in Dhaka and coordinates the course on
Epidemiology. His main research is related to improving child health and survival by enhancing the understanding
of the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality.

Asadullah, Mohammad Niaz
Dr. Mohammad Niaz Asadullah is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Business School of the
University of Reading, UK and a Visiting Researcher at the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)’s
Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at the Department of Education of the
University of Oxford. His areas of interest are applied microeconomics, development economics, and economics
of education. Dr. Asadullah holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Baqui, Abdullah
Dr. Abdullah Baqui is a professor at the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health in Baltimore, United States. The objective of his current research is to improve child
health and survival by enhancing the understanding of the major causes of childhood morbidity and mortality and
by designing and/or testing cost-effective public health interventions against them. He is currently engaged in the
development of interventions to improve perinatal and neonatal health and survival; the epidemiology of emerging
and re-emerging infectious diseases; the evaluation of diarrhea, vaccines, micronutrients, and the integrated
management of childhood illness (IMCI) strategy. Additionally, he is interested in research related to urban health
care issues and in operations research to improve the management, quality and sustain ability of health care
delivery systems.

Barkat, Abul
Dr. Abul Barkat is a Professor of Economics at the University of Dhaka and a Chief Advisor for the Human
Development Research Centre (HDRC) in Dhaka. His expertise includes topics related to socio-economic
analysis, poverty analysis and research methodologies. Dr. Abul Barkat’s areas of research interest are: political
economy of development and human development; energy, development and poverty reduction; land-water-
energy and development nexus; human right and right to development including marginalized people; gender
disaggregated budget analysis; policy research in health and population; reproductive health and family planning
financing and evaluation; cost and sustainability analyses; education financing and evaluation; assessment and
evaluation of management system; operations research (OR); primary health care; human resource development;
evaluation studies and needs assessments of social sectors and rural development; social sector strategic
planning; economics of fundamentalism; and regional energy trade and energy security.

Dr. Barkat-e-Khuda is a Professor of Economics at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh since 1984. In
addition of being a senior scientist, he held other senior positions, including the post of the Acting Director at
ICDDR,B until 2004. His major areas of expertise include development economics, population economics, labor
economics, health economics, microeconomics, health systems, health policy, etc. Dr. Barkat-e-Khuda holds a
Ph. D. in demography from the Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia.

Bhattacharya, Debapriya
Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO and UN Offices in
Geneva. He previously was Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and worked as a Senior
Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He is a macroeconomist and public
policy analyst. Dr. Bhattacharya participated in many high-level consultative bodies of the Government of
Bangladesh. Dr. Bhattacharya's recent interest relates to reform economics and strategic policy issues.

Bhuiya, Abbas [Uddin]
Dr. Abbas Uddin Bhuiya is Head, Social and Behavioral Sciences Unit at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal
Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). He has some 25 years of experience in the field of community health
research with special focus on the issues of equity, behavior change and community development. He has been
involved in many action research projects on improving the health of the poor and reducing social disparity in
health. This has included work in testing of community development programs in partnership with indigenous
village- based organizations in rural Bangladesh to study their equity impacts.

Chowdhury, A. Mushtaque R.
Dr. A. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury is Deputy Executive Director of BRAC. He holds a Ph.D. from the London
School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In addition to his position as Deputy Executive Director of BRAC, Dr.
Chowdhury is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is Co-
Coordinator of the Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health for the United Nations Millennium Project, a
member of the Academic Council of BRAC University, Adjunct Faculty of the School for International Training in
Vermont, USA, as well as Project Director and Coordinator for numerous international and national development

Darmstadt, Gary L.
Dr. Darmstadt is an Associate Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore, Maryland. He also is the Director of Johns Hopkins International Center for Advancing Neonatal
Health and a Senior Research Advisor for the Saving Newborn Lives Initiative, Save the Children/USA. He holds
a Medical Doctorate from the University of California at San Diego.

del Ninno, Carlo
Dr. Carlo del Ninno is a Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Social Protection Network (HDNSP). His
research focuses on food security, public policy, and disaster management. He lived for several years in
Bangladesh, where he worked on food security issues for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural & Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Dewan, Ashraf M.
Dr. Ashraf M. Dewan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, at Nagoya
University, Nagoya, Japan and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography & Environment at the
University of Dhaka (on leave). His principal research interests relate to geo-informatics applied to hazard and
disaster management, which particularly include questions of assessment of vulnerability, risk and post-disaster
damage assessment. He is also interested more generally in remote sensing, GPS and GIS; climate change,
hydrometeorological disasters, and urban environment. Dr. Ashraf M. Dewan holds a Ph.D. from the Department
of Environmental Engineering at Okayama University, Japan.

Dorosh, Paul A.
Dr. Paul A. Dorosh is a Senior Economist in the South Asia Agricultural and Rural Development Unit of the World
Bank. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for six years as a Senior Research Fellow with the International
Food Policy Research Institute, including four years in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he was an advisor to the
Ministry of Food. From 1989 to 1997, Dr. Dorosh was a Senior Research Associate and Associate Professor
with Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States.

Hadi, Abdullahel
Dr. Abdullahel Hadi is a Research Coordinator at the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC. His major
areas of research interests include population and demography, public health and equity issues in health. Dr.
Hadi holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and Biostatistics from Columbia University in New York, United States.

Hossain, Akhtar (also Hossain, Akhand Akhtar)
Dr. Akhtar Hossain is an Associate Professor and the Head of Economics Discipline in the School of
Economics, Politics &Tourism of the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle, Newcastle,
Australia. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary economics, and
international trade and finance. Currently, he is engaged in research in the areas of central banking and monetary
and exchange rate policy for the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Hossain holds a Ph.D. in Economics.

Hossain, Mahabub
Dr. Mahabub Hossain is an Executive Director at BRAC since June 2007. Previously he worked for 15 years at
the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna Philippines, where his last position was Head of
the Social Science Division and Leader of the Fragile Ecosystems Program.

Hossain, Md. Faruque
Dr. Md. Faruque Hossain is a Professor at the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. Previous positions include Cropping System Scientist and Hub Manager of the International Maize
and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Bangladesh and Environmental Program Coordinator of Health
Canada. He has more than twenty five years of research, teaching and project management experience in
environmental and agricultural development in soil, water and plant biomass eco- systems. Much of his
experience focused on researching the use of climate change and food security; soil C dynamics and accounting
storages; environmental contamination and remediation; nutrient cycling, budgets and management in different
farming and cropping systems; soil survey, classification, mapping and reporting to improve the environmental
and agricultural production on Canadian and tropical countries ecosystems. Dr. Hossain holds a Ph.D. in Soil,
Water and Environmental Sciences from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of
London, in the United Kingdom under the British Government Scholarship.

Hossain, Naomi
Ms. Naomi Hossain is a political sociologist specializing in the politics of poverty and pro-poor public services.
Key areas of interest included work on elite perceptions of poverty and the politics of public service provision.
More recently, she conducted research on informal accountability, crime and insecurity, and the impacts of global
economic crisis. Naomi has extensive experience of successfully managing large multidisciplinary, multi-site,
comparative research projects, and her academic training includes anthropology, economics and political
science. Her professional background spans the range of development work, from operational grassroots NGO
work, to high-level policy advisory work. Before joining IDS in 2008 Naomi was at BRAC.

Hossain, Shaikh Tanveer
Dr. Tanveer Hossain is a Sustainable Agriculture Advisor of Livelihood Enhancement Program (The Netherlands
Funded) in Friends In Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB) and Visiting Scientist of Laboratory of Crop
Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ehime University, Japan. Earlier he was scientist of Bangladesh Rice Research
Institute (BRRI). His is pioneer of integrated rice-duck farming technology and organic vegetable production in
sack in Bangladesh. In September 30, 2011, Dr. Tanveer Hossain has been awarded the grand prize of ‘Organic
Farming Innovation Award (OFIA)” from International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and
Rural Development Administration (RDA), South Korea. He was also awarded “Weed Science Award” from the
Weed Science Society of Bangladesh in 2011. Dr. Tanveer Hossain holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture from United
Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Ehime University, Japan.

Huq, Saleemul
Dr. Huq is a Senior Fellow in the Climate Change Group of the International Institute for Environment and
Development (IIED) in London, UK. His expertise is on links between climate change and sustainable
development, and particularly the perspective of developing countries. He was a lead author of the chapter on
Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) and a lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Mitigation in the IPCC's fourth
assessment report. Dr. Huq holds a Ph.D. in plant sciences from Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.

Islam, Md. Rafiqul
Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam is a Professor in the Department of Population Science and Human Resource  
Development (PSHRD) of Rajshahi University in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. His main research areas concentrate on
the modeling and estimation of age specific fertility rates and various mortality rates. Dr. Islam holds a Ph.D. from
the Department of Population Science and Human Resource Development at the University of Rajshahi,

Kabeer, Naila
Dr. Naila Kabeer is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of
Sussex. She is a social economist and works primarily on poverty, gender, and social policy issues.

Khandker, Shahidur R.
Dr. Shahidur R. Khandker is a Lead Economist in the World Bank Institute's Poverty Reduction & Economic
Management Division. His research focuses on the impact of microfinance on poverty; and the impact of rural
roads on poverty reduction. Dr. Khandker holds a Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University in Canada.

Mahmud, Simeen
Ms. Simeen Mahmud is a Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in
Dhaka. She holds a M.A. in Statistics from the University of Dhaka and a M.Sc. in Medical Demography from the
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research has focused on citizenship and participation,
education and gender, and women’s work and empowerment in Bangladesh. Currently, she is working on social
policy with focus on health and education; the construction of citizen identity and practice in difficult environments;
and the effect of health and micro credit interventions on women’s well being.

Mahmud, Wahiduddin
Dr. Wahiduddin Mahmud is an eminent Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He
also is or was President of Bangladesh Economic Association, Chairman of the PKSF (a premier institution in
Bangladesh for funding microcredit programs of the NGOs), Chairman of the Banking Reform Committee, a
Member of the Macroeconomic Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Finance, and a Board Member of the
Central Bank. He also was Minister of Finance and Planning in the 1996 National Caretaker Government in
Bangladesh. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and has held visiting faculty
positions at various prominent universities around the world.

Mamun, Muhammad Z. [Ziaulhaq]
Dr. Muhammad Z. Mamun is a Professor at the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Dhaka
and a Post-Doctoral Fellow of Urban Environmental Management Program at the Asian Institute of Technology
(AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand. He specializes in national and international in planning and management related
areas. Dr. Mamun holds a Ph.D. from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand with the field of
specialization in Urban Development Planning.

Matin, Imran
Dr. Imran Matin is the Director of the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC. His research interest includes
livelihoods, microfinance, enterprise development, and extreme poverty. Dr. Matin holds a Ph.D. in Economics
from the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Meisner, Craig A.
Dr. Craig A. Meisner is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct International Professor at Cornell University,
having made many scientific contributions to soil management and transgenic papaya programs in Bangladesh
as well as to the arsenic contamination of waters, soils and crops in Bangladesh. He holds a Ph.D. in
Agronomy/Crop Physiology from the University of Georgia, USA.

Miah, M. A. Monayem
Dr. M. A. Monayem Miah is a researcher in the Agricultural Economics Section of the Horticultural Research
Center at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Gazipur. He also is associated with Bangladesh’s
National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme, at the Office at the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit
(FPMU) in the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management in Dhaka Bangladesh.

Moazzem, Khondaker Golam
Dr. Khondaker Golam Moazzem is Additional Director for Research at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in
Dhaka, Bangladesh. His areas of interest are Policy Analysis Particularly Related to Policies on Trade, Industry
and Investment, Trade-Investment Interlinkages, Sectoral Policy Analysis Particularly related to Manufacturing and
Services and SMEs, Public-Private Partnership, Private Investment including FDI, Business Competitiveness,
International Investment Agreements (IIAs), Regional Economic Integration, Trade and investment related issues
under the WTO, Dispute Settlement Issues under the WTO and WTO Rules. Dr. Moazzem holds a Ph.D. in Area
Studies from Kyoto University in Japan.

Moniruzzaman, M. [Mohammed]
M. Moniruzzaman is Senior Scientific Officer (Horticulture), ARS, Raikhali, Chandraghona, Rangamati Hill District-
4531. He has published many articles in the Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Research. Please contact the
BDRC is you have further information on M. Moniruzzaman.

Mujeri, Mustafa K.
Dr. Mustafa K. Mujeri is the Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in
Dhaka, which he joined on April 1, 2009. Before joining BIDS, he was the Chief Economist of the Bangladesh
Bank. Prior to that, he served as UNDP Advisor in Cambodia, and in various capacities in the Centre on
Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Bangladesh’s Planning Commission, BIDS,
and Rajshahi University. Dr. Mujeri has done extensive research in the field of poverty and macro policy analysis,
and the application of modeling and quantitative techniques in development planning.

Nath, Samir R.
Mr. Samir R. Nath is a Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Educational Research Unit in the
Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC. His research interest includes primary and basic education, and
pupils' learning achievement. Mr. Nath has a Masters degree in Statistics and a Masters in Educational
Research Methodology.

Nishat, Ainun
Dr. Ainun Nishat is currently the Senior Advisor on Climate Change for the IUCN Asia. He previously was the
Country Director of the World Conservation Union (IUCN; formerly, International Union for Conservation of Nature)
in Bangladesh. Before joining IUCN, Dr. Nishat was a Professor in the Water Resources Department at the
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He has been a member of the Bangladesh
National Water Council, Indo-Bangladesh Joint River Commission, Bangladesh National Agricultural
Commission, and the National Council on Science and Technology. Dr. Nishat had played an important role in
the Ganges Water Treaty negotiations, water sector policy formulation, agriculture sector policy revision and
strategy formulation. He has been working as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator, championing the wise
use of natural resources and sustainable development in Bangladesh for decades, while his arena of work and
interests include water resource development and management, environment management, biodiversity
conservation, coastal zone and wetland conservation and management, disaster management, adaptation to
climate change and climate variability and related policy advocacy.

Qadri, Firdausi
Dr. Firdausi Qadri is a Researcher at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Laboratory
Sciences Division B in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is the winner of the Le Prix Christophe Mérieux 2012, awarded
by the Institut de France's Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation.

Rahman, A. Atiq
Dr. A. Atiq Rahman is the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in Dhaka.
He is a leading Environment and Development Specialist with wide national, international and global experience
and involvement in sustainable development, environment and resource management, poverty and equity,
disaster management, people’s participation, global governance and modeling evaluation issues. He is also
working on capacity building, optimal capacity utilization, methodological and institutional development in
developing countries and communities. Dr. Atiq Rahman holds a Ph.D. on solid state chemistry and low energy
processes from Brunel University, in London, United Kingdom.

Rahman, Atiur
Dr. Atiur Rahman is the Governor of the Bangladesh Bank (Bangladesh’s central bank); a position he took on
May 1, 2009. Prior to his assumption of the office of the Governor, he was a Professor of Economics in the
Department of Development Studies (2006-2009), University of Dhaka, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
of Shamunnay, a centre for excellence in development research in Bangladesh. He also served as the Chairman
of the Board of Directors of Unnayan Shamannay, a non-profit organization for research, development and
cultural learning. His previous roles also include Director of Sonali Bank, the largest commercial bank in
Bangladesh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Janata Bank, the second largest commercial bank in the
country and a long tenure as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
(BIDS). He conducted various research works on economic development and published extensively on the micro-
finance revolution in Bangladesh. For many years, Dr. Rahman also steered the Credit Development Forum
(CDF) in Bangladesh as Chairman. He has been a known public face advocating for more humane development
including pro-poor participatory budgeting. He is considered an authority on matters related to the fiscal budget in
Bangladesh. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, United

Rahman, M. Mizanur
Dr. M. Mizanur Rahman is the Director for Research and a Faculty Member at the Islami Bank Training and
Research Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His areas of research interests include Islamic economics, Islamic
banking, micro-finance, financial management, and banking efficiency. Dr. Rahman holds a Ph.D. in production
economics (with a special emphasis on econometrics) from the Department of Economics and Business
Management at Imperial College of the University of London.

Rahman, Mustafizur
Dr. Mustafizur Rahman is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and a Professor in the
Department of Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Dhaka. His areas of interest are: Trade
sector performance, backward and forward linkages, trade policy analysis, export competitiveness issues
including technology, exchange rates and incentives, regionalization and regional economic cooperation in South
Asia, foreign aid, globalization and its multidimensional implications for Bangladesh’s external sector
performance. Dr. Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Moscow State University.

Rahman, Sanzidur
Dr. Sanzidur Rahman is Senior Lecturer in Rural Development in the School of Geography at Plymouth University
in Plymouth, United Kingdom. His research interests include: efficiency and productivity measurement in
agriculture; underlying areas of technological change and its generation and diffusion; rural livelihoods; and
poverty, food and nutrition insecurity. Dr. Sanzidur Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Regional-Rural Development
Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.

Rahmatullah, Mohammed
Dr. Mohammed Rahmatullah is the Dean of the Faculty of Life Science at the University of Development
Alternative (UODA) in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dr. Rahmatullah is also a Professor in the Department of
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and Molecular Medicine and Bio-informatics. He previously was the
Dean at the School of Life Sciences, Khulna University. He also worked in the prestigious institute under
Geisinger Health System, USA. Professor Rahmatullah heads a team of scientists engaged in various
biotechnological research activities at UODA and is in the forefront of productive research on fish biotechnology.
Dr. Rahmatullah holds a Ph.D. from Hong Kong University and post doc from Kansas State University.

Raihan, Ananya
Dr. Ananya Raihan is the Executive Director of D.Net in Dhaka. His research areas include
networking for mainstreaming ICTs in economic development and poverty alleviation in Bangladesh and beyond;
trade policy, particularly on trade in goods, trade in services and regional cooperation; corporate social
responsibility; SME development; and financial sector reform. Dr. Raihan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the V.
M. Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, Kiev Ukraine.

Raihan, Selim
Dr. Selim Raihan is an Associate Professor of the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and the
Executive Director of the Dhaka Secretariat of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). His
research works focus on issues related to international trade, macroeconomic policies, and poverty. Dr Raihan
possesses expertise in micro- and macro-econometric modelling techniques and Computable General
Equilibrium (CGE) models. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

Rasul, Golam
Dr. Golam Rasul is the Theme Leader on Livelihoods at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain
Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal. He previously worked in government, academia and research and
development organization in different countries of Asia. His research focuses on development in South Asia in
the areas of economic development, agriculture, water, food security, environment, green economy, and regional
cooperation. Dr. Rasul holds a Ph.D. in regional and rural development planning from the Asian Institute of
Technology (AIT) in Thailand.

Razzaque, M. A. (Mohammad Abdur)
Dr. M. A. Razzaque is currently Economic Adviser at the Economic Affairs Division of the Commonwealth
Secretariat in London, U.K; on leave from the University of Dhaka where he is an Associate Professor in the
Department of Economics. Whilst his primary research interests lie in the areas of international trade and trade
policy analysis, he has also undertaken empirical research on poverty and labour issues. Dr. Razzaque holds a
Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.

Riaz, Ali
Dr. Ali Riaz is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at the Illinois State
University in the United States. He has previously taught at universities in England, South Carolina, and
Bangladesh. He also worked as broadcast journalist in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World
Service in London. His research areas include governance issues, governance failures and the role of religion in
government. Dr. Riaz holds a Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii under the East West Center fellowship.

Rob, Ubaidur
Dr. Ubaidur Rob is the Country Director of the Population Council Bangladesh Office in Dhaka. He holds a Ph.D.
in Population Planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His areas of expertise include project
development, implementation, and evaluation; dissemination and utilization of research findings; conducting in-
depth surveys; and consultation on program development, monitoring, and evaluation. Dr. Rob is affiliated with
the Population Council's Reproductive Health Program.

Roy, Goutam
Mr. Goutam Roy is an Assistant Professor in Education at the Institute of Education and Research (IER) at the
University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He is mainly responsible for teaching courses on research methods at both
undergraduate and post-graduate levels. His particular research interests include non-formal and primary
education, community participation in schools, assessment of student learning, teaching-learning activities, etc.
Before starting his career in academia, he worked for two international NGOs (BRAC and Plan International
Bangladesh) as Education Researcher. He also collaborates with a number of NGOs and government bodies.
He founded Bangladesh Education Articles (, an online hub of popular educational
articles. Mr. Roy holds a Master of Education from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Sarma, Bijon B.
Mr. Bijon B. [Behari] Sarma is a Professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Ahsanullah University of
Science and Technology (AUST) in Dhaka. He previously also was the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and
Planning. His research covers a wide area of various economic, social and cultural issues. Mr. Sarama holds a
Masters degree in architecture from BUET.

Sen, Binayak
Dr. Binayak Sen is a Senior Economist in the World Bank's Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit
of South Asia (SASPR). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of India and South Asian
Economies of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He also worked for
many years at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), where he was involved in policy-advising
in a number of national committees, including the Macroeconomic Consultative Committee to the Ministry of
Finance. He was also the Member of the International Steering Committee of the South Asia Network of
Economic Institutes (SANEI). His research interests relate to the economics of poverty and income distribution,
anti-poverty policy, social development, privatization and financial sector reforms, informal trade, ethical issues of
development (with focus on “social justice” and “civic empowerment”), and colonial history (with focus on “history’
s lessons for development”).

Shamsuddoha, Mohammad
Mr. Mohammad Shamsuddoha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing Studies and
International Marketing at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. His research topics are in the area of
Commodity Marketing, Banking, Governance, Poultry, Human Resources, Fishing Communities, Environmental
Marketing, Waste Management, and Business Sustainability. Mr. Shamsuddoha is currently also completing his
Ph.D. on Sustainable Environment Friendly Poultry Commercial Farming at the University of Chittagong.

Sobhan, Rehman
Dr. Rehman Sobhan is the Founder and Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka. He began
his working career at the Faculty of Economics, Dhaka University. He served as a Member of the Bangladesh
Planning Commission, where he was in charge of the Divisions of Industry, Power and Natural Resources, and of
Physical Infrastructure. He also served as Chairman, Research Director and Director General of the Bangladesh
Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He was a Member of the Advisory Council of the President of
Bangladesh in charge of the Ministry of Planning and the Economic Relations Division.

van Geen, Alexander  
Dr. Alexander van Geen is a Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) in
Palisades, NY, an affiliate to the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from
the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. His research areas are geochemical cycling of trace elements in natural and
perturbed environments, particularly redox-sensitive processes affecting metals and metalloids; applications to
mine tailings, coastal sediment, estuaries, and groundwater, as well reconstructions of past climate change in
nearshore environments; and more recently, in the bridging of disciplines, including the health and social
sciences, to address multi-faceted environmental problems. Dr. van Geen has worked extensively on the
mitigation of Bangladesh's groundwater arsenic problem.

Zafarullah, Habib
Dr. Habib Zafarullah is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of New England,
Armidale, Australia. He specializes in the areas of democratic governance, comparative bureaucracy, public
policy and development management. Dr. Zafarullah holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of
Sydney, Australia.