“Politics needs to be reoriented to be reflective of the people's perspectives, for which establishment of participatory democracy and good and effective governance at all levels of society, from local to central, is essential”
- Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, January 11, 2007
[Chairman, Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP)]
The BDRC provides 7 lists related to
Bangladesh development researchers
Top International Awards received by Bangladeshi Development Researchers/Organizations
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].
Other Major Bangladesh Development Researchers of the Millennium [defined as persons who have
(co-) authored and/or (co-)edited at least 10 (though less than 25) studies/reports within this Millennium].
There are about 170 researchers in this list.
RePEc-registered Bangladesh-related Economists [managed by Bernhard Gunter/BDRC, Research
Papers in Economics (RePEc) provides a list of about 250 economists who (a) are registered with the
RePEc Author Service and (b) have published items specifically on Bangladesh (as listed in RePEc).
The BDRC encourages all economists, especially Bangladeshi economists, to register with RePEc,
which is a free service and only takes a few seconds.]
All Bangladesh-related Economists with publications listed in RePEc (pdf) [This is a list (compiled by
the BDRC) of all Bangladesh-related Economists (those who are registered as well as those who are
not registered with the RePEc Author Service) based on Bangladesh-related publications as listed in
IDEAS/RePEc database (as of October 13, 2008). There are more than 900 authors in this list. For
further details, please see: http://repec.org/ and/or http://ideas.repec.org/.]
These lists are provided to identify some of the persons that have made significant contributions to
Bangladesh development issues. Yet, there are many alternatives to choose selection criteria for such lists
and, hence, there may be other eminent development economists not included in these lists as their
contribution has not been captured by the selection criteria chosen for some of these lists. The BDRC
welcomes comments and suggestions to improve these lists.
Please contact the BDRC if you fit any of the lists' selection criteria but are not included. Please provide
details for your claim why you should be included and provide also a short profile of you and/or your work.
International Awards received by
Bangladeshi Development Researchers/Organizations
(in reverse chronological order since 2004; click on prize and/or laureates for further details)
2012 Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Prize for Women's Contribution to Development:
Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA):
Knighthood by the British Crown:
2009 Goldman Environmental Prize:
2009 Zayed Future Energy Prize:
Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 Million:
Ashden 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award:
2007 National Academy of Engineering Grainger Challenge Prize:
Most Popular Bangladeshi Development Researchers
(based on number of Google™ items returned)
Note: Persons included in this list had a Google search return of at least 2000 items. They are
listed in alphabetical order. Please contact the BDRC if you are a Bangladeshi development
researcher with a Google™ search return of more than 2000 [two thousand] items but your are
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.
Ahmad, Mohiuddin; Economist and Researcher, Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO)
Ahmad, Qazi Kholiquzzaman; Chairman, Executive Board, Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP)
Ahmed, Fakhruddin; Chief Adviser, Caretaker Government; was previously Governor, Bangladesh Bank
Ahmed, M. Feroze; Vice-Chancellor of Stamford University, Bangladesh; was Professor and Dean of the Civil
Engineering Faculty at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
Ahmed, Musaffar; Professor, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka; and Chairman of the
Trustee Board, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)
Ahmed, Raisuddin; Research Fellow Emeritus; was previously Director, Markets and Structural Studies
Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Ahmed, Sadiq; Senior Manager, South Asia Vice Presidency, World Bank
Alauddin, Mohammad; Senior Lecturer, University of Queensland
Amin, Sajeda; Senior Associate, Policy Research Division, Population Council
Asaduzzaman, Md.; Research Director, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
Barkat-e-Khuda; Senior Scientist, Professor of Economics at the University of Dhaka; previous other senior
positions include Acting Director at the Intl. Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
Bhattacharya, Debapriya; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO and UN Offices in
Geneva; was previously Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Bhuiya, Abbas; Senior Scientist and Head, Poverty and Health Programme, Centre for Health and Population
Research, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B)
Chaudhury, Nazmul; Research Economist, World Bank
Dowla, Asif; Professor and Chair, Economics Department, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Haque, M. Shamsul; Professor, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore
Hossain, Mahabub; Executive Director, BRAC
Huq, Saleemul; Head of Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Huque, Ahmed Shafiqul; Associate Professor, Political Science Department, McMaster University
Islam, Nurul; Research Fellow Emeritus; was previously Director General, International Food Policy Research
Islam, Rizwanul; Special Advisor on Growth, Employment and Poverty Reduction, International Labour
Kabeer, Naila; Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex
Khan, Azizur Rahman; Professor Emeriti, Department of Economics, University of California at Riverside
Khan, Haider A.; Professor of Economics, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver
Khandker, Shahidur R.; Lead Economist, World Bank Institute, World Bank
Mahmud, Wahiduddin; Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka
Nishat, Ainun; Country Representative, The World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Bangladesh
Osmani, S. R.; Professor of Economics, University of Ulster
Quadir, Iqbal; Founder Director, Program in Developmental Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT); and Founder of GrameenPhone
Rahman, Atiq; Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)
Rahman, Atiur; Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka; and Chairman, Unnayan
Rahman, Hossain Zillur; Advisor, Caretaker Government of Bangladesh; was previously Executive Chairman,
Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC)
Rahman, Md. Habibur; Professor and Dean, School of Business, United International University
Rashid, Salim; Professor of Economics, University of Illinois
Rasul, Golam; Theme Leader on Livelihoods at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
(ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal
Riaz, Ali; Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University
Sen, Binayak; Senior Economist, South Asia Vice Presidency, World Bank
Sobhan, Rehman; Founder and Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Yunus, Muhammad; Founder and Managing Director, Grameen Bank
Zafarullah, Habib; Associate Professor, School of Social Science, University of New England
Top Bangladesh Development Researchers
(based on SSRN downloads)
This list is based on total number of downloads from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), which contains about 130 papers on Bangladesh development issues of some 170 authors (most of the papers have joint authors). The list is based on SSRN download data through February 21, 2008. Please note that only papers that are specifically on Bangladesh development issues have been included. The list is in alphabetical order of authors with more than 200 downloads.
Please contact the BDRC if you qualify but have not been included in this list.
Vice President, ING Investment Management
Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Analytic Economics, Cornell
Khandker, Shahidur R.
Lead Economist, World Bank Institute
Senior Economist, World Bank
Pitt, Mark M.
Professor of Economics, Brown University
Director, Research Group, World Bank
Lecturer, Department of Business Administration, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka
Lead Economist, World Bank
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.bdeduarticle.com), 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.
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”).
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.
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.
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.
Other Major Bangladesh Development Researchers of the Millennium
(based on number of Google™ items returned)
Note: Defined as persons who have (co-)authored and/or (co-)edited at least 10 (though less than 25) studies/reports within this Millennium (based on the collection of studies/reports in the BDRC's Bangladesh Development Bibliography). There are about 170 persons in this category. Please contact the BDRC if you have at least 10 (though less than 25) publications and are not included in this list.
Please provide the relevant details of your publications and a short profile of you and your work.
Aboud, Frances E.
Dr. Frances E. Aboud, is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal,
Canada. She conducts research on the development of racial prejudice in children. She also studies children's friendships and publishes in the area of international health psychology. Dr. Aboud holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Rita Afsar is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka. She has
been working in the areas of migration, urbanization, urban poverty and gender issues for about two decades. Both her Ph.D. and Master's dissertations were based on rural-urban migration. She was honored by Pi Gamma Mu honor society for her outstanding academic performance and elected as a member of the International Union of Scientific Studies on Population (IUSSP).
Mr. Mohiuddin Ahmad is a Co-Team Leader at the Program Development Office for Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (PDO-ICZMP), a project jointly financed by the governments of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. He previously was the Chairman of the Community Development Library (CDL), which is a network of development information and communication in Bangladesh. Mr. Mohiuddin Ahmad is a founding member of the South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), the Coordinator of South Asian People's Forum on River Water and Environment, a Co-Convener of the People’s SAARC, and an ARENA Fellow.
Ahmad, Mokbul Morshed
Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad is an Assistant Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology at Pathumthani, Thailand and is affiliated with its School of Environment, Resources and Development. His research interests are in the areas of economic geography, regional and rural development planning, community development, civil society and globalization.
Ahmed, Ahsan Uddin
Dr. Ahsan Uddin Ahmed is currently the Executive Director of Centre for Global Change (CGC), a non-profit policy
research organization in Bangladesh. He previously was Head of the Water and Environment Division at the Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP). He has a strong research background in environmental pollution, atmospheric chemistry, and issues related to climate change and sustainable development. He has been engaged in climate change related research since 1990. He has been a member of IPCC since 1996 and contributed to the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. from Clarkson University, in the United States.
Mr. Asif Ahmed is an Assistant Auditor at KPMG Rahman Rahman Huq in Dhaka, Bangladesh (one of the leading
Chartered Accountancy firm in Bangladesh). Mr. Ahmed’s areas of expertise are Business Planning, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing, and Accounting Theory. He holds degrees and certificates from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), the University of Dhaka, and Hajigonj Model College.
Dr. Nazneen Ahmed is a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka. Her
current research interests are in the areas of trade and development, WTO issues, trade liberalization, human capital and industrial growth, and regional cooperation. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wageningen, in The Netherlands.
Dr. Nizam Uddin Ahmed is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Chittagong in
Dr. Raquib Ahmed is Professor and Director of the Institute of Environmental Science of University of Rajshahi in
Rajshahi, Bangladesh. His research areas and interests include remote sensing and GIS application in coastal
environment study, land use change modeling, disaster vulnerability study, spatial data base modeling, and urban geography. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. in Geography (Urban Geography) from the University of Mysore, India.
Dr. Sadiq Ahmed is the Vice-Chairman of the Policy Research Institute in Dhaka Bangladesh. He was previously a Senior Manager in the South Asia Regional Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Previous World Bank positions included (among others) Sector Director for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) in the South Asia Region; and Chief Economist for the South Asia Region. His research areas include monetary economics, public finance, trade, and development. Dr. Ahmed holds a Ph.D. from Boston University.
Dr. Tanweer Akram is Vice President at ING Investment Management, where he is responsible for developing the group’s U.S. macroeconomic outlook. He has previously worked for Moody’s Economy.com, the Investment Climate Department of the World Bank, A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, and the Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund. He was awarded the A.T. Kearney’s Sliver Prize for Intellectual Capital for leading the effort to develop a metric for globalization. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue and has taught at Barnard College and Columbia University in the United States, and North South University in Bangladesh. Dr. Akram holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Nasima Akter is a Research Fellow and Team Leader of the Environmental Research Unit at the Research and
Evaluation Department of BRAC. Her research areas include municipal and medical waste management, natural resource conservation, renewable energy, health and environment, and environmental assessment. Dr. Akter holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Technology and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand.
Alam, Md. Jahangir
There are multiple researchers having this name, including among others (a) Md. Jahangir Alam, who is a Ph.D. student at Andong National University in South Korea and holds a M.Sc. in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from the Islamic University in Kushtia, Bangladesh; (b) Md. Jahangir Alam, who holds a M.Sc. in Agriculture with a focus on Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa; and (c) Dr. Md. Jahangir Alam Khan, who is the Director General at the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute. [Please contact the BDRC if you have further information on these persons’ publications.]
Dr. Mohammad Alauddin is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has been engaged in research, amongst others, on development, environment and sustainability, and economics education. His current research project focuses on the sustainability of agricultural productivity growth in a changing environment. Dr. Alauddin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Ali, Md. Korban
Mr. Md. Korban Ali is affiliated with Bangladesh Islami University, Gupibag, Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research topics are in the area of population science, the modeling of fertility rates, and analyzing factors influencing infant and child mortality in Bangladesh.
Ali, Muhammad Mahboob
Dr. Muhammad Mahboob Ali is Professor of Finance, Economics and Management and the Chair of the Department of Business Administration at Atish Dipankar University of Science & Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research area covers banking, money laundering, and globalization. Dr. Ali holds a Ph.D. in Economics (with specialization: Macroeconomics) from University of Chittagong.
Ali, S. M. Zulfiqar
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali is a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). His research focuses on growth, inequality and poverty; human and social development; human wellbeing; applied economics; and natural resources economics. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.
Alim, Md. Abdul
Md. Abdul Alim is Research Associate in the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A
sociologist by training, he does research and evaluations on issues relating to social development and empowerment of poor. He has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods. He holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies with a Major in Local and Regional Development (LRD) from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands, and a Master of Social Science (MSS) in Sociology from the University of Dhaka.
Aminuzzaman, Salahuddin M.
Dr. Salahuddin Aminuzzaman is a Professor in the Department of General and Continuing Education at North South
University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He previously was a Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the
University of Dhaka. His areas of expertise are governance, local government and rural development. He also studies the impact of mobile phones. Dr. Aminuzzaman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Philippines.
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. 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.
Dr. Md. Asaduzzaman is Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka, which he joined in 1969 (which at that time was the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics). He holds his current post since end 1997. He has extensive research experiences fall in the area of agriculture, natural resource management and rural development. Within this broad area, his past research includes one of the first rigorous studies on technological change in agriculture, institutional and management issues in rural infrastructure development, environmental issues such as coastal environmental management, climate change, comprehensive evaluation of water resource development, and comparative evaluation of poverty eradication programs under alternative institutional frameworks. Dr. Asaduzzaman’s current research interests include modeling of Bangladesh trade under WTO and free trade rules, rural energy, energy development and its governance with particular reference to the power sector, and private investment in schooling.
Ayers, Jessica M.
Dr. Jessica Ayers is a Researcher, Climate Change Group of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London, UK. Her area of expertise are on pro-poor climate governance; climate change adaptation finance, planning and delivery; and community-based adaptation. Her current work areas include monitoring and evaluation of adaptation mainstreaming (Nepal); political economy study of international adaptation processes; lesson-drawing around community-based adaptation. Dr. Ayers holds a Ph.D. from London School of Economics (LSE) in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Zaid Bakht is a Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
His areas of expertise are related to rural industries, rural infrastructure, and fiscal, monetary, trade and industrial
policies. His main research areas include industrial policy & SME, private sector development, macroeconomic
management, trade policy and regional trade. Dr. Bakht holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in the United States.
Barua, Dipal C.
Mr. Dipal C. Barua is the Founder and Chairman, Bright Green Energy Foundation (BGEF), the First Zayed Future
Energy Prize Winner, the Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti, and the Co-Founder & Former Deputy
Managing Director of Grameen Bank, all in Bangladesh.
Bates, Lisa M.
Dr. Lisa M. Bates is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) of Columbia University, USA. She is interested in how social stratification and processes of social change translate into health outcomes. Dr. Bates combines training in social epidemiology with a background in qualitative research and international health and is concurrently engaged in research on the changing sociocultural and economic determinants of women's health in Bangladesh, with a particular focus on women's empowerment and the mediating role of the institution of marriage. Prior to commencing her doctoral training, Ms. Bates was involved in policy-oriented research on a range of population, development, gender, and reproductive health topics. She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Begum, Bilkis A.
Dr. Bilkis Ara Begum is a researcher in the Chemistry Division of the Atomic Energy Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her field of concentration is in analytical chemistry.
Dr. Sharifa Begum is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. Her current areas of interest include health, population, poverty and gender. Dr. Sharifa Begum obtained her M.A. in Economics from Dhaka University, a M.Sc. in Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences.
Ms. Ismat Bhuiya is a senior program officer with the Bangladesh component of the Frontiers in Reproductive Health
program of the Population Council. She has been conducting operations research in the areas of adolescent reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections in men, and HIV and AIDS since 1993. She is also involved in developing the national HIV/AIDS database. Bhuiya is the vice chair of the STI/AIDS Network, which is composed of national and international NGOs in Bangladesh. Prior to joining the Population Council, she worked for Bangladesh's Ministry of Science and Technology. She received a master's degree in laboratory science from Chittagong University and a master's of public health from Dhaka University.
Billah, Md. Masum
Mr. Md. Masum Billahis the Head of the Research Unit at the Development Research Network (D.Net) in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. His areas of interest are Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D),
Geographic Information System, Remote Sensing, Urban Planning, Automation in Planning, Rural Development, and
Environment. Mr. Billah has a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), in Dhaka.
Biswas, Paritosh K.
Dr. Paritosh Kumar Biswas is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the Chittagong Veterinary and Animal
Sciences University in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Biswas, Swapan K.
Mr. Swapan K. Biswas is a researcher in the Clean Air and Sustainable Environment Project at the Department of
Environment, in Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Black, Robert E.
Dr. Robert E. Black is the Edgar Berman Professor in International Health and the Chairman of the International Health
Department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, United States. He has focused his
research and professional activities on reducing the number of these unnecessary deaths. He is conducting epidemiologic research on the interaction of infectious diseases and nutrition, clinical and community-based trials of new vaccines to prevent childhood infectious diseases, and trials of nutritional interventions to reduce infectious disease morbidity and mortality, as well as improve growth and development. He is also assisting with implementation of disease control and nutrition programs in developing countries and conducting evaluations of their effectiveness and mortality impact. His other interests are related to the use of evidence in policy and programs, estimation of the burden of disease, development of research capacity and strengthening of public health training.
Caldwell, Bruce K.
Dr. Bruce K. Caldwell is a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the
Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. His research interests are in the areas of developing country urban health, fertility decline, family planning, reproductive health, abortion, HIV/AIDS, and marriage patterns. He holds a Ph.D. in Demography from the Australian National University.
Dr. Nazmul Chaudhury is a Senior Economist in the Human Development Sector of the World Bank’s South Asia Vice-
Presidency. His research focuses on Bangladesh’s education system. Dr. Chaudhury holds a Ph.D. in Environmental
Economics from Michigan State University.
Dr. Yu Chen is an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Environmental Medicine and Medicine (Hospital Program) at New York University. She has worked extensively on arsenic-related health issues in Bangladesh. Dr. Yu holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Chisti, Mohammod J.
Dr. Mohammod J. Chisti is a Researcher at the Clinical Sciences Division of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal
Disease Research (ICDDR,B) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Chowdhury, Omar Haider
Dr. Omar Haider Chowdhury is a Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). His
research areas include economic development in general and nutrition and food policy, macroeconomic management, social welfare and implications of improvements in social and physical infrastructure on the development of Bangladesh in particular. Dr. Chowdhury holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London. Dr. Omar Haider Chowdhury diseased on 22. January 2010.
Dr. Shyamal Chowdhury is Lecturer in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney, Australia. Before joining the University of Sidney, he worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (from 2003-2006), and the World Bank (2006-2007) in Washington DC, United States. Dr. Chowdhury holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Bonn University, Germany. His research program has been and continues to be shaped by the broad goal of trying to understand how development interventions influence households, particularly poor households, under market imperfections.
Dr. Susmita Dasgupta is a Lead Environmental Economist in the Sustainable Rural and Urban Development Team of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. She is a specialist in empirical research in environmental economics and has done extensive research on setting priorities in pollution control, estimation of pollution abatement cost, cost-effective regulations, and poverty/environment nexus. She holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany, United States.
Dr. Peter Davis is the coordinator and a research fellow at the Social Development Research Initiative (SDRI), which was established in 2009 in Bath, in the United Kingdom. He previously was teaching for ten years at the University of Bath. He has worked in the development sector in South Asia, particularly Bangladesh, since 1987. From 1993 to 1996, Peter established an NGO agricultural programme in Bangladesh's Kushtia district. Trained as an agricultural scientist, Dr. Davis also holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from the University of Bath.
Deb, Uttam Kumar
Dr. Uttam Kumar Deb is an Additional Director for Research in the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka. His areas of interest include Agricultural Trade Liberalization, Science and Technology Policy, Impact Assessment, and Food Security. Dr. Deb holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), in The Philippines.
Mr. Jo Devine lectures in International Development at the University of Bath, in the UK. His research interests lie in the
dynamics of social change and the politics of the development polity process, with a focus on wellbeing, poverty and inequality; collective action and social mobilization; state-society relations; NGOs; religion; agrarian reform, natural resources and coastal management; and human rights.
Dey, Madan M.
Dr. Madan M. Dey is a Professor in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries of the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff, Arkansas. He previously was a Regional Director in The WorldFish Center. His research is known far beyond
Bangladesh, especially after developing a multi-market fish sector model for Asia that is used widely to analyze the impact of different technologies and policy options. Another main contribution has been the development of frameworks for assessing the impact of different types of aquatic resources research. Dr. Dey holds a Ph.D. in Aquaculture Economics from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos.
Egashira, K. [Kazuhiko]
Dr. Kazuhiko Egashira is a Researcher in the Laboratory of Soil Science, Division of Soil Science and Plant Production,
Department of Plant Resources, Faculty of Agriculture of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. His research areas
include market research on vegetables; Bangladeshi soil analysis, especially of clay minerals and phosphor; and progress in higher education and rice cropping systems.
Dr. Mohammad Eusuf is currently working as a Senior Fellow and Head of Energy Division in the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). He is the Bangladesh Team Leader of the ADB sponsored project - Renewable Energy,
Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Abatement (PREGA). Dr. Eusuf has been associated with research, development and dissemination of energy technologies at Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) since 1964.
Eusuf, Mohammed Abu
Dr. Mohammed Abu Eusuf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Development Studies at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research topics focus on Bangladesh’s exports and foreign direct investment into Bangladesh.
Dr. Ejaz Ghani is currently Economic Adviser in South Asia Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM)
Network at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He previously taught Economics at Oxford University and Delhi University. He studied Economics in Delhi University, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, and Oxford University. He has worked on Africa, East Asia, and South Asia, and has a strong interest in globalization, growth, employment, and poverty. Dr. Ghani holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Gunter, Bernhard G.
Dr. Bernhard G. Gunter is the President of the Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC) in Falls Church,
United States. His areas of expertise include development macroeconomics, especially structural change, debt
sustainability analysis, and the social impact of globalization. He is also interested in analyzing poverty reduction policies, development strategies, and the challenge of climate change adaptation. Dr. Gunter holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in Washington, DC, United States.
Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta is the Executive Director of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB), a research support
organization, which funds research for poverty alleviation and development. She was Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka for the last 22 years. Her research areas cover a wide area of human rights (especially of indigenous people), feminist thought, and South Asian politics. Dr. Guhathakurta holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of York, in the United Kingdom.
Habib, Md. Mamun
Dr. Md. Mamun Habib is an Assistant Professor in the Operations Management Department at the Faculty of Business Administration at the American International University in Dhaka, Bangladesh (AIUB). His interested research areas are supply chain management, educational management, production & operations management, engineering management, technology management. Dr. Habib holds a Ph.D. in Computer & Engineering Management from Assumption University of Thailand.
Habib, Shah Md. Ahsan
Dr. Shah Md. Ahsan Habib is an Associate Professor at the Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) in Dhaka
and the part-time Head of the Research and Program of D.Net (Development Research Network). His current research activities focus on Public Access to Information and ICTs, the Development of the Foreign Exchange Market in Bangladesh, Pro-Poor Trade Agreements, Developing Livelihood Skills Strategy and Action Plan for Urban Working
Children, Information Technology and Workers Remittances, Exploration of Trade Opportunities in Mode 4 under SAFTA, Practices and Requirements of Commodity Hedging Operation, and Training Needs Assessment of Micro-Finance Institutions. Dr. Habib holds a Ph. D. in International Finance from Banaras Hindu University in India.
Dr. Shantana Halder is a National Expert on Monitoring and Evaluation at the Comprehensive Disaster Management
program (CDMP), a strategic institutional and programming approach that is designed to optimize the reduction of long-term risk and to strengthen the operational capacities for responding to emergencies and disaster situations including actions to improve recovery from these events by the Government of Bangladesh.
Ms. Farhana Haseen is a Research Associate at the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC. She has Masters in
Nutrition from Institute of Nutrition & Food Science (INFS), the University of Dhaka and also Masters of Medical Science in International Health from International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH),Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Hassan, M. Kabir
Dr. M. Kabir Hassan is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance of New Orleans University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a financial economist with teaching, research and consulting
experiences in financial markets and institutions, corporate finance, applied economics and development finance.
Hopke, Philip K.
Dr. Philip K. Hopke is the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor for Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the
Institute for a Sustainable Environment and the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, the United States. Dr. Hopke, who began his Post-Doctoral Research at MIT, joined the department of Chemistry as the first Robert A Plane Professor in 1989, after spending several years at the Institute for Environmental Studies. His research interests are primarily related to particles in the air: how they form, how to sample and analyze them; what their composition is; and where they come from. His current projects are on receptor modeling, ambient monitoring, and nucleation.
Hossain, Dewan Mahboob
Mr. Dewan Mahboob Hossain is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting & Information Systems at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. His areas of expertise are in auditing, accounting theory, entrepreneurship
development, and strategic management. Mr. Hossain holds a Masters of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Western Sydney in Australia and the University of Dhaka.
There are three researchers with contributions relevant for Bangladesh’s development:
Dr. Farhad Hossain is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Administrative Science of the University of
Tampere, Finland. His research areas include public administration, comparative and development
administration/management; international development; non-governmental organizations; microfinance;
governance; e-governance; intercultural communication; South Asian regional development; project/program
management; economic globalization and social capital. He holds a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences from the
University of Tampere in Finland.
Mr. Farhad Hossain (who also publishes as Md. Farhad Hossain) is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Business Administration of Jahangirnagar University in Savar, Dhaka. His recent research areas include IPO
flotation costs in Bangladesh, the readability of management reviews and balance sheet reporting of listed
companies of Bangladesh, and microcredit. Mr. Farhad Hossain holds a Masters of Commerce and an MBA from
the University of Dhaka.
Dr. Farhad Hossain, Lecturer and Programme Director of the M.Sc. in Organizational Change and Development at
the Institute for Development Policy and Management, School of Environment and Development at the University of
Manchester, UK, who has however not yet made it to the list of Bangladesh Development Researchers of the
Hossain, M. Kabil
Dr. M. Kabil Hossain is an Environment and Climate Change Specialist and Researcher, working as consultant and
researcher in the field of environment and climate change for about 15 years. His areas of Interest are environmental
impact assessment and mitigation, environmental management planning, climate change, disaster risk management,
biodiversity, ecology and ecosystem, fisheries management, and sustainable development. Dr. Hossain holds a Masters
of Science in Zoology from Dhaka University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Rajshahi University in Bangladesh.
Dr. David Hulme is a Professor in Development Studies and the Director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC)
at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. His specific research interests are in the areas of rural
development policy and planning; poverty reduction strategies; finance for the poor; sociology of development; role of
community organizations and NGOs; evaluation of technical assistance; environmental management; and public sector reform. Dr. Hulme holds a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia.
Dr. Mozammel Huq teaches in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His particular
research interest is industrialization and the promotion of technological capability in developing countries. He directed
technology transfer studies in Ghana (1982-84) and Bangladesh (1988-91) and helped in supervising a technology link
program with the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology during the 1990s.
Huque, Ahmed Shafiqul
Dr. Ahmed Shafiqul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at McMaster University in Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada. His areas of expertise are in the area of Public Administration and Management, Public Policy,
Development, South Asian Government and Politics, Hong Kong Government. Dr. Huque holds a Ph.D. in Political Science
from the University of British Columbia.
Hussain, Md. Daulat
Dr. Md. Daulat Hussain is a Professor at the Department of Farm Power and Machinery, in the Faculty of Agricultural
Engineering and Technology at the Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh. He holds a Ph.D. in Agriculture
from the Institute of Agricultural Engineering of the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. His research areas
include agricultural mechanization, spray technology, solar and renewable energy, biomass, rainwater harvesting, and
harvesting of fruits and wastewater management.
Hyder, S. M. Ziauddin
Dr. S. M. Ziauddin Hyder is teaching at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. He holds a
Ph.D. in Public Health Epidemiology from Umea University, Sweden. His current academic interests include the knowledge
translation from research to policy and policy to practice; multi-micronutrient supplementation and interactions with
infectious diseases and nutritional status; complementary feeding practices and impact on anemia and micronutrient
status; the efficacy and effectiveness of in-home fortification of complementary foods with micronutrient sprinkles; the
incorporation of nutrition into poverty reduction and development programs and monitoring and evaluation challenges; and the challenges to evaluate market-driven nutrition interventions in development countries.
Idris, Nor Aini
Ms. Nor Aini Idris is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department of the Faculty of Economics & Management in the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia) in Bangi Selangor, Malaysia. Her areas of expertise include economic development, gender and development, poverty, small scale industry.
Dr. Makoto Inoue is a Professor at the Department of Global Agricultural Sciences in the Graduate School of Agricultural
and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Forestry, Faculty of
Agriculture of the University of Tokyo in 1983, and worked (among others) as a researcher at the Forestry & forest
Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.
Islam, K. M. Nabiul
Dr. K. M. Nabiul Islam is a Research Fellow and Project Director for the WARPO- Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Plan Project (ICZMP) Stakeholders Consultation Project at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in
Dhaka. His research areas include water resources, street children, trade, and project impact evaluation. Dr. Islam holds a Ph.D. from Middlesex University, in London, U.K.
Islam, M. Mazharul
Dr. M. Mazharul Islam is Professor and Chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of Dhaka. His research areas
include fertility behavior, fertility transition, rural urban migration, and maternal and child healthcare. Dr. Islam holds a Ph.
D. from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, India.
Islam, M. R.
M. R. Islam is Scientific Officer (Soil Science), 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. R. Islam.
Islam, Md. Nazrul
Dr. Md. Nazrul Islam is an Associate Professor of Physics at the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology
(BUET) in Dhaka. He is currently on leave from BUET, heading the Synoptic Division of the SAARC Meteorological
Research Centre in Dhaka. His research interests are in climate modeling, monsoon meteorology and remote sensing. Dr. Islam holds Ph.D. from Hiroshima University in Japan.
There are many Bangladeshi researchers with the name of Nazrul Islam. The most relevant persons for Bangladesh
development issues are:
Professor Nazrul Islam, who is the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh.
Dr. Nazrul Islam, a development economist who taught economics at Dhaka University, Emory University, Harvard
University, and Kyushu University.
Prof. Nazrul Islam, who is the Director of the Research and Knowledge Management Department of the Institute of
Microfinance (InM). Professor Islam (born 3.1.1948) is a Professor of Sociology and former Dean, School of Liberal
Arts and Social Sciences, Independent University, Bangladesh. He is the Founder and Editor of the Bangladesh e-
Journal of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. degree in sociology from Syracuse University (USA) in 1982, and was
appointed a Professor in 1991 and worked as the Chairman from 1994 to 1997 at the Department of Sociology,
University of Dhaka.
Dr. Nurul Islam is currently a research fellow emeritus at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in
Washington, DC, after retiring from IFPRI as Director General. He continues to conduct research on trade, macroeconomic policy, and agricultural development strategy. Prior to joining IFPRI in 1987, he was the Assistant Director
General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Deputy Chairman of the Bangladesh Planning Commission,
Chairman of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Director of the Pakistan Institute of Development
Economics, and Chairman of the Department of Economics at Dhaka University. Prof. Islam holds a Ph.D. in Economics
from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, United States.
Islam, S. Aminul [Islam, Sarder Aminul]
Mr. S. Aminul Islam is a Professor of Sociology in Department of Sociology of the University of Dhaka. His areas of
expertise include research on the institutional life of rural Bangladesh, the causes of vulnerability in rural Bangladesh, the informal institutional framework in rural Bangladesh, as well as sociological aspects of poverty.
Jahan, M. Sarwar
Dr. M. Sarwar Jahan is Senior Scientific Officer in the Pulp and Paper Research Division of the Bangladesh Council of
Scientific & Industrial Research (BCSIR) Laboratories in Dhaka. His research areas include the pulp-making ability of jute
and trees growing in Bangladesh, alternative pulping processes for the production of paper, and organic acid pulping. He has published more than 25 articles in professional journals of which a selection is (due to their relevance for Bangladesh’s paper production industry) included in the BDRC’s Bangladesh Development Bibliography. Dr. Jahan holds a Ph.D. in Pulping Technology from the University of Rajshahi in Bangladesh.
Dr. Md. Jakariya is a researcher at the NGO Forum for Drinking Water and Sanitation in Dhaka and also collaborates with
the International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group at the Department of Land and Water Resources Engineering of
the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, from where he holds a Ph.D. for his work on “Arsenic in
tubewell water of Bangladesh and approaches for sustainable mitigation”.
Dr. Olof Johansson-Stenman is a Professor of Economics and Vice-Dean of The School of Business, Economics and Law
at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden. His current research interest is largely about behavioral,
environmental and public economics, and about exploring deviations from the purely selfish, rational and atomistic "Homo Economicus" where many papers include aspects of social comparisons or pro-social behavior. I am also interested in the economics of risk and uncertainty, health economics, transport economics, welfare economics, happiness research, ethics and normative economics more generally.
Mr. Mohammed Kamruzzaman is a Doctoral Researcher in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. His research
topics include agricultural production practices and the analysis of technical efficiency in agriculture. Dr. Kamruzzaman
holds a M.S./M.Sc. from the Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
Dr. Fazlul Karim is a Senior Research Fellow and the Coordinator for Tuberculosis Control Research at the Research and
Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC in Dhaka. His main research interests are in the areas of nutrition, population, and
public health. Dr. Karim holds a Ph.D. in Medical Science from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Sumaiya Khair is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Dhaka. She also holds executive positions in a
couple of university-based research bodies and is actively associated with other research and advocacy initiatives. Her
areas of interest and specialization include human rights, child rights, gender issues and governance. She holds a Ph.D.
form the University of East London, Essex, UK for her work on “Changing Responses to Child Labour: The Case of
Female Children in the Bangladesh Garment Industry”.
Khalily, M. A. Baqui
Dr. M. A. Baqui Khalily is the first Executive Director of the Institute of Microfinance (InM) in Dhaka and a Professor of
Rural Finance in the Department of Finance at the University of Dhaka. His current research interest areas are Rural
Credit Market, Sustainability and Regulation of Microfinance Institutions, and Micro Enterprise Development. Dr. Khalily
holds a Ph.D. in Rural Finance from Ohio State University in the United States.
Khan, Azizur Rahman
Dr. Azizur Rahman Khan is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside. His main research areas are
related to macro and micro level planning (economy-wide planning models and methods of project evaluation); problems of employment, income distribution and poverty; and problems of socialist development and the development of the transitional economies, which has focused on the agrarian institutions and policies and planning systems in the socialist economies. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Khan, Farida C.
Dr. Farida C. Khan is a Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside. Her research areas include
gender issues, trade policy, the role of non-governmental organizations in development, and micro-credit. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Haider Khan is a Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of the University of Denver in the
United States. His research areas include environment, foreign aid, trade and investment and economy-wide modeling. He is one of the world’s top experts on social accounting matrix (SAM)-based modeling. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, United States.
Khan, Mizan R.
Dr. Khan is the Chairman of and Professor at the Department of Environmental Science & Management at the School of
Applied Sciences of North South University in Dhaka. His research areas include sustainable development policy-making
& management, community-based resource management, and adaptation & climate change negotiations. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy & Management from the University of Maryland at College Park, United States.
Khan, Mohammad Mohabbat
Dr. Mohammad Mohabbat Khan is a Professor at the Department of Public Administration at the University of Dhaka and also was a member of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission. His research areas include various issues related to corruption and public administration. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration.
Khan, Niaz Ahmed
Dr. Niaz Ahmed Khan is a Professor at the Department of Development Studies of the University of Dhaka. His areas of
interests include Rural and Community Development; Local Governance and Decentralization; Institutional Capacity
Building and Development; Social/Community Forestry; Forest Policies and Resource Use; Institutions and Local
Knowledge Systems and Rights; Needs Assessment and Public Administration; Institutional Analysis; Cooperation,
Cooperatives, and Collective Action; Community Based Natural Resource Management; and Poverty Reduction and Micro Credit NGOs/CBOs. Dr. Khan holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.
Khan, Zillur R.
Dr. Zillur R. Khan is Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin, Chairman of RC 37 of International Political
Science Association, President of Bangladesh Foundation and Adjunct Professor at Rollins College in USA. For his
contributions to teaching, research and service, he received teaching awards at different levels of academia, namely
Willard Smith Distinguished Teaching Award at the departmental level, Rosebush Professorship Award at the university
level, and recognized twice by American Political Science Association for Excellence in Teaching and Research.
Recognizing his contributions to Political Science focusing mainly on South Asia, the Foreign Affairs Committee of US
Congress invited him to testify in a Congressional Hearing (100th Congress) on Democratization of Bangladesh and
Afghanistan in 1988.
Dr. Fahmida Khatun is Additional Director, Research at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka. Her areas of
interest are trade and environment in the WTO, trade liberalization and its impact on various sectors of the economy of
Bangladesh, valuation of environmental and natural resources degradation, natural resource accounting, environment-population-poverty nexus, and environment and sustainable development. Dr. Khatun holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University College London, University of London, in the United Kingdom.
Khondker, Bazlul Haque
Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He holds a Ph.D.
from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. His main research areas are related to poverty reduction, growth, trade
Dr. Nazli Kibria is Associate Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Sociology at Boston University in Boston,
MA. Her areas of specialization are on the sociology of family, childhood, immigration, race and ethnicity, Asian diasporas, and contemporary South Asia. Dr. Kibria holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kuhn, Randall S.
Dr. Randall S. Kuhn is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the Graduate School of
International Studies, University of Denver, CO as well as a Research Associate in the Population Program of the Institute
of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO. From 1995-1998 he was a Visiting Research Fellow in
the Public Health Sciences Division of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka. He holds a Ph.
D. in Demography and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, United States.
Dr. David Lewis is a Reader in Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE).
His research interests include development policy and institutions; social policy and development; non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) and civil society; and anthropology and development.
Luby, Stephen P.
Dr. Stephen Luby is Head of the Program on Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Sciences at the International Centre for
Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDB). He is seconded from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and functions as the Head of Agency for the Centers for Disease Control in Bangladesh. He also holds a
position as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. From 1998 to 2004, Dr. Luby
worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, where his research was focused on addressing the causes and prevention of
diarrheal disease in settings where diarrhea is a leading cause of childhood death.
Ms. Amina Mahbub has recently joined Plan Bangladesh. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow of the Research &
Evaluation Division of BRAC. Her research areas include gender issues and health. [Please contact the BDRC if you have
further information on her current research areas and degrees obtained.]
Mahmud, Minhaj [Mahmud, Minhaj Uddin]
Dr. Minhaj Mahmud is currently a Lecturer in the Economics of Environment and Health Centre at Queen’s University
Belfast, in Northern Ireland. He taught previously at various other universities (like BRAC University, University of
Gothenburg, and Keele University) and worked at various research institutes, like the Bangladesh Institute of
Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research areas are related to behavioral economics, field
experiments, environmental economics and health economics. Dr. Minhaj Mahmud holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mannan, Md. Abdul
Dr. Md. Abdul Mannan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute for Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka.
His research interests include gender issues, health sector governance, poverty alleviation and human rights. Dr. Md.
Abdul Mannan holds a Ph.D. from the Delhi School of Economics.
Dr. Malcolm Marks is the Team Leader of Bangladesh’s Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP). He joined CLP in February
2007 as Director of Innovation, Monitoring & Learning (IML) and was promoted to Team Leader on 15. May 2009. Malcolm
is particularly known as an “Africa-hand” having initially begun his career in teaching and research at the University of
Calabar, Nigeria in 1979 before making the move to development programs in 1989. He has worked on long-term
programs in Senegal, Gambia and Botswana and has carried out short-term consultancies in another 20+ countries. Dr.
Marks holds a Ph.D. in Ecology.
Mashreky, S. R. [Mashreky, S. M. Saidur Rahman]
Dr. S. R. Mashreky is an Epidemiologist and Director of the Centre for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh
(CIPRB), Bangladesh. Before joining CIPRB in 2005, he was working as an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Medical
Education Dhaka. After graduating in medicine from Rajshahi University in 1991, Dr. Mashreky completed his Masters in
Public Health and Diploma in Medical Education in 1996 and 1998 respectively. In December 2010 he completed his PhD
in burn epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is now developing a framework for prevention of childhood burn which could be applicable in Bangladesh as well as in other low-income countries.
Miah, Md. Danesh
Dr. Md. Danesh Miah is currently as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Forest Policy Laboratory in the Faculty of Agriculture at
Shinshu University in Nagano-Ken, Japan. He also is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Forestry and Environmental
Sciences at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. His research interests focus on biomass energy and environment,
climate change and its mitigation, and carbon sequestration, carbon substitution and CDM. Dr. Miah holds a Ph.D. in
Forest Science from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea.
Milton, Abul Hasnat
Dr. Abul Hasnat Milton is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Newcastle,
Australia and a Researcher at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health (CCEB) at the University of
Mirza, M. Monirul Qader
Dr. M. Monirul Qader Mirza is a Professor at the Adaptation and Impacts Research Division (AIRD) of the Department of
Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto. His research falls into hydro-meteorological analyses,
analyses of extremes and natural hazards, climate change and sea-level rise vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA), climate change scenario construction, greenhouse gas emissions assessment, water resources modeling and
assessment, river engineering and sediment transport, environmental management, environmental impacts assessment, development of statistical and management application tools, and application of Geographical Information System (GIS).
Mozumder, S. N.
S. N. Mozumder is Senior Scientific Officer (Horticulture), HARS, Ramgarh, Khagrachhari Hill District. He has published
many articles in the Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Research. Please contact the BDRC is you have further
information on S. N. Mozumder.
Murshid, K. A. S. [Khan Ahmed Sayeed]
Dr. K. A. S. Murshid is a Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka. His
current areas of research interest include new institutional economics (applications to markets and development
institutions); infrastructure; energy and poverty; and agriculture, food policy and rural finance. Dr. Murshid holds a Ph.D.
in Politics and Economics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department of Dhaka University. Her main research
areas include the sociological approach to disaster, gender issues of disasters, poverty, environment and sustainable
development. Dr. Nasreen holds a Ph.D. from Massey University in New Zealand.
Dr. Ambar Narayan is a Senior Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Equity group of the Poverty Reduction and
Economic Management Network of the World Bank in Washington, DC. He has worked primarily on microeconomic
aspects of development, on topics such as poverty and distributional analysis, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs, public expenditures and social safety nets. He has also led or participated in assessments of the economic impact of natural disasters and emergency post-disaster projects in three South Asia countries. His current work focuses on analyzing the distributional impacts of macroeconomic shocks and policies, and evaluating the impacts of governance and institutional reforms in developing countries. Dr. Narayan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University.
Nath, Tapan Kumar
Mr. Tapan Kumar Nath is a Professor at the Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, The University of
Dr. Sohela Nazneen is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at Dhaka University in
Bangladesh. Her research interests are gender and governance, institutional and organizational analysis, NGO
management, social movements and women’s movement. Her teaching interests are gender and development, economic and political thought, international political economy, governance and development. She has both academic and field research experiences related to gender and development, NGO management, institutional analysis, social movements and related policy topics. Dr. Nazneen holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at University of Sussex, in the United Kingdom, writing her dissertation on: Gender Sensitive Accountability of Service Delivery NGOs: BRAC and PROSHIKA in Bangladesh.
Dr. Makoto Nishigaki is a Professor at the Department of Environmental and Civil Design in the Faculty of Environmental
Science and Technology at Okayama University, Okayama City, Japan. His principal fields of interest are groundwater
hydrology; groundwater pollutant transport modeling and control; and soil mechanics. He holds a Ph.D. from the
Department of Civil Engineering, at Kyoto University, Japan.
Panday, Pranab Kumar
Dr. Pranab Kumar Panday is a social scientist. His research areas include Women’s Political Participation, Human Rights
and Good Governance. Dr. Panday holds a Ph.D. in Public and Social Administration from the City University of Hong
Paul, Bimal Kanti
Dr. Bimal Kanti Paul is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Kansas State University. He holds a Ph.D. from
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. His core areas of geographic research are in human-environment interactions,
population and health geographies, and geospatial analysis and application.
Dr. Pratima Paul-Majumder is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). She
worked as Project Director of a number of nationally and inter-nationally funded research projects. Her research interest comprises a wide range of subjects from sericulture industry to economics of slums and squatter settlements to garment and tea industry and gender issues. She holds a Ph.D. from the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw, Poland.
Pitt, Mark M.
Dr. Mark M. Pitt is a Professor Emeritus of Economics and the Director of the Population Studies and Training Center at
Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, The United States. He works on a variety of economic demography issues
in the developing world including intra-household resource allocation, fertility, child mortality and health, and program
evaluation. His recent research has focused on the effects of targeted micro-credit programs on household resource
allocation, spatial and inter-generational mobility in rural Bangladesh, the household division of labor and health, and the effects of investments in children on their outcomes as adults. Dr. Pitt holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Bob Pokrant is Professor of Anthropology in the Social Science program in the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture
at Currtis University in Perth, Western Australia. He is also Director of the South Asia Research Unit, which carries out
research and provides postgraduate training for students interested in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the
Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan. His current research interests are on fisheries and aquaculture in India and Bangladesh,
coastal development in South Asia, disasters and development, and the global food system. Dr. Pokrant holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
Quadir, Fahimul [Fahim]
Dr. Fahim Quadir is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social Science and the Director of the Graduate Program in
Development Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. His research interests are in the areas of civil society,
democratization, development planning and management, economic liberalization, globalization, governance, human
development, human security, micro-finance, NGOs, and regionalism. Dr. Fahim Quadir holds a Ph.D. in Political Science
from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
Dr. Munir Quddus is the Dean of the College of Business of the Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, United
States. His research areas include managerial economics, leadership and ethics in business, and the political economy of higher education in Bangladesh. Dr. Quddus holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville,
Dr. Agnes Quisumbing is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She co-
leads a research program analyzing the factors that enable individuals, households, and communities to move out of
poverty over the long term. Her past work at IFPRI focused on how resource allocation within households and families
affects the design and outcome of development policies. Her research interests include poverty, gender, property rights, and economic mobility. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Philippines at Quezon City.
Rahman, A. F. M. Ataur
Dr. A. F. M. Ataur Rahman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics of North South University (NSU) in
Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research areas include applied microeconomics, mathematical economics, and financial
economics. Dr. Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in Washington, D.C., United States; and a B.
A. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Rahman, Hossain Zillur
Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman was the Executive Chairman of the Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) in Dhaka,
until he was appointed as an adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh on January 9, 2008, where he served
till January 6, 2009. Dr. Rahman played a lead role in the political negotiations which led to the parliamentary election on December 29, 2008. His academic research includes the analysis of poverty trends, poverty alleviation, governance
problems and the dynamics of society. Dr. Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Manchester University in the United
Rahman, Masud Ibn
Mr. Masud Ibn Rahman is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Daffodil International
University in Dhaka. His research areas include Econometric Time Series Analysis, Environmental and Health Economics,
Co-integration, Model Building, Bio-Statistics and Business Statistics, Managerial Economics, Energy Statistics
Demography, Social Science, Psychology and Behavioral Science. Prof. Rahman is in the process of getting his Ph.D. in
Statistics from Jahangirnagar University.
Rahman, M. Mizanur
There are various researchers with the name of Mizanur Rahman. In addition to Dr. M. Mizanur Rahman (who is the
Director for Research and a Faculty Member at the Islami Bank Training and Research Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh,
please see the BDRC's list of Top Bangladesh Development Researchers of the Millennium) there also are the following
Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman is a Professor in the Department of Marketing in the Faculty of Business Studies at the
University of Dhaka. He joined the Department of Marketing in 1991, served the university as a member of the
Syndicate (the highest executive body of Dhaka University) from 1994 to 1996, and is also a member of the Senate of Dhaka University. Dr. Rahman main teaching areas include Marketing Management, International Marketing, Business Statistics, Financial Management, and Business Communication. His area of interest lies in Foreign Direct Investment and Business Ethics.
Mizanur Rahman is a Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor of Pathfinder International.
Rahman, Md. Geaur
Mr. Md. Geaur Rahman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology at the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh. His areas of interest are data mining, bioinformatics, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, neural networks, computer vision, image/signal processing, computer programming, and database programming. Mr. Rahman holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Computer Science and Engineering from BAU.
Rahman, Md. Habibur
Dr. Md. Habibur Rahman is a Senior Research Economist at the Policy Analysis Unit in the Research Department of the
Bangladesh Bank (Bangladesh’s Central Bank). His research areas include financial development and income
convergence. [Please contact the BDRC if you have further information on where Dr. Md. Habibur Rahman obtained his
degree. Please note that there are various other researchers having the same name, like for example Prof. Dr. Md.
Habibur Rahman at the Department of Sociology of the University of Dhaka].
Rahman, Md. Rejaur
Mr. Md. Rejaur Rahman is an Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of Rajshahi,
Bangladesh. He is pursuing Doctoral Research in Geo-Information Engineering of Resources and Environment at the
College of Resources and Environment of Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, China. He holds a M. Tech degree
in Remote Sensing and GIS from the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific
((CSSTEAP) in Dehradun, India (one of the four regional centers for Space Science and Technology Education affiliated
to the United Nations). His research interests include application of remote sensing and GIS in natural disaster monitoring, modeling and management, agro-environment and environmental impact assessment.
Rahman, Rushidan Islam
Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman is Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). She holds a
Ph.D. from the Australian National University. She has worked in a number of major research projects of BIDS, including
an evaluation of the impact of Grameen Bank and BRAC, studies on small scale irrigation projects, assessment of
agricultural growth performance and its distributional impact, women in poverty and linkages between employment and poverty in Bangladesh. During the last ten years, she has been involved in policy advising through membership of various committees and participation in policy dialogues of Government, NGOs and development partners. Her research interests include education, poverty, unemployment and Labor market, rural non-farm activities, gender inequity in the labor market and microfinance.
Dr. Taiabur Rahman is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Development Studies of the University
of Dhaka. His areas of interests are Legislative Studies, Comparative Politics, Public Administration, Development Studies,
South Asia, Third Sector Development, Local Government, Child Right, Governance, and Water and Sanitation. Dr.
Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Public and Social Administration from the City University of Hong Kong, China.
Rashid, Sabina Faiz
Dr. Sabina Faiz Rashid is a Lecturer at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University. She holds a Ph.D.
in Anthropology/Public Health from The Australian National University. Her current research interests include: medical
anthropology, adolescent and women's health, gender, urban slums, reproductive health, research methodologies,
applied anthropology, health service delivery research, globalization and health inequalities. She has published articles
on women and sexuality, gender and health, family planning, reproductive health challenges, and adolescent women’s
Dr. Salim Rashid is a Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, and a
faculty member of its Center for Global Studies. His research focuses on money, banking and economic development; and religion and economics. Dr. Salim Rashid holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States.
Dr. Shahidur Rashid is a Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division of the International Food
Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Prior to joining IFPRI, he worked with the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies
(BIDS), taught undergraduate classes at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting researcher at IFPRI. His current
research include dynamics of wages and staple food prices in Asia; performance of agricultural markets after structural adjustment programs; public intervention and foodgrain markets in Asia; and micro-credit for the small farmers in Bangladesh. Dr. Rashid holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States.
Dr. Golam Rasul is the Division Head, Economic Analysis Division, International Centre for Integrated Mountain
Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal. Prior to his appointment as Head of the Economic Analysis Division in August
2009, he served as a policy development specialist at ICIMOD for approximately five years. He worked for more than a
decade in the Bangladesh Civil Service in different ministries and in field administration in different capacities where he
was involved in the formulation and implementation of development planning and programming. Along with development work, he has been actively involved in research in areas that include agriculture, natural resource management, poverty alleviation, and sustainable development in Bangladesh and the South Asian region. Dr. Rasul holds a Ph.D. in regional and rural development planning from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.
Sack, David A.
Dr. David A. Sack is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Director of the ICDDR,B’
Centre for Health and Population Research in Bangladesh. His research has turned primarily from development of enteric vaccines to directing a large research institute in a developing country. He continues to be very interested in facilitating the development of vaccines for cholera, enterotoxigenic E. coli, and rotavirus, as well as other important vaccines for poor countries. Dr. Sack holds a Medical Doctorate from the Medical School of the University of Oregon.
Dr. Narayan Saha is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science of the School of Agriculture
and Mineral Sciences at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) in Sylhet, Bangladesh. From 2010-2015,
he was the Dean of the School of Agriculture and Mineral Sciences at SUST. His main research areas include
agroforestry, indigenous forestry, and sustainable forestry. Dr. Saha holds a Ph. D. in Forest Economics and Policies from
Ehime University in Japan.
Saha, Samir K.
Dr. Samir K. Saha is a medical doctor at the Department of Microbiology, Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital in Dhaka,
Bangladesh and a Research Associate in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public
Health, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Salam, Md. Abdus
Dr. Md. Abdus Salam is an Associate Professor at the Department of Aquaculture of the Faculty of Fisheries at the
Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. His fields of interest are Aquaculture, GIS based
Suitability Modelling, Remote Sensing Image Interpretation, Land Use, Time Series Analysis, Coastal Zone Management,
Fish Culture and Fish Breeding and Sea Weed culture. Dr. Salam holds a Ph.D. in Aquaculture from the Institute of
Aquaculture of the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Sarker, Abu Elias
Dr. Abu Elias Sarker is an Associate Professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Sharjah in the
United Arab Emirates. His main research areas are related to Bangladesh’s administrative reform, decentralization, and
new public management. Dr. Sarker holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Liverpool, United
Schuler, Sidney Ruth
Dr. Sidney Ruth Schuler is the Director of the Empowerment of Women Research Program at the Center for Health Policy
and Capacity Development of the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in Washington, DC, United States. Her
areas of expertise include women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, early marriage and childbearing, and health and development. Dr. Schuler holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.
Lucy Scott is a doctoral researcher at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) at the University of Manchester in the
United Kingdom. Her research is focused on the chars, river islands, of the Jamuna river in north-west Bangladesh. In
particular she is examining the current livelihoods strategies and vulnerabilities of extremely poor households living on the chars and examining how the interventions of the Chars Livelihoods Programme (CLP) are altering these.
Dr. Janet Seeley is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Development at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
Currently, her main research interests are in the social aspects of HIV and AIDS, health and development, migration, the
understanding of chronic poverty and social protection. Dr. Seeley holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the
University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Quazi Shahabuddin is Director General of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He is currently
also a member of the Policy Analysis and Advisory Network for South Asia (PAANSA) under the South Asia Initiative of the
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University, Canada. Prior to joining
BIDS as a Senior Research Fellow in 1991, he served as Deputy Chief in the Planning Commission, Government of
Bangladesh and as Consultant-Economist in the Master Plan Organisation under the Ministry of Water Resources. His
expertise is in the fields of growth performance and risk management in agriculture, management of water resources, food policy analysis, and chronic poverty.
Dr. Shamsuddin Shahid is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geology at the Faculty of Science at the Universiti
Teknologi Malaysia (University of Malaya) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His current research focuses on various issues
related to climate change. Dr. Shahid holds a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, India.
There are various researchers in Bangladesh with the name of Md. Shahiduzzaman. The one with extensive publications
is a Research Economist in the Policy Analysis Unit (PAU) of the Bangladesh Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His main
research areas are on inflation and monetary policy.
Mr. Manohar Sharma is a Research Fellow in the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division of the International Food
Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC and currently co-heads IFPRI’s research on rural finance and food
security. He has an M.S. degree in agricultural economics from the University of New England, Australia, and attended
Cornell University for a Ph.D. in the same field.
Dr. Elora Shehabuddin is Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice University and an Associate
Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (CSWGS) in Houston, Texas. She is best known
for authoring two books: (1) Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008) and (2) Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (Grameen Bank, 1992). She has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Dr. Elora Shehabuddin holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.
Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Dhaka and a Project Advisor of the
Capacity Building for Ensuring Safe Labour Migration (CABSLAM) Project of the Refugee and Migratory Movements
Research Unit (RMMRU), an affiliate of the University of Dhaka. She holds a Ph.D. from Griffith University in Australia.
Singh, O. P.
Dr. O. P. Singh has been a researcher at the SAARC Meteorological Research Centre in
Dhaka, Bangladesh. [There seems to be many individuals with this name, hence, we are uncertain about further
Farooq Sobhan is the President of the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI). He previously served for 33 years (1964-
1997) as a diplomat, including postings in Cairo, Paris, Belgrade, Moscow, New York, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and New
Delhi. From 1997 to 1999, he was the Executive Chairman of the Government’s Board of Investment, where he was
responsible for the promotion and facilitation of all foreign and domestic investment in the country. During this period, he also served as the special envoy of the Prime Minister with the rank and status of a state minister.
Munshi Sulaiman is currently on leave from BRAC, where he has been working at the Research and Evaluation Division
(RED) as Senior Research Associate since April, 2007. He joined RED in August 2004 as Staff Researcher. His research
interest includes extreme poverty, social network and microfinance. He obtained his Masters in Development Studies from BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2004.
Dr. Parvin Sultana is a Senior Research Fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC), an interdisciplinary centre
based in the School of Health and Social Sciences of Middlesex University, Queensway, UK. She holds a Ph.D. in natural
resource management from Colorado State University. Her research centers on water resources, fisheries, and integrated floodplain management.
Thompson, Paul M.
Dr. Paul M. Thompson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Flood Hazard Research Centre (FHRC), an interdisciplinary
centre based in the School of Health and Social Sciences of Middlesex University, Queensway, UK. He holds a Ph.D. from
Middlesex University for work on the impacts of flood protection on rural development in Bangladesh. Has been associated with the FHRC since 1981. He also worked for 8 years for the WorldFish Center in Bangladesh. His current research interests include integrated floodplain management, community based fisheries management, and institutional aspects of local management of floodplain resources.
Titumir, Rashed Al Mahmud
Mr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir is Team Leader of Unnayan Onneshan - The Innovators (Centre for Research and Action
on Development). He was educated in the universities of Dhaka, London and Carleton in economics, development and
financial economics, and trade policy and commercial diplomacy respectively. Mr. Titumir is the founding faculty of the
Department of Development Studies at the University of Dhaka. He has managed several policy research programs
including a three-year-long Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI).
Toufique, Kazi Ali
Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka. He
joined BIDS in 1989 as a Research Associate. His main areas of research interest are institutional economics, livelihoods
analysis, natural resource management, environment and agricultural economics. Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Ullah, A. K. M. Ahsan
Dr. A. K. M. Ahsan Ullah is Associate Professor of Geography, Development and Environment Studies at the University of
Brunei Darussalam. Dr. Ullah taught at the Saint Mary's University, Canada and American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr.
Ullah has contributed to refereed journals. He contributed chapters to a number of books, and published a number of
books on migration, refugee and development studies. In his last 20 years of career, Dr. Ullah taught and researched at a number of Universities in Africa, North America, Europe and Asia.
Ullah, Md. Anwar
Dr. Md. Anwar Ullah is a Bangladeshi civil servant, currently holding the position of Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of
Public Administration at the Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka. He also is an independent researcher and part-time faculty of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) in Dhaka. His main research interests are in the areas of public administration and public policy, local resources mobilization at rural local governments, government budgeting, management control systems, managerial economics, and cost and management accounting. Dr. Ullah holds a Ph.D. from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand; his dissertation was on “Mobilisation of Local Resources for Local Development in Bangladesh”.
von Brömssen, Mattias
Mattias von Brömssen is a researcher in the International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group at the Department of
Land and Water Resources Engineering of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also a Ph.
D. candidate at KTH, engaged in a doctoral project on “Options for safe drinking water in regions with high-arsenic
groundwater in Bangladesh”. He holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, with a specialization in Groundwater
Dr. Yukiko Wagatsuma is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Trail and Clinical Epidemiology in the Graduate School
of Comprehensive Human Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. Her research fields are
international health, disease control, clinical epidemiology, clinical trial, climate change and human survival. She holds a
Ph.D. in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the United States.
Dr. David Wheeler is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, where he works on issues
related to climate change, natural resource conservation, African infrastructure development, sustainable development indicators and the allocation of development aid. From 1993-2006, he directed a World Bank research team that worked on environmental policy and research issues in collaboration with policymakers and academics in various developing countries. Dr. Wheeler holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Dr. Sayera Younus is a Senior Research Economist in the Policy Analysis Unit of the Bangladesh Bank in Dhaka. Her
research areas focus mostly on monetary economics and financial development issues. Dr. Younus holds a Ph.D. in
Economics from the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, United States.
In addition to the misspelling of the Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus (Founder of Grameen Bank), there actually
are two researchers with the name of Mohammad Yunus:
Dr. Mohammad Yunus is a Senior Associate at the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, United States.
Dr. Mohammad Yunus is a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in
Dhaka, Bangladesh. His main research topics are related to monetary policy, exchange rate policy and public
borrowing. His current research interests include taxation, state and local government fiscal policies, fiscal
decentralization, food security and poverty alleviation, exchange rate issues, tobacco consumption and knowledge
about its health hazards, applied econometrics (time-series and panel data). Dr. Yunus holds a Ph.D. from the
University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Dr. Muhammad Yunus is the Founder and Managing Director of Grameen Bank. On October 13, 2006, the Norwegian
Nobel Committee award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts to create economic and social development from below. Dr. Yunus holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Vanderbilt University in the United States.
Dr. Hassan Zaman is a Lead Economist the World Bank’s central Poverty Reduction Unit in Washington, DC. He started
his professional career at BRAC in Bangladesh, where he worked on micro-credit issues for four years. He has published
in areas ranging from public expenditure management, education reform, poverty, food prices and NGOs. Dr. Zaman
holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
Dr. K. Zaman is a scientist and epidemiologist in the Child Health Unit, Public Health Sciences Division at the International
Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B).
Zaman, M. Mostafa
Dr. M. Mostafa Zaman is a medical doctor and researcher at the National Centre for Control of Rheumatic Fever and
Heart Disease in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Manfred Zeller is a Professor at the University of Hohenheim, Germany and the Head of its Institute for Rural
Development Theory and Policy. He also is a member of the Scientific Council of the German Ministry of Economic
Cooperation and Development (BMZ). His recent research encompasses (1) the impact of climate change on sustainable water management; (2) assessment of the social costs, poverty outreach and impact of agricultural, food, and rural development policies in developing and transitioning countries; (3) the development and validation of operational qualitative and quantitative social science research methods to measure absolute and relative poverty in rural and urban areas; (4) development policies and strategies to promote pro-poor agribusinesses, micro-enterprises, micro-finance and other rural institutions; and (5) the analysis of rural development and nature conservation policies and related trade-offs and synergies between economic growth, poverty reduction and the environment. Dr. Manfred Zeller was a Research Fellow at IFPRI and leader of its multi-country program on rural financial policies and food security from 1993 to 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn.
Dr. Sajjad Zohir heads an alternative research initiative under the umbrella of the Economic Research Group. He
previously was a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). His research areas
include the NGO sector, microcredit and poverty. Dr. Zohir holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Toronto in
Zohir, Salma Chaudhuri
Dr. Salma Chaudhuri Zohir is a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka. She
has vast experience in research on issues related to development economics with gender perspective in Bangladesh. She has worked extensively in the areas of employment, gender and development and industry in general and particularly on economic and social issues, and gender issues in industry including the readymade garment industry. She worked as a project director of several national and internationally funded projects. Dr. Zohir holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.