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Dr. Mustafa K. Mujeri
Director General

E-mail: mujeri@bids.org.bd, dg@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (222)

Telephone: 880-2-9116959, 9126541 (Office)   

Profile
Dr. Mustafa K. Mujeri joined as the Director General of BIDS in April 2009. Before joining BIDS, he served as the Chief Economist of the Bangladesh Bank (the country’s central bank). During his professional career, he also served as the Poverty Monitoring and Analysis Advisor of UNDP in Cambodia; Project Leader of the IDRC’s Programme of  Micro Impact of Macroeconomic and Adjustment Policies (MIMAP) in Bangladesh; Director Research of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP); Visiting Faculty at the Department of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane; National Expert in the Bangladesh Planning Commission; and Associate Professor of Economics, Rajshahi University.
Dr. Mujeri obtained Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University in Canada in 1978 after his graduation from Rajshahi University in 1970. He has wide ranging experience in consultancy and research on development issues in different UN and other international organizations and other multi-lateral, bilateral, and private sector organizations including NGOs. He has wide travel and work experience in many countries of the world and attended workshops, seminars, and meetings on a wide range of development issues. He has published extensively in national and international journals. He has also served in various policy making and other committees at both national and international levels.  

His current areas of research interest include poverty and MDGs monitoring and analysis; macro policy analysis and strategic development issues; application of modeling and quantitative techniques in development policy; public policy analysis; sustainable rural and participatory development; social development; poverty reduction strategy formulation and policy/programme development; monitoring and evaluation of programmes/projects, and monetary policy analysis.


 
 

Dr. Zaid Bakht
Research Director

E-mail: zbakht@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (273)

Telephone: 880-2-9110654 (Office), 880-2-9899781 (Residence)

Profile
Dr. Zaid Bakht obtained an M.Sc. in Economics from Islamabad (now Quaid-e-Azam) University, Pakistan, in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Cornell University, USA in 1977. He joined the Institute as Staff Economist in 1971. He has been involved in a number of kanor studies relating to rural industries, rural infrastructure, and fiscal, monetary, trade and industrial policies. His principal areas of research include industrial policy & SME, private sector development, macroeconomic management, trade policy and regional trade. He is currently a Research Director of BIDS.


 
 

Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman
Research Director

E-mail: rushidan@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (274)

Telephone: 880-2-8181681 (Office), 880-2-9896144,8850277 (Residence)

Profile

Dr. Rushidan Islam Rahman received her M.A. in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, England in 1981 and received her Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1991. 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.
She has served as a consultant of ADB during 2004-2005. She has been a resource person of the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific during 1995 and 1997-1998. She has also served as a consultant of World Bank, UN-ESCAP, ILO, UNDP and IFPRI.
She has published a large number of articles in national and international journals. Her important publications include ‘Labour Market in Bangladesh: Changes, Inequities and Challenges’, Research Monograph 21, BIDS 2007; ‘Poverty Alleviation and Empowerment through Microfinance: Two Decades of Experience’ Research Monograph, No. 20, BIDS, 2000; Savings and Farm Investment in Bangladesh, (co-author: M.K. Mujeri), Focus Study Series No. 11, CIRDAP, 2000; Agriculture and Rural Development in Bangladesh (in Bengali, with Dr. Mahabub Hossain), UPL, 2003. She has edited a volume on “Performance of the Bangladesh Economy”, BIDS, 2003. In addition, she has contributed to several edited volumes including ‘Independent Review of Bangladesh’s Development’, 2000 and 2004 of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and “Reducing Rural Poverty in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities in Microenterprises and Public Employment Schemes” edited by Nurul Islam, The Howarth Press Inc, New York, 2006.
Her research interests include education, unemployment and labor market, poverty and food security, rural non-farm activities, gender inequity in the labor market and microfinance.



 
 

Dr. Binayak Sen
Research Director


E-mail: bsen@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (290) 

Telephone: 880-2-9117829 (Office), 880-2-8911381 (Residence)    

Profile
Dr. Binayak Sen obtained an M.Sc. in economics from Moscow Lomonosov State University, Moscow in 1982 with distinction, specializing in history of economic thought, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of India and South Asian Economies of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow in 1985, with development economics as the chosen area of specialization. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Administration Department of the World Bank, Washington, D.C. during June-August 1992. He joined BIDS in September 1986, and has been involved in a number of research projects since then, especially in the areas of poverty, income inequality and human development. From June 1993 to December 1994, he worked as Long-term Consultant in the Operations Evaluation Department (OED), and later during January-September 1995, in the Poverty and Human Resources Division, Policy Research Department of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. During 1998-2000.
 Binayak Sen has been involved in policy-advising, taking part in a number of national committees, which include his role as the Member of 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) supported by the Global Development Network (GDN) and the World Bank during this period. Apart from research and active policy-advising Binayak was also involved in part-time teaching as the Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, formed under the National University, Dhaka, during 1998-2000, where he taught three post-graduate (M.Phil) level courses, namely, “Theories of Growth and Distribution”, “History of Economic Thought in Bangladesh”, and “Discourses on Method”. He also gave one full academic year course on “Development Issues” as Part-Time Teacher in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Dhaka University, Dhaka, during January-December 1999.
He has done consulting for a number of national agencies such as the Bangladesh Bank and the Planning Commission, and for international agencies such as World Bank, ADB, UNDP, and WHO.
 He has a number of publications in national and international academic journals, including Bangladesh Develop-ment Studies, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, Economic and Political Weekly, and Asian Development Review. He has co-authored a book a titled: Social Dimensions of Adjustment. World Bank Experience, 1980-93, written with William Branson and Carl Jayarajah, and published by the World Bank in 1996. He has also contributed to several edited volumes including Bangladesh: Promise and Performance published from the Zed Press, London and the University Press Ltd., Dhaka (2000); State, Market and Development. Essays in Honour of Rehman Sobhan published from the University Press Ltd., Dhaka and the Sage Publications, Delhi (1996); Rethinking Rural Poverty: Bangladesh as a Case Study published from the Sage Publications, Delhi (1995); History of Bangladesh (Economic History) published from the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (1992); Privatization Trends and Experiences in South Asia published from the Macmillan India Ltd., (1991); Debt Default to the Development Finance Institutions: The Crisis of State-sponsored Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh published from the University Press Ltd., Dhaka (1991); Modernization at Bay: Structure and Change in Bangladesh published from the University Press Ltd., Dhaka (1991); The Decade of Stagnation: the State of the Bangladesh Economy in the 1980s published from the University Press Ltd.., Dhaka (1991).
 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”).

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Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique
Research Director

E-mail:
lintu@bids.org.bd,

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (272)

Telephone: 880-2-8181683 (Office) 880-2-8960200(Residence)

Profile

Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique did his B.S.S. and M.S.S. in Economics in 1982 and 1983 from the University of Dhaka. He obtained his M.A. from Fordham University, New York,  in 1987. He then obtained M.Phil. in 1990, and Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Cambridge, UK. He joined BIDS in 1989 as Research Associate. His main areas of research interest are natural resource management from an institutional perspective (with focus on fisheries), rural livelihoods, climate change and agricultural economics. He has conducted several research projects with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, the Overseas Development Institute, London, DFID etc. He has worked as consultant to several organizations including DFID, WorldFish Center, FAO, UNDP. He has contributed to many seminars and conferences both at home and abroad and has also published in international journals such as World Development, Land Economics, Food Policy, South Asia, Economic and Political Weekly of India and the Indian Economic Journal. He has co-authored a book titled “Hands not Land: How Livelihoods are Changing in Rural Bangladesh”. with Cate Turton.



 
 

Dr. M.A. Mannan
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail: mannan@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (246)

Telephone: 880-2-9116655 (Office), 880-2-7510118(Residence)

Profile
Dr. M.A. Mannan obtained an M.A. in Economics from Dhaka University in 1974, an M.Sc. in Demography from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in 1987. He has been working in BIDS since November 1974. During his long research career, he has undertaken research and consultancy work in the fields of health and population. He has extensive experience in conducting research sponsored by national and international bodies including UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, ICRW, CARE and various agencies of the government. His current research interests include gender issues, reproductive health, rural poverty, and health care financing. He has to his credit a number of publications including three books. His publications have dealt with topics in maternal and child health, son preference, gender dimensions of poverty, and violence against women.


 
 

Dr. Sharifa Begum
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail:
sharifa@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (277)

Telephone: 880-2-9115754 (Office), 880-2-8122512 (Residence)

Profile
Dr. Sharifa Begum obtained her M.A. in Economics from Dhaka University, M.Sc. in Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Ph.D. in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences. Her current areas of interest include health, population, poverty and gender.


 
 

Bimal Kumar Shaha
Senior Research Fellow


E-mail
: bks@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (286)

Telephone: 880-2-8181684 (Office)  880-2-9134398 (Residence)  

Profile
Dr. Bimal Kumar Saha obtained an M.A. in Economics from Dhaka University in 1974, an M. Phil. from the Institute of Bangladesh Studies, Rajshahi University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in economics from Calcutta University in 1995. He has worked extensively in the fields of agrarian structure, technological change, land reform and development. He has a number of publications, including a book on comparative agrarian development in Bangladesh and West Bengal. He has been a Visiting Teacher of Economics at BRAC University, Dhaka and at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, National University, Dhaka. He has also been an examiner of Ph.D. Thesis at the Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.

Current research interests of Dr. Saha include political economy of agrarian question, surplus utilization and capital formation in Bangladesh agriculture.


 
 

Dr. K.M. Nabiul Islam
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail
: nabiul@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (261)

Telephone: 880-2-9130027 (Office)

Profile
Dr. K. M. Nabiul Islam obtained his Masters Degree from Dhaka University in 1970 and later received Post-graduate diploma in National Economic Planning from Warsaw (Poland) and training in Rural Research and Rural Policy from IDS of Sussex University, UK. He obtained a Ph.D. from the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University, London. The first of its kind in Bangladesh, his Ph.D. research involved developing some flood loss models to apply the benefit assessments to flood protections. Dr. Islam joined BIDS in 1972, and has since been involved in a number of major studies relating to, among others, development of rural and small industries; development of large industries, with particular reference to technological capability; floods; famines; flood and water management; and impact evaluation of rural development and flood control, drainage and irrigation projects. Dr. Islam has two books on flood loss management: Flood Loss Potentials in Non-agricultural Sectors, Assessment Methods and Standard Loss Database for Bangladesh, 2005; and Impacts of Flood in Urban Bangladesh, Micro and Macro Level Analysis, 2006. Dr. Islam has also co-authored three books on Choice and Transfer of Technology in Large Industries in Bangladesh: Leather, Fertilizer and Machinery. He has contributed to Reconstruction after Disaster, Issues and Practices (Adenrele Awotona ed.), Sydney. He has also contributed to Floods, Volume 1 (D J Parker ed.), Routledge, New York, to mark the end of UN-International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). He has recently contributed two Chapters (one with Reinhard Mechlar) to The Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters: Do they Cost the Earth?, UN-ISDR/CRED, Geneva.


 
 

Dr. Anwara Begum
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail:
anwara@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (278)

Telephone: 880-2-9114862, 9568379 (Office)

Profile
Dr. Anwara Begum obtained her Ph. D. from the University of Liverpool for her thesis on “Poor Rural Migrants to the City of Dhaka” in 1995. She published "Destination Dhaka-Urban Migration: Expectations and Reality", in 1999 and "Engendering Garment Industry" in 2006 from the University Press Limited, Dhaka. She is basically an urban planner specialising in housing and migration issues (internal and international) and she has delved intensively into development issues including theoretical frameworks on migration for developing countries. She has considerable experience of quantitative and qualitative data compilation and analysis. She has conducted extensive surveys on the poor, especially the pavement dwellers and the slum dwellers. Her large-scale primary surveys of nearly 3000 respondents on the hard-core poor in urban and rural areas were done through head-count methods, stratified random sampling measures, structured questionnaires including case studies and FGD, rapid transect walk, and reconnaissance survey techniques. She has also collected primary information for the informal service sector workers (ESCAP report, 1996). She has worked as an International Consultant and authored, along with another colleague from BIDS, the first Global MDG report for Bangladesh, in January 2004, which was commissioned by the UN Secretariat. This Millennium Project which was commissioned by the UN Secretary General, brought together nearly 300 experts from around the world and was directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. She has also authored the report “Follow-up to United Nations Global Conferences Bangladesh 1997-1999.” She has worked as a Consultant for Social Safety Schemes for UNDP in 2005 and as Co-Researcher for the UNFPA funded project “Promotion of Responsible Healthy Reproductive and Sexual Behaviour among Adolescents in Bangladesh” in 2006 as the gender specialist.

She has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, IOM, UNIFEM, UNDP, NORAD, SDC, UNICEF and DFID. She has worked as a National Consultant for Mid Decade Review of EFA 2005 and two thematic papers (Women and Children’s Advancement, and Health in Relation to Water and Sanitation) as Technical Consultant for the Bangladesh PRSP I, and subsequently as National Housing Consultant for PRSP II. For the last 19 years, she has been an active researcher on rural, urban and international migration, having a wide interest in development issues: female entrepreneurs, gender equality and empowerment of women, employment and income programmes, rural and urban area development priorities, formal and informal industry worker conditions, informal service sector and poverty issues, housing and settlements and the problems of social and economic deprivation of urban and rural poor dwellers, formal and technical education, human resource development and rural-to-urban migration.


 
 

Dr. Mohammad Yunus
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail: myunus@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (253)    

Telephone: 880-2-8181689 (Office)

Profile
Dr. Mohammad Yunus obtained his M.S.S. in Economics from University of Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1990, M.Sc. at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK in 1997 and M.Phil. from the same University in 1998. He was awarded Ph.D. in 2006 by the Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA, for his thesis on Essays on Optimal Mix of Taxes, Persistence and Spatiality under Tax Evasion. He joined the BIDS in 1992 as a Research Associate and was promoted to Research Fellow in 2000. His current research interests include taxation, state and local government fiscal policies, fiscal decentralisation, food security and poverty alleviation, exchange rate issues, tobacco consumption and knowledge about its health hazards, applied econometrics (time-series and panel data). He has published extensively in both nationally and internationally accredited journals. He has also to his credit numerous other publications in the form of research reports, and contribution to various other edited volumes.


 
 

Dr. S.M. Zulfiqar Ali
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail: zulfiqar@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn.880-2-9143441-8 (270)    

Telephone: 880-2-9138662 (Office)

Profile
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Bath, UK in 1998. He also completed the Advanced Training Program (which is M.Phil equivalent) in Economics and Quantitative Techniques from BIDS in 1991. Earlier, he obtained B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Economics from Jahangirnagar University in 1989 and 1990 respectively. Later, he completed a course on “Economic Theory and Poverty Reduction: Theory, Empirical Evidence and Implication for South Asia” organised by the World Bank Institute in 1998, and another course on “Human Development: From Theory to Practice” from the Queen Elizabeth House of the University of Oxford in 2000. He joined BIDS in 1992 as Research Associate and was promoted to the position of Senior Research Fellow in 2010. He has published in both nationally and internationally accredited journals. He has also contributed to several edited volumes. His areas of interest include growth, inequality and poverty; human and social development; human wellbeing; applied economics; food security; natural resources and environmental economics; and climate change.



 
 

Dr. Nazneen Ahmed
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail:
nahmed@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn.880-2-9143441-8 (284)   

Telephone: 880-2-9138833 (Office)    

Profile

Dr. Nazneen Ahmed has specialisation in conducting research in the areas of international trade and regional trade issues, value chain analysis, general equilibrium modeling, institutional, industrial, gender and labour issues. Dr. Nazneen holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands, a Master’s in Development Economics from University of Sussex, UK and a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Dhaka. She joined BIDS in 1998 as a Research Associate and became a Research Fellow in 2003. All throughout her student life she has proven her excellence and secured outstanding results in all public examinations and has been awarded a number of national and international scholarships. She has experience of working with a number of donors and international development organisations including the World Bank, DFID, UNCTAD, ILO, IFC, EU, AED, Action- Aid, IFPRI, etc. She has also worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Commerce, Government of Bangladesh.


 
 

Dr. Monzur Hossain
Senior Research Fellow

E-mail: monzur@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (275) 

Telephone: 880-2-8181688(Office)

Profile
Dr. Monzur Hossain obtained his Ph.D. in International Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan in March, 2007, Master’s in Public Policy from the same Institute in 2003, M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) in Statistics from the University of Dhaka in 1993 and 1994 respectively. Prior to joining the BIDS as a Research Fellow directly in December, 2008, Dr. Hossain taught at the Department of Economics of the American International University-Bangladesh. He also worked at Bangladesh Bank (the central bank) and Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo. He has published many articles in domestic and international academic journals (see the publication list at the RePEc or BIDS website "Publications by reserachers"), and attended many international conferences in the USA, Japan, China, Hong Kong etc.

Primary interest: Macroeconomics, Exchange Rate, FDI, Remittance, Trade, Banking and Financial Sector

Secondary Interest: ICT sector, SME development, Mobile Phone


 
 

Mohammed Sohail
Research Fellow

E-mail: sohail@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (230)

Telephone: 880-2-9118999 (Office) 

Profile
Mr. Sohail did his M.A. in Eco-nomics from Dhaka University in 1971 and joined BIDS as Staff Demo-grapher in 1973. Later he studied at the University of Michigan, USA where he completed a masters degree in Sociology in 1976. He has been involved in a number of population and health related studies. He has to his credit a number of published and unpublished research papers. His current areas of research interest include population studies, population and development linkages, human resource development and health related issues.


 
 

Serajul Islam Laskar
Research Fellow

E-mail: laskar@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (280)

Telephone: 880-2-8181507(Office)

Profile
After completing an M.A in Economics, S.I. Laskar joined BIDS in 1973. He obtained an M.A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania (USA) in 1975 and an M.A. in economics from the University of Hawaii (USA) in 1990. He completed all coursework and comprehensives for Ph.D. programme except the dissertation (i.e. attained the level of ABD) in the University of Hawaii. Laskar worked with different international organizations such as UNDP, ADB, ICDDR, B and the European Commission. He also effectively participated in various international seminars/conferences at home and abroad and represented Bangladesh in various academic and intellectual forums. His research interests include Macroeconomic development, population and development, urbanization and Migration, human resources development (Education and Health), gender issues and development, environmental sustainability, role of ICT in development.


 
 

Dr. Narayan Chandra Nath
Research Fellow

E-mail:ncnath@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (292)

Telephone: 880-2-9112318 (Office)  

Profile
Dr. Narayan Chandra Nath obtained Bachelor (Honours) in Commerce in 1969 and Masters in Accounting in 1972 from Dhaka University. He did his Ph.D. in Industrial Economics at the Institute of National Economy, Baku, USSR in 1978. He worked as Visiting Fellow and did postdoctoral research work on international trade at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom during 1993/94. Dr. Nath started his career as a lecturer in Dohar-Narayanganj Degree College in 1972. He joined the erstwhile National Foundation for Research on Human Resource Development in 1979 as Research Fellow, and acted as action Research Coordinator until 1982. Since then Dr. Nath has been working as a Research Fellow in the Industry and Physical Infrastructure Division of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. Over the years, he has carried out several research studies in the areas of industry, international trade, poverty, employment, human resources development, financial market and tourism. He has a number of research publications to his credit. He has made a number of presentations in the international seminars and conferences on international trade, industry and poverty. He is a Fellow of the Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh. Although he is basically an Industrial Economist, he is involved in research works on divergent issues like international trade including WTO matters, impact evaluation of development projects, financial sector problems including micro finance ones, tourism, economic policy issues, macroeconomic management and problems of poverty alleviation.


 
 

Md. Mizanur Rahman
Research Fellow

E-mail: mizan@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (282)

Telephone: 880-2-9110556 (office)    

Profile
Mr. Mizanur Rahman obtained an M.Sc. in Statistics from Dhaka University in 1973, and in 1981 he received an M. Phil in Economics from Cambridge University, U.K. His areas of research interest include mathematical economics and statistics, econometrics, and internal migration.


 
 

Dr. Salma Chaudhuri Zohir
Research Fellow

E-mail: salma@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (229)    

Telephone: 880-2-8181686(Office)

Profile
Dr. Salma Chaudhuri Zohir obtained an M.A. in Economics from the University of Dhaka in 1979. In 1981, she received a diploma in economics from the University of Colorado and received the honour of being cited as “Highly Distinguished” scholar. She received a second M.A. this time in Development Economics from the Center for Development Economics, Williams College in 1982 and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1998, under the supervision of Prof. Diane Elson. 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 and in projects funded by various donors including ILO, IDRC, EU, Oxfam, DFID and World Bank. She has presented papers in many national and international seminars/workshops. Her current areas of interest include gender issues in economic development, Labor economics, industrial economics, and the environment. She has a number of publications to her credit and has authored “Garment Workers in Bangladesh: Economic Social and Health Condition”, Research Monograph No. 18, 1996, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Dhaka. She was the resource person for the thematic report “Women’s Advancement and Rights”, on which the gender dimension of the PRSP is based.


 
 

Wajid Hasan Shah
Research Fellow

E-mail: wajid@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn.880-2-9143441-8 (271)

Telephone: 880-2-9140632(Office)    

Profile
Wajid Hasan Shah joined BIDS in July of 2001. He has a Masters in Economics from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Bachelor's from Truman State University with a major in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. He completed an evening MBA in Development Management from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) under University of Dhaka during his tenure at BIDS. Prior to joining BIDS, he had taught Economics part-time at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and was also Technical Editor for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)'s Food Management Research Support Project (FMRSP) in Bangladesh. He prepared the Microfinance II report for the World Bank Office Dhaka and also revised and edited the report on the Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Program (BINP) as well as reviewed the role & scope of gender in past and present World Bank activities in Bangladesh for formulating a future course of action while working as a Short-term Consultant for their Social Sector Team. He had also worked on Foreign Direct Investment and Supplier's Credit for the Economics Team of the World Bank Office Dhaka. He had worked as a teaching assistant during his stay abroad. While at BIDS, he worked on the TRACE project, and also participated in the EU Country Strategy Evaluation for Bangladesh. He also carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Small Grants Program for the World Bank in Bangladesh. His areas of research interest include foreign investment, the stock market, NGOs and health economics.


 
 

Dr. Kazi Iqbal
Research Fellow

E-mail
: kiqbal@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (281)

Telephone: 880-2-9127302(Office)

Profile
Kazi Iqbal received his Ph.D. in economics from University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 2006. After completion of his Ph.D. he worked for World Bank Institute in Washington DC for three years as a consultant in Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Division. He also taught at University of Washington and Macalester College, Minnesota. His research interest lies in macroeconomics, public economics and development issues. He has publications in internationally reputed journal such as Journal of Public Economic Theory. Currently he is involved in studying the strategic behavior of NGOs/MFIs in Bangladesh. He is also conducting an IFC funded project on the banking sector in Bangladesh.


 
 

Dr. Abul Basher
Research Fellow
E-mail: abasher@bids.org.bd

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (249)

Telephone: 880-2-8181687(Office)

Profile

Abul Basher completed his Bachelor’s from Dhaka University and Masters from Strathclyde University (UK) with distinction in economics. Aftercompletion of his PhD, from University of Washington, he taught economics at Willamette University, USA from 2006 to 2008, worked as a country economist at World Bank Dhaka office from 2008 to July 2012.
He has publications in internationally reputed journals like Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Development, Journal of Developing Areas, Review of European Studies, and Bangladesh Development Studies. He held teaching positions at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, University of Washington, Willamette University, North South University, Independent University, Bangladesh, and United International University. His research areas include macro and monetary economics, international trade, economic modeling, microfinance, and development issues.


 
 

Dr. S.M. Zahedul Islam Chowdhury
Research Fellow

E-mail: zahed@bids.org.bd, Zahedeco@yahoo.com

PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (251)

Telephone: 880-2-8181691 (Office)

Mob: 01749614965

Profile
Dr. S.M. Zahedul Islam Chowdhury obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Istanbul University,Turkey under Turkish Government Scholarship.He completed B. Sc. (Hons.) and M. Sc. in Economics from Jahangirnagar University. He joined BIDS as Research Associate in April 2004. He has published articles in domestic and international academic journals.His areas of interest include Health Economics,Health and Environment issues, Human resources development, Women’s empowerment, Poverty alleviation,Financial liberalization issue etc.


 
 

Mohammad Harunur Rashid Bhuyan
Research Associate

E-mail: harun@bids.org.bd,

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Profile
Mohammad Harunur Rashid Bhuyan, a Fulbright scholar, completed his Master of Arts in Sociology from the New School University of the United States of America in 2007. His doctoral studies at Monash University, Australia, as an Endeavour scholar, examine peasants’ perceptions and responses to natural disaster in light of economics and politics of resilience. He has been working in BIDS since April 2004. Mr. Bhuyan is the author of “Corruption after the cyclone: a case study from Bangladesh” in A. Weigold & L. Brennan (Eds.), Re-thinking India: Perceptions from Australia published in 2013 from Readworthy Publications (P) Ltd. (http://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/news/re-thinking-india-perceptions-australia). He also co-authored The Social Dimensions of Adaptation to Climate Change in Bangladesh published by the World Bank, Washington DC in 2010 (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2010/12/13431394/social-dimensions-adaptation-climate-change-bangladesh). Moreover, he published many journal articles, research reports and research monograph on various issues such as: politics of rehabilitation work, social power structure, food security, child rights, women empowerment, population and development, good governance and human well-being etc. Home page http://mhbhuyan.wordpress.com


 
 

Mrs. Nehraz Mahmud (On study leave)
Research Associate
E-mail: nehraz@bids.org.bd, nehraz123@yahoo.com

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Mob: 01711-004607

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Nehraz obtained her B.S.S Honors (2002) and M.S.S (2003) degrees in Anthropology from the University of Rajshahi. She joined BIDS on 3rd April 2004 as a Research Associate. Her areas of interest in research are health, gender issues, social inequality, corruption and injustice, rights and social movements, etc.


 
 

Mohammad Mainul Hoque (On study leave)
Research Associate

E-mail: tusher@bids.org.bd

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Mob: 01552448123

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Mohammad Mainul Hoque is working as Research Associate at BIDS since March 28, 2006. He completed his M.S.S in Economics in 2005 from University of Dhaka. His area of interest includes fiscal and monetary economics, trade policies and tools of restrictions, economics of exhaustible resources, information economics and healthcare demand.


 
 

Humayra Ahmed
Research Associate

E-mail: humyra@bids.org.bd

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Telephone: 880-2-9336111(Residence)

Profile
Humayra Ahmed is working as Research Associate at BIDS since April 02, 2006. She has completed her B.S.S (Honors) in 2004 and M.S.S. in Economics in 2005 from University of Dhaka.Her area of research interest includes macroeconomic issues, trade policies, regional trade, sustainable development, health and population economics.


 
 

Md. Nazmul Hoque (On study leave)
Research Associate

E-mail: nazmul@bids.org.bd

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Profile
Md. Nazmul Hoque joined BIDS as Research Associate in August, 2007. He completed his M.S.S (2003) in Economics in 2005 from University of Dhaka. His areas of research interest include macroeconomic policy issues, open economy macroeconomics, international economics, information economics, economics of nonrenewable resources, foreign investment and various microeconomic issues.


 
 

Mohammad Golam Nabi Mozumder (On study leave)
Research Associate

E-mail: golamnabi@bids.org.bd

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As Research Associate, Mohammad Golam Nabi Mozumder joined BIDS in August 2007. He obtained his BSS Honors and MSS in Sociology from the University of Dhaka. Major areas of research interests are socio-cultural change and adaptation, Religious Militancy, Social Inequality etc.


 
 

A. T. M. Shaifullah Mehedi (On study leave)
Research Associate

E-mail:  mehedi@bids.org.bd,

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Profile
A. T. M. Shaifullah Mehedi joined BIDS as a Research Associate in August 2008. He has completed his MSS and BSS in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. His present research interests include migration, poverty, governance and gender issues. His current studies on Monga, Slum Economy and Nutrition policy are underway.


 
 

Mansur Ahmed (On study leave)
Research Associate

E-mail: mansur@bids.org.bd

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Mansur Ahmed joined BIDS as Research Associate in September, 2008. He completed his graduation in economics from University of Dhaka in 2007. Prior to joining BIDS; he was working at South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) as Research Associate. Ahmed’s areas of research interests include macroeconomics, international economics, development economics, econometrics and applied economics research.


 
 

Md. Zabid Iqbal (On study leave)
Research Associate

E-mail: zabid@bids.org.bd

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Md. Zabid Iqbal joined BIDS as a Research Associate in September, 2008. He completed his M.S.S (2005) in Economics in 2007 from University of Dhaka. Prior to joining BIDS, he worked as an Assistant Director (Research) at the Institute of Microfinance, PKSF Bhaban. His area of interest includes macroeconomic policy issues, open economy macroeconomics, international trade, labor economics, development economics, theoretical and applied econometrics and various microeconomic issues.


 
 

Mohammad Iqbal Hossain
Research Associate

E-mail:
iqbal@bids.org.bd

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Profile :
Mohammad Iqbal Hossain joined BIDS as a Research Associate in March, 2010. He completed his MSc (2006) in Economics in 2009 from Jahangirnagar University.  Prior to joining BIDS, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) and Lecturer, Department of Economics at Savar University College. His area of interest includes macroeconomics, international trade, labor economics, development economics and econometrics.


 
 

Mitali Parvin (On study leave)
Research Associate


E-mail: mitali@bids.org.bd
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Profile:
Mitali Parvin joined as Research Associate of BIDS in March 2010. Before joining BIDS, she served as Assistant Officer at Environment and Safety Division of Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited of Petrobangla-Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation. During her professional career, she also served as Senior Scientific Officer of Air Quality Management Project under Department of Environment of Ministry of Environment and Forest financed by World Bank.

She completed her B.Sc(4 years) and M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Khulna University in 2005 and 2008 respectively. She has research experience in Environmental resource management in areas of development of Eco-tourism of Bangladesh Sundarbans and Eco-village development in coastal areas, Black carbon measurement and PM10 emission estimation of Dhaka city using Atmospheric Dispersion Model.

Her current areas of interest include ecologically sustainable development and sustainable economy, ecotourism, ecovillage development, renewable energy technologies, global environmental issues for global sustainability: Food production, Green house gas production, climate change and adaptation and renewable transition.



 
 

Badrun Nessa Ahmed (On study leave)
Research Associate

E-mail: tamanna@bids.org.bd
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Profile
Badrun Nessa Ahmed joined BIDS as a Research Associate in March 2010. She has completed her M.S.S (2006) in Economics in 2008 from University of Dhaka. Prior to joining BIDS, she worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of Microfinance (InM). Her area of interest includes macroeconomic policy issues, health and population economics, development economics, theoretical and applied econometrics and international trade specially trade policies and regional co-operation.



 
 

Moogdho Mim Mahzab
Research Associate
E-mail: moogdho@bids.org.bd
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Moogdho Mim Mahzab joined BIDS on March, 2011 as Research Associate. He has obtained his BSS and MSS degrees from Department of Economics, University of Dhaka in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Prior to joining BIDS, he has worked as a Research Associate at South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). He has developed a strong knowledge of research and also depicted outstanding leadership skill throughout his student career. His area of interests lie on the fields of Macroeconomics and Public Policies, International Economics, Financial Economics, Behavioral Economics, Economic Modeling (Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Analysis) and Mathematical Economic Analysis. 


 
 

Tahreen Tahrima Chowdhury
Research Associate
E-mail: tahreen@bids.org.bd
PABX Extn. 880-2-9143441-8 (245)

Tahreen Tahrima Chowdhury joined BIDS as a Research Associate in April, 2011. She completed her M.S.S. in Economics in 2010 from University of Dhaka. Prior to joining BIDS, she served as a lecturer in Department of Economics at BRAC University.  Tahreen’s areas of research interests include microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, theoretical and applied econometrics, applied economic research, macroeconomic policy issues, financial economics and international trade.


 
 

Siban Shahana
Research Associate

E-mail: siban@bids.org.bd
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Siban Shahana joined BIDS as a Research Associate in May 2011. She has completed her M.S.S in Economics in 2010 from University of Dhaka. Prior to joining BIDS, she worked as a lecture in East West University and also served Policy research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) as Research Associate. Her area of interest includes macroeconomic policy issues, financial economics, environmental economics, development economics, theoretical and applied econometrics, international trade and various microeconomic issues.



 
 
 
Publications
 
 
The Bangladesh Development Studies Volume XXXVII March-June 2014 Num. 1&2 The Bangladesh Development Studies Volume XXXVI December 2013 Num 4 The Bangladesh Development Studies Volume XXXVI September 2013 Num 3 BANGLADESH FOOD MARKET PERFORMANCE: INSTABILITY, INTEGRATION, AND INSTITUTIONS
 
 
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