Professor Sobhan has served as a professor of economics at Dhaka University; Member, Bangladesh Planning Commission; Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS); Visiting Fellow, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford; Member, Advisory Council of the President of Bangladesh; Founder and Executive Chairman, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD); Executive Director, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS); and is currently Chairman, CPD. He has held a number of important professional positions which include President, Bangladesh Economic Association; Member, United Nations Committee for Development Planning; Member, Governing Council of the United Nations University, Tokyo; Member of the Board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva; Member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association.
He has published a large number of books, research monographs and articles published in professional journals, relating to the political economy of development, public enterprise and privatisation, foreign aid, petropolitics, agrarian reform, regional cooperation in South Asia, democracy and governance. His latest works include Challenging the Injustice of Poverty: Agendas for Inclusive Development in South Asia, published by Sage in 2010 and his memoir Untranquil Recollections: The Years of Fulfillment, which has just been published by Sage (2015).
Professor Rahman is an economist by training and currently the Executive Director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka. Earlier he had taught in the University of Dhaka where he was a Professor at the Faculty of Business Studies. Dr Rahman was a Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at Oxford University and Warwick University, UK and a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Yale University, USA.
His recent research focus has been on Bangladesh’s macroeconomic performance, trade policy and external sector performance and sustainable development, WTO negotiations and interests of the LDCs, regional cooperation and economic integration in South Asia. Professor Rahman has published widely in Bangladesh and abroad.
He was a member of Dhaka University Senate and served as a member of various national bodies set up by the Government of Bangladesh including Panel of Economists for the Sixth and Seventh Five Year Plans of Bangladesh, National Coal Committee and National Committee on Connectivity.
Mr Wagner is Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin. His main area of research is South Asia with a focus on foreign policy and security issues. In 2015, he was a visiting fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Studies (JNIAS) in New Delhi.
Ms Razzaq is a development economist with over 12 years of experience. She received her MPhil in economics from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.
Ms Razzaq’s specific areas of expertise include open data, data for development, health economics, health financing, health system strengthening and institutionalisation of health accounts. She has conducted comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research studies on poverty-related issues. She is also engaged in the monitoring and evaluation processes of research studies/activities.
Prior to joining Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Ms Razzaq worked with Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, JSI (Health System Strengthening and Policy Unit-HSSPU), WHO (HSSPU), GTZ, National Health Policy Unit, and UNDP (CRPRID).
Ms Razzaq is a visiting faculty member in the Health Services Academy, Quaid-i-Azam University and PIDE at Islamabad where she teaches masters and MPhil courses. She has also taught at University College of Islamabad and Islamia University, Bahawalpur.
Ms Shrestha received her MA in sociology and anthropology with a specialisation on gender thesis in 2002; postgraduate degree in education (administration, supervision) in 2000; and MA in English literature with a specialisation on English language teaching in 1999 from Tribhuvan University.
Ms Shrestha has done various special reports covering conflict victims, women, children, gender equity, earthquake effects and aftermaths, mentally and physically disabled people, human rights, caste discrimination, etc. She has also done hundreds of news reporting on various topics including politics, economics, conflict, peace management, natural disasters, etc.
She has participated in many high-level events including the International Convention on Minority Rights in Bangkok, Thailand; the Eighth South Asia Economic Summit: Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Development in South Asia in Islamabad, Pakistan; Reporting by Women on Women: Regional Workshop Experiencing South Asia and Canada in New Delhi, India; and Climate Change Program: Global South, Media Briefing on COP 21 Paris in New Delhi, India.
Dr Weerakoon is the deputy director and head of macroeconomic policy research at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Her research work and publications have covered areas related to regional trade integration, macroeconomic policy and international economics.
She has extensive experience working in policy development committees and official delegations of the Government of Sri Lanka. She has worked as a consultant to international organisations and served as a director on the boards of corporate and non-corporate entities in Sri Lanka.
Dr Weerakoon holds a BSc in economics from the Queen’s University of Belfast, UK, and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Manchester, UK.
Dr Tilakaratna is a research fellow and the head of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy Unit of the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Her key research interests include poverty, social protection, financial inclusion, and labour where she has carried out a number of research projects. She has worked as a consultant to international organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the ILO.
Dr Tilakaratna holds a PhD in development policy and management from the University of Manchester (UK), an MPhil in economics from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a BA in economics from the University of Manchester (UK).
Dr Kumar is Head, UNESCAP South and South-West Asia Office, New Delhi. Previously, he was director of the macroeconomic policy and development division and chief economist of UNESCAP based at its headquarters in Bangkok.
Before joining ESCAP in 2009, Dr Kumar was Director-General of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) based in New Delhi. He has also served on the faculty of the UN University Institute for New Technologies in Maastricht, the Netherlands (1993-1998).
Dr Kumar has served on the boards of the Export-Import Bank of India; the International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva; and the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS), Kathmandu among other institutions. He has served as consultant to the World Bank, ADB, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UN-DESA, the Commonwealth Secretariat, among others.
A PhD holder from the Delhi School of Economics (1988), Dr Kumar is recipient of the Exim Bank of India’s first International Trade Research Award (1989) and the Global Development Network’s Research Medal (2000). He has conducted extensive research on aspects of development economics, especially its international dimensions, resulting in the publication of 15 books and over 90 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr De is a professor at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. He is also the coordinator of ASEAN-India Centre (AIC). Dr De works in the field of international economics and has research interests in international trade and development issues.
He was a visiting fellow of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Tokyo; and visiting senior fellow of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok. He has been conducting policy research for the Government of India and several international organisations.
Dr De has a PhD in economics from the Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He has contributed several research papers in international journals and written books on trade and development. His recent publication as an editor and author includes ASEAN-India Development and Cooperation Report 2015 (Routledge, 2015) and Celebrating the Third Decade and Beyond: New Challenges of ASEAN-India Economic Partnership (Knowledge World, 2016). He is also the editor of the South Asia Economic Journal, published by Sage.
Mr Rijal is an economist working for the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS). He was former Research Associate at Samriddhi Foundation and former consultant at FNCCI and NEPSE. Mr Rijal has professional experience of over 8 years and broad training in economic policy.
Mr Rijal has independently formulated and carried out a number of research studies and has a record of policy publications. Mr Rijal’s areas of interest include energy and regional integration.
Dr Khanal is the founder chairman of the Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRAD). He is a former member of the Parliament and the National Planning Commission.
He received his PhD in economics in 1986, and has been involved in research, teaching and social work. He teaches advance macroeconomics to MPhil students in the central department of economics at Tribhuvan University.
Dr Khanal has published several books, policy papers and reports both individually and jointly. His recent book is Contemporary Issues on Global and Nepalese Economy: Mainstreaming the Real Policy Agenda (2014). Some of his other noticeable books published include Aid Effectiveness under PRSP in Nepal (2008), Understanding Reforms in Nepal: Political Economy and Institutional Perspective (2005), Macroeconomic Policies, Shocks and Poverty Reduction in Nepal: Simulation Based Quantitative Analysis (2005) and Public Expenditure in Nepal: Growth, Pattern and Impact (1988).
His pioneering contributions include input/output and macro modelling in Nepal. His recent research works and writings focus on the political economy aspects of socio-economic development and transformation.
Dr Moazzem is industrial economist by profession, and is currently working as an Additional Research Director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). Dr Moazzem holds a PhD from the Kyoto University, Japan. His major area of interests include development of industrial enterprises, entrepreneurship development, private investment including FDI, competition policy and trade related issues at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.
Dr Moazzem was a visiting fellow at the Centre for South East Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. He worked as a member of various committees at both the national and international levels. He has published a number of articles in international peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters and co-authored books published by CPD.
Dr Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh Planning Commission has been serving the Government of Bangladesh over the last 8 years. Prior to joining GED, Bangladesh Planning Commission, he was a faculty of Bangladesh Agricultural University from 1974 to 2009. Dr Alam worked for UNDP/FAO as National Consultant for 4 years and 3 months.
Dr Alam led the preparation of the first Perspective Plan of Bangladesh 2010-21 and the Sixth and Seventh Five Year Plans of Bangladesh. He is currently leading the preparation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 and the Bangladesh Vision 2040 document. He has to his credit published 48 scientific articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals and authored ten books.
Dr Alam travelled 36 countries in connection with academic seminars/symposiums and as a government delegate.
Mr Gupta is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ThePrint, an exciting news media start-up. He is a prolific columnist, with the highly influential column “National Interest”, which is translated into several languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and Marathi. He is a senior prime-time anchor at NDTV.
Over the past two decades, National Interest has been regarded as the sharpest, most perceptive analysis of current events as they unfold. These columns were recently collected in the bestselling book Anticipating India. Currently, National Interest appears in Business Standard every Saturday.
During a 38-year career, Mr Gupta has reported on key Indian and international events, including the Nellie massacre in Assam, Operation Blue Star, the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War from Baghdad, and more.
In June 2014, Mr Gupta concluded a 19-year stint at the Indian Express and the Express Group of publications. As Editor-in-Chief, he led the country’s largest network of award-winning journalists.
Dr Raihan is Professor in the Department of Economics at Dhaka University and the Executive Director of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM).
Dr Raihan possesses vast expertise in research on international trade and trade policy issues related to the WTO, regional trading agreements and domestic trade policies. He has worked quite extensively on applied economics, especially assessing impacts of trade and economic policies, using country specific Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, GTAP models, Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) techniques, WITS/SMART partial equilibrium models, and dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models.
His research interests also include analysis of economic growth and political economy analysis of growth and development. He has taught international trade, economic modeling, quantitative economics, econometrics, development economics and poverty dynamics at Dhaka University.
Dr Raihan has worked for several national and international organisations including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and UNDP. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester.
Professor Chaturvedi is Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based autonomous think tank. He was also a Global Justice Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International Affairs at Yale University. He works on issues related to development cooperation policies and South-South cooperation. He has also worked on trade and innovation linkages with special focus on WTO.
Professor Chaturvedi was Visiting Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and has also worked as consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNESCO, OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat, IUCN, and to the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, among other organisations.
Dr Razzaque is Head of International Trade Policy at The Commonwealth Secretariat. His primary area of work includes applied trade policy analysis. He has led numerous policy research and advocacy projects on WTO-led trade negotiations, aid for trade, regional trade and integration, and trade challenges of developing countries. He is a regular contributor to global and regional trade policy discourse focusing on development issues. Apart from trade, he has also undertaken research on gender and poverty issues.
Dr Razzaque holds a PhD in economics from the University of Sussex and has previously taught at the University of Dhaka. He is widely consulted on topical development issues. He is the editor of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics and was the lead author of the 2015 Commonwealth Report titled The Commonwealth in the Unfolding Global Trade Landscape: Prospects, Priorities and Perspectives.
Mr Wangchuk is the editor of Kuensel, Bhutan’s national language daily newspaper and the president of Journalists Association of Bhutan (JAB). He has played a major role in promoting the Dzongkha language by writing stories on crime, corruption and investigative issues in both Dzongkha and English.
Mr Wangchuk holds a bachelor’s in arts in Dzongkha literature and studied master’s degree courses on journalism and communications at the University of Maryland under the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in 2010-2011.
Nominated by the US Embassy for the Department of State Election Night Tour to Manchester in New Hampshire and Boston in Massachusetts on 1-7 November 2012, Mr Wangchuk became the first Bhutanese journalist from the world’s youngest democracy to observe and report about the US presidential campaigns and elections.
Mr Abdul Matlub Ahmad is an entrepreneur and industrialist who is a firm believer in national development and economic growth through creation of employment opportunities. He is the Founder President of India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Founder President of Bangladesh Automobiles Assemblers & Manufacturers Association; Former President of Bangladesh–Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Director of Bangladesh-Thai Chamber of Commerce & Industry; and Former Director of FBCCI. FBCCI plays a pivotal role in consultative and advisory capacity in the formulation of commercial, industrial and fiscal policies of the government.
In his capacity as President of FBCCI, Mr Ahmad took part in various international seminars, workshops and conferences organised by international bodies, such as International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), and the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC CCI).
Mr Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury is Former Minister in the Ministry of Commerce and was Member of Parliament in 1991, 1996 and 2001. A dedicated business leader, he has actively been involved in promoting the interests of the private sector and advocating corporate governance in Bangladesh. He was the Chairman of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce, and played a major role in setting up the Korean export processing zone—the first of its kind in Bangladesh. He established the Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) and initiated the formation of South Asian Federation of Stock Exchanges of which he was the Founding Chairman. He also founded and was the Chairman of Central Depository Company of Bangladesh and Chittagong Stock Exchange.
Mr Chowdhury led various economic and business delegations to other countries. He led the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group at the WTO ministerial meeting in Cancun, and represented Bangladesh in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1994. He is the recipient of the Sher-e- Bangla National Award for Social Services.
Dr Ahsan H Mansur started his career as a Lecturer at the Department of Economics, Dhaka University and joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under its Economist Program. During his long career in IMF, he worked on Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Central American and G-7 countries. He served as the IMF Senior Resident Representative to Pakistan and as the Fiscal Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Government of Bangladesh. While serving as the Division Chief of the Middle East and Central Asia Department, he joined the PRI as its Founder Director and Executive Director.
Dr Mansur has published extensively in various prestigious journals, including Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory and IMF Staff Papers, and edited books on special economic topics in the IMF Occasional Paper and Working Paper series.
Dr A Atiq Rahman is a leading climate scientist and visionary thinker on sustainable development both in South Asia and around the globe. He is widely known for his research and publications on climate justice, food security and human security, poverty reduction and integrating science and community knowledge and North-South dialogue. He was a lead author of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, and is a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007. He received the highest awards on environment from both the UN and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). He was awarded the Champion of the Earth 2008 from the UNEP for the Asia Pacific Region and the prestigious Paribesh Padak in 2008 from the GoB.
Dr Rahman has over 100 publications to his credit and edited and co-authored eighteen books on various environmental and developmental issues. More recently, he has published on issues such as sustainable development, people’s participation, vision exercises and integrated global knowledge systems.
Professor Mahendra Lama teaches on the topic of South Asian economies at the School of International Studies, JNU, India. He is the Founding Vice Chancellor of Central University of Sikkim and became the youngest Vice Chancellor of a national university in India. He is acknowledged as the architect of the reopening of the historic Nathu La trade route—between Sikkim and Tibet Autonomous Region—after 44 years in 2006. He was nominated by the Government of India in the Eminent Persons Group set up by Prime Ministers of India and Nepal in 2016 and as a Member of the Steering Committee of the South Asian Forum set up by the 16th SAARC Summit Leaders in 2010. He was Nehru-Fulbright Education Administrator’s Fellow, USA; India-China Fellow at the New School University, USA; Visitor to the European Union, Brussels; and Ford Foundation Fellow at Notre Dame University, USA.
Besides authoring and editing 23 books, Professor Lama has extensively worked on the issues of migration, refugees, trade, investment and energy cooperation, sustainable development and human security in South Asia. His most recent work is a co-authored book titled India China: Rethinking Borders and Security (Michigan University Press, Chicago, 2016) and single authored book entitled Human Security in India: Discourse, Practices and Policy Implications (UPL, Dhaka, 2010).
Ambassador Shamsher Mubin Chowdhury, Bir Bikram is Former Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). He actively participated in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and was awarded the Gallantry Award “Bir Bikram” (BB) by the GoB. He was the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka, Germany, Vietnam, Russia and the United States. He was Director General in the Foreign Ministry; Deputy Chief of Protocol and Director (West Europe) in the Foreign Ministry; Deputy Chief of Mission/Minister in the Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing; Counsellor in the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington; and Counsellor and Minister in the Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa. He was Member of the Bangladesh delegation to several Commonwealth Summits and SAARC Summits. He also represented Bangladesh in international conferences in the FAO, WFP and ICPE Assembly meetings in Slovenia.
Ambassador Chowdhury obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pakistan Military Academy. He attended the Senior Staff Course in the Public Administrative Training Centre and passed with distinction.
Dr Dutta is presently Director, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), an autonomous institute funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India since September 2011.
Specialising in South Asian studies, she received her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Amongst other distinctions, she has been the recipient of International Leadership Visitors Programme, US State Department; the Shelton Kodikara Award for South Asian Strategic Studies; and, Distinguished Indian Scholar Series, University of Taiwan.
Her publications include Caretaking Democracy: Political Process in Bangladesh, 2006-08; Bangladesh: A Fragile Democracy; The Northeast Complexities and its Determinants; Changing Dynamics in Southeast Asia; and, Drug Menace in South Asia: Pakistan Connections. She has co-edited volumes on Political Economy of India’s North-East Border; Changing Security Dynamics in South East Asia; and Northeast Border Trade besides over 100 articles in journals, edited volumes, newspapers and academic websites.
Mr Wardak is founding member and Secretary General of New Beginning Network (NBN) – a leading and young professionals’ network which promotes civic engagement. Prior to that, Mr Wardak was engaged as an active member of the Afghan-German Network (DAN) in Kabul, editor of the ZIA Magazine in Germany and spokesperson of the Movement for Democracy and Development of Afghanistan (BDEA) in Germany.
Mr Wardak has more than eight years’ experience in the field of engineering. He has been working since 2010 for INTEGRATION Group, a German consultancy firm and is currently the managing director of INTEGRATION’s branch in Afghanistan. He is part of the Regional Green Dialogue process supported by the Heinrich-Boell Stiftung (HBS) that attempts to promote equitable and fair management of natural resources between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Mr Wardak holds a degree in civil engineering from Bochum, Germany and is currently studying energy management in Liverpool, UK. His first book, Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings, which assesses the impact of different construction materials on the energy efficiency and ecological sustainability on buildings, was recently published.
Mr Mobariz holds an MA in development economics from South Asian University and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Bangalore University. In addition to working at Porsesh Research and Studies Organization (PRSO), Mr Mobariz is a lecturer of development economics and macroeconomics at the Ibn-e Sina University, where he has been teaching for the past two years. Mr Mobariz is also working as senior economist (consultant) with the Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan.
His research interests include international trade, public finance and macroeconomics. Mr Mobariz has extensive research experience on international trade, particularly on Afghanistan’s membership in the World Trade Organization. He has published work with the South Asia Economic Journal, FRIET and the ARTNeT, and has participated in various international and regional forums.
Mr Alam is Hon’ble State Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh.
Mr Alam became an active member of the Bangladesh Awami League in 1997. He has been enthusiastic to ensure effective representation of the new generation in politics and in the Parliament. He was elected a member of the National Parliament in 2008 with the highest margin of votes among the 6 constituencies of the Rajshahi District of the country.
While acting as the Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Information, he played a key role in finalising the draft of the Right to Information Act (RTI) and presented the RTI during various orientation programmes before the newly elected Members of the Parliament.
He received his bachelor of commerce degree from City College, Dhaka and obtained an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka. Mr Alam completed the 1st CAPSTONE course at the National Defence College (NDC), Bangladesh.
Dr Khatun is the Research Director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). She has accomplished Master’s and PhD in economics from the University College London. She has done her post-doctorate from the Earth Institute, Columbia University. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Christian Michelsen Institute, Norway and at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, South Korea.
Prior to joining CPD she worked as a Research Fellow at BIDS; as an Environment Specialist for UNDP; and an Economist for the USAID Mission in Bangladesh. She was a Director of Janata Bank Limited during 2008-2011. She was also a Director of the SME Foundation of Bangladesh during 2010-2013.
Her areas of interest include macroeconomic growth and stability, aid effectiveness, aid for trade, international trade and WTO issues, climate change, green economy, and gender economics. She is a columnist of The Daily Star, a leading daily in Bangladesh.
Dr Wijayasiri is a research fellow and head of international economic policy research at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Since joining IPS in 1999, his areas of research interest have been primarily related to trade issues at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. These include issues of policy significance to Sri Lanka in areas covering bilateral and regional preferential trade initiatives, multilateral negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and issues related to the textile and garment industry in Sri Lanka.
He has been part of Sri Lanka’s official delegation representing the academia at regional forums such as Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC).
Dr Wijayasiri holds a BA in economics with development studies from the University of Sussex, UK; an MA in economics of development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands; and a PhD from Monash University, Australia.
Mr Nanda is a Fellow with the Centre for Global Agreements, Legislation and Trade at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi and an adjunct faculty with TERI University, New Delhi. He has about two decades of experience in research, consulting and teaching on industry, trade, investment, energy, resources and environment policies.
Among other assignments, he has been the lead researcher of some major projects spanning different countries in Asia and Africa. He has done substantial work on minerals and resource policy issues in both the national and global context.
He has published a good number of articles/papers on these issues in professional/peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He has authored/edited several reports and a few books/monographs. He is also the editor of TERI’s flagship publication Journal of Resources, Energy and Development.
Mr Hewage is a political economist working at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). His work is mainly based on foreign direct investment, international trade policy, and private sector development.
Mr Hewage completed his undergraduate degree at the Johns Hopkins University with departmental and university honours. He graduated from University College London (UCL) with an MSc in international public policy and authored a thesis on the political economy of foreign aid at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
His other publications discuss issues such as the influence of victim politics in post-conflict societies, improving regional cooperation through aid for trade, and investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms. His articles have also appeared in the International Public Policy Review and The Diplomat. Mr Hewage is a member of the Global Shapers Community, a multi-stakeholder initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Ms Raniya has more than 10 years of professional experience in the development sector with more than 5 years at UNDP in the Maldives. She has experience in development programme management focusing on issues such as disaster response, poverty reduction and inclusive growth.
She is currently a research associate at TANGO International, a consulting firm providing research and technical expertise on climate resilience. She has carried out resilience assessments for Asia Pacific region with specific focus on urban resilience. In 2014, she was the lead author of the Maldives National Human Development Report which looked at inequality in Maldives’ human development outcomes. She has facilitated policy dialogues, national consultations and prepared high quality analyses and reports on a range of themes. She has also facilitated field work in the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, China India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Maldives.
Dr Aponsu is a full-time senior lecturer in economics since 2000; associate director at Econsult Investment and Advisory Services since 2011; senior visiting faculty for postgraduate studies in business and the public sector since 1991; and, member of the Economic Advisory Panel at the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL).
He was manager at Aitken Spence PLC, a private conglomerate, in 1983-87; assistant director of policy at the Sri Lanka Export Development Board in 1987-91; principal economist at Econsult in 1991-96; consultant for White Paper on Labour Policy in Sri Lanka in 2001-02; member of the Task Force for Macroeconomic Policy and Trade in 2001-03; adviser for the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2008-11; and board member at the Gem and Jewellery Training Institute of Sri Lanka in 2011-12.
Dr Aponsu is a panellist at various policy fora and professional seminars and discourses. He also contributes to the public discourse of contemporary issues via public media: the press, TV and public seminars.
Professor Haqiqi studied finance and economics in the University of Hawaii and Vermont where he completed his graduate and undergraduate programmes, respectively. After having served as a senior official in the Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Finance for ten years, he left Afghanistan in 1980 for the US. When he came back to Afghanistan with an IMF mission in 2001 he worked as senior adviser in various ministries of the Afghan government.
Professor Haqiqi was a legal adviser to the World Bank, IMF and GE Capital. Presently, he is a member of the faculty in the American University in Afghanistan and a consultant for Siemens AG and AF. He is co-author of the Accounting Needs of Islamic Banking and the Collapse of Souk-al-Munakh (Stock Market of Kuwait).
Professor Waqif is presently Hon. Director, School of Management and Training (SMAT), Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS). He is a member of the Management Committee of Mutual Assistance for Voluntary Institutions (MUAVIN), Nizam’s Charitable Trust.
Earlier he was adjunct professor at Arora’s Business School and ICFAI School of Public Policy, Hyderabad; executive board member, academic director, and chairman of the Commonwealth-AMDISA Regional Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Committee; and more recently, a member of the South Asian Quality Assurance System (SAQS) international peer review visiting teams to several management schools for Association of Management Development Institutions in South Asia (AMDISA).
He has published three monographs; four edited international seminar proceedings; more than 170 papers in reputed national and international journals; and over 20 internationally and nationally sponsored research project reports as the principal coordinator.
His research interests include development implications of liberalisation and globalisation, unemployment and poverty alleviation, regional economic and academic cooperation in South Asia, and economics of environment and energy.
He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and master’s and PhD degrees in economics from University of California, Berkeley.
Mr Ibrahim is Former President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). He is the Vice Chairman of Newage Group, a leading readymade garments exporter. Mr Ibrahim is also the Founder Chairman and Adviser of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD), the first national PPD platform of Bangladesh addressing business policy reforms.
Mr Ibrahim is a member of the UNESCAP Business Advisory Council and is the Chairman of the Taskforce on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. He is a core committee member of the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs Bangladesh.
He served in the board of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) and CCIFB (France) and is currently in the board of BTCCI (Thailand) and BPCCI (Philippines).
Mr Ibrahim received his formal education from the University of Delhi and the University of North Texas. He was nominated as a Commercially Important Person by the Government of Bangladesh in 2007 and 2012.
Mr Chowdhury is Member of Bangladesh Parliament and President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Established in 1889 and currently headquartered in Geneva, IPU is the World Organization of National Parliaments and is the focal point for worldwide Parliamentary dialogue.
Its current membership includes 170 national parliaments, having 45,000 members of parliaments who represent 6.5 billion people across the world.
He is also a member of the high level group – “Every Woman Every Child” – a global movement to champion the health of women, children and adolescents led by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In a distinguished career, Mr Chowdhury has excelled in various roles and responsibilities in parliament, government, political party and sports administration.
Now serving his third term in the Parliament, he is Chair of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Jute and Textiles. He is also a Member of the Petition Committee and the Committee on Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives.
Mr Chowdhury is a graduate of School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and holds a joint honors degree in economics and politics. He has also received a Diploma in Law from University of Westminster having completed the academic stage for entry to the Bar.
Mr Mohamed was appointed as the Commissioner General of Customs under oath by the President, and is responsible for collecting import, taxes, facilitating trade, curbing import of narcotics, addressing money laundering, formulating and implementing rules, procedures and directives of the state under the customs law.
Prior to his assignment in customs, Mr Mohamed worked in the largest state-owned public company, State Trading Organization (STO), and its subsidiary companies for 27 years. He worked at Allied Insurance Company, a subsidiary of STO for 18 years as a director of board and chairman from 1994-2012. During his more than two decades of service at STO he worked in various capacities such as assistant manager, assistant director, and acting chief finance officer. He was also the CEO of Maldives Ports Ltd, helping the company in process reengineering and improving governance.
Ambassador Sobhan is the President and CEO of the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) which is an independent research institute committed to the development of the private sector in Bangladesh. BEI under his leadership has played a leading role in strengthening corporate governance in Bangladesh.
Ambassador Sobhan was Executive Chairman, Board of Investment (BOI) and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister (1997-1999) and Foreign Secretary (1995-1997). He has also served as Ambassador/High Commissioner to India, China, Malaysia and the United Nations. Ambassador Sobhan served as Chairman of the Group of 77 at the UN (1982-1983), and of the UN Commission on TNCs (1991-1992), and is a member of the Board of Governors of the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS).
He was a visiting professor at the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University in 2003, where he taught a postgraduate course on South Asia.
Ambassador Sobhan has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from Dhaka University and a Master of Arts from Oxford University, UK.
Dr Rahman is the Executive Director of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD). A reputed economist, Dr Rahman started his professional career in the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in 1975. He was formerly the Director General (South Asia) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and has been the Executive Director of BIGD since 2013. At the time of his retirement from ADB he held the senior most position held by a Bangladeshi in an international organisation.
Throughout his professional career of 37 years he presented papers, participated in, organised and chaired many workshops, seminars and conferences around the world.
Dr Rahman obtained his PhD and MA from the prestigious Stanford University and MA in economics from Vanderbilt University. He was also educated at Dhaka University, Chittagong College and Faujdarhat Cadet College.
Mr Al-Muti currently holds the position of Acting Director of The Asia Foundation’s Economic Development Program. Prior to joining this position he served as director of economic programmes in the Foundation’s Bangladesh office since 2006.
Mr Al-Muti has experience in diverse areas of development. He has about 30 years of relevant experience with UK-Aid, USAID, Australian Aid, and The Asia Foundation, with his experience spanning multiple countries. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked with Australian Aid/Canberra as a Senior Policy Officer, and with USAID/Bangladesh as Project Manager for a policy reform and capacity building project.
Mr Al-Muti holds a master’s degree in Social Welfare Administration and Planning from the University of Queensland, Australia, a master’s degree in Commerce from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, and an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr Salehuddin Ahmed is currently Professor in the BRAC Business School, BRAC University, Bangladesh. He was previously Managing Director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). He started his career with a short period in the planning Department of the Government of East Pakistan and then joined as a teacher in Economics at Dhaka University and the civil service of the government in the erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) cadre. He served in various capacities in the field of administration in the Government of Bangladesh. He was the Director General of Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) Comilla and the Director General of the NGO Affairs Bureau under the Prime Minister’s Office.
Dr Ahmed has authored more than 80 books, reports and journal articles which have been published at home and abroad. He has worked as a Consultant for international agencies such as ADB, UNESCAP, UNCRD, UNDP, UNESCO and the World Bank. He is on advisory bodies of several government and non-government agencies in Bangladesh and a Member of the Board of Trustees of two universities and a college. He obtained his PhD in Economics from McMaster University, Canada.
Dr A B Mirza Azizul Islam is presently a Visiting Professor in BRAC Business School, BRAC University, Bangladesh. He began his professional career as a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Dhaka University and then joined the erstwhile Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP). He held a number of positions in the Governments of the then East and West Pakistan and later in the Government of Bangladesh. He later joined the UN and served in Bangkok and New York in various capacities. He retired from UN service as Director, Development Research and Policy Analysis Division of UNESCAP, Bangkok. He was Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission and Chairman, Board of Directors of Sonali Bank.
Dr Islam has written and published extensively on a wide range of development issues. He has co-authored some 20 UN publications including the flagship publications Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific and World Investment Report. He obtained his MA in Economics from Dhaka University; MA in Development Economics from Williams College, USA; and PhD in Economics from Boston University, USA.
Mr Syed Nasim Manzur is the Chairman of Landmark Footwear Ltd. and Founding Director of Apex Footwear Ltd.; Quantum Consumer Solutions Ltd.; Blue Ocean Footwear Ltd.; Apex Investments Ltd.; and Guardian Life Insurance Ltd. He is the Director of Apex Tannery Ltd.; Apexpharma Ltd.; Grey Advertising Bangladesh Ltd.; Apex Enterprises Ltd.; Pioneer Insurance Co. Ltd.; and International Publications Ltd. He is an avid art enthusiast and takes keen interest in promoting art and culture through the Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA). He is the Director of an internationally acclaimed NGO called FRIENDSHIP which provides health and educational services.
Mr Manzur is the Adviser of the Leathergoods & Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB). He has been invited to serve as Chairman of the Trustee Board, Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and Advisory Committee Member, BRAC Business School (BBS). He is a regular guest speaker at the National Defence College (NDC) in Dhaka. He graduated in Economics (in Entrepreneurial Management) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Mr Matiur Rahman has held the position of Editor of Prothom Alo, the most widely circulated daily in Bangladesh, since its inception in 1998. He was the Editor of the Weekly Ekota and the daily Bhorer Kagoj. He is currently a Board Member of the South Asia Chapter of International News Media Association (INMA) and the President of Newspapers Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).
Mr Rahman completed his post-graduation studies in Statistics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. During his student life, he was active in leftist politics as the Central Leader of the then largest student organisation, Bangladesh Students’ Union and as the Central Leader of the Communist Party of Bangladesh. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2005 for journalism, literature and creative communication arts. He was awarded by The Daily Star in 2016 for his contribution to nation building.
Mr Romi Gauchan Thakali is the Hon’ble Minister for Commerce of the Government of Nepal. He was elected to the Constituent Assembly and later appointed as Minister for Commerce. He was elected as Member of Parliament in 1999 and appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2000. He served as Secretary of the Nepali Congress District Committee of Mustang District; Secretary of SAARC Working Committee; Member of the Foreign Relations Department of the Nepali Congress Party Central Committee; Member of Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations and Human Rights; and Member of the High Level Political Steering Committee of Collaborative Leadership (CLD) Programme of UNDP. Mr Thakali has been the Vice Chair of the Nepal Working Committee of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) since 2000.
Ms Saroj Ayush is working as a Consultant at UNESCAP Office in New Delhi as a Transport Connectivity Specialist on secondment from the Government of India (GoI). She is a Railway Traffic Service Officer of Ministry of Railways, GoI. Prior to joining UNESCAP she held various senior administrative positions in the Ministry of Railways across the departments of Transport Planning, Freight and Passenger Operation, and Commercial and Safety. She worked with the Container Corporation of India where she made significant contributions in planning, designing and implementation of International Container Depots and Multimodal Logistics solutions for Western Ports of India. She previously worked in various non-banking finance companies before joining civil service.
Ms Ayush has an MBA in Logistics and Finance and acquired training in Supply Chain Management and Logistics Planning in India and abroad.
Dr Bhattacharya is a macroeconomist and public policy analyst; and currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka. He is a former ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and UN Offices of Geneva and Vienna, and special adviser on LDCs to the Secretary-General of UNCTAD.
Dr Bhattacharya sits in many international expert groups, governing bodies of a number of leading institutions and editorial board of reputed journals. Has published extensively on pro-poor macroeconomics, development challenges of the LDCs and issues related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Bhattacharya has studied in Dhaka, Moscow and Oxford. He held a number of visiting positions, including at the Centre for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC. He is the chair of two global initiatives, viz. LDC IV Monitor and Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals.
Ms Alam is an activist and politician. She has been teaching in two of the well-reputed institutes of Islamabad. A qualified beautician and grooming specialist, she took the initiative “We”, a house for clothing, salon and interior design. This led her to being an Honorary Ambassador of Bait-ul-Maal’s Women Vocational Training Centre.
Her political journey includes serving as General Secretary, Youth Women Wing, PML-N. She was later elected as Member National Assembly (MNA) of the Government of Pakistan. She is serving as Chief Coordinator of the Prime Minister’s Youth Program; Laptop Scheme and Fee Reimbursement Program.
Currently, Ms Alam is a member of organisations like Federal Think Tank of Climate Change, Nursing Council and National Institute of Health & Women Caucus. At the international level, she is serving as Convener of Philippines and Singapore; Coordinator of the Netherlands, Sweden and France Friendship Groups; and Ambassador of South Asian Physicians’ and Surgeons’ Academy.
Ms Alam is passionate about issues related to climate change, minority rights, women’s affairs, interfaith harmony and the youth.
Dr Negi is associate professor at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. She has teaching experience of over 12 years and she currently teaches several courses at the MPhil, MA and BA levels relating to international environmental negotiations, international organisation and world politics. Her research interests include international law, diplomacy and organisation, with a special focus on international trade and environment.
Outside of JNU, she teaches as a guest faculty at several reputed institutions in and outside Delhi. Dr Negi holds a master’s degree in political science from Delhi University and a PhD in international law from JNU. She has presented papers in various national and international conferences and authored several publications. She is currently co-directing a project on international standards and regulations.
Dr Pandey has more than 25 years of experiences working on issues of trade, economy and development. Currently, he is the Chairman at South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a consortium of South Asian NGOs, working to build capacity of concerned stakeholders in the context of liberalisation and globalisation. He holds a PhD in economics and master’s degrees in business management and in economics.
Dr Pandey has served as a member of the UN Secretary General High-Level Panel on Technology Bank. He is listed in the Indicative Panelist of the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO. He is a member in various committees of the Government of Nepal, including Board of Trade and Nepal Business Forum. Dr Pandey has served as an economic expert in Prime Minister’s Advisory Board and was a member of the National Planning Commission, an apex policy making body of the Government of Nepal. He was one of the negotiators for Nepal’s accession to the WTO. Dr Pandey has also worked for the UNDP in Nepal on the issues of multilateral trade integration and trade-related capacity building.
He was a faculty at the Central Department of Economics, Tribhuvan University and has extensively published on the issues of international trade, macroeconomics and development.
Mr Mehta comes from a law background. He did his LLM in international economic law from the University of Warwick, UK and completed his LLB from the University of Calcutta.
Mr Mehta has worked in the area of competition policy and intellectual property law. Before joining Consumer Unity & Trust Society (Cuts International), he worked on corporate and intellectual property right matters for a law firm based in India.
He is currently developing a project on competition policy and law for the Caucasus region. He is also responsible for monitoring national and international policies on competition and regulatory issues, assisting in organising and attending project-related events and contributing to general fundraising.
Mr Jabbar is chief executive of QAIM Automotive Mfg. (Pvt) Ltd; member of board of governors at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI); and honorary consul general to Ukraine. He is also a member of the council and board of management at PCSIR; board of director at SMEDA, PSQCA and Pakistan Steel Mills; Privatization Commission of Pakistan; and syndicate at DUET.
He previously held the positions of vice president in FPCCI and chairman in Site Association of Industry. He has chaired important committees including ones on R&D and WTO in FPCCI. He was a part of numerous government delegations including WTO ministerial conferences and G77 summit in Havana.
Mr Jabbar is a life member of SAARC CCI. He was also member of the task force on industrial policy; the Sindh revenue board; BOI; and public private partnership board, GoS. He is a specialist in power systems and is a certified safety engineer. He has three decades of experience in the engineering industry on matters of power generation and trade and fiscal policies.
Ms Fernando has over 15 years’ experience in the development sector in project management and research. At Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) she leads the thematic on environment and poverty that aims to provide better integration of environmental factors into decision-making, planning and programming at all levels to promote sustainable development.
She is working on an initiative called “Making Sustainability the Next Metric: the Post-2015 Development Agenda” that is related to the global discussions on the SDGs and generates evidence and dialogue on development that is built on the principles of sustainability.
Ms Fernando has an MA in sustainable international development from Brandeis University, US and a BSc in environmental science from Allegheny College, US.
Mr Kahapalarachchi is the chairman of a family-owned group of companies which include a private hospital, medical laboratory chain, tea estate, pharmaceutical import and distribution, and manufacturing. He has invested in joint ventures with South Korean and Dutch companies for manufacturing and 100 per cent export from Sri Lanka of goods related to packaging and solid tyre.
Mr Kahapalarachchi is the president of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). He has been in this position since January 2016 and is serving a two-year term. He is also the president of the Kalutara Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He has been serving the chamber for more than 16 years in various capacities.
He is also a member of a number of national advisory boards, management committees and steering committees. He has been an Executive Council member of SAARC since March 2016.
Mr Ahmad is a policy specialist based in Islamabad. He is the founder editor of Pakistan’s first development-related economic wire service, Infochange News and Features Network (INFN). He specialises in humanitarian policy and political economy issues. He has been working with SAARC country focal persons of governments and the SAARC Secretariat.
He is also a visiting faculty at Quaid-e-Azam University where he teaches media and development. He heads South Asia Centre for Economic Journalists (SACEJ) and Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights.
He previously served as Asia regional humanitarian policy advisor for Oxfam, Great Britain for four years. He has also worked with the UN Millennium Development Campaign as South Asia programme specialist at UNDP based in the UN Asia Regional Centre in Bangkok.
Mr Ahmad has completed his master’s in political science and is in the process of obtaining his PhD.
Dr Dash holds a master’s degree in economics from Utkal University, Odisha (at Ravenshaw (Autonomous) College, Cuttack), and an MPhil in planning and development and a PhD in economics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
He was honoured with the Award for Excellence in Thesis Work by the IIT Bombay in 2011. He was a visiting fellow at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), Seoul in 2012 from October 15 to December 31 under the Asia Development Fellowship by The Asia Foundation.
His research interests broadly cover topics in foreign exchange reserves, international trade and finance and blue economy.
Mr Sainju joined administrative service in Nepal in 1985 and has since been involved in policy analysis and poverty alleviation initiatives. He was deputed to the Poverty Alleviation Fund and has contributed to the establishment of the Fund and designed poverty programmes. Later he was appointed as member secretary of the High Level Public Expenditure Commission of Nepal. He also served as the director of National Development Volunteer Services, and designed a programme for the ultra-poor and mobilised one thousand volunteers in 52 districts. Presently, he is joint secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Government of Nepal and works in the areas of bilateral trade, trade promotion, and trade and transit facilitation.
Mr Sainju completed his MBA degree in Nepal and has obtained an MA in development studies from the International Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, Netherlands. He has several publications and studies to his credit, especially on topics related to the economic impact of conflicts, mainstreaming trade policies, public expenditure management, LDC graduation strategies, the MDGs and the SDGs.
Dr Jahan is the director of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York. Prior to his appointment to this position, he served as the director of the Poverty Division of UNDP (2007-14).
He was a lecturer of economics (1974-77) and professor of economics and director of the Economic Research Unit, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (1984-89). He was a lecturer in the Department of Economics, McGill University, Canada (1983-84), and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA (1992).
Dr Jahan served as the economic adviser at the Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh (1989-90). He has also worked as an adviser and consultant to various international organisations such as ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, and the World Bank and was the Secretary-General of the Bangladesh Economics Association (1991-92).
Dr Jahan holds a PhD with distinction in economics from McGill University. He is the author of 10 books and more than 150 articles published in various national and international academic journals. His latest book entitled Overcoming Human Poverty – Essays on the Millennium Development Goals and Beyond was published in 2014.
Mr Kumar has over 20 years of professional experience in teaching, research, project management and policy advocacy with primary expertise on trade and development and regional economic integration. Since February 2012, he has been working as head of International Trade Policy with India’s apex business chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). As head of the international trade policy division, he engages closely with the Government of India (GoI) and industry members across all sectors on all aspects of trade negotiation and policy formulation and builds a CII position on international and trade policy which feeds into the negotiation process for the GoI.
Mr Kumar has also been actively working with the Indian industry in its efforts to integrate with the world, particularly in regions like Africa, South Asia and East Asia. Previously, he worked as a senior trade policy adviser with the joint international trade policy team (India Trade Policy Unit (ITPU)) of British High Commission and DFID India. As a member of the ITPU, he was responsible for sharing information with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of UK on India’s trade policy, its stance on WTO Doha round of trade negotiations, EU-India FTA, and intellectual property rights related policy changes in India. He was also a member of the team responsible for DFID’s major trade programme in India and UNCTAD-India’s project on capacity building on trade and globalisation in India.
Professor Nayyar is Emeritus Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University where he taught economics for 25 years. He is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and was Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research, New York. Earlier, he taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Sussex, and the Indian Institute of Management.
Professor Nayyar served as Chairman of the Board of the World Institute for Development Economics Research, WIDER, Helsinki, and on the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council in USA. He was Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. He was also Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi.
Professor Nayyar studied at Balliol College, University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, where he obtained a BPhil and a DPhil in economics. His research interests are primarily in the areas of international economics, macroeconomics and development economics. He has published more than 75 papers in academic journals and 15 books. His latest book, Catch Up: Developing Countries in the World Economy, was published by Oxford University Press.
Mr Iwakami works for UNESCAP, which primarily promotes regional cooperation among its 62 members and associate members in the Asia-Pacific region. Since early 1990s, he has been working to support a regional programme on energy planning under a UNDP programme with AIT. In the newly established Energy Division of ESCAP, Mr Iwakami is mainly working on identifying aspects in aligning targets of SDG 7 and national energy policies.
One of the projects he is working on is Pro-Poor Public Private Partnership, which seeks to develop a business model in promoting private sector investment in widening access to energy services. Based on the experience of Nepal in promoting community-based micro-hydro power projects, the ESCAP project identifies the role of private sector with respect to sustainability, community ownership and investment.
Mr Anam is the editor and publisher of The Daily Star, Bangladesh’s most widely circulated English language newspaper since 1993. He was the Founder Publisher (1997-2007) of Prothom Alo, the highest circulating Bangla daily in the country, and the Publisher of the now defunct Weekly 2000, a news magazine. He is the publisher of Anandadhara, an entertainment fortnightly.
From 1977 to 1990 he worked with UNESCO as Communications Specialist in Paris (1977-82), New York (1982-85) and Bangkok (1985-90).
Mr Anam is the Founder President and the current Executive Committee Member of Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB). He is the Founder Secretary General of the Editors’ Council of Bangladesh and the Treasurer of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
Mr Anam is a freedom fighter and was recruited in the 2nd batch of army officer cadets during the Liberation War in 1971. He was recently awarded for courageous journalism in 2016 by the US-based East-West Centre.
Mr Anam holds a BA (Hons) and a master’s degree in economics from Dhaka University.
Dr Amunugama is Member of Parliament and Minister for Special Assignments of the Government of Sri Lanka.
Dr Amunugama obtained his BA (Honors) in Sociology, from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; Master’s from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada; and Doctorate from the University of Sorbonne, Paris.
After a brief stint as a lecturer at the University of Peradeniya, Dr Amunugama entered the Ceylon Civil Service and has held appointments as Government Agent in Matale and Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. He was also Secretary to various Ministries of Cabinet Rank in the respective Governments.
Dr Amunugama held the post of Director, International Programmer for the Development of Communication, UNESCO and Paris (1982-1986) and Associate Secretary General, Worldview International Foundation (1986-1990).
In 1992 Dr Amunugama took up politics, and was member of the Central Provincial Council and has been Member of Parliament from 1994 to date. He was Senior Minister, International Monetary Co-operation; Deputy Minister, Finance & Planning, and Minister of Higher Education. At the 67th Session of the ESCAP Commission held in Bangkok in 2011 he was appointed as the Chairman for the year 2011/2012. Dr Amunugama also has many publications to his credit.
Dr Kaur is Professor of Public Policy at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, India where she teaches economic theory of firms, macroeconomics and public policy reform. Nominated by ICCR, Dr Kaur has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and a Visiting Scholar at Kingston University, London.
In addition to being trained at the International Teachers Program, Kellogg School of Business, Chicago, she has to her credit award-winning books and research publications. Having travelled extensively, Dr Kaur has also undertaken research projects and acted as an advisor to organisations such as the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India; the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Dr M Asaduzzaman is a former Research Director and presently a Professorial Fellow at BIDS. His research interests include analysis of energy, environment and climate change in the country. He has published on the general energy problems in rural areas, rural electrification and solar homes. He often represents Bangladesh as a member of the official delegation in UNFCCC conferences and discussions that deal with climate change mitigation and energy issues.
Dr Asaduzzaman has many peer-reviewed and published articles, books and monographs as well as major unpublished works on environment and climate change, energy, agriculture and food security and natural resource management. He has authorship in practically most official documents on climate change as the Coordinator of the Second National Communication, and is one of the lead authors of the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP). He plays a leading role in the analysis of energy related problems, including in the Third National Communication which is currently under preparation. He has worked on other areas of development including poverty eradication measures, local government, local level resource mobilisation, trade and education.
Professor Rounaq Jahan was a Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, USA. She was a Professor of Political Science at Dhaka University, Bangladesh and headed the women’s programme at the UN Asia-Pacific Development Center, Kuala Lumpur and the International Labour Office, Geneva. She was a Research Fellow at Harvard, Chicago and Boston universities in USA and Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway.
Professor Jahan received her PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. She is the author of several internationally acclaimed books and numerous articles. Most of her research is focused on issues of politics, governance, gender and health.
Dr Mustafa K Mujeri joined InM as the Executive Director on January 2016. Prior to joining InM he served as the Director General of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He was the Chief Economist of the Bangladesh Bank. During his professional career, he 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, Australia; National Expert in the Bangladesh Planning Commission; and Associate Professor of Economics, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.
Dr Mujeri has published extensively in national and international journals. His current areas of research interest include poverty and MDGs’ monitoring and analysis; macro policy analysis and strategic development issues; application of modelling and quantitative techniques in development policy; public policy analysis, and more. He obtained his PhD in Economics from McMaster University, Canada.
Dr Gowher Rizvi is the International Affairs Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. A renowned historian and academic, he has taught at several British and American universities, including Oxford University in UK and the University of Warwick, Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Virginia in USA. He was MacArthur Scholar and Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Nuffield College, Oxford. He taught as Arnold Bernhard Visiting Professor of History at Williams College, Massachusetts, USA. He served as the Director of Contemporary Affairs at the Asia Society in New York and later joined the Ford Foundation as the Deputy Director for governance and civil society.
Dr Rizvi’s publications cover the disciplines of history, international relations, and public policy. He earned his BA and MA degrees in the first class from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and later obtained DPhil from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Ms Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere is the Netherlands’ Ambassador to Bangladesh. In 1998, after a career at the Ministry of Agriculture, Ambassador Cuelenaere started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, as Deputy Head at the Legal Affairs Division. She was Head of the Consular & Legal Affairs Division of the Consular Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, from 2000 to 2001, and Deputy Director of the Consular Department from 2001 to 2004. She was the Deputy Head of Mission in Harare, Zimbabwe from 2004 to 2008. She was previously the Netherlands’ Ambassador to Sri Lanka (2008-2011), Yemen (2011-2012) and Rwanda (2012-2015).
Ambassador Cuelenaere obtained her master’s in Dutch literature and linguistics from The Hague and her law degree from Leiden University.
Dr Kelegama is the Executive Director of Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). He received his doctorate (DPhil) and MSc in economics from University of Oxford, UK. He is a fellow of both the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Economic Association, and was the president of the Sri Lanka Economic Association (SLEA) during 1999-2003.
He has published extensively on Sri Lankan and regional economic issues in both local and international journals. He is the co-editor of the South Asia Economic Journal (Sage Publications) and serves as a referee for a number of international journals. He is an author of many books.
Dr Kelegama serves and has served as an independent member in a number of government and private sector boards. He was also a member of the Presidential Taxation Commission of Sri Lanka.
Professor Pyakuryal holds a master’s and a PhD in economics from Tribhuvan University (TU), MA in international affairs (development studies) from Ohio University and post-doctoral research in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Professor Pyakuryal was a professional associate at the East-West Center, Honolulu; a Scholar-in-Residence of the Rockefeller Foundation, Italy; and a visiting scholar at IFPRI, Washington, DC.
Professor Pyakuryal is adviser at the Office of Auditor General and member of High-Level Economic Diplomacy, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. He was a member of the board of Nepal Rastra Bank and Trade Advisory Committee headed by the PM; chairman of the High-Level Public Expenditure Commission; Commissioners of Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation; and Electricity Tariff Fixation Commission.
He has 39 years of experience in teaching and research at TU and has 13 books to his credit. Professor Pyakuryal has worked as a consultant to the WB, IFC, ADB, UNDP, ILO, UNCTAD, UNFPA, ESCAP, WHO, DFID, SDC, FAO, UN/APCAEM, The Asia Foundation, and more.
Ambassador Kakakhel is a senior retired Pakistani diplomat and UN official. His diplomatic career (1970-1998) comprised postings in Pakistan missions in Beirut, Cairo, Bonn, New Delhi (where he was deputy head of mission) and Nairobi (where he was high commissioner and permanent representative to UNEP from 1994-1998) and positions in the Foreign Affairs Ministry (including head of the South Asia and SAARC division).
He served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and deputy executive director of UNEP from 1998 until his retirement in 2007 during which he was responsible for policy and programme coordination at the global level.
Since retirement, Ambassador Kakakhel has been actively engaged in activities related to environment and sustainable development, particularly Pakistan’s climate change policy, as a member of various advisory bodies and think tanks. He has been a member of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) board of governors and chair since 2012.
Ambassador Kakakhel has contributed to India-Pakistan Track II diplomacy and initiatives to promote cooperation in South Asia for fostering sustainable development and has written extensively on the subject.
Dr Waglé is a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC) of the Government of Nepal, ranked at par with an assistant minister. He served earlier in the same position between May 2014 and November 2015, and advised on the formulation of national policies and strategies.
In the aftermath of the severe Nepal earthquake in 2015, Dr Waglé co-led the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) project and helped garner billions of dollars in pledges. He also led Nepal’s ministerial delegation to the landmark Third UN Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa.
Dr Waglé has worked as an international development professional for more than 15 years on policy assignments in over 20 countries, most recently as senior economist at the World Bank in Washington, DC.
He holds a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, an MPA in international development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University, and a BSc (econ) from the London School of Economics.
Dr Ahmed is Deputy Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He is former advisor at UNDP and former head of the macroeconomics division in the Planning Commission of Pakistan. He is a visiting faculty member at the National University of Ireland; IMT Institute of Advanced Studies in Italy; and Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development.
He was a technical associate and member in the economic task forces of the Government of Pakistan, including the Panel of Economists (2008), Task Force on Private Sector Development (2009), Working Group on Macroeconomic Framework for Tenth Five Year Plan 2010-15, and Working Group on Social Sector Development for Pakistan Vision 2025.
At a regional level, Dr Ahmed is leading SDPI’s track-II programme on trade and investment diplomacy. He was appointed lead organiser for SAES-V in 2012 with regard to policy recommendations framing for eight South Asian governments and the SAARC Secretariat.
His recent research works focus on various regional issues such as evaluation of Pakistan-Sri Lanka free trade agreement, trade in services across South Asia and Pakistan’s prospects of cross-border foreign investment in Afghanistan and India.
Mr Khanal served as chairman of President Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation Board from June 2014 to December 2015. He served as revenue secretary for two years and finance secretary to the Government of Nepal for almost three years before retiring from 31 years of civil service.
For 18 months until March 2013, Mr Khanal was the economic adviser to Prime Minister of Nepal and headed the PM’s Economic Advisory Council.
He served as chairman of the board in Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) and was board director in Nepal Rastra Bank, Rastriya Banijya Bank, Nepal Telecom Company and Nepal Airlines. He was the alternate governor for Nepal in the World Bank and ADB and was the political focal point for Nepal in the Global Environment Facility.
Mr Khanal has teaching experience of over 21 years in different academic institutions. He holds an MBA degree from Tribhuvan University and is associate of the Institute of Cost and Management of India.
Mr Kabiri holds a degree in management from South Korea, a BA in economics from Kabul University and a master’s degree in development economics from the US. He is also a research fellow with the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (www.aiss.af).
Mr Kabiri worked with the aid and development section of the British Embassy (DFID) in Kabul prior to joining the Ministry of Finance, Afghanistan. He has been working in Afghanistan with NGOs and government institutions since 2002.
He advises the minister in development and financial policies. In this capacity, his principal responsibilities include building and maintaining constructive relationship with the Cabinet, Parliament, donor community, partner ministers and the private sector, to ensure that the Ministry sets and achieves objectives for increased budget execution and revenue collection.
Mr Kabiri has contributed immensely to policy and strategy development within the Government of Afghanistan, playing an instrumental role in shaping Afghanistan’s socio-economic strategy. He is frequently contacted by the media for information and comments on issues related to the Afghan economy.
Ms Jayaratna is a research officer working in the international economic policy unit at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS). Her work is mainly focused on international trade and migration, with a particular emphasis on trade facilitation and regional integration.
She has an MA in international and development economics from the Australian National University (ANU) and a BA in economics from the University of Peradeniya.
Dr Ahmed is currently professor and head of the department of economics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Prior to that Dr Ahmed served as consultant, economist and senior economist at UNCTAD India Programme, New Delhi.
He has written widely in the areas of trade, finance, regional trading blocs and WTO-related issues. He has published four books and many research papers in national and international journals of repute in the areas of his research interests.
While working in the UNCTAD India Programme, he provided technical advice to the Department of Commerce on different aspects of WTO/ bilateral trade negotiations.
Dr Ahmed has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in economics, particularly in the areas of macroeconomics, international finance and international trade.
Mr Khan is an elected Member of the National Assembly from NA-82 Faisalabad. He joined PML in 1990 and has been Member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab for two terms. He has worked on a number of education and health projects. He has been on the syndicate of a number of universities including the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.
Mr Khan is an electrical engineer by education and has a master’s in political science. He is member of Foreign Affairs, Inter Provincial Co-ordination, Overseas Pakistanis and Human Development Committees of the National Assembly. He is member of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). He has travelled extensively and will be going to France as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister on Kashmir.
Dr Batra is professor of economics in the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. She was the first holder of the Professorial Chair (ICCR) in Contemporary Indian Studies at the Centre for South Asian Studies and Edinburgh-India Institute, University of Edinburgh during January – May 2013.
Dr Batra has been a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad where she taught a course on global economic and political environment. She has worked extensively in the area of regional trade and economic integration with a special focus on Asia and her most recent book on the subject is titled “Regional Economic Integration in South Asia: trapped in Conflict?” (London: Routledge, 2013).
Dr Batra received her MA, MPhil and PhD in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.
Mr Beresford is currently serving as the Acting Country Director in Bangladesh managing a large and complex programme and operations covering poverty, social protection, disaster risk management, environmental protection, governance and rule of law. He has 15 years of UN experience, mostly with UNDP. Prior to his posting in Bangladesh, he was Chief of Country Office Accounting at the headquarters, Deputy Country Director in East Timor, and Head of Sub Office in Garowe, Somalia.
His areas of focus include a new national urban poverty programme, social protection policy and disaster risk reduction. He is particularly interested in ‘doing development differently, thinking and working politically’ and evidence-based change.
Mr Beresford holds a degree in English literature. Having qualified as a chartered accountant he was in public practice in London before joining the UN. He also holds a master’s degree in development economics from Sussex University.
Ms Singh is currently engaged as a research officer at South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE). Before joining SAWTEE she was coordinating the web version of a South Asian long-form magazine that covered social, economic and political issues of the region, including Tibet and Myanmar. A former reporter of the economy at an English daily in Nepal, she is now doing research on issues related to trans-boundary cooperation and integration.
Mr Mannan is Hon’ble State Minister for Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, Government of Bangladesh.
Mr Mannan joined the former CSP cadre in 1974 and served in the Government of Bangladesh in various positions, including as Deputy Commissioner of Kishoreganj, Mymensingh and Chittagong. He worked as Joint Secretary (Political) in Ministry of Home Affairs; Director General in the Prime Minister’s Office; and Director General of NGO Affairs Bureau. He also served in the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Geneva as Economic Minister.
In the 9th parliament he served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Public Accounts. He also served as member in the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Defense. In the latter position he represented the Honorable Prime Minister. He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of Bangladesh Awami League as member in 2010 and 2013.
Mr Mannan is interested in development literature and spends his time working for the welfare of the rural people of Bangladesh.
Dr Khan is Member Provincial Assembly (MPA), Punjab. Government of Pakistan. She has been serving as Member, Board of Management, Allied and DHQ Hospital and Nursing Schools, Faisalabad since 2011.
Dr Khan served as General Physician, Ministry of Health, Government of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, during 1978-85. A political activist and a women’s rights campaigner, Dr Khan was Chairperson, Management Committee of Women Crises Center (2008-14); Member, Zakat & Ushr Committee, District of Faisalabad (2010-13); and was elected Member, Provincial Assembly of Punjab in the general elections of 2013 against one of the seats reserved for women.
Dr Khan obtained an MBBS in 1976 from Liaquat Medical College, Hyderabad, Jamshoro and attended a one-year diploma course in child health from Postgraduate Medical Institute, Lahore (1985-86), and a hospital management course from NIPA, Lahore in 1996.
Mr M Syeduzzaman is the Former Finance Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB). He is also Former Planning Secretary and Secretary for External Resources Division of the GoB. He played a key role in negotiating the pre-liberation debts of Bangladesh and organising a system for management of foreign debt. He was involved in the preparation of the First Five Year Plan of Bangladesh, the government’s annual public investment programme and the negotiation of all external assistance agreements with multilateral and bilateral donors. He was previously Member, Board of Governors of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), and Alternate Executive Director, World Bank, for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka. He is currently the Chairman, Credit Rating Agency of Bangladesh; and Member, Consortium Advisory Board, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, India.
Mr Syeduzzaman obtained an MSc in Physics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and an MA in Development Economics from Williams College, USA.
Dr Murshid is Director General at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He was awarded a PhD in 1985 by the Faculty of Politics and Economics, Cambridge University for his thesis on food policy. He has continued to work on food policy while at the same time branching out into a number of other research areas, including infrastructure and irrigation, informal and rural credit markets, agricultural markets and value chain finance, human resource development and policy research.
He has published extensively in top development journals including the Bangladesh Development Studies, European Journal of Human Development, World Development, Journal of Agrarian Change, Economic and Political Weekly and the Journal of Development Studies.
He also has to his credit numerous other publications in the form of research reports, monographs and contributions to various edited volumes. Dr Murshid combines extensive research experience with familiarity with a wide range of development settings.
Franziska Korn is the resident representative of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2016. During the last years she was assigned to the Czech Republic and worked on security and foreign policy. Before that she worked for FES’ department of Politics and Society in Berlin, Germany. Ms. Korn holds degrees in Political Science and Administration and was trained at the Free University Berlin, the University of Constance and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Mr Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul is the President of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ). He previously served at the newspapers the Daily Sangbad and the Daily Jugantor as well as Boishakhi TV and ATN Bangla. A noted journalist, Mr Bulbul sits on the Board of the International Press Institute (IPI), and is the immediate past Vice Chair of the IPI Executive Board. He is a Member of Dhaka University Senate; Member of Bangladesh Press Council; Senior Vice President of National Press Club; Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Bangladesh Open University; Former Board Member of International Federation of Freedom of Expression (IFEX), a global network defending and promoting free expression; and Member of the Board of Directors of the Press Institute of Bangladesh. He is the first Bangladeshi journalist to serve as Chairman of the jury panel for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Mr A H M Mustafa Kamal is Hon’ble Minister for Planning of the Government of Bangladesh. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in 1996, 2008 and 2014. He has been Member of the Public Accounts Committee, Board of Investment, Privatization Commission and Chittagong University Senate. He held the post of the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance Ministry during the period of 2009-2013. Mr Kamal was a leading organiser of Awami League during the Six Point Movement of 1966, mass upsurge of 1969 and the historic 1970 election period.
Apart from being a politician, Mr Kamal is a renowned cricket patron who was the President of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) from 2009 to 2013 and the President of International Cricket Council (ICC) from 2014 to 2015. He was also the President of ICC Audit Committee and the President of Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
Professor S R Osmani worked at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dhaka and at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), Helsinki before joining Ulster University.
He has published widely on issues related to poverty, inequality, hunger, famine, nutrition, employment, microcredit, the human rights approach to development, and development problems in general. His publications include Economic Inequality and Group Welfare, Nutrition and Poverty, Macroeconomics of Poverty Reduction: The Case Study of Bangladesh, Poverty and Vulnerability in Rural Bangladesh, and Theory and Practice of Microcredit (forthcoming). He obtained his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, UK.
Dr Abraham George was the principal of Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla (Mahatma Gandhi University), Kerala. Since 2005, he has also been working with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as an Assessor of Higher Education Institutions in India. He has more than three decades of experience in teaching and research and has published several articles and books.
Dr George holds a PhD in Economics and his research interests lie in the areas of international economics, the Indian economy and education policy.
Dr Martin Rama is the Chief Economist for the South Asia region of the World Bank, based in Delhi. His main priorities are to promote debate on difficult policy issues in the region, to lead the preparation of major reports on regional issues, and to oversee the overall quality of the Bank’s analytical work in the region. Along with his team, he actively engages with counterparts in the government, academia, civil society and business community. He was the Director of the World Development Report (WDR) 2013. He held the positions of Lead Economist and acting Country Director of the Bank in Vietnam. Prior to moving to the Bank’s operations, he spent ten years with the research department of the Bank, mainly in Washington DC. He was the Director of CINVE, Uruguay’s largest think tank, and Visiting Professor in Development Economics at the University of Paris.
Dr Rama has written for numerous journals, including Journal of Policy Reform, World Bank Research Observer, and World Bank Research Observer. He holds a PhD in Macroeconomics.