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Focus Areas: Macroeconomic policy and management, international development finance, aid effectiveness, international trade and WTO issues, social inclusion and poverty eradication, climate change, green economy, interests of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr Fahmida Khatun is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading think tank in South Asia. She has accomplished Masters in Economics from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She did another Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and PhD in Economics from the University College London, UK. She did her Post-Doctoral research at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA as a Fulbright Scholar in 2015. She worked on ICT and SDGs with Professor Jeffery Sachs during her Fellowship at Columbia University. She was a Visiting Fellow at Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway (1994), Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), South Korea (2012) and Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), India (2016).
Dr Khatun’s areas of interest include macroeconomic policy and management, international development finance, aid effectiveness, international trade and WTO issues, social inclusion and poverty eradication, climate change, green economy, interests of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Prior to joining CPD she worked as a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies; as an Environment Specialist for the UNDP; as an Economist for the USAID Mission in Bangladesh. She also undertook part time teaching at universities in the UK and Bangladesh. Dr Khatun delivers lectures on contemporary national and global issues at selective top institutes of Bangladesh. Some of the pre-eminent ones include National Defence College, Defence Services and Staff College, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre and a number of universities. She is invited to speak on macroeconomic situation, budgetary measures and social issue at various standing committees of the members of the national parliament of Bangladesh.
Dr Khatun sits regularly on in various policy making bodies. She was a Director of the state owned Janata Bank Limited during 2008-2011. She served as a Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation of Bangladesh during 2010-2013. She was a member of several government bodies including the following: Advisory Committee on Services of the Ministry of Commerce; Expert Committee on Identifying the Environmental Goods in Bangladesh, Ministry of Environment and Forest; National Steering Committee on Evaluation of the Implementation of Paris Declaration, Economic Relations Divisions. She attended the Informal Meeting on the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in New York as a representative of the Government of Bangladesh. She was a member of the government delegation to the UNCSD Third Preparatory Meeting and Rio+20 Conference in 2012 in Brazil.
Dr Khatun is a member of the Advisory Team of the Connect to learn programme, a global education initiative run by the Earth Institute of Columbia University, New York. The initiative provides quality education through improved technology for selected secondary schools across the Millennium Villages Project sites in Africa.
She has undertaken research for several international organizations including Adelaide University in Australia, ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, DFID, FAO, Harvard Business School in the USA, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Switzerland; Overseas Development Institute in the UK; Oxfam GB, UNDP, UNEP and UNOHRLLS. Dr Khatun has published widely in professional journals at home and abroad, and has authored books, book chapters and monographs in areas of her interest and expertise.
Dr Khatun shares her insights and provides comments on economic issues in the national and international media including the BBC World Service Television and radio, Voice of America radio and Al-Jazeera Television. She was a regular contributor to the BBC Bangla at the BBC World Service during 1991-96 in London. She hosted popular talk shows in national television channels on contemporary issues. Dr Khatun was awarded ‘Anonnya Shirsho Dosh’ (Best Ten) prize in 2009, by a national magazine titled Anonnya for her contribution to economic research. She is invited regularly to write for the East Asia Forum based in Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. She writes OP-EDs in the national dailies. She is a weekly columnist of the Daily Star, a leading daily in Bangladesh.