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Professor Mustafizur Rahman is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading centre of excellence in South Asia. Prior to this he served as the Research Director of the CPD for several years (1998-2007).
In 1986 Dr Rahman started his teaching career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka. Having taught for twenty-five years Professor Rahman took voluntary retirement from the University of Dhaka in 2012. Professor Rahman was awarded the prestigious Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal by the University of Dhaka for excellence in research (1999) and also served as a member of Dhaka University Senate (2009-2013).
Professor Rahman did his Masters in Economics with Distinction from the Kharkov State University, Ukraine (1981), and thereafter did his Ph.D in Developmental Economics from Moscow State University, Russia (1985). He did post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford, UK (1994), Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad (1995), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore (1998), Yale University, USA as a Senior Fulbright Fellow (2003) and Warwick University, UK (2006).
Professor Rahman’s current research interests include fiscal-monetary policies and macroeconomic management, trade policies and trade reforms in developing countries, regional trading arrangements and free trade agreements, trade-poverty nexus, multilateral trading system and interests of the Least Developed Countries. He has published widely in professional journals both in Bangladesh and abroad, and has authored several books and monographs in areas of his interest and expertise. Professor Rahman has been involved in research works undertaken by a wide range of international agencies and institutions including UNCTAD, UNESCAP, World Bank, ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission and the ILO.
At different points in time Professor Rahman has served as a member of various national bodies and committees set up by the Government of Bangladesh. These include, inter alia, WTO Advisory Committee, National Coal Policy Review Committee, Regulatory Reforms Commission, Committee to review ‘National Sustainable Development Strategy’, National Task Force to monitor the impact of Global Financial Crisis and Core-committee for Transit and Connectivity. He has served as a member of the Panel of Economists for the Sixth Five Year Plan and the Ten Year Perspective Plan of Bangladesh and he is currently a member of the Panel of Economists for the Seventh Five Year Plan of Bangladesh. Professor Rahman has been a member of Bangladesh delegations to various multilateral and bilateral negotiations including several WTO Ministerial Conferences.
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Dhaka – 1209, Bangladesh