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Dr. Akbar Ali Khan

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Dr. Akbar Ali Khan
Economist and Academician
Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government, Bangladesh.

Dr. Akbar Ali Khan was born in 1944 in Nabinagar in Brahamanbaria district. He Dr. Akbar Ali Khan was born in 1944 in Nabinagar in Brahamanbaria district. He studied History in Dhaka University and secured first place in first class in both B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. Examinations. He studied Economics in Queen’s University Canada and obtained M.A. and PhD. in Economics.


He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) in 1967 and was posted as SDO Habiganj in 1971when the liberation war started. He actively participated in the liberation war and was sentenced to fourteen years rigorous imprisonment in absentia by a military court of the Occupation Forces. He joined the Provisional Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Defense and actively assisted the war efforts.He served with distinction in various Ministries including Cabinet Division and Ministries of. Education, Irrigation, Environment and Finance. He worked in the Ministry of Finance for more than sixteen years at levels of Joint Secretary and above. He was Chairman NBR and Secretary Internal Resource Division for nearly three years. He served as Finance Secretary for more than five and half years covering three consecutive governments. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary ( the head of Civil Service) in 2001 and retired from that position in 2002. He was Advisor in charge of the Ministries of Finance, Planning, Commerce, Post, Telegraph and Telephones in the Caretaker Government in 2006 and resigned in protest against the failure of the Chief Advisor in ensuring a free, fair and impartial election.


Dr. Khan served as Economic Minister of Bangladesh Embassy at Washington D.C. for four years from 1987-1991. He was the Alternative Executive Director of World Bank for more than three years, as the representative of the governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and India. He represented Bangladesh in various international conferences. He was elected chairman of the 42-nation FAO sub committee on Surplus Disposal (Food Aid) for the year 1987. He was elected Vice Chairman of Officials Committee of UNCTAD Trade Summit in Columbus, Ohio in 1995. He was the Chairman of Board of Directors of Grameen Bank for more than three years. On lien from the Government service, he served as assistant and associate Professor of Jahangirnagar University. He taught Development Economics and Development Administration for three years in Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center as Member Directing Staff. He also taught governance in BRAC University after his retirement. He is now an Honorary Visiting Professor in BRAC University.


He has published seven books and a. number of articles on economics, public administration and Water resources in various national and international journals. His first book Some Aspects of Peasant Behavior in Bengal was praised by The Journal of Economic History (USA) as “a significant contribution to the growing body of new economic history in South Asia.” His book Discovery of Bangladesh was rated by the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh as the best publication in humanities for the period 1996- 98 and was awarded Justice Md. Ibrahim gold medal. His book Parathaparatar Arthaniti was highly commended for wit and originality in both Bangladesh and West Bengal.Dr. Khan is married and has a daughter.

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