Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman

General Information
Distinguished Fellow of CPD
Policy Expert

Full Name: Professor Dr. Mustafizur Rahman

Affiliation: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

Current Position: Distinguished Fellow

Expertise: Development policy, International trade

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Dr. Mustafizur Rahman (born 01 March 1942) is a Bangladeshi economist and as Distinguished Fellow of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading think tank in South Asia. Prior to this he was an Executive Director of the CPD (2007-2017).

Rahman started his career as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Accounting and Information Systems (AIS) of the Faculty of Business Studies, University of Dhaka. Having taught for twenty-five years, he took voluntary early retirement from the University in 2012 to work full time at the CPD. He was awarded the prestigious Ibrahim Memorial Gold Medal by the University of Dhaka for excellence in research. He was a member of the Dhaka University Senate during 2009-2013. He is currently a Senate member of the Dhaka University and a Syndicate member of the BRAC University.

After having completed his secondary and higher secondary education from Mirzapur Cadet College, Rahman went to the then Soviet Union for higher studies, where he was trained as an economist. He did his Masters in Economics, with Distinction, from the Kharkov State University, Ukraine and Ph.D in Development Economics from Moscow State University, Russia. His areas of current research interest include Macroeconomic, Monetary and Fiscal Policy Analysis; Bangladesh Trade Sector Performance and Trade Policy Analysis; Export Diversification; Implications of MFA-phase out for Bangladesh’s Export-oriented Readymade Garments; Competitiveness of Bangladesh’s RMG Sector and its Contribution to Bangladesh Economy; Export Competitiveness Issues Including Technology and productivity; Exchange Rates and Incentives; Regionalisation and Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia; Globalisation and Interests of LDCs; WTO Negotiations and LDC Perspectives; Aid and Supply-Side Capacity Building, implementation challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh, and graduation challenges of the LDCs. His teaching load is Macro Economics, Theories of Economic Development, Business Environment and Bangladesh Economy.

Rahman has undertaken post-doctoral research at several reputed academic institutions including the University of Oxford, UK (1994) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore (1998) as a Visiting Fellow, Yale University, USA (2003) as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Warwick University, UK (2006) as a post-Doctoral Fellow. Rahman has carried out research works in collaboration with a number of international organisations and institutions including the UNDP, UNCTAD, UNESCAP, The World Bank, ADB, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, WTO Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission and the ILO. He has published widely in professional journals both in Bangladesh and abroad, and has authored books and monographs in areas of interest and expertise. Rahman is a Series Editor of South Asia Economic Policy Studies published by Springer and Member of Editorial Board of the Rising Powers and Global Governance (RPGG).

At different points in Rahman has served as member of various important national bodies and committees set up by the Government of Bangladesh. These include 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, Consultative Group of the Economic Relations Division (ERD), Core-committee on Transit and Connectivity and Study Team for BCIM-Economic Corridor. He has served as a member of the T-20 for G-20 Task Force set up to provide policy advise in view of the Japanese Presidency of the G-20. He is a member of the Core Group of the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh. He is a member of Advisory Committee of National Human Development Report. Dr Rahman has served as member of the Panel of Economists for Bangladesh’s Sixth and the ongoing Seventh Five Year Plans, and is currently a member of the Panel of Experts for the Second Perspective Plan of Bangladesh (2021-2041).

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