Bangladesh team

Selim Raihan  (project coordinator)

Dr. Selim Raihan is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and the Executive Director of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. 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) model. He has the experience in research on poverty and labor market dynamics using household survey data and micro- and macro-econometric modeling and estimation techniques. His research interests also include analysis of economic growth and political economy analysis of growth and development. He has a long experience in teaching international trade, economic modeling, quantitative economics, econometrics, development economics and poverty dynamics at the Dhaka University. Dr. Raihan has worked for several national and international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNCTAD, IFPRI, the Commonwealth Secretariat, FAO, European Commission, ILO, IDRC, DFID, etc.

Bazlul Haque Khondker

Dr. Bazlul Haque Khondker is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and the Chairman of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. His areas of expertise include construction of technical framework for the Five Year Plan of Bangladesh, assessing resource gaps implications of various investment intervention (including MDGs) using consistent Macroeconomic Framework, construction of Social Accounting Matrices (SAM), and analysis of poverty and income distribution impacts of trade and tax policy reforms using static as well as dynamic Computable General Equilibrium models. Dr. Khondker was involved in designing and implementing a ‘Generalized Macro Economic’ framework on behalf of UN Regional Bureau for the Asia and Pacific (UN RBAP) to develop MDG financing strategy within the framework of MTBF and LTMF, which has been used in Mongolia and Nigeria to develop their MDG financing strategies. He has presented his analytical works in conferences held in Dhaka, The Hague, Quebec city, Kampala, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Colombo, Nairobi (Kenya), Abuja (Nigeria), Yaoundé (Cameroon), organized by organizations such as UNDP countries offices, UNDP regional Canters in Asian and Africa, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Labor Office.

Farazi Binti Ferdous

Dr. Ferdous is a research fellow at the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). She is also working as trade consultant for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Dr. Ferdous has worked for Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Waseda University Global Institute for Asian Regional Integrations research associate. She experienced tutoring for academic writing at the Waseda University Writing Center. Dr. Ferdous achieved her doctoral and MA degree from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. She graduated and also received her MSc. degree in economics from the University of Dhaka. She is interested in the field of international trade and development economics.

Abu S. Shonchoy

Dr. Abu S. Shonchoy is a visiting research fellow at the South Asian Network of Economic Modeling (SANEM), a research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) JETRO, Japan, and an adjunct assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at The University of Tokyo. Prior to joining IDE-JETRO, he worked for BRAC University in Bangladesh and in ANU, UNSW, and UTS in Australia as a lecturer. He also worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington DC, USA, during the period of 2007–2008. Dr. Shonchoy is a development economist with interests in impact evaluation and microeconometrics. He has several ongoing field research projects in Bangladesh and in India. His current research interests include projects on microfinance, migration, electrification, and education. Dr. Shonchoy graduated from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, with a B.Sc. (Honors) in economics, a master’s degree in economic policy from the Australian National University (ANU), and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia.

Syed Al-Helal Uddin

Syed Al-Helal Uddin is a research associate at the South Asian Network of Economic Modeling (SANEM). He has Maters in Economics from Florida International University, USA and also Masters of Social Science in Economics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. His research interest is on International Economics and Development Economics, Labor Economics.