Editorial Team


Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman
Executive Director
BIGD, BRAC University

Since June 2013, Dr. Sultan Hafeez  Rahman is serving as the Executive Director of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University. Dr. Rahman is leading the restructuring of BIGD and he is actively involved in research and academic matters (especially on governance and public policy) of the institute. He is also the ex officio member of BIGD Advisory Council.

He started his professional career in Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in 1975 and joined the Asian Development Bank in September, 1992. He retired from the ADB as Director General, South Asia in June 2012, which was the senior most position held by any Bangladeshi in an international organization.

Dr. Rahman led, from 2010-2012 ADB’s largest department (South Asia) accounting for nearly 40% of ADB’s total assistance. In ADB he led, supervised or undertook the preparation and financing of development projects, country and sector strategies, economic integration, thematic and sector studies, analysis of macroeconomic policy issues, and made seminar contributions to programs in South Asia and South East Asia. He routinely conducted policy dialogue with senior officials and political leaders in all the countries under his portfolio. His work covered the areas of transport, energy, financial sector, urbanization, education, environment and agriculture. He presented papers, participated in and organized many workshops, seminars and conferences around the world throughout his professional career spanning 40 years.

Dr. Rahman has worked on Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh, Timore Leste as well as 14 Pacific Island countries.

He also served as a member of several high-level government, regional, and international expert panels, task forces and committees. These included the expert panels of 3rd and 4th Five Year Plans of Bangladesh. In addition, he was Adviser/Consultant to the Ministries of Jute, Industry, Commerce and, Finance and Planning. Dr. Rahman also served as a government-appointed Director of the Board of Directors of the state owned Agrani Bank from 1988-91.

Dr. Rahman served in BIDS from 1975-92. He is a reputed economist and has published on a wide range of economic and policy issues. He was also the Editor of Bangladesh Development Studies (the highly valued journal of BIDS). His current research interests are in the areas of economic growth and inequality, macroeconomic policy, governance, decentralization, regional integration and sustainable development.

Dr. Rahman obtained his Ph.D. and M.A degrees from Stanford University and Vanderbilt University. He was also educated at University of Dhaka, Chittagong University and Faujdarhat Cadet College.


Dr. Md Shanawez Hossain
Research Fellow

Shanawez Bhai F

Md Shanawez Hossain is a development economist and joined BIGD in August 2015 as Research Fellow. He is Head of the Urban, Climate Change and Environment (UCCE) cluster and Team Leader for  one of BIGD’s annual flagship publication State of Cities (SoC) for the year 2016. He is also Team Leader for research on local governance under the SHARIQUE programme funded by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. Furthermore, he is involved with number of research, Read more

Dr. Wahid Abdallah 
Research Fellow

Wahid Abdallah

Wahid Abdallah joined BIGD as Research Fellow in January 2016. He is currently Heading the Governance and Politics cluster and also the Team Leader for one of BIGD’s annual flagship publication the State of governance in Bangladesh (SoG) for the year 2016. His current research activities include investigating various economic effects of different governance related interventions (e.g. third party monitoring of public procurement, electronic filing system in public agencies,. Read more

Sayeda Salina Aziz 
Senior Research Associate

Syeda Salina Aziz joined BIGD (former IGS) in 2009 as a Research Associate and is now working at the institute as a senior research associate. She is engaged in institutes flagship publication ‘The State of Governance in Bangladesh’ (SoG). Currently she is working under the ‘Economic Growth and Development’ cluster of the Institute.  Read more

Mohammad Sirajul Islam
Senior Research Associate and Lecturer

Mohammad Sirajul islam is Research Associate and Lecturer at BIGD. He joined the institute (former IGS) in September 2008. Currently he is working in the research areas of urban governance and land management. He teaches research methodology at Masters in Procurement and Supply Management (MPSM) and manages Post-graduate Certificate Course on Management of Land Acquisition, Resettlement & Rehabilitation (MLARR).Read more

Sultan Mohammed Zakaria
Senior Research Associate

Sultan Mohammed Zakaria is a political analyst at BIGD. He is currently serving as a Senior Research Associate under the Politics and Democratic Governance cluster at BIGD. He joined the Institute (former IGS) in 2007. At BIGD, he teaches two graduate modules: ‘Global Issues in Sustainable Development’ and ‘Politics, Political Economy, and Government of Bangladesh’ in the Master of Development Management and Practice (MDMP), Read more

Muhammad Ashikur Rahman
Research Associate

Muhammad Ashikur Rahman joined BIGD (former BDI) in July 2013. As a research associate, his nature of work involves assisting the delivery of research projects by conducting literature reviews, developing questionnaires and conducting surveys, collecting and collating data and undertaking and recording the outcomes of experiments. He also analyses and documents findings of research as well as contributing to the production of research reports and publications. He is closely involved in planning and designing field research and supervising field researchers.  In BIGD he has been involved in a number of research projects including, ESID Education Programme, State of Governance, State of Cities, SHARIQUE in data collection, analysis, writing and knowledge exchange.  Read more