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Dr. Atiur Rahman

Dr. Atiur Rahman
Position: 
Honorary Member
Bio: 

Dr. Atiur Rahman is Professor (Honorary) of Development Studies, University of Dhaka. He received his MSc in Economics from University of Dhaka and PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has held a Commonwealth Development Fellowship at the University of Manitoba, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of London, and a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies, Singapore. He spent nearly three decades at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, where he was Senior Research Fellow until he retired in 2006. He served as director of the state-owned Sonali Bank, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Janata Bank. In 2006, he joined the faculty at University of Dhaka, but was soon called to serve as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, a position he held from 2009 to 2016. He has published 66 books in English and Bengali, as well as numerous articles in national and international journals, on a wide range of topics. Among his recent book is Tagore’s Thoughts on Peasantry (Pathak Shamabesh, 2017). As the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Rahman made significant contributions to the 3GF conference and the MGD Global Compact International negotiations. His campaign for inclusive and sustainable finance is also well-recognized. He has won many national and international awards, including the Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque, the Manila-based Gusi Peace Prize International, and the Bangla Academy Literary Award. He was recognized as the Governor of the Year 2015 in Asia by The Banker, a subsidiary of the Financial Times, London and as well as the Best Governor in 2015 in the Asia Pacific Region by the Emerging Markets, a subsidiary of the Euromoney.