Mohammad Abdul Malek


"Dr. Mohammad Abdul Malek was trained in Rural Economics at the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences under Tottori University and Yamaguchi University, Japan and Economics at University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed three years Postdoctoral Fellowship with Center for Development Research (ZEF) under University of Bonn, Germany in 2015 and have recently been awarded Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship 2016-18 to work as Overseas Researcher at University of Tokyo. He has been leading the Agricultural Economics Research Unit at BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED), Dhaka since its inception in 2012. He was also Visiting Researcher at Center for International Research on Japanese Economy (CIRJE), Faculty of Economics under University of Tokyo, Japan for February, May-June 2016 and has been Associated Researcher at ZEF, Germany for the year 2016. During his 16 years research and evaluation career with the Government, INGO and University/think tanks, he gained extensive experiences of mobilizing resources and implementing complex implementation research projects from 3ie, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Australian DFAT and International Growth Center (IGC), etc., among others. He publishes scientific outputs well and presents research results in academic and public forums including Television media. His recent research interest is to test acceptability and adaptability of different technological and institutional innovations which generate significant public policy interests. Due to professional reason Dr. Malek is linked with a number of societies and travel extensively across the globe."

Name : Mohammad Abdul Malek, PhD

Address : 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

E-mail address : malek.a[at]brac.net, Skype: malekr25

Age : 01 January, 1978

Nationality : Bangladeshi

Gender : Male

Marital Status : Married

 

Education

PhD. in Rural Economics, the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Tottori University, Japan, 2010

Master in Agriculture, Yamaguchi University, Japan, 2007

MSS and BSS (with Honours) in Economics, University of Dhaka, 2000 and 1998, respectively.

 

Recent Interests

Experimental Development Economics and Impact Evaluation, Agricultural and Rural Economics, Applied micro-econometrics, Implementation Research Management.

 

Positions Held (since 2001 to date)

  • Overseas Researcher (2016-18) at Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo under Japan Society for the promotion of Science (JSPS) Program.
  • Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator, Agricultural Economics Research Unit, Research and Evaluation Division (RED), BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh from May 2013 to date.
  • Visiting Researcher at Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo for Feb, May-June 2016.
  • Associated Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn for 2016.
  • Member, 3ie expert roster from June 2016.
  • Visiting Senior Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn from May-Dec 2015.
  • Senior/Postdoctoral Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn from August 2012-December 2014.
  • Research Fellow and Coordinator, Agricultural Economics Research Unit, Research and Evaluation Division (RED), BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh from March 2012 to April 2013.
  • Research Fellow, Research and Evaluation Division (RED), BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 2011-Feb 2012.
  • Assistant Director (and Faculty member), Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla, Bangladesh, May 2001 – December 2010 (On study leave for higher studies in Japan: Oct 2005-Sept 2010).
  • Visiting PhD Fellow, Institute of Microfinance (InM), Dhaka, Bangladesh, August-October 2009.
  • Junior Researcher at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 2003 – August 2004 under a contract between BARD-IRRI.
  • Research Intern, Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, Bangladesh, January-March 2000.

 

Responsibilities and accomplishments at different positions/institutions

  • Description of the work with BRAC (and ZEF) (2011 to date)

 After joining at BRAC RED in January 2011, I successfully performed different research activities which drew attention to the then BRAC Executive Director Dr. Mahabub Hossain. Dr Hossain created a separate research unit ‘Agricultural Economics Research Unit’ at BRAC RED in March 2012 and gave me the responsibility. Since then I have been running the unit research activities with reputation from a single member to 8/9 members team. While I was performing activities successfully at BRAC, I got an offer from Professor Joachim von Braun (Former IFPRI DG), Director, ZEF to work full time as a Postdoctoral/Senior Researcher to be based on ZEF, Bonn in the middle of 2012. Latter BRAC Executive Director and ZEF Director negotiated my position, and thus, I worked with both organizations (50% in ZEF, Bonn and 50% in BRAC, Dhaka) during August 2012 to Dec 2014 and May-Dec 2015. While performing dual role for both BRAC and ZEF, I had been able to successfully initiate/run several collaborations between these two organizations and also established collaborations with International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Monash University, University of Tokyo, etc. and made significant achievements from those collaborations.

 

I did following specific major works with BRAC and ZEF:

 -Worked as Co-investigator in two global project teams (Technology for Inclusive Growth in Agriculture/TIGA and WATSAN-Agriculture which was implemented in four countries of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa including Bangladesh) at ZEF, Bonn with Professor Joachim von Braun, and Senior Researchers (Dr. Franz W. Gatzweiler, Dr. Nicolous Gerber and Dr. Antonio Samantha) and a number of  PhD students and Principal Investigator (PI) for Bangladesh study team at Agricultural Economics Research unit  at BRAC RED.

 -Led implementation (as PI) of one research and seven implementation research projects including strategic project planning, project management, budgeting and government approval, recruitment, etc. with all stakeholders including BRAC programs (BRAC Agriculture and Food Security Program/AFSP, Micro-finance, WASH, Education,  Advocacy/Adolescent Development Program, etc.), government  departments (NGO Bureau, Department of Agricultural Extension and Local Government) and Bangladesh Bank.

 -Developed about six successful project proposal and mobilized fund in the area of agriculture, food security and nutrition, micro-credit, education, WASH, etc. in consultation with BRAC Program Directors and External Stakeholders, namely, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation/3ie, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through ZEF, Australian DFAT, International Growth Center/IGC through Monash University and BRAC.

 -Led implementation of those research activities including survey set-up, data collection, management and analyzes (Mixed method approach, statistical software/STATA, SPSS, etc.) through guidance of about 8-9 Junior and mid-level Researchers of difference discipline (Economics, Anthropology, Nutrition Science, Business, Environmental Science, etc.) at the ‘Agricultural Economics Research Unit’ at BRAC RED and some PhD Students of collaborating institutions and building their capacities.

 -Designed and coordinated intervention activities related with those implementation research projects with BRAC Program Directors, donors and Government Departments.

 -Extended the frontier of knowledge, generated insights for BRAC programs and donors, and represent BRAC through producing quite good number of quality publications and presenting research results at nationally, regionally and internationally, etc.

Achievements from different major project activities with BRAC and ZEF are given below:

Project and collaborators

Funding

Major Achievements

Impact evaluation (RCT) of BCUP project. Worked as Lead PI. (with Dr. Mahabub Hossain, Narayan c Das, Abu Ahsan Mishu and Barnali Chakraborti)

Grant amount: USD 0.75 million. Source of funding impact study: 3ie

Source of intervention Funding: Bangladesh Bank

(August 2012-April-2015).

Successful evaluation of BCUP project contributed extension of the project, increase of project fund and opportunities for scale-up in Bangladesh and beyond. Unique (RCT) two rounds panel dataset on Impact evaluation of credit program for tenant farmers, three round qualitative dataset, three reports published, and four live TV talk-shows and four Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting with renowned policy makers, researchers, etc. organized, four two national level dissemination workshops organized, One International Workshop organized. Couple of scientific papers with globally renowned scholars and policy brief in –progress.

Project HP (project brief and publications): http://www.3ieimpact.org/evidence/impact-evaluations/details/244/

Synopsys of TV talk show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr9KSIhomfc

Technology for inclusive growth in agriculture (TIGA) project. Involved in project team at ZEF, Bonn with Dr. Joachim Von Braun and Dr. Franz W. Gatzweiler and PI for Bangladesh study team.

Funded by BMGF through ZEF. Grant amount: USD 105,500.

(May 2012-Dec 2014)

Conceptual approach for technology assessment developed and validated in four different countries. Business/implementation plan for agricultural technology business promotion for marginal areas in Bangladesh developed for fund mobilization. A manual for technology assessment-at final stage of publication, 2 book chapters and 1 working paper published, conceptual paper presented in several conferences as Invited speaker and now developed for scientific publication, a dataset on agricultural technology assessment generated. International Workshop at ZEF organized. Organized session organized at ASAE conference/2014 and Invited Panel organized at IAAE conference/2015 in Milan.

Project HP: http://www.zef.de/team00.html

AGWATSAN Nexus (RCT) Study Project Involved in a project team at ZEF, Bonn with Dr. Joachim Von Braun and Dr. Nicolas and PI for Bangladesh study team.

BMGF through ZEF

Grant amount: EURO 43,200.

(April 2014-Dec 2015).

An information intervention around the WASH-agriculture linkages developed, tested with BRAC WASH program, and thus, generated a unique RCT panel dataset.  Earlier results presented at IAAE/2015 conference and a discussion paper from ZEF is already published. Project HP:

http://www.zef.de/index.php?id=2321&project=21&contact=1208&cHash=76c6415358e77a35d99949f32862eeee.

Technology adoption and food security in rural Bangladesh (RCT). Involved with a project team at Monash University (Dr. Asadul Islam, Dr. Chirstopher Barrett, Dr. Marcel Fafchamps, Dr. DebayanPakrashi) and PI for Bangladesh study team.

Project funded by IGC though Monash.

Grant amount: AUD 102,000.

(Feb 2014-Dec 2015).

Cost-effective extension (instead of Block approach with input support, one shot training and follow-up) mechanism designed and tested with BRAC AFSP, Large scale RCT dataset on impact of system of rice intensification technology (SRI), working paper published and now scientific paper in progress. Project HP:

http://www.theigc.org/project/technology-adoption-and-food-security-in-rural-bangladesh/

Technology adoption and diffusion: The System of Rice Intensification and food security in Bangladesh project Involved with a project team at Monash University (Dr. Asadul Islam, Dr. Chirstopher Barrett, Dr. Marcel Fafchamps and Dr. DebayanPakrashi) and PI for Bangladesh study team.

Project funded by IGC though Monash. Amount: AUD 110,000. (additional funding is in progress)

(July 2015-)

After identifying constraint for low uptake of SRI adoption in previous research, various adaptation mechanisms designed and now experiment is in progress with BRAC AFSP. Final end line survey is now in progress.

Project HP:http://www.theigc.org/project/technology-adoption-and-diffusion-the-system-of-rice-intensification-and-food-security-in-bangladesh/

 

Improving educational outcomes of disadvantaged school students: Evaluation of BRAC Chatrabondhu Program. Involved with a project team at Monash University with Asadul Islam, Choon Wang and Sakiba Tasneem and PI for Bangladesh study team.

Project funded by DFAT through Monash.

Grant amount: AUD 80,000. (Aug 2014-).

 

BRAC Chatrabondhu Program made some improvements based on our initial findings. Non-financial incentives for BRAC Chatrabondhu (volunteers) designed and tested with BRAC Education Program. All related survey and field works completed. Initial results presented at BRAC. Scientific papers are now in progress.

Evaluation of Promoting Climate Adoptive Agricultural Technologies (PCAT). Working as Lead PI. (with Hasib Reza and Tanvir Shatil)

Project funded by BRAC Advocacy Program. (From Feb 2016-Dec 2016).

All treatment and survey related works completed, Data analyzed, report writing and scientific paper are in progress.

  • Activities with Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla, Bangladesh, May 2001 – December 2010 (On study leave: Oct 2005-September 2010).

 

To evolve replicable rural development models through conducting research, training and action researches. Particularly I:

-Performed/Coordinated development/action research project planning, monitoring and evaluation for different BARD projects by line ministry (Rural Development and Cooperatives), planning commission, economic relations division, and donor agency (KOICA, SDC and USAID);

-Prepared various reports (monthly, quarterly and annual) on ongoing projects;
-Provided consultancy assistances in development/action research planning, management, monitoring and evaluation (IRRI, Department of Youth Development and Social Science Research Council);

-Completed three researches on human development through cooperatives, youth development and rural micro-enterprises and published two journal articles; and
-Conducted and organized numerous training courses/sessions and developed curriculum on rural development projects’ planning, monitoring and evaluation including EIA, rural economics, basic economics, quantitative research methodologies, development issues, etc. for GO-NGO officials, post-graduate students, cooperative and project personnel, field workers, etc.

 

While I was working at BARD, Comilla, in the middle of 2005, through competitive selection process I was offered three different scholarships for Graduate level Studies, respectively from Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) for Institute of Social Studies, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for University of Dortmund and Japanese Government Scholarship Program (Monbokagakusho) for Yamaguchi University and finally I decided to go for higher study in Japan.

  • Research Activities during Graduate Students (Masters leading to PhD program) in Japan: Oct 2005 to Sept 2010

 A systematic framework from individual participation in non-farm employment to measuring their effects on household economy is developed and tested using owned managed survey data in PhD dissertation. The thesis chapters are presented at several International conferences including IAAE-EAAE/2008 and published in four scientific peer-reviewed research articles, one book chapter and a book. Title of PhD dissertation: Non-farm employment and poverty in Rural Bangladesh: a case of advanced villages.

 5) Visiting PhD Fellow, Institute of Microfinance (InM), Dhaka, Bangladesh, August-October 2009

 Worked on an InM database and gave a seminar: Participation of Micro credit Borrowing Households in Household Based Enterprises in Rural Bangladesh.

 6) Junior Researcher at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 2003 – August 2004

Worked on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Poverty Elimination through Rice Research Assistance (PETRRA) under IRRI-BARD contract.

7)Research Intern, Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, Bangladesh, January-March 2000

 Assisted then on-going researches of CPD which included preparation of background research reports, collection, generation and analyzes of data and rapporteuring CPD's Dialogues Reports.

 Major recent organizational/professional society’s responsibilities at a glance

 Invited panel Session Organizer entitled Technological and institutional innovations for marginalized smallholders: Concepts and evidence at IAAE conference to be held during August 8-14 at Milan, Italy.

Four episodes’ live talk show organizer and speaker with renowned scholars including Dr. Akhter Ahmed and policy makers at local private TV channel at Independent TV on BRAC Borgachashi (Tenant farmers) Loan during March-April 2015.

 Organized four Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting as a Member Secretary during 2012-2015 where Dr Mahabub Hosain, Professor Abdus Sattar Mandal, Dr. Mustafa k Mujeri, Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Dr. Akhter Ahmed was in the board.   

 Organized 8th International Conference of Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE) as In- Charge dated 14-17th October 2014 in BRAC CDM Savar, Dhaka Dhaka.

 Organized pre-conference event entitled International Workshop on the Field Experiments with small holders’ agriculture at 14th October 2014 in BRAC CDM Savar, Dhaka.

 Organized numerous national level and in-house dissemination workshops in BRAC/Dhaka during 2012-2016.

 Major Presentations

2016: Feb: Tokyo Workshop on International Development at U of Tokyo (invited), JICA RI, Public Lecture (invited)at IDEC/Hiroshima University

2015:ICCIG III (Jan Ahmadabad), Live TV Talk-show (March-April Dhaka) at Independent TV, ADES (June, Melbourne), IAAE (Aug Milan-invited), ASIP (Nov Jeju/South Korea-invited), SAWTEE (Dec/Nepal- discussant), ERG (Dec/Dhaka)

2014:BRAC (March and April Dhaka), LANSA (April Dhaka), ZEF (June and Sep Bonn), ICSD (July Bonn) and ASAE (Oct Dhaka)

2013: EEA (April Addis Ababa), ZEF (Nov Bonn)

2012: BRAC (Nov Dhaka), ZEF (Sep Bonn)

2011: ASAE (Oct. Hanoi)

2009: EAAA-IAAE (June Kent), ERG (Sep Dhaka), Institute of Micro-finance (Oct Dhaka).

2002: BEA (Dhaka)

 Selected Book Chapter/Discussion Paper/Manual (Accepted)

 Hasan, MM and Malek MA. Microfinance market in Bangladesh. In: Microfinance in Asia. Christopher Gan and Gilbert Nartea (edt). World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., 5 Toh Tuck Link, Singapore (accepted).

Malek MA and Franz FW. Manual for the identification of idle potentials of marginal rural areas and people by means of technological and institutional innovations. ZEF and BRAC (accepted as a specialized book).

Selected Book Chapters/Book/Discussion Paper/Working paper/Research Report

Malek MA, Khan TN, Gerber N, Saha R, and Mohammad I,Can a specially designed information intervention around the WASH-agriculture linkages make any difference? Experimental evidence of behavioral changes and health impacts, ZEF–Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 213, Center for Development Research, Bonn, April 2016, pp. 45.

 Barrett C, Fafchamps M, Islam A, Malek A and Pakrashi D. System of rice intensification in Rural Bangladesh: Adoption, Diffusion and Impact. Published as IGC Working paper at February 2016.

Malek, MA, Ahasan, A, Hossain, MA, Ahmed, MS, Hossain, M and Reza, MH. Impact assessment of credit program for the tenant farmers in Bangladesh, 3ie Grantee Final Report. New Delhi: Published at September 2015.

Malek MA, Hoque MS, YesminJ and Haque ML. More than Cereal-based Cropping Innovations for improving Food and Livelihood Security of Poor Smallholders in Marginal Areas of Bangladesh. In:

Technological and Institutional Innovations for Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Agriculture. Braun JV and Gatwelier FG (edt). Springer. Published at Feb 2016.

 Mazid MA, Malek MA and Hossain M. BRAC Approach to Small Farmers' Innovations. In: Technological and Institutional Innovations for Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Agriculture. Braun JV and Gatwelier FG (edt). Springer. Published at Feb 2016.

 Hossain M, Jaim WMH, Malek MAetal. (2014). Impact Assessment of Credit Program for the tenant farmers: Baseline report 2012. Research Report. Dhaka: BRAC Printers.

 Hossain M, Malek MA and Das NC (2014). Tenant Farmers’ Access to Credit and Extension Services: BRAC Tenant Farmer Development Project In Bangladesh. Working paper 40, ISSN 2311. Dhaka: BRAC Printers.

Malek MA, Hossain MA, Saha R and Gatzweiler, FW (2013). Mapping marginality hotspots and agricultural potentials in Bangladesh. ZEF Working Paper 114. June 2013, Bonn.

 Kamruzzaman M, Hossain NZ, Bhattacharjee A, Akter A, Raza W, Malek MA and Das NC (2012). Social Network and Financial Literacy among Rural Adolescent Girls: Qualitative Assessment of BRAC’s

  1. Working Paper No. 34. Dhaka: Research and Evaluation Division (RED), BRAC.

Malek MA and Usami K (2012). Determinants of Non-farm Employments in Rural Bangladesh: A Case of Comilla Sadar Upazila. In: Bangladesh in the 21st Century: The Harvard Conference Papers – Issues in

Economic Development and Finance. University Press Limited.

Malek MA (2011). Non-farm Employment and Poverty in Rural Bangladesh: A Case of Advanced Villages. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing Gmbh&Co.KG, August 2011. (Book).

 Roy MK and Malek MA (2002). Human Development through Building Social Capital in Rural Areas: Some Experiences. Papers and Proceedings of Bangladesh Economic Association biennial conference, 2002, Dhaka.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Malek MA and UsamK (2014). Significance and Growth Linkages of Household Non-Farm Enterprises in Rural Bangladesh: A Case of Advanced Villages. Journal of Bangladesh Studies, 16(1), 64–75.

Malek MA and Usami K (2010). Do the Non-farm Incomes really matter for Poverty among Small Households in Rural Bangladesh? A Case of Advanced Villages. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics. Vol. 2(7):250–267, July 2010.

Malek MA and Usami K (2010). Determinants of Non-farm Employment in Rural Bangladesh: A Case of Advanced Villages. Journal of Bangladesh Studies. 11(2): 20-34, December 2009.

Malek MA and Usami K (2009). Determinants of Non-farm Income Diversification in Developed Villages of Bangladesh: A Case of ComillaSadarUpazila. American Journal of Economics and Business

Administration. 1 (2): 141-149, 2009.

 Kashem MM, Guha RK and Malek MA (2009). Micro Enterprises in Rural Bangladesh: Entrepreneurial Process, Problems and Prospects. Journal of Rural Development, 36(1), January 2009.

Malek MA and Usami K (2007). State of Micro-enterprises in Rural Bangladesh: A Case in ComillaSadarUpazila. Journal of Rural Problems. 43 (1): 228-233, June 2007.

 Roy MK and Malek MA (2002). Human Development through Building Social Capital in Rural Areas: Some Experiences. Journal of Rural Development and Administration, 34, (1-4): 37-59, December 2002.

 Major Working/scientific papers, research reports, etc. completed/in progress

Malek MA, Hossain MA, Ahmed MS and Hossain MM (2015). Impact assessment of credit program for the tenant farmers in Bangladesh: Evidences from the field experiment. Presented at Melbourne, New Delhi and Dhaka. Scientific paper rejected from Journal of development Effectiveness and now in progress for submission in ‘Agricultural Economics’ journal.

Malek MA, Khan TN, Reza MH, Ahmed MS, Shatil T and Rahman MS. Does Specialized Credit Program Contribute to Improve the Livelihoods of the Tenant Farmers? Policy Brief. BRAC RED.

 Malek MA, Sawada Y, Hossain MA and Mahmud M. Risks (shocks) and credit intervention-Evidences from a field experiment with a customized micro-credit program for tenant farmers in Bangladesh. Presented at Tokyo and now scientific paper in progress.

Malek MA, Shatil T and Ahmed S. Food security among the marginalized farm households in rural Bangladesh: Conceptual differences and realities from the field experiment. Presented at Hiroshima and now scientific paper is in progress.

 Hossain MA, Malek MA and Rabbani A. Access to credit and agricultural production decision-Evidences from a field experiment in Rural Bangladesh. Presented at ERG workshop and scientific paper in progress.

  Islam A, Fafchamps M, Malek MA and Pakrashi D. Social Network, referral and Peer effects in Technology Adoption among rice farmers in Bangladesh.

 Islam A, Barrett C, Malek MA and Pakrashi D. Impact of System Rice Intensification on farmers’ well-being: Evidence from randomized experiments in rural Bangladesh.

 Islam A, Malek MA, Tasneem S and Wang C. Testing human capital versus signaling models: Evidence using a large scale randomized field experiments in BRAC’s Chattrabondhu program.

Malek MA, Franz WG and Braun JV. Identifying technology innovations for marginalized smallholders-conceptual approach. Paper presented at Invited panel at IAAE/2015 and ASIP/2015 and now in progress for journal submission.

 Ikhtiar M and Malek MA. Promotion of agriculture technology in marginal rural areas of Bangladesh: An innovative business model approach. Now in progress for journal submission.

Malek MA, Latiful MH, and Moniruzzaman S. Marginality hotspots with agricultural potentials in Bangladesh: technology innovations, segmentations, barriers and willingness to pay of poor smallholders. Paper presented at IAAE/2015 conference and now in progress for journal submission.

 Consulting Activities

 Worked as a Consultant with South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) on ‘Public Investment in Agriculture in Bangladesh’, March-Dec 2015.

 Worked as an Agricultural Economist with Mahabub Hossain and WMH Jaim for DFID funded 6 years (2012‐2017) Research Program Consortium ‘Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)’during its inception phase.

 Worked for IRRI, Dhaka office as a Junior Consultant with the M&E team for its ‘Poverty Elimination through Rice Research Assistance (PETRRA)’ project during August 2003‐August 2004.

 Worked in numerous action research, research and training projects funded by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Korean International Cooperation Agency

(KOICA) while working with BARD, Comilla, Bangladesh during 2001‐2005.

 Major Professional Training Received

 IFPRI, New Delhi: GIS and Data Management Workshop organized by Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, 28 Oct‐ Nov 02 2012.

 ISI, Delhi Center, India: BREAD‐IGC‐ISI India Development Policy Conference and Summer School in Development Economics, 19‐25 July 2012.

 BRAC – World Bank Institute, Dhaka: Course on Impact Evaluation for Development Goals, March 04‐16, 2012.

 Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, India: Managing Micro‐enterprise and Micro‐finance Development, Nov. 08‐ Dec. 17 2004.

 Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Dhaka: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Reviewer’s Course, 11‐22 July 2004.

 Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dhaka and World Bank Institution: Introduction to Poverty Analysis, 15‐25 July 2002.

 Professional Membership

Asian Society for Innovation and Policy (ASAE), International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), Asian Society of Agricultural Economists (ASAE), Western Economic Association International (WEAI), Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), Bangladesh Young Economists (B_Y_E) e-Forum, Association of Economic and Social Development on Bangladesh (AEDSB), Australasian Development Economics Society (ADES).

 Major fellowships and scholarships

  2016-18: Post doctorate Fellowship under Japan Society for the promotion of Science (JSPS) Program

 2016: Visiting Research Fellowship, CIRJE and MEXT’s Scientific Research Fund (Kakenhi) of Professor Yasuyuki Sawda, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.

 2015: Visiting Research Fellowship by Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn

 2012-2014: Postdoctoral Fellowship by Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn.

 2007-2010: The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for three years Doctoral Course.

 2009: IAAE Travel Grants for 111 EAAE-IAAE Seminar ‘Small Farms: decline or persistence’ at University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

 2005 – 2007: The Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for two years Master Course

 2004: Indian Technical Cooperation (ITEC) Fellowship for participating an International training course on Micro-finance and Microenterprises at Indian Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Ahmadabad.

 1995-1999: Dhaka University Undergraduate Scholarship.

 1992-1994: National Merit Scholarship, The Government of Bangladesh.

Personal information

Nationality: Bangladeshi (by birth)

Date of birth: January 01 1978

Married with an anthropologist and father of two daughters

Country visited: India (4 times), Malaysia, Japan (about 6 times), England, Vietnam, Philippines, Germany (about 8 times), Ethiopia, Australia, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, South Korea, Nepal, etc.

USA VISA status: Currently hold nonimmigrant VISA for five years until 2019.