Dr. Atiur Rahman

Dr. Atiur Rahman (Governor, Bangladesh Bank)

Dr. Rahman is a renowned economist of Bangladesh in his varied roles as a University Professor, researcher, banker and a leader in pro-poor, environment-friendly and gender-sensitive development paradigm. Prior to his assumption of the office of the Governor, he was a Professor of Economics in the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shamunnay, a center for excellence in development research in Bangladesh. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unnayan Shamannay, a non-profit organization for research, development and cultural learning. His previous roles also include Director of Sonali Bank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Janata Bank and a long tenure as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and as the General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association

However, Dr. Atiur graduated from the Department of Economics of the University of Dhaka in Economics. He achieved his Ph.D. in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Subsequently, he was awarded a Commonwealth Development Fellowship at the University of Manitoba in Canada, and a Visiting Research Fellowship, at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies, Singapore.


He has been awarded various prestigious prizes as recognition to his contributions like

  • Central Bank Governor of the Year- Asia Pacific, 2015
  • Gusi Peace Prize International 2014
  • Regulator with Human Face
  • Bangla Academy Honorary Fellowship
  • World No Tobacco Day Award 2012
  • Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Award 2012
  • Indira Gandhi Gold Plaque 2011
  • Sheltech Award-2010


His published books total 45 as of 2009 of which 16 are in English and 29 are in Bangla including People’s Report 2004-2005 Bangladesh Environment (Editor), Unnayan Shamannay, MOEF an UNDP, 2006, People’s Report on Bangladesh Environment 2002 – 2 Volumes (Principal Editor), Unnayan Shamannay, MOEF an UNDP, 2004, Budget and Participation: Voices from the Grassroot IDPAA, PROSHIKA, UPL, Forthcoming 2003 ( With M. Abul Quasem, MM. Shafiqur Rahman, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali and Md. Arifur Rahman)

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