EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SANEM

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Dr. Selim Raihan is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and the Executive Director of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK. He is the Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the alumni of the Harvard University’s  program on “Cutting Edge of Development Thinking”. Dr. Raihan possesses vast expertise in empirical research on international trade, economic growth, poverty, labor market,  macroeconomic policies, political economy, and climate change issues. He has worked quite extensively on applied economics, especially assessing impacts of trade and economic policies, using country-specific and global Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, and micro and macro-econometric modeling and estimation techniques. He has a long experience in teaching international trade, economic modeling, quantitative economics, econometrics, development economics, and poverty dynamics. He has more than 12 years of experience in conducting international and national training programmes on economic modeling in various countries, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.  Dr. Raihan has published 17 journal articles, 23 books, 35 book chapters and 45 working papers.  One of his latest journal articles is “The macro impact of microfinance in Bangladesh: A CGE analysis”, published in Economic Modelling. One of his leading books with Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen, and Sabyasachi Kar is “The Dynamics of Economic Growth: A Visual Handbook of Growth Rates, Regimes, Transitions and Volatility”, published by the University of Manchester, UK. His latest book chapter is included in the “Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Bangladesh”, published by Routledge. Oxford. Dr. Raihan is the editor of “Thinking Aloud” – a monthly digest from SANEM. He regularly writes columns in leading English and Bengali dailies in Bangladesh. Dr. Raihan contributed extensively to the preparation of the Sixth and Seventh Five-year National Plans of Bangladesh. He led a research team to prepare the “SDG Financing Strategy: Bangladesh Perspective” -a flagship publication of the Planning Commission of Bangladesh. 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. He has led and has also been a member of a number of regional and international research projects on trade and regional integration issues. The most recent ones are the studies on “The Non-tariff Measures in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka”, which are prepared under his leadership and supervision, for the Asian Development Bank, Manila.