Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, the former Director General of Asian Development Bank (ADB), South Asia, has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS). From September 1992 to June 2012, Dr. Rahman has carried out varied important responsibilities in ADB for 20 years.
Dr. Rahman, a reputed economist, started his professional career in the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in 1975. And at the time of his retirement from ADB he held the position of 'Director General' which is the senior most position held by a Bangladeshi in an international organisation.
Throughout his professional career of 37 years Dr. Rahman presented papers, participated in, organised and chaired many workshops, seminars and conferences around the world. He has worked in Cambodia, Thailand, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh as well as 14 Pacific Island countries in the northern and southern Pacific Ocean region. Dr. Rahman has published on a wide range of economic issues. His current research interests are in the areas of economic growth and inequality, 'green growth,' macroeconomic policy, financial sector policy, governance and regional economic cooperation and integration.
An alumni of the prestigious Stanford University in the United States, Dr. Rahman obtained his Ph.D. and M.A. Degrees from there and M. A. in economics from the Vanderbilt University. He was also educated at Dhaka University, Chittagong College and Faujdarhat Cadet College. He was born on 7 April 1952 in Chittagong, Bangladesh.