South Asian University

4th International Conference on
South Asian Economic Development

Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

February 22-23, 2018

SAARC

Plenary Speakers’ Profiles



Selim Raihan

Selim Raihan is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and the Executive Director of the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM). He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. Dr. Raihan possesses vast expertise in research on international trade and trade policy issues related to the WTO, regional trading agreements and domestic trade policies. His research has focused on the effect of trade and investment liberalization on the macro-economy, poverty and income distribution situations in Bangladesh. His research interests also include analysis of economic growth and political economy analysis of growth and development. He has a long experience in teaching international trade, economic modeling, quantitative economics, econometrics, development economics and poverty dynamics at the Dhaka University. Dr. Raihan has worked for several national and international organizations including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNCTAD, IFPRI etc.

V. Santhakumar

V. Santhakumar is Professor at Azim Premji University, Bangalore and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He completed his doctoral research from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has held postdoctoral scholarships at the Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands, and Vanderbilt University, United States of America. He is a recipient of the research medal and the outstanding research award of the Global Development Network. He specialises in institutional issues of environment, natural resources, energy and infrastructure. His current research focusses on the inter-linkages between development and education, and the ways of shortening the `distance' between population groups so as to mitigate the `development differences' between them. His areas of interest also include Governance, Economics of Norms and Values and Economics of Public and Non-Profit Organisations. He has carried out a number of consultant assignments and research projects for the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme and United Nations Development Programme in India, Tajikistan, Palestine, Laos etc.

Sugata Marjit

Sugata Marjit is the Reserve Bank of India Professor of Industrial Economics at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and the Project Director of Centre for Training & Research in Public Finance and Policy (CTRPFP). He is also the Editor of South Asian Journal of Macroeconomics and Public Finance. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, United States of America. He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and honours such as the Panchanan Chakravarty Memorial Award (1999), Mahalanobis Memorial Medal (2002), V.K.R.V. Rao National Award for Young Social Scientist (2003) etc. His teaching career has involved positions at the Indian Statistical Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadavpur University and many others. He has also served as the Visiting Professor at the Cornell University, University of Florida, State University of New York and many other prestigious Universities. His research Interests include International Economics, Economic Development, Economics of Corruption and Governance, Banking and Finance, Rational Choice Models of Political Economy, West Bengal Economy and Indian Economy. Besides being a renowned economist, Sugata Marjit is also an accomplished North Indian (Hindusthani) Classical Vocalist.