Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad

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Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad
কাজী খলীকুজ্জমান আহমদ
Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad.jpg
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
London School of Economics
OccupationEconomist, environmentalist
Known forChairman of Dhaka School of Economics and Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation
Spouse(s)Zaheda Ahmad

Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad is a Bangladeshi economist and development thinker and activist.[1][2] He is currently the chairman of Dhaka School of Economics (DScE), a constituent institution of the University of Dhaka, devoted to post-graduate studies in economics and related subjects. He is also the chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF),[3][4] which is largest rural development funding, skill development and management support agency in Bangladesh. He received the highest national civilian award Independence Award 2019; and Ekushe Padak 2009, presented by the Government of Bangladesh.[5][6] [7]

Early life and education[edit]

Ahmad was born in very early 1940s in Sylhet district of Bangladesh, which was at that time part of Indian Assam. His father, the late Mumtazul Muhaddisin Moulana Md. Mufazzal Hussain, was a member (MLA) of the Assam Legislative Assembly from 1946 to 1952[8] and later a college professor. Ahmad was taught by his father until he went to school at the 8th grade. He achieved outstanding results in both secondary and higher secondary levels. He studied at the University of Dhaka, obtaining BA (Hons) in economics and MA (Econ.) degrees in 1961 and 1962 respectively. Later, he went to the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London, on a national merit fellowship and obtained MPhil (Econ.) and PhD (Econ.) degrees.

He was active in promoting Bangladesh's nationalist aspirations during the 1960s and a participant in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, as a Planning Cell member of the then Bangladesh Government-in-exile.[9][10][11]


Ahmad spent 23 years in a research career at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and its predecessor Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), having been a Research Director for a number of years. He left BIDS in 1987 and then worked as the chairman (chief executive) of Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), which he helped, set up in 1980. He left BUP on taking over as chairman of the Governing Body of PKSF in November 2009. He is the founder chairman of Dhaka School of Economics -DScE, established in August 2010. He was elected president of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), the apex body of economists of Bangladesh, for consecutive three terms from 2002 to 2010.

He was coordinating lead author and lead author of the Third and the Fourth Assessments respectively of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),[12] published respectively in 2001 and 2007. He was president of the Kuala Lumpur-based Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific—ADIPA (which is now renamed the Asian Political and International Studies Association—APISA) from 1979 to 1983 and vice-president of the Rome-based Society for International Development (SID) from 1988 to 1991. He led many UN FAO/WFP food and crop assessment missions during the 1990s and early 2000s to food deficit African and Asian countries facing food crisis due to natural disasters and civil strife.

In addition to his other responsibilities, he has been the Coordinator of Bangladesh Climate Change Negotiation Team within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).[13][14][15] He represented Bangladesh in the UN Open Working Group (OWG)[16] on Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was also a member of the executive board of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)[17] of Kyoto Protocol, representing non-Annex-1 countries.


His publications and research and other works include 40 books and over 250 articles, research reports and unpublished papers. He has also contributed numerous columns in newspapers. He is a well-known expert on water and climate change issues. Some of Ahmad's publications are listed below:[18][19][20]

  • 1984: Rural Poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh Experiences and Policies (co-author) A WCARRD follow up Study, In-depth Studies Series 10, FAO.
  • 1996: The Implications of Climate and Sea-Level Change for Bangladesh, co-editor, Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 0792340019.
  • 2001: Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Region: A Framework for Sustainable Development (co-editor), University Press Limited (UPL), ISBN 9840516086.
  • 2005: Climate Change and Water Resources in South Asia, (co-editor), Francis & Taylor,ISBN 0-415-36442-6.
  • 2005: Emerging Global Economic Order and the Developing Countries, (editor), University Press Ltd (UPL), ISBN 984-0517-57-0.
  • 2007: Socio-Economic and Indebtedness-Related Impact of Micro-Credit in Bangladesh, ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB), ISBN 984-0517-78-3.
  • 2008: Interlinking of Rivers in India: Issues and Concerns, CRC Press ISBN 978-0-203-89457-6
  • 2009: Tackling Social Exclusion: South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • 2016: Sustainable Development and All That, Pathak Shamabesh, Dhaka.
  • 2017: Environment, Climate Change and Water Resources, Pathak Shamabesh, Dhaka, August 2017. ISBN 978-9849234029
  • 2018: Socio-Economics of Bangladesh Through the Decades, Pathak Shamabesh, Dhaka.
  • 2019: Perspectives on People Centered Development with Particular Reference to Bangladesh, Aloghor Prokashona, Dhaka.
  • 2020: Climate Adaptation for a Sustainable Economy: Lessons from Bangladesh, an Emerging Tiger of Asia (co-editor), NOVA Science Publishers, New York, US, 2020. ISBN 978-1536169270


He received many national and international awards including the following:


  1. ^ Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad (17 March 2011). "Socio-economic progress and shaping the future". The Daily Star.
  2. ^ "Call for law to ensure food". The Daily Star. 20 February 2013.
  3. ^ "The Chairman". Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  4. ^ James Melik (3 November 2010). "Microcredit 'death trap' for Bangladesh's poor". BBC News.
  5. ^ a b "PM to hand over Ekushey Padak-2009 to QK Ahmad". The Daily Star.
  6. ^ a b "Martyr Shawakat Ali nominated for Independence Award". UNB. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b "13 to get Independence Award". The Daily Star. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ [1], Member (MLA) of the Assam Legislative Assembly from 1946–52
  9. ^ Ashfaque Hossain, History of Liberation War of Moulvibazar District, published by Syed Mofassir Ali, Moulvibazar, Bangladesh, 1997. (Liberation War 1971)
  10. ^ [2], Planning Cell of Bangladesh Government-in-Exile during Bangladesh liberation war in 1971
  11. ^ "Employees Gazette of Mujibnagar Government", Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Published: Saturday, 11 January 2020.
  12. ^ a b [3] Archived 8 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine, Member of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning IPCC
  13. ^ "UNFCCC: Coordinator of Bangladesh". The Financial Express. Dhaka.
  14. ^ [4], UNFCCC: Climate change coordinator of Bangladesh
  15. ^ "Project Advisory Committee Members". Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013., International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN): member of "Ecosystems for Life"
  16. ^ [5], Represents Bangladesh in the UN Open Working Group (OWG)
  17. ^ [6], Executive Board member of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  18. ^ [7], Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad's book in Book Finder
  19. ^ [8], Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad's book in Google Books
  20. ^ [9], Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad's book in Web
  21. ^ "Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad". Observer Research Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 August 2013., Received Mercantile Bank Award-2005 for his outstanding contribution in the field of economic research
  22. ^ "National Environment Award 2019, presented by the Government of Bangladesh". NTV. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2020.

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