Prof. Dr. S.M. Mahfuzur Rahman

Vice Chancellor, BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology


About Dr. Rahman

Prof. Dr. S.M. Mahfuzur Rahman currently holds the position of Vice Chancellor of BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology. Dr. Rahman obtained his Ph. D. (Development Economics) from the Institute of Oriental Studies of Moscow in 1983. He obtained his M. Sc. (Economics) with Honours from the Peoples' Friendship University of Moscow in 1979.

Before joining BUFT he worked as Professor (selection grade) at the Department of International Business, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh till June 2019. He served as the Director of Master of International Trade and Business Program (for Professionals) at that Department. Prior to joining the Department of International Business in February 2008, he worked as Professor and Chairman at the Department of Finance of the same University. He also served as the Director of MBA Program at the Department of Finance and the Director of MBA Program at the Department of International Business of the University of Dhaka.

In his long career he served as a Visiting Professor (Japan Foundation Fellow) at the School of Economics of the University of Nagoya of Japan. He served as a research fellow at the Institute of Developing Economics in Tokyo. He was a member of Dhaka University Senate (elected 1997 – 2000; 2000 – 04; Chancellor’s nominee 2009 – 12). He was the Provost of Zahurul Haq Hall at Dhaka University. He served as the Geeral Secretary of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. He also served as the Treasurer of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and the Subject Editor (Society and Economy) of Banglapedia, the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

Career Summary (the rest)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Business Studies, University of Dhaka.
  • Associate Editor, Bangladesh Asiatic Society Patrika, Dhaka.
  • Member, Academic Council and Board of Advanced Studies, University of Dhaka.
  • Member, Governing Body, IBA, University of Dhaka.
  • Executive Committee Member, Post Graduate Courses, Bangladesh Institute of Management.
  • Part-time Faculty, East West University, ASA University, Bangladesh Institute of Fashion Technology, Eastern University, Stamford University, South-East University, Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh, Planning and Development Academy of Bangladesh and Institute of Bankers of Bangladesh.
  • Director, Rupali Bank LTD., Dhaka (2009 - 2012).
  • Chairman, Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (2010 - 2013).
Membership and Association
  • Treasurer, Dhaka University Teachers’ Associations
  • Life Member, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh
  • Life Member, Bangladesh Economic Association
  • Secretary, Dhaka University Club
  • Vice President, Dhaka University Club
  • President, Dhaka University Club
Participation in International Seminars and Workshops
  • Federation University Australia visit as the Team Leader of 19-member delegates of the Department of International Business, University of Dhaka in a study tour and training program on international trade and business, 28 January – 13 February 2017.
  • Kyushu University (Japan) visit for research in “Consumer behavior of ICT-based social services in developing countries” during 19 – 31 October 2016.
  • Kyushu University-Dhaka University Joint Seminar “Creating Shared values through Social Innovations in Developing Countries”, 29 September 2015, held at Kyushu University, Japan (title of the paper presented: “Japan Bangladesh Trade Relations”.
  • Federation University Australia, 16 – 18 February 2015, seminar held at Gippsland, Australia and the title of the paper presented: Corporate Governance Index of Bangladesh and its Determinants”.
  • Member, DU team participating in meeting on signing of an agreement with ACCA in Dubai, UAE, August 2014.
  • Presented an outlook of investment climate in Bangladesh in FOBANA Meet 2013, New York, USA.
  • Participant, International Seminar on Community Learning Centers, Bandung, Indonesia, 23 – 27 June, 2008.
  • Member, team of Bangladeshi researchers and professionals visiting mining industry in Germany, 2006.
  • Participant, International Seminar on Community Learning Centers, Hangzhou and Shanghai, China, 27 – 31 October 2005.
  • Resource Person, Expert Meting on Regional Research Studies on Community Learning Centers, Bangkok, 7 – 9 June, 2005.
  • Participant, Regional Workshop on Strategic (environmental) Impact Assessment of (large-scale investment projects), Katmandu, December 2004.
  • Member, UNESCO Delegation from Bangladesh to Regional Seminar on Community Learning Centers, Chiangmai, Thailand (March 2004)
  • Participant, Consultation Meeting on World Bank Adult Non-formal Education Policy Inquiry, UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany (June 2003).
  • Participant, International Visitor Program of the United States Department of State ‘Trade and the World Economy’, (October - November 2000).
  • Participant Asian Development Bank Workshop on Millennium Development Goals and Strategies, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, (November 1998)
  • Member, team of consultants visiting SAARC headquarters (Kathmandu) for inquiry into SAARC provisions and the regulatory framework for trade in toxic and hazardous materials, February 1995.
Publications
  • Eleven books (text and reference for university students) including those on international economic relations, foreign exchange, finance and investment and micro-credit.
  • Two of the books (“Credit for the Rural Poor: Experiments in Bangladesh” and “Garment Industry in Bangladesh: its Socio-economic Implications”) were published by the Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo.
  • One book on non-formal education in Bangladesh was published by UNESCO, Dhaka.
  • One titled Dictionary of International Business was published by the University of Dhaka.
  • More than 40 research papers published in journals at home and abroad; many articles were on trade, external resources and foreign aid, industry and banking finance with concrete relevance to economic development of Bangladesh. Recent publications in journals abroad are: 'The Design and Adoption of Green Banking Framework for the Environment Protection: Lessons from Bangladesh", Asian Journal of Sustainable Business and Society Vol 2 No 1, 2016; "Corporate Governance Index of Banks and it's Parameters", International Organization of Scientific Research, Vol 19, Issue 12(2), 2017; "Bilateral Trade Relations between Bangladesh and Australia", accepted for publication by Routledge in it's upcoming book Economic Development of Bangladesh in the Asian Century "Foreign Direct Investment of Australia in Bangladesh", accepted for publication by Routledge in it's upcoming book Economic Development of Bangladesh in the Asian Century.
  • About 200 entries in Banglapedia, the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh. Major entries written on economics were Development Finance, Export Processing Zone, Poverty, Foreign Aid, Foreign Direct Investment, Board of Investment, and Bangladesh Bank.
Experience of Work as Consultant
  • Consultant, UNICEF BCO, for “Producing the Annual Report 2008-2009 of the BEHTRUWC (Basic Education for Hard to Reach Urban Working Children) Project 2nd Phase”, September – October 2009
  • Consultant, UNICEF BCO for “Preparation of a Booklet on Livelihood Skills Training for Urban Working Children in Bangladesh”, June – August 2009
  • Consultant, UNICEF BCO for “Mid-term Evaluation of BEHTRUWC Project 2nd Phase (2004 – 2012)”, October – November 2008.
  • Consultant, UNICEF BCO for “Producing the Annual Report 2007-2008 of the BEHTRUWC Project 2nd Phase”, September – October 2008.
  • Consultant, UNICEF BCO for “Evaluation of the UNICEF–Aparajeya Bangladesh Project: Enhancement of life options of urban working children through development of livelihood skills for alternate non-hazardous job opportunities”, July – August 2008.
  • Principal Investigator, Regional Research Studies on Community Ownership and External Intervention for Sustainability of Community Learning Centers (CLCs): Bangladesh Chapter, Asia-Pacific Program of Education for All (APPEAL), UNESCO Bangkok, April – October 2007.
  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Education and Micro-finance Components of the UNESCO – Nari Maitree Project “Empowering Adolescent Girls to become the Agents of Social Transformation” (Nov 2004 – Oct 2007) assigned by UNESCO, June – September 2007.
  • Principal Investigator, Adult Literacy and Change in Bangladesh, a special study conducted by UNESCO Dhaka in July – August, 2006.
  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of UNESCO – DAM – Nari Maitree Project “Empowering Adolescent Girls to become the Agents of Social Transformation” assigned by UNESCO, February – April 2006.
  • Principal Investigator, “Regional Research Study on Community Learning Centers, (Bangladesh Chapter)” assigned by UNESCO Bangkok (July 2005 – December 2005).
  • Principal Investigator and Team Leader, UNESCO sponsored research project on Impact of Literacy on Socio-economic Development of the Rural Poor in Bangladesh (November 2004 – May 2005).
  • Principal Investigator and Team Leader, Evaluation of ‘Integrated Education, Health and Capacity Building for Adolescents – Urban Project’, UNESCO, January – April 2004.
  • Principal Investigator and Team Leader, Evaluation of UNESCO – Dhaka Ahsania Mission Project “Community Learning Centers of the Dhaka Ahsania Mission” assigned by UNESCO, September – December 2003.
  • Participant, International Seminar on Community Learning Centers, Bandung, Indonesia, 23 – 27 June, 2008.
  • Participant, International Seminar on Community Learning Centers, Hangzhou and Shanghai, China, 27 – 31 October 2005.
  • Resource Person, Expert Meting on Regional Research Studies on Community Learning Centers, Bangkok, 7 – 9 June, 2005.
  • Member, UNESCO Delegation from Bangladesh to Regional Seminar on Community Learning Centers, Chiangmai, Thailand (March 2004).
  • Participant, Consultation Meeting on World Bank Adult Non-formal Education Policy Inquiry, UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg, Germany (June 2003).
  • Consultant, Adult and Non-formal Education in Bangladesh: Cost and Finance Study, World Bank and Florida State University (USA), April - June 2003.
  • Institutions Specialist, Chittagong Hill Tracts Rural Development Project (sponsored by) Asian Development Bank, 1999 –2000.
  • Financial Analyst, Fourth Dhaka WASA Project (sponsored by) UNDP, 1999.
  • Senior Researcher and Study Group Leader, Study on “Sector and Institutional Financing and Cost Recovery Options: Higher Secondary Education” sponsored by UNDP, 1997.
  • Consultant, Study on “Regulatory Framework for the Import of Toxic and Hazardous Materials in Bangladesh” sponsored by Asian Development Bank, 1995.
  • Member, Joint Research Team of IDE, Tokyo and University of Dhaka for a Study on Garment Industry in Bangladesh- Its Socio-economic Implications, 1994 –1995.
  • Rural Credit and Institutional Specialist, “Research and Development Project for the Ministry of Youth and Sports” sponsored by Asian Development Bank, 1993 – 1994.
  • Study Team Leader, “Evaluation of Khasland Distribution Program of the Government of Bangladesh in Cooperation with the NGO Coordination Council” sponsored by Ministry of Land, Government of Bangladesh, 1990.
  • Consultant, “Evaluation and Improvement of Technical Assistance in Bangladesh” sponsored jointly by the Government of Bangladesh and UNDP, 1990.
  • Senior Research Associate, “Public Administration Efficiency Study” sponsored jointly by the Government of Bangladesh and USAID, 1989.
  • Consultant, “GOB/Donor Task Force on Strengthening Institutions for Food Assisted Development”, Ministry of Planning, Government of Bangladesh, 1989.
  • Aid Analyst, Study on “Utilization of Project Aid in Bangladesh” sponsored jointly by the Government of Bangladesh and UNDP, 1987.
  • Research Associate, “Study in Utilization of Commodity Aid in Bangladesh” sponsored jointly by the Government of Bangladesh and World Bank, 1987.
  • Team Leader, Study on “Loan Repayment Behavior of the Rural Loanees and the Socio-economic Impact of Loan Operation under Swanirvar Prokalpa, Agrani Bank”, 1987.
  • Research Associate, Study on Trade Services of the Series “Background Studies for Preparation of the Third Five Year Plan, Government of Bangladesh, 1985.
Countries Visited
  • More than 20 countries including Australia, Belgium, China, Cuba, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Poland, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, Russia (also the former Republics under USSR and now independent states – Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan), and Yugoslavia.
Supervision of Ph.D and M.Phil Students
  • Supervised one Ph. D student, successfully completed and is now working as Executive Director, Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of the country.
  • Supervising a DBA student, who is now at work as a senior officer, UNV.
  • Supervised 6 M. Phil students working on various topics related to business and entrepreneurship.



Skills


Research
95
Teaching
100
Management
100
Communication
100
VICE CHANCELLOR
Meeting Dates

All Meetings with the Vice Chancellor take place in the Conference Room from 10 am to 12 pm (unless noted otherwise).

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Meetings with the Vice Chancellor. (Some pages will require Acrobat® Reader).