Atiur Rahman – Keynote Speaker

Former Governor Central Bank of Bangladesh

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Specialist Subjects

  • Sustainable Finance
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Socio-economic Development
  • Monetary Policy



  • English


Atiur Rahman served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Bangladesh 2009-16.


Atiur Rahman is known as the ‘Poor Peoples’ Economist’ and a Green Governor having demonstrated his commitment for empowering the poor and the disadvantaged both as a teacher and a regulator. The defining feature of his tenure as the Governor was his decisive drive to alter the institutional objectives and ethos to support a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable development model through his flagship initiatives of financial inclusion and environmentally benign banking.


Rahman made significant contributions at the 3GF conference, Rio+20, COP18 and MDG Global Compact international negotiations linking sustainability and socio-economic development goals. Atiur Rahman was also a member of the UNEP Enquiry designing ‘global sustainable financing’. Under his dynamic leadership, Bangladesh Central Bank was awarded the ‘Best Employer of the Year 2014’ by (the largest online job portal in Bangladesh).


Rahman has published 56 books in English and Bengali. He is currently devoting his time to inspiring his students at the Dhaka University about how to overcome the multifaceted challenges of development where he is Professor of Development Studies

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