Wahiduddin Mahmud obtained his PhD in economics from Cambridge University and has recently retired as Professor of Economics at the University of Dhaka. He has frequently consulted for international organizations and has held teaching and research appointments at Cambridge, IDS at Sussex, IFPRI and the World Bank, among others. He has been a member of the UN Committee for Development Policy (UN-CDP) and is currently chairman of the South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI) and is on the Board of Global Development Network (GDN). Together with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, he co-founded and was chairman of the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), which is an apex institution for funding the microfinance programmes of NGOs in Bangladesh. His assignments in Bangladesh include chairing several government commissions and committees including those related to bank reforms, national income accounting, implementation of Millennium Development Goals and the preparation of the country’s five-year development plans. He was a member of the caretaker government of Bangladesh in 1996 in charge of the ministries of finance and planning. He has authored a number of books and numerous journal papers on a wide range of topics in economic development.