Prof Nurul Islam, emeritus research fellow at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will receive the BDI Lifetime Achievement Award 2013.
Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), a non-partisan research and advocacy group of independent scholars based in the United States, will formally present the award at its international conference organised with the Institute for South Asia Studies on the UC Berkeley campus, tentatively scheduled for November, 2015.
The award, established in 2012, is designed to “honour outstanding individuals who, through their scholarly and/or policy and civic engagements, have contributed significantly to understanding the challenges, and pursuing the ideals that would lead to the development of Bangladesh and improving the quality of life for its citizens,” said a press release.
Prof Nurul Islam completed his honours and master's in economics from Dhaka University. He then went to complete another master's and his PhD from Harvard University.
He was a Nuffield Foundation fellow at the London School of Economics and at Cambridge University. He also served as a Rockefeller fellow at the Netherlands School of Economics, and was a fellow at St Anthony's College, Oxford University.
He has served as a professor of economics, and also as the chairperson of the economics department at DU. Prof Nurul Islam also published many books including A Study in Political Economy and Making of a Nation: Bangladesh -- An Economist's Tale.
He also received the Bangladesh Bank Award in 2009.