Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman

Independent Director


Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman is an Independent Director of Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTB) and a reputed economist. He is currently the Executive Director of the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University and Country Director of the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) Bangladesh Program. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.A degrees from Stanford University and another M.A in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He started his professional career in the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in 1975 and worked as Staff Economist, Research Fellow, and Senior Research Fellow there. He also served as a Director of the Board of Directors of the state-owned Agrani Bank from 1988 to 1991, and was an adviser/consultant to the Ministries of Jute, Industry, Commerce, Finance and Planning.

Dr. Rahman joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in September 1992 and rose to become a Director General in ADB, which is the highest-level career staff position. He was involved in a number of landmark ADB operations. He has also served as ADB’s Country Director in Nepal during the worst period of civil conflict from 2003-06. He also worked on Viet Nam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh as well as fourteen Pacific Island countries in the north and south Pacific region. He retired from ADB in June 2012.

Throughout his professional career spanning forty years, Dr. Rahman participated in many workshops, seminars and conferences around the world, and conducted high-level policy dialogue with heads of governments, cabinet ministers and senior officials in all Asian countries across Asia and other countries. Dr. Rahman has served as Member of several national and international committees and taskforces, including – leading ADB’s taskforce on Impact of High Food Prices on Food Security in 2008, ADB’s Poverty Strategy 2000 and ADB’s Anti Corruption Policy 1999.

Currently, Dr. Rahman is serving as a member of various high level national committees such as – Member, Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Economic Relations, Economic Relations Division(ERD), Ministry of Finance; Member, National Governance Assessment Framework Committee, Governance Innovation Unit, Prime Minister’s Office; Member, National Steering Committee of the 7th Five Year Plan (2016-2021); Member, Academic Council, Chittagong Independent University; Member, Academic Committee, BRAC University; Member, Governing Board, Local Governance Programme – SHARIQUE; Member, Bangladesh Bank (Central Bank) Committee on Monetary Policy; Independent Director, Mutual Trust Bank Limited (MTB) as well as Independent Director, Rahim Textile Mills Ltd.