Anis Chowdhury

Anis Chowdhury was born in Chittagong (Bangladesh) in 1954. He migrated to Australia in 1987 and returned to his adopted home in January 2016 after completing an eight-year career in the United Nations Secretariat, which began and ended in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) in New York.

In between he worked at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok as  Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (July 2012-Aug. 2014) and Director of Statistics Division (Sept. 2014-May 2015). Previously, he was Professor of Economics at the University of Western Sydney (2001-2012) and taught also at the Universities of Singapore (1983-87), New England (Australia, 1987-92) and Manitoba (Canada, 1978-83). He was the founding managing editor of the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy (1995-2008), where he remains on its editorial board as a co-editor. He has published widely on East and Southeast Asia, and on macro-development, labour market, and income distribution issues. He holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba (1983) and honours and master’s degrees from Jahangirnagar University of Bangladesh (1976 and 1978).

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