Binayak Sen is currently a Research Director of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)—the premier public think-tank of the country. He did his MA in Economics from the Moscow State University and his PhD in Economics from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
He has been a Senior Economist in the South Asia Region of the World Bank as a regular staff member, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Research Administration Department of the World Bank. He has served as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNDP and the WHO.
Binayak has played an active role in various high-level national committees and commissions for the government of Bangladesh during the last two decades. He has been a Member of the Panel of Economists of the Sixth Five Year Plan of Bangladesh (2010-11), Member of the Public Expenditure Review Commission (2002-04), and Lead Consultant for the preparation of the Interim PRSP (2001-03). He was a Member of the Macroeconomic Consultative Committee to the Ministry of Finance—a Consultative Body to the Finance Minister, Govt. of Bangladesh—during 1997- 2001.
Binayak also loves teaching. He has taught economic development courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels at North South University, BRAC University, Dhaka University and National University in the past two decades.
His major areas of research include inclusive development, chronic poverty, income inequality, middle class, human development, labor market, social protection, economic history, and political economy. In his professional career, he has led over 15 research projects in the above-mentioned areas. He has published more than 40 research papers in peer reviewed journals and/or as chapters in edited books (for more information on his published works, see his CV here).
For his contribution to research on development problems of Bangladesh he has been awarded the Mercantile Bank Bangladesh award in the field of development economics in 2011.