Professor Nurul Islam is a renowned economist from Bangladesh. He has held many important positions both in Bangladesh and abroad. He was the Deputy Chairman of the first Planning Commission of Bangladesh.
After doing his doctorate in Economics from Harvard University in 1955 , he waorked as Professor of Economics, Dhaka University, Director of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (later Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies).
From 1975 onwards he was a Fellow at St. Antony's College at Oxford University, Assistant Director General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, and Advisor and later Emeritus Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. He held several visiting academic appointments at Yale and Cambridge universities and both the London and the Netherlands School of Economics.
He was a member and later the Chairman of the UN Committee of Development Planning Policy.
Dr. Islam is noted for his part in the independence war of Bangladesh from Pakistan in the early seventies. His latest book is Bangladesh: An Economist’s Tale is a recollection of his memories in the early days of Bangladesh where he had an opportunity to formulate policies for the country. In this exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service Dr Islam reflects on his days in the early days of Bangladesh.