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Rounaq Jahan


Rounaq Jahan is Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh. From 1990 to 2009 she was a Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.  Jahan started her academic career as a Professor of Political Science at Dhaka University (1970-1982). She worked for the United Nations first as the Coordinator of the Women in Development Programme at UN Asia-Pacific Development Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (1982-84), and later as the Head of the Programme on Rural Women at the International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland (1985-89). Jahan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, USA in 1970. She obtained her B.A. (Hons) and M.A. degrees from Dhaka University both with a first class.

Rounaq Jahan is the author of several internationally acclaimed books and numerous articles, primarily focused on issues of politics, governance, gender and health. Her recent books include: Political Parties in Bangladesh: Challenges of Democratization, (Prothoma Prokashan, 2015), Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues, (University Press Ltd., 2005, 1980), and Bangladesh: Promise and Performance (editor), (Zed Books, 2000).  Jahan represented Bangladesh at the 32nd session of the UN General Assembly in 1977. She participated as a panelist in the NGO forums of all four UN conferences on Women, and has been consultant to many international agencies including UNDP, UNFPA, UNIFEM, UNDAW, OECD, Sida, NORAD, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.  Jahan the founder-President of Women for Women, a research and study group in Bangladesh. She is the Convenor of the Advisory Board of Bangladesh Health Watch, a civil society network and is a board member of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB). She serves on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch: Asia, New York, and was formerly on the Board of Trustees of the Population Council, New York and International Council of the Asia Society, New York.