Dr. Zahid Hussain

Dr. Zahid Hussain

Lead Economist, World Bank


Dr. Zahid Hussain was born in Dhaka on November 9, 1953. After completing his B. A. Honors in Economics from the Chittagong Government College in 1976, he did his Masters of Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University in 1979. Later, he completed his Master of Arts in Political Economy from Boston University, USA in 1987 and accomplished his Ph. D. in Economics from Boston University in 1992. Hussain’s professional career started with journalism followed by 14 years of university teaching in Bangladesh, US and Poland. He joined the World Bank Dhaka office in May, 1995 and is currently a Lead Economist. He is a key member of the Bank’s Macro Trade and Investment Global Practice team working on Bangladesh.  He also leads the Bank’s macroeconomic monitoring work and has been the lead author of the Bangladesh Development Updates published biannually from the Bank’s Dhaka office every year. Furthermore, he was also the lead author of the Bank’s flagship report titled “Bangladesh: Towards Accelerated, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth—Opportunities and Challenges” published in November 2012. Hussain has been a key contributor to many other flagship products of the Bank such as the Development Policy Review, Public Expenditure Reviews, the South Asia Economic Focus and the Global Economic Prospects.