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Dr. MunshiSulaiman

Regional Research Lead in Africa, BRAC International & Research Advisor, BIGD

Dr. Munshi Sulaiman leads BRAC International’s Africa Research, and is a Research Advisor at BIGD, Brac University. He has a PhD in Development Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK and had been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Yale University.His primary research interests include extreme poverty, enterprise development and youth employment.He is a mix-method expert in livelihood, social protection and social safety nets, cash and asset transfer and poverty mapping. Previouslyhe worked for BRAC International, Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC andEconomic Growth Center, Yale University. He has worked as a consultant and resource person in various short-term projects for Baastel, CGAP, Development Research Initiative (dRi), Maxwell Stamp, UN Women, UNESCO, World Bank, and the World Food Programme (WFP).He has experience of working in many countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Naomi Hossain

Naomi Hossain is a Research Fellow at Institute of Development Studies at The University of Sussex, UK. She is a political sociologist with 20 years of development research and advisory experience. Her work focuses on the politics of poverty and public services, and increasingly on the political effects of subsistence crises.She has researched elite perceptions of poverty, accountability in education and social protection, and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the UK, and led cross-country research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. She was the Principal Investigator on the DFID-ESRC funded research project Food Riots and Food Rights: the moral and political economy of accountability for hunger Project (2012-14), and a research lead on the IDS/Oxfam GB Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility project. Her book on the political effects of the 1974 famine in Bangladesh, The Aid Lab, will be published by Oxford University Press in February 2017.

Dr. SelimGulesci

SelimGulesci is an assistant professor of economics at Boccioni University in Milan, Italy. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Economics fromLondon School of Economics(LSE) and B.Sc. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Mathematics from Sabanci University, Istanbul.His research is on development economics, with a focus on credit and labor markets in developing countries. His recent projects in progress are “Inside the Production Function: the Effect of Financial Contracts on Growing Firms’ technology use”, “Contractual Flexibility, Firm Growth and Information Asymmetries in Microfinance: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh” and “Credit Constraints, Education Investment and Misallocation: Evidence from Tanzania”.