Ph.D. Economics, Carleton University, Ottawa, 1985
M.A. Economics, Carleton University, Ottawa, 1977
M.A. Economics, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 1976
B.A. (Honours) Economics, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, 1975
Dr. Syed Sajjadur Rahman has more than 25 years of experience in international development. He has significant expertise in strategic planning and policy and assessment and evaluation, and is very familiar with the organization and administration of bilateral and multilateral development organizations. Dr. Rahman worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1992 to 2013 in various senior positions including Director of Evaluation, Director General for Strategic Planning for Asia, Associate Vice-President of Policy, and Head of the Asia Branch. From 2012-13, as the Executive Director, Development Finance Innovations Working Group, Dr. Rahman led an interdepartmental group that provided recommendations for innovative international development financing options for the Government of Canada, including the establishment of a development finance institution. Dr. Rahman also has firsthand experience in the private sector, having worked at the Conference Board of Canada during the early part of his career.
Dr. Rahman has taught graduate courses in international development at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University. Dr. Rahman is fluent in English and Bengali and can function in French, Hindi, and Urdu.