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Anis Chowdhury

Adjunct Professor, University of New South Wales and Western Sydney University. Held senior United Nations positions during 2012-2016

Anisuzzaman Chowdhury, (popularly known as Anis Chowdhury) was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He was schooled at the Government M.E. School; Chittagong Collegiate School; and Chittagong Government College. Anis obtained Honours and Masters degrees in Economics from Jahangirnagar University (Bangladesh) in 1976 and 1978 respectively, and M.A (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees from the University of Manitoba (Canada).   

Anis joined the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), New York as Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General in October 2008. He was Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division (July 2012-Aug. 2014) and Director of Statistics Division (Sept. 2014-May 2015) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). He led the preparations of ESCAP's flagship publications, Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (2013 & 2014), Statistical Yearbook of Asia and the Pacific (2014), ESCAP-UNDP-ADB joint Regional MDGs Report (2012-13; 2013-14), as well as ESCAP’s intellectual history project consisting of digitization of all past issues of Economic and Social Survey and a synthesis report, Asia and the Pacific; A Story of Transformation and Resurgence. He also contributed significantly to the UN flagship publication, Report on the World Social Situation 2010Rethinking Poverty and Report on the World Social Situation 2011:The Global Social Crisis. Anis retired as Chief in the Financing for Development Office (UN-DESA, New York) on 31 January 2016.

Anis was Professor of Economics, University of Western Sydney (Australia) from 2001 to 2012, and taught at the University of Manitoba, National University of Singapore, and the University of New England (Australia). He has been a consultant to UNDP, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Islamic Development Bank; and a visiting fellow at UNU-WIDER, the Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). He was one of the lead authors of the UNDP’s "Best Analytical Report Award" winning Indonesia National Human Development Report 2001: Towards a New Consensus: Democracy and Human Development in Indonesia; and the Indonesia National Human Development Report 2004: The Economics of Democracy: Financing Human Development in Indonesia.

Anis was Founding Managing Editor of the Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy (1995-2008), and has close to 100 scholarly publications, including 17 co-authored/edited books and over 50 articles in leading journals on East and Southeast Asia and macro-development issues. Some of his books have been translated to Japanese, Chinese and Farsi (Iran). He is a regular contributor to voxeu.org (Development and Crisis debate); IDEAs Policy Briefs; G24 Policy Briefs and on-line discussion, "recovery-with-human-face".