A renowned economist, is currently the chairman of the foundation. He has been keenly promoting sustainable development in all its aspects. He is also currently the chairman of the governing council of Dhaka School of Economics. He is a former president of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) and the founder chairman of Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP). He was president of the Kuala Lumpur-based Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific (ADIPA) and was vice president of the Rome-based Society for International Development (SID). He received the Ekushey Padak awarded by the Government of Bangladesh in 2009. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has to his credit 34 books and over 200 learned articles published at home and abroad.