BracU launches ‘Mushtaque Chowdhury Chair in Health and Poverty’

Dr. Atonu Rabbani has been named the inaugural ‘Mushtaque Chowdhury Professor of Health and Poverty’ by BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, with effect from September 1, 2021.

This prestigious chair was created by BRAC in 2019, honouring its former Vice-Chair and founding Dean (2004-2009) of JPGSPH, Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury, who is also the Convener of Bangladesh Health Watch.

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Dr Rabbani, who has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in the USA and currently teaches at the Department of Economics at the University of Dhaka, said on his appointment, “I feel honoured to receive the offer and be able to join BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health of BRAC University as the inaugural ‘Mushtaque Chowdhury Professor of Health and Poverty’. This position is named after a person who has contributed immensely to academia and research in Bangladesh. I am looking forward to carrying on research in the areas of health, poverty, and other related issues where Dr. Chowdhury has a long and distinguished career.”

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury also spoke on Dr. Atonu Rabbani’s decision to join BRAC JPGSPH. He said, “I am happy to know that Dr Atonu Rabbani, one of the country’s stellar economists, has joined as the inaugural ‘Mushtaque Chowdhury Professor’ at the BRAC University. I am sure he will be able to guide and take forward the teaching and research activities of JPGSPH at the intersection of health and poverty. I wish him good luck.”

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