Syed M. Hashemi has recently moved to Bangladesh to set up the BRAC Development Institute. The Institute seeks to create south‐south partnerships to develop practical solutions for the poor for economic transformations, gender equity and social accountability. Prior to joining the Institute Hashemi worked for CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor) in Washington DC. At CGAP he focused on identifying pro‐poor innovations and disseminating best practice lessons related to poverty outreach and impact. Hashemi was amongst the pioneers who started the Social Performance Taskforce to promote a double bottom line in microfinance. He still continues to work for CGAP as Team Leader/manager of the CGAP‐Ford Foundation Graduation Program, a multi‐country program to develop new pathways for the poorest to graduate out of food insecurity. Hashemi has also been Director of the Program for Research on Poverty Alleviation at Grameen Trust and Professor at the Department of Economics in Jahangirnagar University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Riverside.