Dr Fahmida Khatun is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a think tank in South Asia. She completed her bachelor and Masters in Economics from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She did another Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University College London (UCL), University of London UK. She did her post-doctoral research at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA as a Fulbright Scholar and undertook joint research with Professor Jeffery Sachs. She has also participated in a Leadership Decision Making course at Harvard University, USA.
Prior to joining CPD she worked as a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS); as an Environment Specialist for the UNDP; as an Economist for the USAID Mission in Bangladesh. She taught economics at universities in Bangladesh and England. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI), Norway, at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIIET), South Korea and Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), India.