Shanawez Hossain is a Research Fellow at BIGD, BRAC University. Previously he has held research, teaching and consultancy positions at Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), Waseda University, Japan and various non-government organizations (NGOs). Currently he is involved with a number of research projects related to governance, development, social accountability funded by SDC, World Bank, DFID. He has a PhD in International Development and Policy Studies and M.A. in Economic Development both from Waseda University, Japan. Dr. Hossain’s research broadly focuses in the areas of economic and social development and policy studies in the Asia-Pacific regions. He has presented research papers in several international conferences and has publications in reputed international journals.