|Years active 1965–present||Name Syed Samad|
|Occupation Executive Chairman (Cabinet Minister), Board of Investment, Bangladesh|
Books Poverty Research: An Asian Review
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Syed Abdus Samad is a teacher of economics. He has been a faculty member at the University of Dhaka, Boston State College, Boston University, the University of the South Pacific, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. Samad has worked as a national and international civil servant, economist, and human rights activist. In Bangladesh, he was the permanent secretary to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and a principal secretary to the Prime Minister. Samad is the executive chairman of the Bangladesh Board of Investment.
Samad received his bachelor's degree in economics from Dhaka University. He undertook post-graduate studies at UCLA. In 1977, Samad received his master's degrees in economics and political economics and in 1979, a doctoral degree from Boston University.
From 1980 to 1982, Samad was a member of the teaching and directing staff of the Bangladesh Administrative Staff College. Between 1982 and 1985, he was an economic advisor to the President of Bangladesh. Then, from 1985 to 1990, he taught students of economics at the Public Administration and Economic Development Training Academy.
From 1990 to 1996, Samad was the director of the Economics and Information Technology Program of the United Nations Asian and Pacific Development Center and from 1992 to 1997, he was the executive secretary of the Malaysian chapter of the Association of Development Research and Training Institutes of Asia and the Pacific.
From 1995 to 1997, Samad was President of the Bangladesh Civil Service Association and from 1996 to 1997, the permanent secretary to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources. Between 1997 and 2001, Samad was the principal secretary to the Government of Bangladesh.
Between 2006 and 2009, Samad taught at the University of the South Pacific and at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea.
Samad has carried out evaluations of many inter-regional agencies, United Nations funded programmes and projects. He was a member of the technical committee of the global programme on comparative poverty research, funded by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), Paris. He was one of the authors of the global research book on poverty published by UNESCO and the Scandinavian University Press in 1996.