The Foreign Policy magazine has put Dr Mahbub Hossain, the executive director of the NGO, BRAC, among its list of 500 most influential people in the world.
The magazine’s website explains the list, which they call the FP Power Map, as their “inventory of the people who control the commanding heights of the industries that run the world, from politics to high finance, media to energy, warfare to religion”.
The website also said that they took a "list of lists" approach, consulting the authoritative rankings for a given industry and substituting judgment where quantitative assessments do not exist. Their sources include lists like Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes World's Most Powerful People, Fortune Global 500and Global Journal Top 100 NGOs.
Although there is no clear ranking of the names on the list, Hossain, who heads the non-government organisation which ranked first in February 2013, had his name listed below 186 others.
The magazine also said that his “power key” was “good”, which they denoted by putting a smiley next to his name. Hossain, a development and agricultural economist, has been the head of world’s largest NGO BRAC, since 2007 and is also the vice-president of the Asian Society for Agricultural Economists.
Before joining BRAC, he headed the Social Sciences Division at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, and was the coordinator of the Consortium for Unfavourable Rice Environments (CURE) in Asia.
He started his career in 1970, as a staff economist at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (previously PIDE) and served as its director general for three years until 1991.
Dr Hossain received his MA in Economics from Dhaka University in 1969 and a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University, England in 1977.