Team Members


Sajid Amit

The activities of CES are managed by Mr. Sajid Amit. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Amit was a Director and Head of Research at BRAC EPL Stock Brokerage, servicing research requirements of foreign institutional investors. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest Director at a BRAC company. For his research at BRAC EPL, he has been awarded the Spot Citation Award, twice in one year, by Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Before BRAC EPL, he was in KPMG India, where he was Manager – Industry Research, overseeing a team of 17 sector specialists covering India, US and the UK. At KPMG, he won the Outstanding Performers Award (2009). Sajid has been educated at Dartmouth College (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.) and the University of London (M.A.) where he was won grants, fellowships and research awards. His research interests lie in Financial Inclusion, Financial Literacy, Mobile Financial Services, Social Enterprise, Macro Economy, Skill Development, and Governance.


Other team members include:

Ahmed Saad Ishtiaque
Assistant Professor & Researcher Fellow

Mr. Ishtiaque has been working as a Researcher for CES for over three years and his primary responsibilities include designing research methodology, field survey implementation & quality control supervision along with critical analysis and report writing. Prior to this he has worked for Nielsen Bangladesh as a researcher and gathered research experience on various topics ranging from Health & Education issues to Product Branding. He also has research experience working oversees with Australian Market Research Institute (AMRI) where he worked as a CAPI researcher. Mr. Ishtiaque has completed his MPhil from the Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and is currently pursuing his PhD at the same institution. His research interests lie in Entrepreneurship, Business Development and usage of ICT in Agricultural Extension & Rural Development.



Affiliated researchers include:

Mehdi Rajeb
Assistant professor

Mehdi Rajeb, in his role as a research associate for CES, contributes to data analysis of quantitative findings and developing research methodologies. He is also an Assistant Professor at the ULAB School of Business. In addition, he serves a consultant to several organizations including Bath University and the South Asian Enterprise Development Facility (SAEDF), World Bank group. Mr. Rajeb has a B.Sc. (with Honors) and an M.S. in Statistics from the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics at the University of Dhaka. Mr Rajeb also has an M.S. in Statistics from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Ball State University, Indiana. For his contributions, Mr. Rajeb was awarded with the Vice-Chancellors award of Excellence at ULAB in 2014. Mr. Rajeb has published articles in national and international journals in the area of econometrics, social science and academia.


Niaz Morshed Patwary
Assistant Professor & Research Associate

Niaz Patwary is an Assistant Professor and Research Associate at CES. His primary research interest is in Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy and Education. He is the recipient of Australian Government’s Endeavour Fellowship for teaching/conducting research at Griffith University. He is also a recipient of British Government’s Commonwealth Fellowship and taught in Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. As the first Kiva Fellow from Bangladesh, he served in rural India in 2014. Earlier, Mr. Patwary taught at North South University, where he was awarded the Higher Education and Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) grant by University Grant Commission. In 2011, he was a visiting scholar in HEC Paris, France. Prior to joining academia, Mr. Patwary worked for Ernst & Young in its Midwest Division in the USA. He received his MBA in Strategy from Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) on a full scholarship. Mr. Patwary graduated magna cum laude from Southwest Minnesota State University, USA with valedictorian nomination, where he double majored in Computer Science and Business Administration.



The Center was founded by Dr. Daniel M. Sabet, a former Fulbright Fellow who earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University under the direction of Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom. He joins ULAB from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington DC, where he remains an affiliated researcher.



The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.