Economics of education and health
Asad is a development economist who has worked in a number of developing countries on issues including the economics of education and health, food security, energy, disaster and environment, technology adoption, gender, microfinance, social networks, and corruption.
He is the Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Substantiality (CDES). His current focus is on early childhood development in projects in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania, and in working with Rohingya communities in Bangladesh. He has demonstrated his particular interest in issues that make positive changes in the lives of people in developing countries. He is also collaborating with leading NGOs and institutions in Bangladesh and India to address a number of emerging challenges on COVID-19 issues.