Dr. Muinul Islam is a leading economist of Bangladesh. He taught at the University of Chittagong from 1973 until his retirement in 2016. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of Dhaka, a second MA in Economics from McMaster University (1976) and a Ph.D in Economics from Vanderbilt University (1981). Dr. Islam was elected president of Chittagong University Teachers’ Association in 1986 and president of Bangladesh Economic Association (2000-02). He was awarded a gold medal by the Bangladesh Economic Association in 2012 as one of the four topmost economists of Bangladesh. After his retirement Prof. Islam was nominated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh as a UGC Professor (July 2016-June 2018). The Government of Bangladesh conferred the Ekushey Padak 2018, the second highest state award of Bangladesh, to Prof. Islam for his contributions in economics. He has published nine books in economics nationally and internationally. He also authored eight research monographs and published thirty-seven scientific papers in reputed international and national journals.