Dr. Imran Matin leads BIGD with an intent to transform the organisation into a globally-recognized centre for rigorous research on policy and development interventions. Dr. Matin provides strategic direction and oversees strategy implementation for advancing BIGD’s mission; expands and nurtures critical stakeholder relationships; and is responsible for the overall management of human, financial, and physical resources.
Dr. Matin is a Visiting Fellow of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He additionally serves as the Country Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC) in Bangladesh.
Immediately before joining BIGD, he worked as the Chief Research and Policy Officer of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a global research organisation working across twenty countries. From 2012 to 2017, he worked as the International Programs Director of Save the Children International, overseeing the international program portfolio of the organisation operating in over 60 countries around the world. Dr. Matin started working with BRAC in 2001 as a Senior Economist at its Research and Evaluation Division (RED), which he led from 2003 to 2006 and then at BRAC International as the Deputy Executive Director until 2012. Before starting his long career with BRAC, he had worked for a few years with the World Bank and the Springfield Centre for Business in Development in Durham, UK.
He holds several advisory membership positions in different research networks such as the Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL), 3iE, and the Gender, Growth and Labour Markets in Low-Income Countries (G2LM) program. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Development Effectiveness. Previously he served as the Member Secretary to the 2003 Civil Society Task Force on Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation. He has been involved in major research studies on microfinance, extreme poverty and social protection.
Dr. Martin holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex, UK.