Mahfuz Ahmed

Social Scientist and Program Leader of the Policy Research and Impact Assessment Program, WorldFish Center

Dr Mahfuz Ahmed is Principal Social Scientist and Program Leader of the Policy Research and Impact Assessment Program of WorldFish Center since 1996. He is also part of the senior management team of WorldFish that provides strategic directions to the center’s impact assessment and priority setting activities. He also leads the research team responsible for research findings, which contribute to shaping fisheries policies in developing countries. Dr. Ahmed is currently the President-elect of International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET). Also, an adjunct associate professor at UPLB, Philippines, Dr. Ahmed is currently scientific adviser to the International Foundation for Science and associate editor of Asian Fisheries Science Journal. He has recently co-authored a book on the future of fish entitled “Fish to 2020-Supply Demand in Changing Markets”. A number of his past research work are regarded as pioneering research on the knowledge and understanding of regional and national issues in fisheries. He conducted a pioneering study on the socioeconomic assessment of the freshwater capture fisheries in Cambodia during his tenure in the Mekong River Commission (MRC) as socioeconomic adviser (1994-1996).  His earlier career began in late 1970s as researcher and economics lecturer at the University of Chittagong (birthplace of “Grameen Bank”). Living in Southeast Asia since mid-1980s he worked for Mekong River Commission, DANIDA and Asian Development Bank as adviser and consultant.