Policy Research Institute - PRI Bangladesh

The Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the Bangladesh economy, its key policy challenges, domestically, and in a rapidly integrating global marketplace.

Dr. Amanullah Khan



Dr Amanullah Khan is an accomplished development planner and a policy analyst with  extensive experience with  major bilateral and multilateral development agencies, as well as for educational organizations of Australia operating globally.  He has worked both in representational capacity, heading a major UN agency office, as well as performed in various operational and technical roles relating to Business Development, Financial Planning, Strategic Alliance building, Program Planning; Fund raising and Media/Civil society relationship building. Dr Khan has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and PhD in Public Policy from Washington University. 

Over 28 years, he has contributed to numerous policy dialogues, development interventions,  and research pertaining  to  Public Finance, Health; Organizational Development; Results Based M&E (RBM), Governance, Knowledge Management; Regional Cooperation, Anti-corruption; HIV/AIDS and Drug Control; Economic Management; Micro Finance; Poverty Alleviation, and Education.  Since 2008,,he has been engaged as the International Team Leader of PROSPER Coordination Unit, a flagship project on microfinance funded by DFID in Bangladesh.

Dr Khan started his career with UNDP Bangladesh. He worked in UNDP New York with the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific as Program Manager. Subsequently, he worked as Assistant Resident Representative and then as Country Coordinator for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nepal. During the Taliban time, he was posted to Afghanistan, a position he did not take and left the UN system. He continued his association with UN as a consultant on various areas of development concern. Dr Khan worked in several countries as short term consultants. Countries  include :Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia Herzgovina, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Iran, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PR China, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan,  Vietnam

He is a former academic at the University of Melbourne, Australia where he co-founded the Development Studies Program, developed curriculum, taught a number of courses, and supervised Masters and PhD researches. He was appointed  Honorary Fellow, Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne.  In Australia, Dr Khan subsequently headed the International Program of Education Services Australia (formerly Curriculum Corporation), the ministerial organization of all Education Ministers of Australia and New Zealand. 

Mak’s extensive networks with major bilateral and multilateral funding agencies  include his successful consultancy background with AusAID, DFID, USAID, UN system and development finance institutions, such as World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. One of the successful advocacy works he led with the Australian government was in relation to Australia’s first ever pledge for the Global Funds for HIV, Malaria and TB (The Global Fund, Geneva). He is a creative person with ability for innovative strategic  partnership building, donor coordination, fund mobilization, and organizational change and crisis management.

Mak (stage name Chanchal Khan) is a painter and an accomplished Tagore singer and has been active both in Australia and Bangladesh in organizing and supporting major multicultural events, towards societal tolerance, human rights and multi-faith harmony.