Selim Jahan

Director, Human Development Report Office

UNDP New York

United States
Bangla, English
Human development, Inclusive growth, Millennium development goals (MDGs), Policy, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Poverty

Selim Jahan is the Director of UNDP's Human Development Report Office (HDRO) in New York. He was previously Director of the Poverty Practice in UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York (2007-2014).

Mr. Jahan was Deputy Director of the Human Development Report Office and was a member of the Core Team that authored nine global Human Development Reports (1993-2001).

Before joining UNDP in 1992, Mr. Jahan held several positions, including Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Research Unit, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (1984-92); Economic Adviser, Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh, (1989-90); Visiting Scholar, School Of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA (1992) and Lecturer, Department of Economics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1983-84). Mr. Jahan also worked as Adviser and Consultant to various international organizations including ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, and the World Bank during the 1980s and the early 1990s.

Mr. Jahan is the author of 10 books and more than 150 articles in various national and international academic journals. His areas of expertise include the following: human development, poverty and vulnerability, macroeconomic policies,  inequality, vulnerability, inclusive growth, the MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda.

Mr. Jahan is a Bangladesh national and holds a PhD in Economics from McGill University, Canada.


Expert's related links

2015 Human Development Report: Rethinking work for human development Our Perspective, UNDP, 03 February 2015

The data revolution for human development. Our Perspective, UNDP, 12 November 2014

Employment and social protection for inclusive growth. Our Perspective, UNDP, 29 August 2013

Scaling up local development innovations to reduce poverty and inequality. Our Perspective, UNDP, 18 June 2013

Development in an age of economic uncertainty. Al Jazzeera, October 2011.


Making a breakthrough. Finance and Development, September 2010, Vol. 47, No. 3. Pedro Conceição and Selim Jahan.

Expert's videos

Selim Jahan on trade training. UNDP


Selim Jahan on poverty practice at UNDP