Dr. Safiqul Islam is the director of BRAC’s education programme. He received his PhD in economics. Prior to joining BRAC in 1987, Dr. Islam was a research associate at the Centre for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific. Dr. Islam also worked for UNICEF in Pakistan, in 1997-1998, as a consultant to the government of North-West Frontier Province on various aspects of non-formal education. He was seconded to SIDA to work on non-formal education in Bangladesh during 2002. In 2011, he was invited by the Qatar Foundation as a panelist on the 11-member international committee responsible for short-listing nominees for the WISE Prize. Dr. Islam is a member of Global Board of Generation Unlimited and various inter-departmental, senior-level committees comprising of both the government and NGOs in Bangladesh.