Bangladesh civil servant Dr. Golam Rasul has appeared as one of the top most cited researchers in the list of global top scientists. The information comes through an international journal that has published a database prepared by Professor Ioannidis and his team of the Stanford University in the USA.
He has been recognized in two fields in Science – Environment and Biology. In both the fields, his name has been included in the list of the top 1 thousand researchers, out of 1 lakh 61 thousand researchers from different countries. Dr. Rasul was a member of the Bangladesh Civil Service Administrative Cadre and later joined the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a regional organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is currently working as a Chief Economist at ICIMOD and is involved in research in the areas of economics, rural development, regional cooperation, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, and food, water and energy management.
As a member of Bangladesh Civil Service, Dr. Rasul has worked in the field administration in districts Upazilas and in different ministries in varying capacities. Along with development work he got interested in
research and has been actively involved in research in the fields of agriculture, food security, poverty alleviation and rural development. Dr. Rasul has done extensive research on Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and on transboundary water cooperation in Ganges, Brahmaputra and
Meghna basins. His research in shifting cultivation in Chottagram Hill Tracts, provides new insights and options for transforming shifting cultivation into a more productive agricultural systems and improving livelihoods of the poor people. Based on his research on transboundary waters, he convincingly argues for cooperation that can bring mutual economic, social and environmental benefits, for both upstream and downstream countries.
Over the years, he became a motivated scientist from a bureaucrat and dedicated himself in research and knowledge generation in order to contribute society.
He has published over 150 papers including books, journal articles, policy papers, and global and regional reports, including 55 peer-reviewed journal articles in reputed international journals. Perhaps, he is the first civil servant
from Bangladesh who published extensively in top international journals. His research findings have been incorporated in many national and global scientific reports and policy papers. He has contributed various important policy inputs to a number of countries in Asia on development and
environmental issues. He has been the coordinating lead author of an IPCC special report on Ocean and Cryosphere and Hindu Kush Himalayan Assessment Report.
Dr. Rasul garners vast knowledge of the region from his experience of working intensively in different Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand,
over the years. He was a student of Jahangirnagar University and did his PhD from the Asian Institute of Technology, (Thailand) and has received several fellowships and accolades for his higher studies.