Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury's expertise is in the areas of health, poverty alleviation, and primary education. He has international experience working in diverse situations such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, China, and Ethiopia. In his recent work in China, he led an international evaluation team that assessed the impact of the "Social Development Programme for Poor Areas (SPPA)".
Dr. Chowdhury is founding dean of BRAC University's James P. Grant School of Public Health in Bangladesh, one of only four schools of public health in South Asia. He is also deputy executive director of BRAC, an NGO which is particularly concerned with poverty alleviation, education, and health.
With over 28,000 full-time staff, BRAC is one of the largest non-governmental development organizations in the world. Until very recently, Dr. Chowdhury, was the director of the Research and Evaluation Division (RED)of BRAC, a major support unit with nearly 100 staff members, that has grown to present levels under his leadership since 1977.
With a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, RED has research links with several academic institutions within as well as outside Bangladesh. In 2002, RED researchers published nearly 40 articles in national and international journals and chapters in books, in addition to several other internal reports. Dr. Chowdhury also is an adjunct faculty at the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont, where he teaches research methods in its graduate program.