Md. Abul Basher was born and brought up in the countryside of Bangladesh and had his primary education in a school that did not have any roof. He studied in different institutions in Bangladesh, UK, The Netherlands and USA. Besides his academic publications in a number of journals including Journal of Development Economics, he used to write regularly in different dailies of Bangladesh on macroeconomic and trade related issues before joining the World Bank in May 2008. Apart from economics, his passion is literature. His first novel “Joler deyal” (in Bengali) has been published this year.