Professor Dr. Kazi Abdur Rouf is researching green and social entrepreneurship development, microfinance, higher education student financial aid, and organizing community schools attached to the York Center for Asian Research (YCAR) York University and the Center for Learning Social Economy and Workplace (CLSEW), University of Toronto. He is an international research fellow (visiting) at the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington USA. Rouf is a faculty of the Noble International University, USA, and visiting faculty of Chittagong University, Bangladesh. Moreover, he is a fellow of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines, and a research fellow of the Social Economy Center, Toronto.
He has written many articles on microfinance, women empowerment, rural development, peasants’ economic development, poverty eradication, green business development, social entrepreneurship development, and perception of population problems by rural people. His published books are the first Grameen Bank Borrowers Empowerment in Bangladesh published in Germany in 2013. The second book Green and Social Entrepreneurial Basics and the third book Green and Social Enterprise Implementation Strategies in Bangladesh, published in Bangladesh in 2016. The fourth book Grameen Bank Multiple Services and the fifth book Social Thoughts and their Implications publish by the IUniverse Publishing House USA in 2018.
He has worked in several international agencies in their environmental community programs, micro-credit programs, small and medium enterprise (SME) development projects, and women’s development in different countries. Some of these organizations include Grameen Bank Bangladesh, International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Bangladesh (ICDDRB), UNDP Namibia, UNDP Lesotho, Red Cross Canada, Africa Development Foundation, UNCHR Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, IRRI Philippines, and Good Faith Funds, Pine Bluffs, USA.
Rouf completed his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, in 2011, Masters in Environmental Studies, (2008), Post-graduate degree in Business and Environment, BA (2006) with distinction in Women Studies and International Development Studies, York University, and Diploma in Social Works (2003), Centennial College, Canada. He received his BA Honors and MA in Sociology from Chittagong University, Bangladesh in 1981.