||Associate Professor, College of International Management;
|Academic Degree :
||Delhi School of Economics, PhD, Finance and International Business
|Main teaching areas :
||Finance, International Finance, Investment and Securities Analysis, Financial Markets and Institutions, Accounting
|Research interests :
||Finance, banking, international business, regional trade blocs, WTO, poverty reduction, macroeconomic issues
|Personal motto :
||“Know the world, learn about people as much as possible and try to help people at the time of need”
|Recommended books :
||The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran), True Believer (Eric Hoffer), Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
|Hobbies and pastimes :
||Chess, cricket, football, movies, reading
After completing his school education in Dhaka, Professor BARAI went on to study at the Aligarh Muslim University, India, with a scholarship. He then attained his M. Phil and PhD titles from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He started his career at the Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management, providing training for top managers of banks. He later worked at the Canadian High Commission of Bangladesh for two years, and then as an associate professor at the University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh. He obtained two fellowships - the Asian Scholarship Foundation Fellowship and the Fulbright Scholarship for completing his post-doc research at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor BARAI has been a part of the APU faculty since April 2010.
He spoke of his recent joint publication with Professor SUZUKI Yasushi, Assistant Prof. Bishnu Kumar ADHIKARY, and APU graduate, Manjula Kumara Wanniarachchige, under the title of ‘The Grameen Bank “Empowering the Poor” Model of Microcredit: An Institutional Comparison with the Traditional Mode of the Japanese Banking System’, and of his research centering on the Grameen Bank Model. His other current research focuses on the developmental effects of remittance in Bangladesh and other economies.
On a lighter note, Professor BARAI shared his love for chess, cricket, football, and movies. He revealed his passion for reading newspapers - several publications from around the world daily, gathering both general and economic news. “I like to keep myself well informed and aware of current events around the world”. Professor BARAI is not only an avid reader, but has also dabbled in some literary writings including a Bengali novel with a social/ moral orientation.
Professor BARAI said, ”APU has a beautiful campus with infrastructure even superior to many of the top universities in the US or around the world. Please make full use of the benefits and opportunities available to you. Be serious with your studies and extracurricular activities. Enjoy yourself, but also learn. Strive to make the APU campus truly international.”.