Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus
Principal Secretary to the Hon’ble Prime Minister
Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus assumed the office of Principal Secretary on 31st December 2019. Previously, he was Senior Secretary of Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources. He also served as Secretary and Additional Secretary of the Power Division. He was the first Chairman of Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council. He played instrumental role in implementing policies and strategies of the Government in the power sector through which Bangladesh is at the point of 100% electrification.
Dr. Kaikaus started public service career in the Administration Cadre of Bangladesh Civil Service on 21st January, 1986. He has worked in diverse places encompassing both rural and urban areas, regulatory and development agencies, and local government as well as ministerial positions. He worked as Magistrate and Upazila Nirbahi Officer at sub-district and district-level offices of field administration. He also worked on deputation in different organizations that include Directorate of Accommodation, Department of Narcotics Control, and Bangladesh Services Limited. At the ministerial level, apart from the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, he worked for the Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, and Economic Relations Division. Dr. Kaikaus worked as an international hire in the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where hewas the Deputy Chief of Party of the Policy Research and Strategy Support Program. His academic experience includes teaching as part-time faculty at Collin County Community College in Texas, USA and the American International University, Bangladesh. He regularly attends as guest speaker at the Public Administration Training Centre, Bangladesh Civil Service Academy, and the Dhaka University.
Dr. Kaikaus received Bachelor Degree from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh which is followed by Master of Arts Degree in Development Economics from the Center for Development Economics, Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, and PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, USA. He has a rare combination of civil service experience and high academic accomplishments along with empirical research involvement. Academic and research background made him well conversant of development policy perspectives. His research focus covers interdisciplinary subjects such as governance, poverty, labor market, migration, cluster-based economic transformation, fish value chain, rural non-farm economy, and public expenditure for economic development etc. Dr. Ahmad has published research papers and survey reports for IFPRI. One of the significant journalarticles was in the World Development Journal on the structural transformation in Bangladesh economy and a book titled “The Making of Blue Revolution in Bangladesh: Enablers, Impacts and the Path Ahead of Aquaculture”.