Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Ms. Raisa Afsana

Full Time Faculty
Senior Lecturer

M.Sc. in Economics Tufts University, USA
B.S.S. in Economics BRAC University, Dhaka

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1820
Office: NAC827

Curriculum Vitae

Raisa Afsana is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Economics in the NSU School of Business and Economics. She has been working at NSU since September, 2010. Prior to that, she has earned her Master of Science in Economics degree from Tufts University, Boston, USA. Raisa completed her bacholors degree from BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh where she graduated as the Validictorian of her graduating class. During her undergraduate studies, she also worked as a research assistant for South Asian Network for Environmental Economics (SANDEE) - a concern of the World Bank. Her other work experiences include working for the research and consultancy firm, Economic Research Group (ERG) as well as working for the NGO and donor organization, The Asia Foundation (TAF).


  • “Can Research & Development Grants Create High-Skilled Employment? An Empirical Analysis of Skilled Immigration”, Journal of Administrative Studies, Volume 4, ISSN 1999-5946, Department of Public Administration, Jahangirnagar University, (June 2011)
  • “Exclusion and Poverty: An Analytical Approach for Understanding Exclusion and Assessing Programs Targeting the Very Poor in Bangladesh”. Jointly published by BRAC Research and Evaluation Division and Economic Research Group (April 2008)
  • Newspaper Publication: “Morsi: Pawn of a Conspiracy?”, The Daily Star, Editorial  (July 2013)
  • Magazine Publication: “Going the Mile: A Teacher’s Homage”, Star Magazine (November 2013)
  • Magazine Publication: “Service-Oriented Politics”, Star Magazine (January 2014)
  • Magazine Publication: “Less Education, More Understanding: Bridging the Parent-Child Divide”, Star Magazine (February 2014)


  • Merit-Based Post-graduate Scholarship at Tufts University, Boston, USA (September 2009)
  • Chancellor’s Gold Medal (Valedictorian, 2006), Vice-Chancellor’s Gold Medal (February 2007)
  • Full merit-based scholarship at BRAC University
  • “Nation Builders of Tomorrow” award from The Daily Star for Ordinary Level results (August 2001)


  • Tufts University (Boston, U.S.A.) – Master of Science in Economics, Graduating CGPA 3.79/4 (2009 – 2010)
  • BRAC University (Dhaka, Bangladesh) – Bachelor of Social Science in Economics, Graduating CGPA 3.97/4 (Valedictorian – 2006)
  • Advanced Level (Edexcel International Board, UK) – Pure Mathematics, General Mathematics, Accounting. Grade obtained in each course: A. Equivalent to CGPA 4/4 (Exam date: 2003)
  • Ordinary Level (Edexcel International Board, UK) - Pure Mathematics, Mathematics Syllabus A, Mathematics Syllabus B, Economics, Accounting, Commerce, English, Bengali. Grade obtained in each course: A. Equivalent to CGPA 4/4 (Exam date: 2001)
  • Undergraduate thesis titled "Happiness and Quality of Life: A Perception Based Approach to Evaluating Women’s Health in Urban Slums" (July – December 2006)
  • The Asia Foundation (International Donor Organization): Program Officer (July 2008 – August 2009):

Data Analysis and Survey Research: Designed and developed questionnaires and provided preliminary data analysis for the series of Election Perception Surveys conducted by the Election Working Group (32-member network of civil society organizations established to facilitate the national parliamentary elections held in December 2008).

Coordinating and Networking: Coordinated program activities with satellite offices, supervised program assistants, liaised with business community and local governments and facilitated public-private dialogues on grassroots level policy issues

Report Writing and Program Evaluation: Contributed to program design, wrote project proposals, developed case studies of successes, prepared progress reports, interim and final reports for the Local Economic Governance Program

Trainings: Designed and conducted advocacy trainings for trainers and SME, trained staff in satellite offices on written communication, trained SME sector representatives on writing newspaper articles on local business issues, trained journalists on business news reporting

Project on Access to Safe Drinking Water: Developed community cost-sharing strategies for tube well installations, coordinated site-selection and mapping activities, worked with local partners for technical support on arsenic mitigation 

  • IDLC Securities Ltd. (Stock Brokerage Company): Probationary Officer (March – July 2008)

Prepared review for foreign investors highlighting investment opportunities in Bangladesh under the existing macroeconomic scenario, along with in-depth financial analysis of returns on portfolio investment within different sectors in the country. Also assisted underwriting Initial Public Offering of companies newly listed on the Dhaka Stock Exchange.

  • Economic Research Group (Research/Consultancy Firm): Research Associate (April – July 2007)

Reviewed literature on various topics, formulated hypotheses, worked with secondary data (identifying relevant proxies, data hatching, data cleaning and data analysis), co-authored publication of joint-article. 

  • South Asian Network for Development and Environment Economics (Concern of World Bank): Research Assistant (February – July 2006)

    Drafted, coded and field-tested questionnaires, trained enumerators on primary data collection and data entry, designed data entry templates, contributed to data analysis and writing progress report

Eco101 - Introduction to Microeconomics
Eco104 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
Eco134 - Applied Mathematices I
Eco244 - Applied Mathematics II
  • Attended International Journal Conference on Trade, Economics and Finance (JCTEF, January 2013), held in Dubai, UAE
  • Attended South Asia Growth Conference, organized by the International Growth Centre, in collaboration with London School of Economics and Oxford University (July 2012)
  • Attended seminar on “Analysis of National Budget for FY2012-13”, organized by Center for Policy Dialogue (June, 2012)
  • Attended seminar titled “Education at Primary Level: Insights from Research” organized by the International Growth Centre, in collaboration with London School of Economics and Oxford University (March 2012)
  • Attended seminar on "Linking Research to Policy: Issues in Economic Growth and Development in Bangladesh", organized by Economic Research Group and the International Growth Centre, in collaboration with London School of Economics and Oxford University (December 2011)
  • Attended lecture on “Public Policy Issues of U.S. Banks ‘too-big-to-fail’ ” by Dr. Robert Solow, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics and Professor Emeritus at MIT, hosted by Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA (April 2010)
  • Participated in workshop on “Economic Development and Public Policy” hosted at National University of Singapore (April 2009)
  • Served as Election Observer to support the Election Working Group during the nation election taking place in December 2008
  • Founding member and Vice President of BRAC University Economics Club (2004 - 2006)
  • Active member of Global Affairs Forum, BRAC University (GAFBU) (2005 - 2006)
  • Founding member of Oikos International (Dhaka Chapter), which works on promoting sustainable development (2005)
Main area of research interest is in Education and Public Policy.