Ubaidur Rob is a senior associate and country director of the Population Council's office in Bangladesh. He provides leadership and technical guidance in the development, management, and evaluation of research projects implemented by the Government of Bangladesh, development partners, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). He also conducts policy analysis for the introduction of new programmatic interventions.
Rob’s work is informed by 25 years of experience managing, developing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and disseminating information from family planning and reproductive health operations research projects. He joined the Population Council in 1990 as a resident advisor leading the Council’s work in Pakistan. Previously, he was a visiting professor at Jahangirnagar University, a research and evaluation advisor with AVSC (now EngenderHealth), and a demographer/statistician at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, all based in Dhaka. Rob began his career as a banker in the United Arab Emirates.
As a long-serving member of the Bangladesh National Population Council, Rob advises the country’s policymakers, including ministers and members of parliament, in matters of population and health. He also serves on the boards of the Ashiana Trust Foundation, Assistance for Blind Children, Bangladesh Development Bank Limited and Underprivileged Children’s Education Program, and on the editorial boards of International Quarterly of Community Health Education and Population Review. He is a member of the American Public Health Association, Bangladesh Population Association, Bangladesh Public Health Association, Bangladesh Statistical Association, Global Health Council, Population Association of America, and International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He teaches a postgraduate course at Dhaka University and supervises master’s and PhD students.
Rob holds a PhD in population planning from the University of Michigan, an MS in applied statistics from the University of London, and an MSc in statistics from Chittagong University in Bangladesh.