Dr. Rokonuzzaman

Professor, North South University

Dr. Rokonuzzaman

Professor, North South University

Dr. Rokonuzzman’s work primarily focuses on maximizing wealth creation for Bangladesh and other developing countries through software innovation and production management, broadband service, work process improvement and remote service delivery. He has been working on policy issues to strengthen the market to maximize surplus in both consumption and production of ICT based innovations. His has been maturing a model of developing insights through basic research, transferring those insights to industry fabric through management consulting services, providing inputs to ICT policy making circle through dialogues, presentation and publications, inspiring young minds through education, and reshaping decision making process of executives through training. The underlying belief of developing this model is that the strategy to benefit from Science, Technology and Engineering should focus on economics of work process improvement to create surplus for both consumers and producers. Such surplus should lead to higher income for enterprises and individuals of both supply and demand sides--in a policy environment which rewards for efficiency and innovation, and penalizes predatory behavior. The basic research identifies pertinent variables and their relationship to establish linkages between core disciplines: 1. Science, Technology & Engineering, 2. Economic utility derived from innovation and efficiency to lower cost, increase quality and improve access, 3.  Competition in private investment for developing enterprises to increase supply, and 5.Policy and regulation to reward efficiency, innovation, and outreach, and to penalize predatory behavior.Findings from basic research are used to provide expert advice and to shape young as well as executive minds.

Recently, he drafted the national strategy paper for BASIS to increase software and service export of Bangladesh to USD1 billion. In response to the request of UNDP, he has been preparing Background paper on “Achieving Digital Bangladesh by 2021 and beyond” for the preparation of the 7th Five Year plan for Bangladesh. He is also working on investment feasibility of deploying nation wide WiFi based broadband services for increasing significant social surplus from broadband. Over the last two years, he has been advising an ICT policy reform initiative, coordinated by BASIS and Facilitated by The Asia Foundation. He was instrumental in organizing Ministerial level policy dialogue, setting the policy agenda and presenting a keynote paper. He also presented several keynote papers on policy issues and recommendations to improve the Telecom/ICT sector of Bangladesh in several dialogues, participated by BTRC chairman, Secretaries, CEOs of Companies and other important stakeholders. 

His publication history includes more than 50 peer reviewed Journal articles, conference papers and Book Chapters. He conducted more than a dozen funded applied research projects to produce more than 25 reports for national and international clients.