PM's new principal secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus

Power Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus has been appointed as the principal secretary to the Prime Minister. Public Administration Ministry issued a gazette notification in this regard on Sunday. Ahmad Kaikaus replaces Md Nazibur Rahman, incumbent principal secretary to PM, as the latter goes to post retirement leave (PRL) from December 31.

Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus joined the Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources as Secretary-in-Charge on 15 December, 2016 and on 23 February, 2017 he took over the office of Secretary. Prior to joining the Power Division, Dr. Ahmad worked for 3 years as the Deputy Chief of Party of the Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSSP) at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dr. Kaikaus received his 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. His research focus covers interdisciplinary subjects such as governance, poverty, development, labor market, migration, etc. Dr. Ahmad has published research papers and survey reports for IFPRI.

One of the significant journal articles was in the World Development Journal on the structural transformation in Bangladesh economy. He has expertise on developing questionnaires and sampling frames for surveys. Along with his current government responsibilities, he is also researching on cluster-based economic transformation, fish value chain, rural nonfarm economy, and public expenditure for economic development.

Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus joined the Administration Cadre of Bangladesh Civil Service on 21 January 1986. He has worked different levels of field administration such as Assistant Commissioner, Upazila Magistrate, and Upazila Nirbahi Officer. He also worked on deputation in several organizations that include Directorate of Accommodation, Department of Narcotics Control and Bangladesh Services Limited. At the Ministerial level, Dr. Ahmad worked for the Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Economic Relations Division, Additional Secretary, Power Division and Chairman Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council (EPRC).

Kaikaus also worked as part-time faculty at Collin County Community College in Texas, USA and at 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.