Rumana Huque, Ph.D.

Ark Foundation

Dr. Rumana Huque is a Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She specializes in health systems and health economics with special focus on health care financing, resource allocation and budgeting. She is particularly interested in research and advocacy in the field of tobacco control. She has conducted studies on tobacco taxation, second-hand smoking, smokeless tobacco and tobacco cessation in Bangladesh. She closely works with the National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, and played an active role in a series of policy dialogues on tobacco control policies in Bangladesh. She holds the position of Executive Director at ARK Foundation, Bangladesh, which is a research NGO working in health system strengthening, urban health, mental health and tobacco control, working with a number of development partners and universities in the United Kingdom and North America. She is a member of the faculty of public health (fph), United Kingdom, through distinction. She has wide experience of working with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, local NGOs and international donor agencies since 2000. She was the member in the Technical Working Group of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh in developing Health Care Financing Strategy (2012-2032), Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) and Programme Implementation Plan (PIP) of the 4th Health Sector Programme (2017-2022), and Annual Programme Reviews (2013, 2019). She is a visiting Faculty of Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Rumana received her bachelor’s in economics from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and received her MA and Ph.D. in health economics from University of Leeds, UK.