Kazi Rouf is researching social enterprise, green business, women and development, non-governmental organizations and community economic development. He also conducts research on renewable energy, micro-finance, human rights, community gardening, and mini cooperatives in Canada and Bangladesh. His book Women Empowerment in Bangladesh was published in Germany in 2014. He is also the author of Green and Social Entrepreneurial Basics and Green and Social Business Strategies, published in Bangladesh in 2017. His research papers are published in various international journals.
Rouf worked for the Grameen Bank, Bangladesh from 1982 to 2000 and in several micro-credit programs, community forestry and solar renewable energy development projects, social economy development organizations, and rural development projects in Philippines, India, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, USA and Canada. He has also worked at the UNDP in Namibia and Lesotho, UNHCR Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Africa Development Foundation, Good Faith Fund (Arkansas) and Red Cross Canada. Rouf was also a Research Fellow of the Social Economy Center, Ontario Institute for Studiers in Education (OISE).
He received his PhD from the University of Toronto, and Masters in Environmental Studies and BA in Women’s Studies from York University. He also holds a Diploma in Social Work and Project Management from Centennial College, and a BA (Honours) and MA in Sociology from Chittagong University, Bangladesh.
Keywords: Green social enterprise development; social micro-financing development; women human rights development; NGOs and community development; sustainable development; community gardening; mini cooperatives development in Canada and in Bangladesh