Dr. Jahangir Sultan is a farsighted financial economist. He is the Gibbons Professor of Finance and Founding Director of the Hughey Centre for Financial Services at Bentley University in Massachusetts. Jahangir’s research focus spans international market volatility and foreign exchange risk management. Dr Sultan established a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Trading Room for teaching financial analysis and risk management. Jahangir has a lengthy list of research publications and conference presentations. He teaches International Financial Management, Fixed Income and Investment, Emerging Market Finance, International Treasury Management, Principles of Financial Management, Financial Analysis and Forecasting, Money and Banking, International Trade, Business Statistics, Managerial Economics and Microeconomics.
Jahangir studied Economics and earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1986; M.S. from Western
Illinois University in 1980 and B.S. from Eureka College, Illinois in
1979. During studying Economics in Dhaka University, he left Bangladesh
in 1977 on a scholarship to Eureka College in Illinois. His father, late Sultan Ali, served Radio Bangladesh as Chief News Editor.
Jahangir was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1958. During childhood Jahangir moved from one city to the next as his father was transferred to many places. He was caught up in the 1971 war, lived in Chittagong, seen firsthand many atrocities committed during the war, lived through the horror of humanity in peril and appreciated very early what freedom is all about.
Jahangir lives with his family in Boston, USA. Beyond his research and teaching commitments, Jahangir loves social work, playing cricket, football, chess, bridge and surfing the internet for news.
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SI: Dr. Jahangir Sultan – welcome to biggani.org. Tell us your most inspiring childhood memory.
was visiting our ancestral home in Noakhali when I heard that Neil
Armstrong landed on the moon. That night, I stared at the moon for
hours appreciating the beauty of the moon and admiring the scientific
breakthroughs and innovations that made the moon landing possible. It
was an awesome and all inspiring event for me. In life, everything is
SI: What are your critical research finding about the impact of
terrorism on global market volatility and associated risk we face
has direct and indirect effects. Direct effects include loss of lives,
human sufferings, destruction of wealth, and massive costs of
rebuilding. Indirect effects include loss of self esteem, feeling of
insecurity, personal anxiety, and a sense of pessimism. All these can
affect investor psychology and risk in the global market. As risk
increases, global market experiences flight to safety where investors
get discouraged from investing in stocks and instead buy government
bonds. Overall, risk premium in the market increases.
SI: In light of your research, do you think we need more socially
responsible teacher-student and education-business model to address our
emerging issues like extreme economic inequality in the integrated
Business schools are changing their curriculum to address issues like
business ethics, diversity, social and economic inequality, global
conflicts, and global peace. Efforts such as micro finance and
community development initiatives are making some positive changes in
the lives of many living at the margin of poverty. We have to recognize
that we live in a world village and our inability to address global
issues will destroy peace and harmony.
SI: Today only 5% of people have command on 95% of world’s wealth. Is
this extreme economic inequality conducive to create more terrorism in
our interconnected economy?
We need to address the root causes of terrorism which include extreme
intolerance to people of different faiths, the vicious cycle of
poverty, economic stagnation, transgression of nations, and corruption
among leaders in many developing countries. On top of it, natural
calamities and global warming have dealt punishing blows to millions of
people living below the poverty line. There has to be a massive
coordinated effort undertaken by the developed world to lend a helping
hand. Foreign aid is not the solution. Any economic assistance to the
poorer countries should be aimed at reducing regional conflicts,
improving economic infrastructure, and promoting quality of life.
SI: Prof. Yunus envisions one day we will see poverty in the museum. Can micro-credit eliminate poverty?
JS: It is
a good start. Micro-credit cannot weed out corruption and greed among
the politicians and business leaders. We need leaders who really care,
rather than lining up their own pockets. We need micro-lending
facilities that promote economic development without excessive debt
burden on the loan recipients. Micro-lending has to be a top priority
of the government to encourage entrepreneurs. We need cooperative
credit unions in remote locations where people need to organize and
help one another. These initiatives need government interventions and
strict monitoring. And most of all, we need forward looking education
to excite the next generation to think outside the box.
SI: What is your advice to a prospective student who has dream for higher education and changing the world?
lifts our spirits and opens the world to endless possibilities. With
education, we can build a world class society based upon tolerance and
mutual respect. A society that allows anyone strive for the best. Be
a teacher, be a scientist, be a social worker, be a peacekeeper.
Whatever you want to become, be the best. Changing the world is not
easy. Change yourself first. Be the person so that someone can
consider you as a role model. We can change the world by changing one
village at a time. Education is a great leveler in the world. It
opens the world of possibilities to those who care to make a small
contribution. I came to the USA with $27 of own money in my pocket. I
could not have achieved all that I have without education.
SI: We appreciate your valuable time today. We look forward to our face-to-face meeting and interview.
JS: Thank you. Thank you for allowing me to share with your readers my humble achievements.
Pictures: Skiing in New Hampshire 2005. Panel Member, Seminar on Islamic Finance at Harvard Law School, Nov 2009.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi