Gowher Rizvi

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Gowher Rizvi
Native name
গওহর রিজভী
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
University of Oxford
Spouse(s)Agnese Barolo

Gowher Rizvi is a Bangladeshi historian, scholar and academic. Currently he is the International Affairs adviser to the prime minister of Bangladesh.[1] Prior to that he was MacArthur Fellow in International Relations at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He was an editor of Contemporary South Asia and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He held various appointments at Oxford University, the University of Warwick, the University of Canterbury, Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Virginia. His publications cover the disciplines of history, international relations, and public policy.[2]

Early life[edit]

Gowher Rizvi spent the early part of his student life in Faujdarhat Cadet College.[3] He passed both BA and MA in the first class from the University of Dhaka.[4] In 1972 he went to Trinity College, Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and garnered a D.Phil. in History.[4][5]

Rizvi is married to Agnese Barolo. They have one daughter, Maya, a 2008 graduate of Vassar.[6]

Academic career[edit]

Gowher Rizvi was at St. Antony's College, Oxford as the Alfred Beit Junior Lecturer and Senior Associate Member from 1976 to 1978. From 1979 to 1981 he taught History at Balliol College, Oxford. He was MacArthur Scholar and Fellow in Politics and International Relations at Nuffield College, Oxford from 1988 to 1994. In 1992, he collaborated with the Royal Institute of International Affairs to organize a high-level Anglo-Iranian Roundtable in order to facilitate direct dialogue between senior officials of the two countries. In the same year he taught as Arnold Bernhard Visiting Professor of History at Williams College, Massachusetts. From 1994 to 1995 Professor Rizvi served as the Director of Contemporary Affairs at the Asia Society in New York. In 1995 he joined the Ford Foundation as the deputy director for governance and civil society .[4][7] In 1998 to 2002 he was appointed the Ford Foundation Representative to New Delhi with responsibilities for directing the foundation's activities in South Asia. From 2002 to 2008 he was a lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He was also Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.[8][9] In 2008 he was appointed vice provost for international programs at the University of Virginia. In 2009 he has become the International Affairs adviser to Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Democracy & Development: Restoring Social Justice at the Core of Good Governance, Colombo, International Center for Ethnic Studies, 2008.
  • The State of Access. Success and Failure of Democracies to Create Equal Opportunities, Washington DC, Brookings Institution Press, 2008 (co-edited with J. de Jong).
  • "Innovations in Government: Serving Citizens and Strengthening Democracy?" In S. Borins (ed.), Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication, Washington, DC, Brookings Institution, 2007.
  • "Making Democracy Work for the Poor in India," Man & Development, September 2007.
  • "Emergent India: Globalization, Democracy & Social Justice," International Journal (Ottawa, Canada), fall 2007.
  • "Reinventing Government: Putting Democracy and Social Justice back into the Discourse," Public Administration and Democratic Governance: Governments Serving Citizens, New York, United Nations, 2007.
  • "Building Trust in Government," Seminar, August 2007.
  • "Democracy and Constitutionalism in South Asia: the Bangladesh Experience" In E. Venizelos and A. Pantelis (eds.), Civilization and Public Law, London, Esperia Publications, 2005.
  • "First Thing First–Making Democratic Government Work" In G. Krishnan, The Vitality of India (Chandigarh, 2004).
  • Beyond Boundaries: A Report on the State of Non-Official Dialogues on Peace, Security and Cooperation in South Asia, Ontario, University of Toronto-York University, 1997 (with N. C. Behra and P. M. Evans).
  • South Asia in a Changing International Order, SAGE, New Delhi, 1993.
  • South Asian Insecurity and the Great Powers, London, Macmillan, 1986 (with B. Buzan).
  • Papers on India: Vol.1, Part 1, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1986 (co-edited with N. J. Allen, R.F. Gombrich, and T. Raychaudhuri).
  • Bangladesh: The Struggle for the Restoration of Democracy, London, Bangabandhu Parishad, 1985.
  • Indo-British Relations in Retrospect, Indo-British Historical Society, Madras, 1984 (co-edited with A. Copley).
  • Perspectives on Imperialism and Decolonization, London, Frank Cass, 1984 (co-edited with R. Holland).
  • Lord Linlithgow and India, 1936–43, London, Royal Historical Society, 1978.


  1. ^ http://www.pmo.gov.bd/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=38&Itemid=365 Prime Minister's Office Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Raju G. C. Thomas, ed. (1992), Perspectives on Kashmir: the roots of conflict in South Asia, Westview Press, p. 47, ISBN 978-0-8133-8343-9
  3. ^ Ahmed, Fakhruddin (April 28, 2008). "Faujdarhat Cadet College: Half a century of excellence". The Daily Star. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "McIntire School of Commerce - Rivzi, Gowher". University of Virginia. Archived from the original on January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/section/rhodes-scholars-complete-list The Rhodes Trust. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=5951 University of Virginia. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.hks.harvard.edu/ksgpress/bulletin/autumn2002/charles/almanac.html Harvard Kennedy School. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.hks.harvard.edu/ksgpress/bulletin/spring2004/charles/innovations.html Harvard Kennedy School . Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  9. ^ http://faculty.virginia.edu/gowherrizvi/index.html University of Virginia. Retrieved January 4, 2012.