Dr Abid Hussain, a Pakistani national, joined ICIMOD in December 2013. Prior to joining ICIMOD, he served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics in the University of Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He also served in the same position in the Department of Economics and Agricultural Economics at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He was responsible for teaching advanced economics courses to MPhil and PhD students. He also supervised the research of postgraduate students who were mainly working in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy conservation and women empowerment.
Dr Hussain holds a PhD in Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP) from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, from which he had earlier earned a master's degree in RRDP. Dr Hussain also has a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan.
Dr Hussain has worked for more than five years in different capacities in different organisations, where he has been involved in the formulation and implementation of research projects and development programmes. These organisations include Sungi Development Foundation (Abbottabad, Pakistan), Agricultural Credit Department of MCB Bank Limited (Pakistan), and AIT Consulting and School of Environment, Resources and Development (AIT, Thailand). Along with development work, he has been actively involved in research in areas that include food and nutrition security, agricultural credit, poverty, smallholder farming, and conservation agriculture. His research findings have been published in reputed international journals such as Food Security, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, and Social Indicators Research. Dr Hussain is also a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Experimental Agriculture.