2018 Keynote Speaker

Topic: An Anatomy of the 2007-08 Economic Recession in the Us and Beyond

Abstract: This presentation gives a general overview, historical background, and implications of the economic downturn or recession that the US and rest of the world experienced during 2007-08 following some pervasive financial crises in the US. Economic recessions are part and parcels of capitalist system. In general, they are caused by some cyclical factors of economic behaviors. Yet, every recession has some unique and specific reasons. This presentation attempts to explore the causes, implications, and the process through which the crises gradually came to an end.

Introduction of Professor Abu

Abu N. M. Wahid is a professor of economics  at Tennessee State University and Managing Editor of the Journal of Developing Areas (the JDA). He was instrumental in getting the JDA relocated to Tennessee State University (TSU) from Western Illinois University in 2001. Up until now, he has published SIX books as author, editor, and co-editor. His book (Ed) Frontiers of Economics: Nobel Laureates of the Twentieth Century, has been quite popular and acquired by many major libraries around the world. His first book (Ed) The Grameen Bank: Poverty Relief in Bangladesh is a widely cited work and was used as a text on microlending at Hartwick College of New York. In addition, Dr. Wahid made nearly 60 publications in the form of refereed journal articles and book chapters. He received Fulbright research grant in 1997. The other grants he obtained were from the Japan Foundation, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Eastern Illinois University, and Tennessee State University. In 1998, he visited Bangladesh and negotiated a comprehensive academic exchange agreement between TSU College of Business and Darul Ihsan University of Bangladesh. In 2014 he made another partnership agreement between Tennessee State University and Australian Academy of Business and Social Sciences (AABSS) under which, the JDA is publishing special issues with papers presented in the AABSS conferences. He is the recipient of the faculty excellence awards for research at Tennessee State University, Eastern Illinois University. He got Board of Advisors’ research award at the TSU College of Business twice. On invitation, Dr. Wahid visited academic institutions in about 25 different countries to give public lectures and seminar presentations. Since 2008, he delivered 4 Keynote addresses in international conferences held in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Dr. Wahid read and reviewed 16 Ph.D. and a Master’s dissertations as external examiner for various  universities of Singapore, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

He review articles for prestigious academic journals such as Energy Policy, Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Modeling, Applied Economics, The Manchester School, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of Economic Studies, the World Economic, the Asia Pacific World, etc.


Submission Deadline
February 1st, 2018 Extended to April 12, 2018

Notification of Acceptance
February 23, 2018

Standard Registration & Payment Deadline
April 20, 2018

Conference Date
June 5-7, 2018