Previously, he held several academic administrative positions including the Head of Geopolitics, Business and Government Research Cluster and Deputy Head (Research & Innovation) at the School of Management, RMIT University (2010-2013), Founding Director, MPhil (Industry) Program at Monash University (2008-2010), Director, International Business Program at Monash University (2001-2004); Sub-Dean (International Business) at the University of Tasmania (1999-2001); and International Business Program Manager at Massey University, New Zealand (1998-1999).
Prior entering the academia, he served as a member of the Bangladesh Civil Service (Administration Cadre) and worked in various capacities (1983-1997) such as Magistrate, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (Sub-District Chief Executive Officer), Secretary (CEO) District Council and Acting Director (Foreign Affairs) at the Bangladesh Civil Service (Admin) Academy. He earned his PhD in international and comparative management from the University of Tasmania.
He also holds academic qualifications such as BSocSc (Honours) (International Relations), LL.B, MSocSc (International Relations) from the University of Dhaka and an MBA (International Business) from Monash University, Australia. In 2000, he completed a faculty development program in International Business Law and Ethics at the University of Colorado at Denver.
His current research interests include e-governance; anti-corruption, social protection, ‘black (illegal) international business, geopolitics and health care management. He has published six books, extensively contributed to refereed journals and presented in leading international conferences. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Administration & Governance and on the editorial boards of Electronic Government and Society & Change.
Previously, he served as the Editor of the Journal of Administration & Diplomacy (1994-95). He organised several conferences, workshops and research colloquiums and acted as the stream chair of a number of international conferences. He delivered numerous keynote addresses being invited by the various international organisations and conferences. He has six books to his credit and published extensively in highly ranked academic journals. He has been the recipient of several competitive grants from prestigious funding bodies including the Australian Research Council (ARC), EU Erasmus+ and Telematics Trust.
Sharif is the President of the Melbourne-based Governance and Administration Innovation Network (GAIN International). Previously, he served as the elected Chairperson of the premier governance-related organisation within the Asia Pacific region, Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration & Governance (NAPSIPAG) between 2008 and 2013. He also served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) (2008-2011).
He is a media commentator and contributes regularly to public debates on society, economy, politics and policy via both print and electronic media. In both 2012 and 2013, RMIT University officially awarded him with certificates of excellence as one of its top media performers. In recognition to his service in promoting the readymade garment (RMG) industry, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturer and Exporter Association (BGMEA) appointed him as its Honorary International Advisor in 2013. He has recently authored the Roadmap for the RMG industry in Bangladesh. In 2016, he was presented with the “Serendib Multicultural Personality of the Year” award for his contributions to the multicultural community in Australia.
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