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Kashif Ahmed

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Kashif Ahmed is a second-year MPP student at Harris Public Policy interested in bridging the gap between development economics research and effective policymaking. Since starting at Harris, he has worked as a research assistant for Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies Oeindrila Dube on a project that explores the relationship between media and culture in Pakistan. He also works as a research assistant at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) for Professor Fiona Burlig, a position he began in the summer of 2021 as a Summer Bartlett Fellow. In this role, Ahmed worked on the technical aspects of endline survey data collection for a randomized controlled trial of cash transfers to migrant workers in Mumbai during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also has worked part-time for Professor Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra on research about the moral psychology of armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and for the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence at the Booth School of Business. Currently, he serves as the co-chair of the Harris students’ International Development Policy Association.

Prior to his time at the University of Chicago, Ahmed worked as a research associate for Wageningen University & Research of the Netherlands. He served as a part of a consultant team for a randomized controlled trial called One Health in collaboration with the government of Sierra Leone. One Health’s aim was to improve both animal and human health by training community animal health workers in rural areas dependent on livestock rearing. Ahmed led field teams to conduct an impact evaluation of the project in rural Sierra Leone and contributed to research into incentives and recruitment strategies for civil servants. Ahmed also has spent time volunteering as a teacher in rural areas of Peru and Uganda, and editing for an online international affairs publication based out of Yale University (YaleGlobal Online).

Ahmed holds a BA in honours international development studies with a minor in economics from McGill University. He is conversational in Spanish and French.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.