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Kashif Ahmed

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Kashif Ahmed is a second-year MPP student at Harris Public Policy focused on political economy, conflict, rural livelihoods, and the environment in the developing world. In the summer of 2021, he works as a research assistant at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, through the Bartlett Fellowship for Professor Fiona Burlig. The projects, based in India, will study the impact of cash transfers on migration during COVID-19, the relationship between power outages and development, and explore methods to increase utility bill payments. He also works as a research assistant for Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies Oeindrila Dube on a project on media and culture in Pakistan. Ahmed previously worked for the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence at the Booth School of Business and was a teaching assistant for Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra’s “Political Economics of Developing Countries” course. For the 2021-2022 academic year, he will serve 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.