Farria Naeem

Country Economist, International Growth Centre
Year(s):
2009
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10

I am currently working for the International Growth Centre (IGC) as a Country Economist for the Bangladesh programme. The IGC aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.  I have worked previously for IFPRI and the World Bank.

The MSc in Economics for Development has been immensely helpful in my work towards using evidence-based research to inform and influence economic policy formulation. The MSc programme taught me to think critically and be rigorous in my work – starting from translating knowledge gaps and policy questions to testable hypothesises, research design, drawing out actionable policy recommendations and assisting its uptake.

To pursue a career in the field of international development, the MSc programme was a natural choice for its curriculum and the exposure it provides to students. The programme endows students with a comprehensive toolkit to be a thorough development economist. The programme composition strikes a fine balance between structured coursework and the freedom to explore niche areas for the research paper. Lastly, I have fond memories of the department - bustling with energy from eager students and engaging faculty and staff.

I have fond memories of the department - bustling with energy from eager students and engaging faculty and staff.