Dr Tanima Ahmed, Director
Dr. Tanima Ahmed is a prominent economist concentrating on applied microeconomics, including development economics, gender economics, labor economics, and impact evaluation. She has comprehensive policy-related research experience on development issues like hunger, seasonal poverty, urban poverty, education, agriculture, local governance, and the effect of random as well as systemic shocks on the poor. She is currently working as a research analyst at the South Asia Gender Innovation Lab and as a data management assistant at the Enterprise Analysis Unit, World Bank, Washington, DC. She is facilitating several research projects where she seeks to ascertain diverse crucial socio-economic aspects such as gendered impacts of COVID-19 on the labor market, availability of childcare, labor market outcomes, and time allocation of females in low-income urban areas. She is also expediting research on safety perception and women’s employment in low-income urban areas in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In June 2017, Dr. Tanima joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit of World Bank Group as a consultant to facilitate the data collection and management of firm-level surveys. She has worked under various national, international agencies and development partners, including the World Bank Group, UNDP, GIZ, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), Nielsen Company (Bangladesh), ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB), and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). Recently she has published Co-authored briefing paper, “Providing Unpaid Household and Care Work in the United States: Uncovering Inequality.”
In November 2010, Dr Tanima started her professional career as an intern at Hunger-FREE Unit of ActionAid Bangladesh (AAB) where she managed the survey and data analysis of “Spatial poverty trap in Monga region” project. In May 2020, she completed her PhD in economics from the American University in Washington, DC, USA. She has been bestowed with several awards for her remarkable contribution in economics, including the Graduate Fellowship in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics, Innovative Research Grant, Best Paper Award, Simon Naidel Award for excellence in micro and macro theory. She received her MS in Economics with Chancellor Gold Medal in 2013 and a BS, Summa Cum Claude, and Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal, in Economics in 2011 from North South University, Bangladesh.
Dr. Tanima has been extensively involved in various mixed-method research, proposal writing, survey designing and sampling, field surveys and data analysis, data management, preparing technical & financial proposals, survey questionnaires, and conducting enumerator training. As a professional member of her area of expertise, she holds membership of the American Economic Association (AEA), The Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), and International Association of Time Use Research (IATUR).