Iffat Zahan joined BIGD in October, 2015. As a Research Associate, currently she is involved with a project titled “Researching the impact of manager characteristics in bureaucracies” in collaboration with International Growth Centre (IGC). Her responsibilities include documentation, cleaning and analyzing data of the research.
Prior to joining BIGD, she worked in Department of Economics and Social Science at BRAC University as a Research Assistant on a project about youth unemployment funded by RAND Corporation. She also worked as Research Associate in Bangladesh Institute of Social Research Trust (BISR) where she worked on “Assessment of informal sector of the EU-Corporate Social Responsibility Project” funded by Save the Children and on “Final Evaluation of REAP II Project” of Winrock International funded by USDA. She was an Intern for Training and Development Department of Jaago Foundation where her responsibilities included facilitation of workshops and trainings, and preparation of associated materials and contents for websites. As a student, she was part of international non-governmental not-for-profit organization, AIESEC, for two years as a Senior Manager, where she closely worked in development sector of Bangladesh.
She acquired her MS in Economics, specialized in International Economics, from North South University and BSS in Economics from BRAC University. At BRAC University, she was awarded both Vice Chancellor’s and Dean’s awards several times. Iffat has completed week long training on “Research Methods” in Kolkata, India, organized by IFMR LEAD. She also has a Statement of Accomplishment Certificate from World Bank Group’s MOCC on “Financing for Development” course.
Her research interests primarily lie on Financial Economics, International Trade and Development Economics.