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Ph.D. Program in Economics and Public Policy
Graduate Student Profiles: Neubauer Fellows in Economics and Public Policy
Mohammad Ahmad has a B.A. in Economics & Mathematics from Emory University and has a GIS Certification from Harvard University. He has worked as a Research Analyst at World-Check and a Research Assistant at Harvard University. He is interested in studying Political Economy. Matriculated 2018-2019.
Robel G. Alemu has a M.Sc. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, a M.Sc. in Biotechnology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and a B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences- Animal Sciences, Alemaya University, Ethiopia. Prior to pursuing graduate studies at Tufts, he was a project lead at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), a strategy and delivery-oriented government agency created to accelerate the growth and transformation of Ethiopia's agriculture sector. His interest lies in the intersection of food systems, nutrition, and global health. He is particularly passionate about using big data and predictive econometric modeling tools to understand the economic drivers of nutritional outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Matriculated in 2017-2018.
William Babis has a B.S. in Computer Science from Boston College ('16). He has worked at NASA Ames as an earth science researcher followed by a few years in tech entrepreneurship. He's interested in computational approaches to environmental economics.
Girija Bahety has a B.A. in economics from the University of Delhi and a Master of Philosophy in economics from the University of Cambridge. She has worked for more than five years at Oxford Policy Management (Ltd.) as a consultant on the evaluation of health and development projects in India, Nepal, Malawi, Nigeria, and Pakistan. She has a special interest in health policy in developing economies. Matriculated 2017-2018.
Mustafa Bozcaga has a B.A. in political science and international relations from Bogazici University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in political science at Boston University, from which he will transfer to the new doctoral program at Tufts. He has worked as an internal expert for the Turkish Ministry for European Affairs organizing and evaluating research on regulation and local government reform. He has a strong interest in hydroelectric power and water and environmental issues more generally. Matriculated 2017-2018.
Joseph Chance has a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Science in Economics from Tufts University where he was a Summer Scholar and received the Linda Datcher Loury Award for Outstanding Thesis. Before Tufts, he worked as a Senior Software Analyst at ClearEdge Partners. He is interested in studying Macroeconomics and International Economics. Matriculated 2018-2019.
Molly Elder has a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. She has completed Internships at Sage Policy Group, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Friends of the Earth and Door Funds. She was on the Dean's List at John Hopkins and is a recipient of The Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship. She is interested in studying Energy and Environmental Policy. Matriculated 2018-2019.
Hengrui Liu has a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts in International Relations & International Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He has worked as a Research Associate for the US-China Business Council in Beijing China and a Research Assistant for the Department of International Economics in Washington DC. He is interested in studying Energy and Environmental Policy. Matriculated 2018-2019.
Mai Mahmoud has MSc. in Economics from London School of Economics (LSE) and BSc. in Banking and Finance from University of London. She has more than five years of experience in research and academia at a number of institutions including the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New York University (NYU), LSE Middle East Centre and The Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST). Mahmoud research interests include development economics, and water and food security.
Kazuki Motohashi has a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Public Policy from University of Tokyo. He has completed Internships at the North American Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and the Environment Directorate, Water Team for the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. He has also worked as a Consultant to the Environment and Energy Division for the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. He is interested in studying Environmental Economics and Development Economics. He also plans to visit India to discuss with NGOs to collaborate with for a field experiment on the intervention for promoting latrine usage and the diffusion of the usage behavior through social networks.Matriculated 2018-2019.
Marina Ngoma has a B.A. in economics from the Université Protestante au Congo and an M.A. in policy economics from Williams College. She has been working on issues of agricultural and rural development for the Office of the Prime Minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for two years. She has a strong interest in development economics in general and in policies to foster sustainable productivity growth in the agriculture sector in particular. Matriculated 2017-2018.
Carolyn Pelnik holds a B.S. in engineering and master's degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar. She has also worked in the Federal Reserve Board's Division of Monetary Affairs and for the University of Notre Dame on a study of household savings and investment behavior in Uganda. She lived and worked in Uganda for two years implementing the field experiment and data collection. She is interested in studying development economics.
Qi Qi has a B.A. in English literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University and an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is currently enrolled in the Fletcher Ph.D. program from which she will transfer to the new doctoral program at Tufts. Prior to coming to Fletcher, she worked for six years in the Australian Embassy in Beijing focusing on Australian-Chinese cooperation in energy and natural resources. She has strong interest in energy and environmental policies both within China and other economies at a similar stage of development. Matriculated 2017-2018.
Venkatesh Ramamoorthy has a Bachelor of Engineering from Anna University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delhi. He has worked as a Manager at Reserve Bank of India and a Researcher for the Centre for Analytical Finance Indian School of Business. His research includes Costs of Regulatory Intervention: Evidence using Forced Bank Mergers and Effect of Debt Waiver on Cost of Credit: Evidence from Unique Household Data. He is interested in studying Financial Inclusion, Household Finance, and Banking. Matriculated 2018-2019.
Ernesto Tiburcio has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School and a BA in Political Science from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. As Research Assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), he participated in the implementation and analysis of economic surveys in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, which has resulted in several publications, and conducted research on poverty and agricultural spending in Ghana. His academic interests are the Political Economy of development, external validity of evaluations and comparative social protection.
Michiyoshi Toya has a B.A. in economics from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in economics from the University of Tokyo. He has worked as an assistant director in the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry since 2013, with special focus on the incorporation of environmental standards in trade agreements. He is interested in continuing to work on environmental and development issues in a trade-related context. Matriculated 2017-2018.
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