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Nkwiri Jesse Chukwu

Non-Resident Research Fellow – Nigeria

Jesse Nkwiri from Nigeria, Mathematician, researcher, entrepreneur, and social worker.

He is passionate about job creation for young Africans, and advocates for quality & affordable education, and leadership development for young school pupils.

The founder of Changing Narrative Community Initiative (CNCI) and Angwan Rukuba Community Library. Alumni of YCR summer research program 2020

Qaima Hossain

Communications Lead- Pakistan

Qaima Hossain is currently pursuing a BA in Comparative Humanities at Habib University, however her interests lie beyond the fields of philosophy, literature and history.

She is also interested in politics and the economy and how the two work together to shape the social world that we live in today.

She has worked with Pakistan-based NGOs such as the Behbud Association and Dar ul Sukun, and hopes to continue working and doing research with organisations dedicated to the social uplift of women, children and the LGBTQ+ community in Pakistan.

Abdulmumin Edidi

Non-Resident Research Fellow – Nigeria

 is a young Civil Engineer, Youth and Community Development Advocate, also  Research and Policy Development Enthusiast. He has being a part of projects ranging, Building, Bridge, and Road constructions, he also has a research publication on Effect of Recycled Aggregate on Concrete Strength in an attempt of designing and developing low cost housing systems for middle and low income earners in Nigeria.
Abdulmumin is a Member of World Youth Alliance, an organisation that advocates for the human dignity as well as people driven policies. He is currently a Contributor at Chatham House, Common Futures Conversation Forum where African-European policies are discussed. As an African Future Leaders Fellow, Abdulmumin was appointed Team Lead for African Future Leaders Summit (African Youth: Arise Beyond Boarders) planning committee in 2020, where youth focused African policies and action plans were discussed. He has also been reappointed to play the same role in 2021.

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Muhammad Ashar Khan

Resident Research Fellow – Pakistan

Muhammad Ashar Khan is a development practitioner in the making. He is a sophomore year student of Social Development and Policy at Habib University.

Second year in his academic affiliation, he is holding an important office of the Vice President of the most prestigious Habib Debate Union Club at the university. He is playing a key role in ensuring that the youth stands firm and vocal to develop and guard their position on socio-economic and political issues of consequence.

Ashar has a keen interest in research-oriented fields with particular focus on sustainable Development and political economy. He has been a part of a number of research endeavors. His research focus areas include global social and financial inequality, heterodox economics, South Asian economic growth, and gender inequality in modern economies. He is currently serving as a Research Fellow at SB Compliances to develop labour policy solution in lines with International Labour Laws and their conventions to protect labour rights. His research is playing pivotal role in promoting ethical business practices.

Muhammad Ashar Khan aims to peruse his career in the field of Development and Political Economy.

Annesha Mahanta

Non-Resident Research Fellow – India

Annesha Mahanta is an aspiring humanitarian with specific interest in Humanitarian affairs in Emergency Situations, Peace,Conflict & Child Protection. A passionate researcher, she currently works as a Quality Control Analyst for an INGO where her work is focused around unstructured humanitarian data for countries in conflict.

She also volunteers for UN-OCHA as a lead secondary data review analyst for various projects and finds herself greatly interested in working in the field of refugee protection in the future. During her university years, Annesha also garnered an extended experience of working in child protection and education sectors by supporting various non-profits in India in leadership and field coordinator roles.

With a masters degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Annesha is a team player and is interested in learning new skills.

Saba Hussain

Research Facilitator-Pakistan

Saba Hussain is a Social Development and Policy Major, entrepreneur, and researcher with an inclination to study the intricacies of conflict and social change around the world.

She has worked as a researcher at organizations like Borderless, conducting ethnographic research to help locate and collaborate with Non-Governmental changemakers around the world.

Her areas of interest also include sustainable and effective program planning and design, specifically related to the themes of gender conflict, including a lack of representative equality for women in Pakistan’s education, politics, policymaking, and economy.