EPP Program Neubauer Fellows

The following students are Neubauer Fellows who are matriculated in the PhD Program 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 2017-2018.

Josue Awonon holds an MSc in Economics from the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and a BSc in Statistics from the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Analyse Economique (ENSAE) in Senegal. He has worked as a Research Analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on program evaluations. He is broadly interested in development economics with some focus on agricultural economics. Matriculated 2021-2022.

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. Matriculated 2019-2020.

Girija Bahety has a M. Phil. in Economics from University of Cambridge and B.A. in Economics from Delhi University. She has worked for six years at Oxford Policy Management Limited as a Consultant on several impact evaluation projects across health and development in India, Nepal, Malawi, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Her research interests are in development economics with a focus on financial inclusion, entrepreneurship and digital technology. 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.

Leticia Donoso has an M.A. in International Economic Relations from American University and a B.A. in International Business from Universidad Santa Maria in Guayaquil-Ecuador. She has extensive experience as a research analyst in international organizations, having supported country programs at the Sub-Saharan African Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as impact evaluations at the Development Effectiveness department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). At IDB, she collaborated in a study that used aggregate credit bureau data from El Salvador to evaluate the short-term impact of a credit supply shock in future credit behavior. A former Fulbright scholar, her academic interests include impact evaluations as a measure of development effectiveness, political economy of development, and international trade and cooperation. Matriculated 2020-2021.

Siddhi Doshi has a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Northeastern University. Prior to pursuing graduate studies at Tufts, she was a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution, where she worked on research focused on climate and energy economics, productivity, and regulation. She seeks to continue research in climate and energy economics and macroeconomics. Matriculated 2021-2022.

Axel Eizmendi Larrinaga has an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford and a double BA in Economics and International Affairs from George Washington University. Prior to Tufts, he worked as a research assistant in development economics at the University of Oxford, where he assisted with data collection and analysis of a large Randomized Controlled Trial in Kenya. He has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank. His research interests span various areas of development economics, including education, rural electrification and social networks. Matriculated 2021-2022.

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.

Aja Kennedy has an MPA in international development from Princeton University and a BA in Spanish and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama and as a State Department Foreign Service Officer in Mexico and Colombia. She is interested in studying economic inequality, measurement of social welfare, and evaluation of the distributional impacts of public policy. Matriculated 2021-2022.

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 a 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. Matriculated 2019-2020.

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.

Usman Naeem has an M.S. in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences & a B.A. in Economics from the National University of Singapore. Usman was Country Economist for the International Growth Centre Pakistan for six years. His research focuses on energy markets, air pollution, & disruptive climate change. Matriculated 2021-2022.

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. Matriculated 2019-2020.

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.

Anne Schick has an M.A. in economics from New York University and a B.S. in economics from Santa Clara University. She worked for several years in San Francisco as a consultant in financial tech, followed by a research assistantship while at NYU. She is broadly interested in development economics, in particular, issues related to health and food security. Matriculated 2020-2021.

Sarah Shaukat holds an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan. She has worked for more than two years at the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) – an institution focused on improving policymaking through evidence-based research. She was a senior researcher on a multi-million poverty alleviation program that used randomized control trials to understand the impact of skills development on the economic inclusion of rural men and women in the country. Her research interests lie at the intersection of development, behavioural, and labour economics. Matriculated 2020-2021.

Manali Sovani completed Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2018. After this she decided to switch to Economics and pursued a Master's in Economics at Ashoka University in New Delhi. Her areas of interest are health economics and political economics. Matriculated 2020-2021.

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. Matriculated 2019-2020.

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.