Neubauer Family Program in Economics and Public Policy

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.

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.

Aanchal Bagga was awarded the William Edward Ferguson Jr. Award for outstanding scholarship potential by Vanderbilt University where she earned her MS degree in development economics. Aanchal received her BS in Economics with high honors from the University of Delhi in India. Prior to joining Tufts, Aanchal was working with the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation Team as a Research Consultant. While at the World Bank, her research focused on political and gender economics; several of the projects she worked on were based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Aanchal is working closely with the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Advanced Studies in India, on an impact evaluation dedicated to understanding the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health and well-being of children. Aanchal is interested in gender, health, social protection programs, agriculture, and education. Matriculated 2022-2023.

Alison Campion was awarded the Newton Family Scholar: 2-year research fellowship from the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Arthur F. Buddington Thesis Award for her outstanding senior thesis in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. She is currently a Senior Researcher at the Development Data Lab (DDL) in Hanover, New Hampshire.  Ali excelled at DDL and is now co-authoring a paper with some of the leading scholars in development economics about the long-run impacts of agricultural productivity gains in India. At DDL, she has also been providing technical assistance to the Indian government designing and building an open data platform to host government data under a single, harmonized schema. She is broadly interested in urbanization in the developing world and its’ effects on agriculture, transportation and migration. Matriculated 2022-2023.

Maakwe Cumanzala was awarded the Social Innovation Scholarship for working with a social entrepreneur and the Outstanding Young Economics Professional Award both from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden where she earned her MS degree in economics.  Prior to joining the Neubauer Family EPP program, she worked in Kenya at Precision Development a global non-profit that harnesses technology, data science and behavioural economics to build digital services that empower disadvantaged people to change their lives. Maakwe is currently an ambassador for the Sadie Collective a non-profit working to enhance the representaion of Black women in quantitatively demanding fields. Maakwe is interested in establishing the first independent economics research lab in her home country of Zimbabwe, to better inform both government and non-government organizations. Matriculated 2022-2023.

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.

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.

Clare Sachsse was trained in engineering and environmental studies at Yale University and Wellesley College before working as a Senior Research and Training Associate at the Jameel Latif Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), North America, based at MIT. At J-PAL, she worked in partnership with a fire district in Oregon to identify sustainable interventions for reducing wildfires. This experience motivated her to use empirical methods to assess climate interventions. Matriculated 2022-2023.

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.

Anais Tricia Toungui Ntsono holds a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as well as a BA in Political Economy from Marymount Manhattan College. Anais is currently a research assistant at the World Bank where she was placed by the Research in Color Foundation (RIC). The RIC is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to increasing the number of Ph.D. students of color in economics and economics-adjacent disciplines, and amplifying meaningful economic and policy research on communities of color. As a researcher at the World Bank Anais is mentored by a Senior Economist and is working on evaluating projects dedicate to improving the lives of young children in Africa including early childhood education interventions and social protection initiatives such as cash transfers. Prior to joining the World Bank, Anais worked at the UN High Commission for Refugees, The Hunger Project and the African Union. At Tufts, she plans to focus her studies on child poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Matriculated 2022-2023.